Research on Children
with CFIDS Published
By David M. Hoh
Originally published in Youth Allied By
CFIDS, Summer 1997
Volume 3, No. 2 of the Journal of Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome reports on research involving children and adolescents with
CFIDS. It includes:
- An editorial by Dr. David S. Bell, a
renowned CFIDS expert and pediatrician.
- A paper by Karen Jordan, PhD, et al.
describing the challenges unique to studying CFIDS in children.
- A summary of information about the
prevalence of CFIDS in adolescents gathered by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) during the course of several studies.
- The report of a study conducted in
England on long-term absences from school that result from chronic fatigue
syndrome. The study determined that 42% of all long-term school absences in
the schools surveyed were due to the illness.
- Dr. Bell’s research into onset
characteristics of CFIDS in children. Less than half of the children in his
study had sudden onset, but Dr. Bell found that the severity of symptoms was
not determined by type of onset.
- An opinion based on clinical
observations by James F. Jones, MD, a pediatrician at National Jewish Medical
and Research Center in Denver. Dr. Jones cautions that CFIDS in adolescents
should be considered a working diagnosis until other reasons for each
complaint are ruled out.
- An article describing management of
CFIDS in children by clinician Charles W. Lapp, MD, a family doctor in
Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Lapp describes supportive therapy, lifestyle changes,
treatment of symptoms and issues involving school.
Individual copies of this journal will not
be available from the publisher until 1998, but you can purchase all four 1997
issues (volume 3) for $32.40 by calling 800/HAWORTH.
David Hoh is the editor of The CFIDS
Chronicle. This article was adapted
from one he wrote for the Chronicle.