New in vitro study on dapsone (diaminodiphenyl sulfone), and dapsone combination therapy (DDS CT) was just published by Dr. Richard Horowitz et al. and provides hope of effective treatment for patients with persistent Lyme disease. The study is suggestive that dapsone combination therapy may well characterize both a novel and successful option to treat Borrelia […]
Science & Professional Articles
There are tens of thousands of articles published on Lyme disease, many in peer reviewed medical journals. These articles carry the most scientific weight as they are reviewed by a committee of doctors and scientists before they are accepted for publication. Generally, LDA is not permitted to provide complete articles due to copyright laws, but sometimes, LDA is granted the rights to publish partial or complete articles on its site for your viewing.
In a recent Rutgers University-led study, researchers identified Carios kelleyi, a “soft” tick species associated with bats, for the first time in New Jersey. This parasite, of almost exclusively bats, is thought widespread in the US (as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Cuba), with known occurrences in 29 of the 48 […]
In a recent study conducted in central Pennsylvania, evidence of emerging pathogens, some also common to ticks, have been found in fleas. Various pathogens can be spread by ectoparasites among animal host populations in nature. Along with ticks, fleas are found to commonly infest small mammals. The role of pathogen transmission cycles for these vectors is unknown. Only the white footed mouse tested positive for the blood‐borne pathogens examined, with 47 (18.1%) positive for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and ten (4.8%) positive for Babesia microti. Other pathogens included Bartonella vinsonii, B. microti, and a Rickettsia felis‐like bacterium.
These pictures of the Haemaphysalis longicornis (Asian longhorned) were taken recently by LDA’s Scientific & Professional Advisory Board member James L. Occi, Rutgers, in Bergen County NJ. The invasive tick was first discovered on a NJ farm on a sheep in 2017. The tick probably came from Asia, where it is able to transmit diseases […]
Elizabeth Maloney, MD, explains current Lyme disease testing issues, including the ELISA and Western Blot, sensitivity and specificity of the testing, and the problems associated with the two-tier testing recommended by the CDC. It begins with the general characteristics of diagnostic testing The Summary states: “Serologic testing for Lyme is inaccurate. While the inadequate sensitivity […]
The NIH Strategic Plan for Tickborne Disease Research, October 9, 2019, is good news for everyone in the Lyme and tick-borne diseases community! The plan builds on the activities of the Department of Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG), which issued a 2018 report to Congress outlining research recommendations. Through inventories sent […]
In 2018, Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) reached a milestone in its Lyme research support −the 50th journal article with LDA supported research was published. Articles found in 39 different journals begin in 1996 with the ground-breaking, Borrelia burgdorferi DNA in the Urine of Treated Patients with Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms: A PCR Study of […]
Professional Articles There are articles that are published on Lyme disease which are not published in journals which are subject to peer review process but which, nonetheless, are valuable tools for anyone interested in the disease. They may be written by doctors, scientists, government officials, advocates, others considered experts in the field. The Effects […]
Peer Reviewed Medical & Scientific Articles These articles carry the most scientific weight as they are reviewed by a committee of doctors and scientists before they are accepted for publication. The following links are provided for you to other sites which have lists of scientific publications on Lyme disease where you can search for particular […]