Researchers in Norway believe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as ME, may be caused by an over exposure to EU related news stories.The disease is thought to affect some 250,000 people in the UK and symptoms include extreme tiredness, problems with memory and concentration, sleep disturbances and mood swings.
Following a late night vote on the EU referendum in the Commons last night, employers are today reporting a 50% increase in absenteeism. This follows a similar spike experienced on Monday morning following the EU finance ministers crisis summit in Brussels.
The illness has attracted significant controversy over the cause or even the existence of ME. Many employers have dismissed suffers for being lazy or for irresponsible partying over the weekend. A spokesman for the CBI is on record as saying "Monday is statistically the sickest day of the week following, as it does, a heavy weekend on the lash"
Dr Charles Shepherd, the UK ME Association's medical adviser, said: "The results of this clinical trial are very encouraging news for people with ME. It is surely no coincidence that most of the important and highly publicised meetings of the EU, and indeed the Eurovision Song Contest, take place at weekends. My advice to sufferers is to avoid all contact with newspapers and television news programs and under no circumstances listen to Robert Peston on Radio 4"