Tag Archives: Lyme Disease

Toronto Star: Everything about Lyme disease is steeped in controversy. Now some doctors are too afraid to treat patients

Friday December 14th, 2018 by Isabel Teotonio – The Star “Bruce Shilton’s crippling fatigue left him bedridden for six months. Sue Faber was so forgetful, she couldn’t remember her daughters’ birthdates. And Andrea Smith’s relentless aches sent her into a deep depression. All three Canadians say they are struggling with a chronic form of Lyme disease and feel abandoned by Continues →

Learning From Patients’ Experiences Related To Diagnostic Errors Is Essential For Progress In Patient Safety

Health Affairs : Nov 2108 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.0698 HEALTH AFFAIRS 37, NO. 11 (2018): 1821–1827 ABSTRACT Diagnostic error research has largely focused on individual clinicians’ decision making and system design, while overlooking information from patients. We analyzed a unique new data source of patient- and family-reported error narratives to explore factors that contribute to diagnostic errors. From reports of adverse medical events Continues →

Ireland: Lyme Disease centre a positive step

[CanLyme Note: Come-on Canada, wake up, we too need a facility that will actually acknowledge the science, the uncertainty, and stop using patients as pawns in a strange game of ego and politics. Ego and politics yields disability, death, employers losing their workforce, families losing their homes and savings.] Nov 27, 2018 “Despite Lyme Disease being the most common zoonotic disease Continues →

‘Every season is tick season’: Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk

People have ‘let their guard down’ and aren’t checking for ticks as weather cools, says zoologist   Laurenne Schiller loves taking her dog Cousteau for walks along Halifax trails as the weather cools. But even after the first dusting of snow this week, each walk finishes with a head-to-toe check for blacklegged ticks on her and her collie.   “”They’re Continues →

United States Annual Cases of Lyme Disease for 2017 Over 400,000

[CanLyme Note: The numbers reflected by the CDC in no way represent the total number of cases occurring annually in the USA.  As per the CDC press release in 2013 they acknowledge that “surveillance data” only gathers about 10% of the true numbers of cases putting a more realistic total annual count for 2017 at over 400,000 cases.]  ————————————————- In 2017, Continues →

Mount Kisco Lyme disease doctor sues blogger for $1M citing libel

Nov 13th, 2018 A Mount Kisco physician who specializes in the treatment of Lyme disease is suing a blogger for $1 million for allegedly misrepresenting his disciplinary action for professional misconduct. Dr. Daniel Cameron sued Jann Bellamy, a Tallahassee, Florida lawyer and activist for science-based standards in health care, Nov. 8 in federal court in White Plains. Cameron Cameron claims Continues →

Canadian Frank Papineau sues physicians Dr. Pablo Romero-Sierra, Dr. Johnny Brisebois in Ontario Superior court. Trial to start November 26th, 2018

[UPDATE: This case has now been adjourned (postponed) by the courts for 3 years!! They allege they do not have the judicial resources to hear this until then, then there will likely be another excuse. Was this a political decision?  How does this postponement compare to other adjourments?] Nov. 12, 2018 Ontario, Canada resident Frank Papineau has had enough and Continues →

14 celebrities who have opened up about battling Lyme disease

November 10th, 2018 In recent years, the medical spotlight has increasingly been shining on Lyme disease, the bacterial tick-borne illness that often comes with a host of vague, mysterious symptoms. The widespread illness is often considered the “great imitator” because its symptoms typically mimic other health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and others. Getting a proper Lyme disease Continues →

OPINION: Lyme disease tunnel vision plagues provincial authorities

Nov 3rd, 2018 Chronicle Herald newspaper Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada by Jane Bailey. Re: “Nova Scotia’s health system has a handle on Lyme” (Sept. 18 opinion piece by Dr. Robert Strang). I was appalled at the inaccuracy and inadequacy of the information that he is supplying to Nova Scotians — patients and doctors — about Lyme disease. A 2012 Health Continues →

Detection of tick-borne infection in Morgellons disease patients by serological and molecular techniques

Marianne J Middelveen, Iris Du Cruz, Melissa C Fesler, Raphael B Stricker, Jyotsna S Shah 1Atkins Veterinary Services, Calgary, AB, Canada; 2IGeneX Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA; 3Union Square Medical Associates, San Francisco, CA, USA Background: Morgellons disease (MD) is a skin condition associated with Lyme disease (LD) and tick-borne illness. Patients with this skin disorder experience ulcerative lesions that contain multicolored filamentous collagen and keratin inclusions. Continues →

Tick-borne disease is multiple microbial in nature

Nov. 1, 2018 A study recently published in Scientific Reports discovered that 65% of Lyme disease patients irrespective of their disease stage respond to several microbes. As a consequence, the authors have demonstrated that microbial infections in individuals suffering from Lyme disease do not follow the “one microbe, one disease” status-quo. Moreover, the probability that Lyme disease patients would respond Continues →

Lyme disease vastly under-detected in Canada, according to new study

Mount A biologist co-authors research that suggests only 3-4% of Lyme cases are officially diagnosed Friday October 20th, 2018 A new study published in the journal Healthcare suggests the vast majority of Canadians who have Lyme disease are slipping through the cracks. The research was done by Vett Lloyd, a Mount Allison University biology professor, and Dr. Ralph Hawkins, a Continues →