OMEGA is the Oxfordshire Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Group for Action. We are a self-help group for people with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and their carers.
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GET scrapped from NICE Guidelines at last!
Zoe Williams and brother Trevor have been on the radio, talking about what it means to us that graded exercise is no longer recommended for M.E. It's 15 minutes starting at 15:13.
Radio link (which will expire) Kat Orman Listen Here
Saturday 18th September
Catch Karls Talk here :
Link to share : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSc6QZyvQN8
Slides from Karl's talk at the OMEGA meeting https://bit.ly/3EA3iT1
Please do support his work and research by making a contribution here : https://mortengroup.org.uk/fundraising
ProstestNICE4ME MONDAY 20th September 2021
There is going to be a demonstration on Monday 20th September - 1pm outside NICE headquarters.
If you can’t attend the protest in person and don’t have anyone who can go on your behalf, you can send a video message, picture or short message by email that will be read at the protest on Monday on your behalf. Tell us how YOU feel about NICE delaying publishing the #MEcfsguidelines. Photos and videos (under 2 mins) to email@example.com
Dr Karl Morten will explain his cutting-edge biomedical research in to the pathology of ME/CFS from 2.30pm after the OMEGA AGM at 2pm BST.
About the talk:
The role of the microbiome in fatigue: does sex make a difference?
Microbial imbalance of the intestinal biome is a key associated factor in many chronic conditions including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS).
Our major research goals are to increase our understanding of ME/CFS and open up new treatment options. If a leaky gut is a key component of ME/CFS, restoring a normal gut microbiome balance could be life changing treatment options.
Our collaborator SoftCell Biologicals Research (SBR) have developed approaches examining the host tissue biome. This is an un-tapped area of medicine with the presence of significant levels of wall-less (L-Form) opportunistic pathogens present in many chronic disease states. Using novel L-Form culturing methods SBR have treated L-form cultures from patients with chronic urinary tract infections (CURTIs) using a standard antibiotic panel. Clinicians acting on this information have noticed improvements in a number of patients.
Clinical studies, using this approach will allow antibiotics tested in the laboratory to be used to treat patients in a blinded trial setting. In this presentation, I will highlight our research with the Doveclinic exploring levels of gut dysbiosis in a broad range of conditions many of whom suffer with fatigue. The impact of age and sex on the gut microbiome will be explored with a focus on ME/CFS and cancer.
Exciting data from a comparison of recent trials of Gut Floral Replacement Therapy (GFTR) to the more conventional Faecal Microbiota transplantation (FMT) will be presented.
Dr Karl Morten
To donate to the research of Dr Karl Morten
Understanding the causes of ME/CFS
Research into the causes has been limited due to lack of funding, but the recent identification of high levels of L-form bacteria in the blood of ME/CFS patients suggests a compromised immune system could be a biological cause of the illness.
Talk about pause to NICE Guidelines on M.E. on Radio Oxford
Talk about pause to NICE Guidelines on M.E. on Lilley Mitchell sits in (23/08/2021) BBC Radio Oxford
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JUNE 2020 - COVID-19 lockdown - OMEGA is adapting also to the current situation
NEWSLETTERS Online! click the TAB to download or read the latest OMEGA Newsletter or to read past ones.
M.E. on the Radio Kat Orman, 10th May
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Monday 10th May 20211.10 - 1.18 Stella from Fritwell
1.26 - 1.33 Iona from Aston
1.50 - 2.00 Mike from Bicester then with James from Kidlington
Wednesday 12th May
14 min - 26 min (12 mins)
Stella and Charlie from Witney
Dr Karl Morten's M.E. Research on BBC South News
Oxfordshire ME Group for Action (OMEGA) Experiences of Children with ME
For Events details click on Full events listing
Membership Survey 2013
Omega survey on local NHS services for ME/CFS
The full results are now available!
2012 GP Survey
See also our previous 2012 research into GP views of CFS/ME in Oxfordshire.
Life with ME/CFS
This collection of original and powerful poetry from Oxfordshire ME Group for Action (OMEGA) lets you see the view 'from the bed'.
Stay up to date with OMEGA
BBC Local News item about the GP survey and childrens' ME services
BBC Oxford feature on the GP survey and childrens' ME services
Patricia Wells of OMEGA speaks to James Cannon. Listen here (mp3 format, 3MB)
Oxford Mail article on the campaign for children's ME services in Oxfordshire - 4th Feb 2013
Another new research paper co-authored by OMEGA member Norman Booth - 20th Nov 2012
Norman gave a talk on this paper at the 3rd World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria in Berlin on November 9th 2012.
Interview on BBC Radio Oxford - 30th Oct 2012
Jayne Diston and Jan Seed speak to Malcom Boyden about OMEGA, ME and Poetry from the Bed. Listen here (mp3 format, 9MB)
We were also featured in a BBC News website article!
New research paper co-authored by OMEGA member Norman Booth
Interview on BBC Radio Oxford - 14th May 2012
Jayne Diston, Dr Charles Shepherd and Pat Williams speak to Jo Thoenes about ME, OMEGA's 'Poetry from the Bed' competition, prize giving and the winning poem 'Anstice', ME Awareness Month exhibition and 45,000 installation, and OMEGA. Listen Here
Radio 4 programme about ESA 20th December 2011
ME article Oxford Times May 5th 2011, p.46:
Latest research shows evidence of persistent infection of children with ME:
OMEGA offers help and support by providing:
- Meetings, social events and workshops - Including talks by both conventional and complementary practitioners, latest research and benefits information - see Forthcoming Events
- Quarterly newsletters – Full of supportive advice and information, including some jokes and pictures.
- Monthly meditation group – For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information and training for Health Professionals
- Access to other Oxfordshire groups - See below:
- Telephone contact list – For details contact OMEGA – Details below.
- A library
OMEGA is also active in research and campaigning for improved services:
- Research into patients’ and general practitioners’ experience of Health & Social care for people with ME/CFS
- Research into biomedical markers for the illness by an OMEGA member - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2680051/
- Successful campaigning for the Oxfordshire Community CFS/ME Team now known as Oxfordshire CFS/ME Service (Previously known as OCCMET) - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/service_description/oxfordshire-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-me-service
- Representation on the advisory group for ME/CFS services in Oxfordshire. Our current campaign is to improve services for children and young people in Oxfordshire. If you are a parent, young person, or professional working with young people, we would love to hear from you.