The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (Ailsworth SM., et al.) 10.31.2023, published “Alpha-gal IgE Prevalence Patterns in the United States: An Investigation of 3000 Military Recruits”. This article investigates Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), an allergy to mammalian meat, particularly associated with bites from lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum).
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The Government Department & Agencies section on the submenu includes federal government departments such as Health & Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Education (USDE). Often agencies under these departments adopt policies that affect Lyme & TBD, such as those from the CDC and NIH, both agencies are under HHS. The HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working group can be found under HHS. Military can be found under DoD. From time to time, the LDA will post articles in these sections that pertain to Lyme disease/TBD that might be of interest or importance to the public, including policies and rule making being considered or adopted.
Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs; C. Ben Beard, PhD, Director, Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at a Meeting at EPA on Lyme in Virginia in 2006.
There are two new reports published by the CDC’s journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), also known as the red meat allergy. AGS is an emerging tick bite associated allergic condition to most mammalian meat. These reports highlight that “AGS is of increasing concern for public health, but many healthcare providers (HCPs) are unaware of the condition and how to diagnose or manage it.”
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Thompson, J. M., et al.) 07.28.2023, published the first report “Geographic Distribution of Suspected Alpha-gal Syndrome Cases — United States, January 2017-December 2022.” This report aims to make public health agencies and healthcare providers aware of AGS case hotspots in the United States in order to recognize the impact AGS is having in the country. Most cases were reported in the southern, midwestern, and mid-Atlantic United States.
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Carpenter, A., et al.) 07.28.2023, published the second report “Health Care Provider Knowledge Regarding Alpha-gal Syndrome — United States, March–May 2022.” This report is the first national survey to assess healthcare provider’s knowledge of AGS. Approximately 42% of the United State’s Healthcare providers had never heard of AGS, with only 29% of providers who knew of the condition knowledgeable to diagnosis it. The report highlights the need for further awareness and education of AGS to help improve patient care in the United States.
The CDC, in collaboration with Medscape, is providing a free CME/CE training so learners are better able to self-assess gaps in their knowledge regarding the diagnosis and management of patients with AGS. Providers can access the training below.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced in a press release on 7.21.23 that they have awarded approximately $3.2 million dollars in funding for this first year of research focused […]
Announcing an online workshop co-sponsored by Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and The Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE} on June 28, 2023, 2-4pm ET. The free workshop will first share HHS updates and recent progress on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. This will be followed by interactive workshops with diverse partners who will connect to advance the field. Lyme Innovation is an HHS patient-centered approach to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
An article regarding recent study on effectiveness of permethrin-treated uniforms against ticks was conducted at Department of Defense (DOD) Military Tick Identification/Infection Confirmation Kit Program (MilTICK program) was published by […]
The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) wishes to notify the research community of recently released Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) […]
Lyme Disease Association Inc (LDA) Board of Directors Member Jeannine Phillips attended the first virtual meeting of ICUE, the CDC Foundation’s new infectious disease-based initiative, February 8, 2023, which includes Lyme disease. About 40 patient advocacy and community-based organizations from different health conditions were represented in the initial endeavor. Meeting report from Jeannine (picture) follows.
The Lyme Disease Association Inc. wrote to the CDC in response to an article published in Pediatric Infectious Disease , Dec. 23, 2004, James Cooper, Henry Feder, titled “Inaccurate Information […]
COMPLETED In the Federal Register, 11.21.22, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Office of Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services, has announced an RFI, Request For Information, […]
In response to the Biden administration’s issuance of the Presidential Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published “Health+ Long COVID Human-Centered Design Report” in October 2022 which expands on two prior publications released in August 2022– “Services and Supports for Longer-Term Impacts of COVID-19” and “National Research Action Plan on Long COVID.”