Lyme disease is an emergency. Instead of feeding the hype, we must support the science.
The controversy may be low-hanging fruit, but what we really need to focus on is a motherlode of hopeful research shining new light on the disease.
The fight over Lyme disease is one of the hottest topics in medicine right now. Is Lyme underdiagnosed or overdiagnosed? Easily detected with current tests, or often missed? Cured with a 30-day supply of doxycycline or immortal, impossible to treat no matter what? These polarized debates have fueled a series of articles and trend pieces. But as a science journalist covering the epidemic for 20 years, I’ve found the hype can cause confusion.