People impacted by ME / CFS are always glad to see the news media give accurate attention to the disease and the struggle for appropriate federal research funding. Rarely does a national media company do an in-depth report. But this month, The Atlantic magazine did just that in an article titled “The Tragic Neglect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” You can already see the tone of the report from the title.
Wikipedia says the magazine has 400,000 subscribers to its print edition. Since the article also appeared on their website, even more saw it, possibly 11 million based on reports of their website traffic.
The magazine publishes ten issues a year, providing commentary on society, economic, and political issues. Its readers are “thought leaders” because of its serious and highly respected reporting. It has won more National Monthly Magazine awards than any other monthly magazine. (At ten issues a year, it is no longer a monthly magazine.)
We are pleased that the writer took note of our research here at OMF (toward the end of the article) and focused on Brian Vastag, who actually used to report on science instead of be the subject of reports. Such articles, especially lengthy ones in highly respected periodicals, will reach the very ones with power to make changes. Enlightening more people will help build positive momentum and give patients the respect they have longed for.