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Here's a new cartoon about Jen Brea's brilliant film "Unrest."

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Concord, NH
Can someone make this file under 50KB so I can use as new Avatar here?


PS Thanks in advance!


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Not just on your end. :)

I don't have the program or the brain (forgot everything about picture editing) to make it smaller and still ok to read, maybe someone else can help.


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Here's my salute to Francis Collins (NIH Director) who happily took credit for the research using the nanoneedle that found a blood marker for ME.
According to Janet Dafoe (wife of Ron Davis at Stanford)
"That NIH grant was TERMINATED about 2 years ago because NIH said they didn't want to fund that technology anymore. That grant had funded the initial development of the nanoneedle on cancer cells & bacteria. All the ME/CFS work started AFTER that & was FUNDED BY PATIENTS@OpenMedF"
When I heard that Collins had taken credit, I actually felt like I had been physically punched, given the fact that the NIH's failure to fund research has caused me and millions like me to suffer for decades.

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U.S., Earth
The Most Underfunded Disease at the NIH
by Winston Blick of "ME/CFS Quotes"

If you compare funding and disease burden data across all diseases at the NIH for which this data is available, one disease stands out. It's ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome), a condition that afflicts 1–2.5 million Americans. Those numbers may rise drastically as a result of long COVID, which in many cases closely resembles ME/CFS.

For more resources, doctors and patients can refer to the U.S. ME/CFS Clinician Coalition: https://mecfscliniciancoalition.org
Special thanks to Andrew Vickers, who composed the soundtrack for this video. Arthur Mirin, Mary Dimmock, and Leonard Jason conducted the research into ME/CFS funding vs. disease burden that is referred to throughout this video. Read their latest research update: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32568148
For more informative content, follow ME/CFS Quotes (@mecfsquotes) on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.