Waiting For Superman

In February of 2015, a Senate staffer was looking for places to make cuts to the CDC budget. The staffer knew nothing about chronic fatigue syndrome, and he arbitrarily slashed the entire research budget to zero. 

Update: The full amount of the $5.4 million ME/CFS budget has now been restored to the 2016 CDC budget. Thanks, Superman!

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been a stigmatizing, demeaning and harmful name for a serious disease. The unfortunate name causes many doctors to be skeptical, while friends, family, and spouses are often bewildered, dismissive and sometimes hostile.  The trivializing name also casts a pall over medical research.