Vogue magazine: Lyme is spreading at alarming rate
Vogue.com, May 16, 2018
by Ginny Graves
Nine years ago, when Deanna Needell was in grad school at UC Davis, she was beset by stomach pain after a bull’s-eye rash swelled around a bug bite—a telltale sign of Lyme disease.
“Because I live in California, where Lyme is less common, none of the doctors I saw early on even mentioned it,” she says.
The lapse was costly: Needell developed migraines so impervious to medication that she often wound up in the ER….A friend finally floated the possibility of Lyme, and Needell got tested. After a diagnosis and intermittent courses of antibiotics, most of her symptoms have abated.
Now a mathematician at UCLA with a Ph.D., Needell, 37, is seeking answers in big data. Since receiving a National Science Foundation grant in 2017, she and her colleagues have come up with new ways to comb through LymeDisease.org’s registry [MyLymeData], which houses more than two million data points from 9,000 patient surveys. READ MORE.