Pat Smith Describes Pre-Meeting Effort to Minimize Lyme. Below in For the Record are the written comments LDA President Pat Smith, a public member of HHS TBD Working Group read (slightly compressed) into the record at the Working Group (WG) meeting on July 8 about the potential WG Chapter report for which she was responsible, […]
Working Group to Discuss Lyme Patient Issues/Goodbye Dr. Spector/Claims Show 94% Lyme/Lyme & AFib/Rickettsia in NJ Ticks
LDA Campaign: Patient Access to Care. Our government denies persistent (chronic) Lyme and refuses to acknowledge and help those patients. LDA requested the public submit comments about the existence and importance of persistent (chronic) Lyme. How it affects their life, family, job, school, and doctors. We are pleased to report this campaign was successful and thanks to the many who took action and responded.
Fair Health, is “an independent non-profit that collects data for and manages the nation’s largest database of privately billed health insurance claims,” including Medicare Parts A & B. In December 2019, it published a white paper “Trends and Patterns in Lyme Disease, An Analysis of Private Claims Data. The Paper analyzed 30 billion privately billed […]
The picture in New Jersey of spotted fever group rickettsiosis (SFGR), which includes Rocky Mountain Spotted fever (RMSF), is complex. In this latest study from the Am. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (James Occi, Rutgers University, et al, ), the researchers tested American dog ticks and lone star ticks in NJ to determine which […]
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: It is with great sadness that we in the Lyme community say goodbye to someone whose life was dedicated to helping others through his work as an oncologist and a researcher, Dr. Neil Spector. Dr. Spector devoted his life to saving the lives of others, first through his work on therapies for cancer patients and from his personal experience with Lyme disease.
Aucott Makes Case for Chronic Lyme/2 Pandemics: Lyme & Covid-19/PA Radio: LDA Discusses Lyme & TBD/New Lyme Vaccine/Study on Deer Tick Questing/Contentious WG Meeting/Maloney: Reducing Lyme Burden
John Aucott, Director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center & Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Univ., published a piece in The Conversation providing his insight on the controversial topic of chronic Lyme disease. In the article, Aucott outlines the existence of a population of patients – an estimated 10-20% – with persistent, lingering symptoms months to years after treatment.
Elizabeth L. Maloney, MD, President of the Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education and Family Medicine Physician in Wyoming, MN published a paper titled “Reducing the Burden of Lyme Disease” in Minnesota Family Physician. It includes discussion of tick bite management, early treatment, and shared decision-making.
The LDA President, Pat Smith, was interviewed about Lyme & other TBD on Pennsylvania’s Forever Johnstown Media radio. Included in the 25-minute interview were Lyme case numbers, the Lyme controversy, spread, ticks, other tick-borne diseases, and prevention.
John Aucott, Director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center and Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, published a piece in The Conversation providing his insight on the highly controversial topic of chronic Lyme disease.
Daniel Cameron, MD, reported in his Lyme Science blog on a study that uncovers new information about deer tick questing. The study, from the SUNY Broome Community College’s Tracy R. Curtis, et al., was published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and looked at how adult blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) move on public trails with “increasing levels of terrain complexity with a potential host nearby.”