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Strain-based immunity?

Strain-based immunity? This news article highlights results from a study exploring whether people exposed to a particular strain of Lyme disease are immune to that strain for any length of time. The news article gives a nice layman's summary of the research article. The main result is that it seems statistically more likely that the… Continue reading Strain-based immunity?

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Lyme disease cases skyrocket [in Pittsburgh]

Lyme disease cases skyrocket [in Pittsburgh] Thank goodness the press is paying some attention (again) to what's going on with Lyme disease in the area. Maybe it will help one or two more people think twice before they dismiss unusual symptoms. If only the reporter had also talked about how to prevent tick bites, or… Continue reading Lyme disease cases skyrocket [in Pittsburgh]

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Evidence of a distinct post-treatment condition in humans makes Discover’s top 100

Evidence of a distinct post-treatment condition in humans makes Discover's top 100  “At least now we know we’re not just speculating about the differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and post-treatment Lyme.” ----- EDIT: I posted this before reading the original article (sorry!) and misunderstood the Discover article. There are "biomarkers" that persist post treatment, but… Continue reading Evidence of a distinct post-treatment condition in humans makes Discover’s top 100

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Strong Evidence of Lyme Persistence in Monkeys

A recent study (2012) proved the persistence of Bb (Lyme) in Rhesus Monkeys. The researchers waited 27 weeks after infection in their first experiment, which is all I'll discuss here, and then tested with multiple methods. The Eliza declined in treated animals, which might be interpreted to say treatment worked. However, in fact, spirochetal DNA… Continue reading Strong Evidence of Lyme Persistence in Monkeys

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IDSA guidelines called into question

The IDSA guidelines are the primary guidelines supporting the belief that post-lyme or chronic lyme does not exist. It is interesting to see the process by which those guidelines were constructed brought into question. They were last revised in 2006. Will this lead to more controversy or a more balanced view point? Here's a news… Continue reading IDSA guidelines called into question