David Bell

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David S. Bell, MD, is a retired American doctor who had a practice in General Medicine and Pediatrics. He was at the center of the 1985 Lyndonville outbreak of the disease in upper New York state in the United States.[1] Dr. Bell serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Open Medicine Foundation[2] and is a member of the Working Group which offers their expertise and resources to the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University.[3]

Dr. Bell has been involved in numerous studies and was one of the authors of the International Consensus Criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).[4] He also developed a pediatric case definition for ME/CFS[5] and has written guidance for ME/CFS in children.[6]

He has given several talks and interviews throughout the years and has also written articles for the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Health Rising as well as authoring/co-authoring several books on ME/CFS.

International Consensus Criteria[edit | edit source]

Dr. Bell is one of the authors of the 2011 case definition, International Consensus Criteria.[4]

Pediatric case definition[edit | edit source]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Articles[edit | edit source]

Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[edit | edit source]

Open Medicine Foundation[edit | edit source]

Dr. Bell has noted that in children and adolescents, noting that symptoms can be different and that the ME/CFS hallmark symptom of post-exertional malaise may not be described by them and instead exertion, such as taking a school bus, can cause a relapse needing prolonged periods in bed. If an adolescent spent three months in bed due to ME/CFS they will still be ill at age 35 even if their symptoms were mild in their adult years. Becoming increasing ill with activity and symptom severity is expected 15-20 years later.[19]
One study of young adults followed for fifteen years demonstrated clear improvement in activity, but not illness resolution. The same group of patients continued to do relatively well for a further five to ten years and then became worse in both activity limitation and symptom severity. It is rare for an adolescent to become completely free of the disease.[19]

Health Rising[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • 1991, The disease of a thousand names: CFIDS--chronic fatigue/immune dysfunction syndrome, David Bell - Unknown Binding
  • 1993, Curing fatigue: a step-by-step plan to uncover and eliminate the causes of chronic fatigue, David Bell - Stef Donev - Rodale Press
  • 1994, The doctor's guide to chronic fatigue syndrome: understanding, treating, and living with CFIDS, David Bell - Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.
  • 1999, A parents' guide to CFIDS: how to be an advocate for your child with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction, David Bell - Haworth Medical Press
  • 2000, Faces of CFS: case studies of chronic fatigue syndrome, David Bell - The Author
  • 2007, Neuro-immune fatigue ME/CFS/FM and cellular hypoxia, David Bell - WingSpan Press

Open Letter to The Lancet[edit | edit source]

Two open letters to the editor of The Lancet urged the editor to commission a fully independent review of the PACE trial, which the journal had published in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Bell, along with 41 colleagues in the ME/CFS field, signed the second letter.

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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Learn more[edit | edit source]

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  1. "David Sheffield Bell". Wikipedia. Oct 3, 2019. 
  2. "Scientific Advisory Board". Open Medicine Foundation. Retrieved Nov 14, 2019. 
  3. "OMF grants $1.2M to Ramp Up Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University". bos.etapestry.com. Retrieved Nov 14, 2019. 
  4. 4.04.1 Carruthers, Bruce M.; van de Sande, Marjorie I.; De Meirleir, Kenny L.; Klimas, Nancy G.; Broderick, Gordon; Mitchell, Terry; Staines, Donald; Powles, A. C. Peter; Speight, Nigel; Vallings, Rosamund; Bateman, Lucinda; Baumgarten-Austrheim, Barbara; Bell, David; Carlo-Stella, Nicoletta; Chia, John; Darragh, Austin; Jo, Daehyun; Lewis, Donald; Light, Alan; Marshall-Gradisnik, Sonya; Mena, Ismael; Mikovits, Judy; Miwa, Kunihisa; Murovska, Modra; Pall, Martin; Stevens, Staci (Aug 22, 2011). "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria". Journal of Internal Medicine. 270 (4): 327–338. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x. ISSN 0954-6820. PMC 3427890Freely accessible. PMID 21777306. 
  5. Jason, Leonard A.; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S.; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny (Jan 2006). "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 13 (2-3): 1–44. doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01. ISSN 1057-3321. 
  6. 6.06.1 "ME/CFS in Children - by David S. Bell, MD | Open Medicine Foundation". Open Medicine Foundation. Jun 25, 2016. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 
  7. Jason, Leonard A; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny; Van Hoof, Elke LS (2006), "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 13 (2-3): 1-44, doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01 
  8. Bell, David S. (1995), "Illness Onset Characteristics in Children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Idiopathic Chronic Fatigue", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 3 (2): 43-51, doi:10.1300/J092v01n01_03 
  9. David H. P. Streeten and David S. Bell, MD. (1998). Circulating Blood Volume in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome', Vol. 4, Iss. 1, pp. 3-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J092v04n01_02
  10. Streeten DH, Thomas D, Bell DS.(2000). The roles of orthostatic hypotension, orthostatic tachycardia, and subnormal erythrocyte volume in the pathogenesis of the chronic fatigue syndrome. American Journal of the Medical Science, 320 (1):1-8. PMID:10910366
  11. Bell, David S.; Jordan, Karen; Robinson, Mary (2001), "Thirteen-Year Follow-Up of Children and Adolescents With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Pediatrics, 107 (5): 994-998, PMID 11331676 
  12. David S. Bell & E. Van Hoof. (2006). Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Things Parents Need to Know. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 13, Iss. 2-3, pp. 79-88. doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_05
  13. Jason, Leonard; Porter, Nicole; Shelleby, E; Till, L; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles W; Rowe, Kathy; De Meirleir, Kenny (2009), "Severe versus Moderate criteria for the new pediatric case definition for ME/CFS", Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40 (4): 609-20, doi:10.1007/s10578-009-0147-8 
  14. Brown, Molly M.; Bell, David S.; Jason, Leonard A.; Christos, Constance; Bell, David E. (2012), "Understanding long-term outcomes of chronic fatigue syndrome.", Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68 (9): 1028-35, doi:10.1002/jclp.21880 
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW0x9_Q8qbo
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Remember_Me
  17. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC6.shtml#agenda
  18. Bell, David S. (Jan 1995). "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children". Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 1 (1): 9–33. doi:10.1300/J092v01n01_03. ISSN 1057-3321. 
  19. 19.019.1 "ME/CFS in Children - by David S. Bell, MD | Open Medicine Foundation". Open Medicine Foundation. Jun 25, 2016. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 

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.

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.

Tachycardia - An unusually rapid heart beat. Can be caused by exercise or illness. A symptom of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). (Learn more: www.heart.org)

Chronic fatigue (CF) - Persistent and abnormal fatigue is a symptom, not an illness. It may be caused by depression, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or many other illnesses. The term "chronic fatigue" should never be confused with the disease chronic fatigue syndrome.

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.

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