May Awareness LDA Guest Blogger Robert Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; in Private Practice, Psychiatry, in Red Bank, New Jersey; Past President of ILADS; and an LDA Professional Advisory Board member. Recognizing the Causal Association Between Lyme Disease and Mental Illnesses Robert C […]
Positive Phase 2 clinical trial results for the Lyme disease vaccine candidate (VLA15) in the pediatric population have just been announced by Pfizer and Valneva. VLA15 is currently the only Lyme disease vaccine candidate in clinical development, and is the first clinical study to enroll children aged 5 to 17 years old. This phase 2 […]
May Awareness guest blogger, Scott Commins MD, says “when it comes to ticks and the human immune system, we don’t have all the answers and we need to stop pretending as though we do.” Alpha-Gal Syndrome (AGS) is an easy example. At a fundamental level AGS seems straightforward: a tick bite induces an allergy to the alpha-gal sugar found in mammals and, thereafter, one experiences allergic reactions to beef, pork, lamb, venison, etc. However, we know this is an oversimplification […]
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Throughout May Awareness Month, a different blog will be featured on the LDA website every five days. Each blog will appear on the LDA website home page as well as the Guest Blog Page. Authors and topics include Richard Horowitz, Lyme & COVID; Robert Bransfield, Lyme & Mental Illness; Scott Commins, Alpha gal; Daniel Cameron, Tick-Borne Diseases; Sandy Berenbaum, Lyme & Kids; Thomas Platts Mills, Alpha gal.
Dr. Richard Horowitz Medical director, Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center
Board certified internal medicine. Member NYS DOH Tick-borne Disease Working Group 2021-2022. Member HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group 2017-2019. Co-chair HHS Other Tick-borne Diseases and Co-infections subcommittee 2017-2019. Member, HHS Babesia and Other Tick-borne Pathogens 2019-2020
The University of Utah Health website has reported news from the university’s Division of Microbiology and Immunology and their recent discovery of a new genetic pathway that might help to uncover why some patients develop more severe cases of Lyme disease arthritis.
In this mini review article, researchers examine the important and potential role of antibiotic tolerance/persistence in Borrelia spp. (Lyme disease bacteria) and Post treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). Many hypotheses have been proposed and studies have been conducted to attempt to determine the potential causes of persistent Lyme disease or PTLDS. Studies have examined autoimmunity, […]
LDA Congratulates James Occi (Jim), who recently received his PhD at Rutgers University, the Center for Vector Biology (New Brunswick), and wishes him every success with his future endeavors. He studied tick-borne diseases in New Jersey tick populations under the direction of Dr. Dina Fonseca and co-authored the below four published research articles for his dissertation.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, May 2022, published Persistent Symptoms, Lyme Disease, and Prior Trauma, by Mustafiz et al. The study examined 60 individuals with persistent symptoms after Lyme disease. Trauma history, mental and physical symptoms, and functional status were measured with validated methods. One prior study concluded that traumatic events before Lyme […]
LDA President’s Blog –
Lyme Disease Association Mourns Loss of Dr. Nick Harris, Lyme Testing Pioneer
From LDA President Pat Smith’s Blog: One of the greatest champions for Lyme and tick-borne disease patients is gone. A man of great talents and sterling character—a man with a presence. Dr. Nick Harris, founder of IGeneX Labs and an early developer of Lyme tests which undoubtedly saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients across the world with Lyme & tick-borne diseases. He not only gave patients hope but gave them tangible solutions for their diagnostic dilemmas.