Future looks brighter for Lyme disease care

May 3rd, 2015 Poughkeepsie Journal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their estimates for the number of Lyme disease cases, saying there are 10 times as many.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law protecting doctors who prescribe longer courses of antibiotics to Lyme disease patients.

Studies in animals and humans show that Lyme can persist in the body after the short-course antibiotic treatment that is commonly prescribed.

For patients who have to deal with Lyme, the changes signal a medical community that is more accepting of the disease’s lingering effects and government institutions that are more willing to allow alternative treatments.

“The winds,” says Dr. Richard Horowitz, medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, “are starting to change.” …

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