Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease: The Patient Experience
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Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease: The Patient Experience

Published December 29, 2023 in Healthcare Authored by Jennifer L. Fagen, Jeremy A. Shelton, Jenna Luché-Thayer Abstract: Even though there are approximately half a million new cases of Lyme disease in the US annually, according to the CDC, it is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, which can result in a chronic, multisystemic condition. Lyme disease is…

Children are more than twice as likely to lose their detectable antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria
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Children are more than twice as likely to lose their detectable antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria

Background Lyme borreliosis (LB), caused by Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), is the most common tick-borne infection in Germany. Antibodies against Bb are prevalent in the general population but information on temporal changes of prevalence and estimates of seroconversion (seroincidence) and seroreversion are lacking, especially for children and adolescents. Aim We aimed at assessing antibodies against Bb and factors associated with seropositivity…

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Complete Remission in Paralytic Late Tick-Borne Neurological Disease Comprising Mixed Involvement of Borrelia, Babesia, Anaplasma, and Bartonella: Use of Long-Term Treatments with Antibiotics and Antiparasitics in a Series of 10 Cases

Abstract This study aimed to demonstrate that severe neurological motor deficits in the context of late tick-borne disease with mixed microorganism involvement are eligible for long-term combined antibiotic/antiparasitic treatments. The inclusion criteria were: 1. neurological limb paralysis with a disability score >4 according to the EDSS Kurtzke disability scale; 2. serological tests pointing to an…

Come and join with CanLyme in the screening of “The Quiet Epidemic”
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Come and join with CanLyme in the screening of “The Quiet Epidemic”

May 18th, 2023 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and CanLyme is hosting an on-demand screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, The Quiet Epidemic during the week of May 19th. For the past two decades, CanLyme has been listening to the voices of people who have encountered ongoing roadblocks while trying to access adequate healthcare for Lyme…

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Murphy signs law requiring N.J. students to learn about tick-borne diseases

New Jersey students will be required to learn about tick-borne diseases starting next school year under a bipartisan law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Monday. The measure (S264) requires the state education commissioner, in collaboration with the state health commissioner, to create new curriculum guidelines that teach students how to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne…

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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise—And Climate Change Is To Blame

Chatelaine – by Zeahaa Rehman April 25th, 2023 “Maggie McColl first heard the joke about Lyme disease at a public talk about the illness in 2008. “The good news is, you’re not going to die,” she chuckles. “And the bad news is, you’re not going to die.” McColl, based in Nanaimo, B.C., first experienced symptoms of…

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A Fatal Case of Late Stage Lyme Borreliosis and Substance Abuse

Abstract A recent study demonstrated a 1,100% (12-fold) increase in substance abuse after acquiring Lyme borreliosis. Lyme borreliosis and substance abuse have never been adequately studied and deserves greater attention. A fatal case of Lyme borreliosis and substance abuse is presented, compared to a database, relevant citations are reviewed, brain tussue is analyzed, and findings…

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N.S. vet tech who says she got Lyme at work pushing for compensation

Chris Lambie, Chronicle Herald “Dr. Vett Lloyd has provided important information which suggests the worker’s diagnosis is Lyme disease. Her evidence should be considered by the board in conjunction with a further assessment by an infectious disease expert who could render a current diagnosis for the worker’s condition. The board is directed to have the…

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USA: Tick-Borne Disease Working Group 2022 Report to Congress

Executive Summary In this third and final report of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, the committee applauds the progress that has been made during the past six years but recognizes the challenges that remain. The Working Group identified possible paths toward achieving its vision of “a nation free of tick-borne diseases where new infections are…

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Jury awards $6.5M to Maine family for wrongful death, negligent misdiagnosis

PORTLAND (WGME) — A Cumberland County jury on Wednesday reportedly ordered Mercy Hospital in Portland and one of its physicians, Dr. John Henson, to pay $6.5 million to the family of a man who died as the result of a misdiagnosis. According to court documents, 25-year-old Peter Smith went to Mercy Hospital in Portland in…

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Lyme borreliosis in pregnancy and associations with parent and offspring health outcomes: An international cross-sectional survey

Published November 2022 Background: Lyme disease (LD) is a complex tick-borne pathology caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato bacteria. Currently, there are limited data regarding the health outcomes of people infected during pregnancy, the potential for perinatal transmission to their fetus, and the long-term effects on these children. Therefore, the primary objective of this survey study was to…