Amolak Bansal

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Doctor Amolak Singh Bansal is a consultant immunologist at the Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals in the United Kingdom. He has researched the involvement of B cells (also known as B lymphocytes) in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). His professional interests are allergy, autoimmunity, CFS/ME and immunodeficiency.

Bansal Score Chart for ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Dr. Bansal developed a diagnostic scoring system, the Bansal Score Chart for ME/CFS, in order to improve the diagnostic certainty for primary and secondary care physicians.[1]

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Title - "Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)"
Talk title - "Diagnosis/Treatments and ME in UK"
Talk title - "Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis: Combining clinic and research"

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  1. Invest in ME Research (2014). "Invest in ME 4th Biomedical Research for ME Conference and 9th Invest in ME Research Conference Report" (PDF). 
  2. Bansal, Amolak. "Seminarium om barn och unga med ME/CFS". 
  3. Collin, Simon M.; Crawley, Esther; May, Margaret T.; Sterne, Jonathan A. C.; Hollingworth, William (Sep 15, 2015). Contributors: O'Dowd, Hazel; Butt, K; Dunn, D; Pemberton, Sue; White, Peter; Murphy, Maurice; Mullick, Y; Bansal, Amolak. "The impact of CFS/ME on employment and productivity in the UK: a cross-sectional study based on the CFS/ME national outcomes database". BMC health services research. 11: 217. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-217. ISSN 1472-6963. PMC 3184626Freely accessible. PMID 21923897. 
  4. Bansal, A. S.; Bradley, A. S.; Bishop, K. N.; Kiani-Alikhan, S.; Ford, B. (Jan 2012). "Chronic fatigue syndrome, the immune system and viral infection". Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 26 (1): 24–31. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2011.06.016. ISSN 1090-2139. PMID 21756995. 
  5. Bradley, AS; Ford, B; Bansal, Amolak (2013), "Altered functional B cell subset populations in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome compared to healthy controls", Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 172 (1): 73–80, doi:10.1111/cei.12043 
  6. Bradley, AS; Ford, B; Bansal, Amolak (2013), "The Immune System in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Advances in Neuroimmune Biology, 4 (4): 255-263, doi:10.3233/NIB-130068 
  7. Attree, Elizabeth A; Arroll, Megan A; Dancey, Christine P; Griffith, Charlene; Bansal, Amolak S (Feb 25, 2014). "Psychosocial factors involved in memory and cognitive failures in people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome". Psychology Research and Behavior Management. 7: 67–76. doi:10.2147/PRBM.S50645. ISSN 1179-1578. PMC 3940708Freely accessible. PMID 24596470. 
  8. Bansal, Amolak (Jul 19, 2016), "Investigating unexplained fatigue in general practice with a particular focus on CFS/ME", BMC Family Practice, 17 (81), doi:10.1186/s12875-016-0493-0 
  9. Mensah, Fane; Bansal, Amolak; Berkovitz, Saul; Sharma, Arti; Reddy, Venkat; Leandro, Maria; Cambridge, Geraldine (2016), "Extended B cell phenotype in patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A cross-sectional study", Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 184 (2): 237-247, doi:10.1111/cei.12749 
  10. Mensah, Fane; Bansal, Amolak; Ford, Brian; Cambridge, Geraldine (2017), "Chronic fatigue syndrome and the immune system: Where are we now?", Neurophysiologie Clinique, 47 (2): 131-138, doi:10.1016/j.neucli.2017.02.002 
  11. Mensah, Fane F. K.; Armstrong, Christopher W.; Reddy, Venkat; Bansal, Amolak S.; Berkovitz, Saul; Leandro, Maria J.; Cambridge, Geraldine (2018). "CD24 Expression and B Cell Maturation Shows a Novel Link With Energy Metabolism: Potential Implications for Patients With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Frontiers in Immunology. 9. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2018.02421. ISSN 1664-3224. 

immunologist - specialized medical doctor trained in managing problems related to the immune system, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases

B cell - B lymphocyte, or a type of white blood cell, which is involved in the immune response by secreting antibodies to ward off infections. In mammals, they are mostly matured in the bone marrow.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

B cell - B lymphocyte, or a type of white blood cell, which is involved in the immune response by secreting antibodies to ward off infections. In mammals, they are mostly matured in the bone marrow.

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