When I came across the "Q and A" that Mindy posted at her site earlier today, my reaction was that the "Answers" weren't responsive - they really looked like a few canned statements that had been supplied as perhaps the most "appropriate" responses to the Questions from a limited group of statements that could be chosen. Not really responsive.
I had a similar reaction. I thought it sounded like Monroe didn't answer the questions himself, but gave a list of, say, 20 acceptable PR statements to some poor flunky (in the PR dept?), who had to make the closest match s/he could with very limited knowledge of the situation. It does sound like a limited number of canned sound bites selected to feed media questions, doesn't it? It might be fun to watch for repetition of these statements as the situation heats up and the media actually starts calling them. *grin*
For questions about the CDC XMRV "study"
The information in the Retrovirology paper was consistent with the specifics of the study design. The results, and methodology, have been confirmed by three different independent laboratories
For questions about CDC future research into CFS
orThe direction of CFS research has, and will continue to be, based on the best available scientific information and insights gained from our research and the findings of others.
CDC is deeply committed to reducing the morbidity and societal costs associated with CFS to enable a better quality of life for CFS patients.
For questions about CFS treatment
Unfortunately, there are very few double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of interventions for alleviating symptoms of CFS. CDC recommends that people with CFS work with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan that is highly individualized and addresses their particular constellation of symptoms
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