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.[18]
One study of young adults followed for fifteen years demonstrated clear improvement in activity, but not illness resolution8. 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 severity12. It is rare for an adolescent to become completely free of the disease13.[18]

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Sheffield_Bell
  2. http://www.openmedicinefoundation.org/scientific-advisory-board/
  3. https://bos.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=773.0.423082047&databaseId=OMF&mailingId=34274682&jobRef=773.0.506425459&key=b6b9237b3ebd1e462a5d11dbc5c4dae&personaRef=773.0.423082048&memberId=1348639685
  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. 5.05.1 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 
  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. 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 
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 
  11. 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
  12. 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 
  13. 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 
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW0x9_Q8qbo
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Remember_Me
  16. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC6.shtml#agenda
  17. Bell, David S. (1995), "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 1 (1): 9-33, doi:10.1300/J092v01n01_03 
  18. 18.018.1 "ME/CFS in Children - by David S. Bell, MD | Open Medicine Foundation". Open Medicine Foundation. Jun 25, 2016. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 

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