Campaigners welcome ME research cash

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CAMPAIGNERS in Edinburgh for research into a debilitating illness have welcomed a cash injection of £1.6 million.

It was announced today that the Medical Research Council will set aside the money to look into causes and possible treatments for ME, which is thought to affect around 4000 people in the Lothians.

Those living with the illness have long said it is a neglected issue, and receives far less funding and attention than comparable conditions.

Sir Peter Spencer, chief executive of Action for ME, said: “We are delighted that the MRC has made this commitment to ME research, not least because the pilot studies we are presently considering for funding ourselves will complement the MRC’s investment.”