Fall 2018

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Lyme Disease Has Been Found in All 50 States — and Is on the Rise

Quest Diagnostics and the CDC report different numbers of total Lyme disease cases.

By Lonnie Marcum

A Perfect Storm — More Infected Ticks in More Places

Citizen-scientists submitted blacklegged ticks — the kind that can carry Lyme disease — in 83 counties where they’d never previously been recorded.

By Lonnie Marcum

An Anthropologist’s View of Lyme Disease and Suicide

Lyme disease patients are often labeled as “hysterical” or “malingerers.”

By Lonnie Marcum

IGeneX ImmunoBlots — New Lyme Disease Tests

IGeneX, has developed two new Lyme disease tests capable of detecting multiple species of borrelia with sensitivity shown to be greater than 90%

By Lonnie Marcum

Avril Lavigne Releases New Song, “Head Above Water,” About Lyme Disease

The story behind the lyrics is the physical and emotional toll of having a tick-borne disease.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Using High-Level Mathematics to Fight Lyme Disease

Deanna Needell, professor of mathematics at UCLA, is finding new ways to fight Lyme disease.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

“Non-relevant” Tick Bite Puts Child in Hospital

Let’s look at why tick bites are ignored in non-endemic areas.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

A Haunting Lyme disease memoir is a story of trauma, marginalization, and invalidation

A review of the book Sick, written by Lyme disease patient Porochista Khakpour.

By Laura Darnell

Netflix’s Afflicted is Inflicting Damage on the Chronically Ill ME/CFS Patient

An open letter calls for Netflix to remove its new series Afflicted, which portrays chronically ill ME/CFS patients as abnormal and strange.

By Phyllis Mervine

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