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Annual Lyme costs now top $3.1 billion

Annual Lyme costs now top $3.1 billion

The annual cost of Lyme disease in the US in 2002 was estimated at $203 million by Dr. Zhang of the CDC. Today the annual cost is likely to exceed $3.1 Billion…

Conflicts of Interest on the IDSA Guidelines

Conflicts of Interest on the IDSA Guidelines

The most influential members of the Infectious Disease Society Lyme disease guidelines panel had commercial interests related to Lyme vaccines, diagnostic tests, and insurance consulting…

Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Extended antimicrobial therapy is a low-risk option for chronic cases. “Adequate” medical treatment for Lyme is treatment that works. Treatments that don’t work are “not adequate.”…

Embers Study Contradicts IDSA Guidelines

Embers Study Contradicts IDSA Guidelines

Among many reasons the IDSA guidelines should be revised is the famous monkey trial…

Evidence of Lyme disease persistence

Evidence of Lyme disease persistence

Antibody tests are highly insensitive and miss a whopping 43% of Lyme cases. In addition, these tests can only determine past exposure to the bacteria, not active infection…

ILADS Treatment Guidelines 2014

ILADS Treatment Guidelines 2014

The guidelines address 3 clinical questions – the usefulness of antibiotic prophylaxis for known tick bites, the effectiveness of erythema migrans treatment and the role of antibiotic retreatment…

Incidence and Prevalence of Lyme Disease

Incidence and Prevalence of Lyme Disease

The CDC recently revised its estimate of the number of people who contract Lyme annually from 30,000 to 300,000. (CDC 2015) That’s six times more than the annual incidence of HIV/AIDS and about 1.5 times…

Two-tiered Testing of Lyme Disease

Two-tiered Testing of Lyme Disease

Many patients suffering from Lyme disease can’t get properly treated because they can’t get properly diagnosed in the first place. Often that’s because of the sorry state of laboratory tests for Lyme…

Lyme Treatment Trials

Lyme Treatment Trials

A lot of the controversy surrounding the effectiveness of treatment approaches in Lyme disease focuses on the few controlled treatment trials funded by the NIH…

NGC Delists IDSA Guidelines

NGC Delists IDSA Guidelines

NGC, a federal database providing treatment information to health care professionals, recently
removed the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Lyme disease treatment guidelines from its website….

Outcomes Important to Lyme Patients

Outcomes Important to Lyme Patients

LymeDisease.org launched a survey focusing on outcomes Lyme disease patients value. Over 6,000 people responded. This report contains quantitative survey results and unedited individual comments…

Symptoms of Lyme

Symptoms of Lyme

Without reliable lab tests, clinical symptoms remain the most relevant indicators of Lyme…

Understanding the Chronic Lyme Disease Controversy

Understanding the Chronic Lyme Controversy

Contentious disagreement continues over conflicting guidelines, the existence of chronic Lyme disease, and the benefit of extended treatment…

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