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Many people are suffering from Lyme disease and continue to suffer because research is lacking. Our CEO Lorraine discusses how we discovered the most important research priorities from the Lyme disease community.
Many people are suffering from Lyme disease and continue to suffer because research is lacking. We reached out to the community and got thousands of responses back saying what they feel is the top ten things researchers should focus on.
Professor Holly Ahern, of State University of New York Adirondack, knows about Lyme disease from two different angles. One, as a microbiologist who has thoroughly examined the scientific literature pertaining to tick-borne diseases, and two, as the mother of a daughter with chronic Lyme disease. In this 2017 presentation she shares her expertise with wit and scientific data.
In the following clip from the recent Focus on Lyme conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lorraine explains why it’s critical for the Lyme community to do its own research about Lyme disease.
At Lymedisease.org’s June board meeting, CEO Lorraine Johnson presented information on how different sources map Lyme disease.
Dr. Green discussed “stealth pathogens” and strategies for combating them.
LymeDisease.org board member Dr. Raphael Stricker serves as co-principal investigator of MyLymeData. In his presentation he discusses big data, big pharma, and precision medicine.
Lorraine Johnson, CEO of LymeDisease.org, presents results from MyLymeData in San Ramon, CA, on April 8, 2017. MyLymeData uses big data research tools which allow patients to quickly and privately pool their data to determine which treatments work best.
Over 250,000 people have already completed LymeDisease.org’s Symptom Checklist. In December it went live in New York City’s Times Square, on a jumbotron. The link to the Symptom Checklist is at www.lymedisease.org/lyme-disease-symptom-checklist/. Symptom Checklist helps people get diagnosed sooner. You fill out a brief questionnaire that you can print out and take to your doctor.
Dr. Neil Spector—one of the top cancer researchers in the US—suffered from misdiagnosed Lyme disease for many years. Although he was eventually diagnosed and treated for Lyme, by then his heart was so damaged, he needed a heart transplant. He chronicled the experience in his memoir, Gone in A Heartbeat: A Physician’s Search for True Healing. Since then, Dr. Spector has become a unique advocate for Lyme patients, calling for new ways to diagnose and treat the tick-borne illness. In this 2017 presentation he speaks as both a former patient and as a scientist.
Our MyLymeData registry asks patients if they were initially misdiagnosed with another illness, and if so, what the illness was. About 20% of respondents were told they had a neurological disease. 14% were misdiagnosed with MS, and 2% with other neurological diseases; like ALS, Parkinson’s and multiple system atrophy. When looking at this data, it is important to recognize that geography may play a big role in both the prevalence of neurologic conditions and Lyme disease in a particular area.