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From the blog of ILADS member Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH: Babesia, a parasitic infection usually transmitted through a tick bite, was once thought to be a coastal tick-borne disease limited to Suffolk County on Long Island. Some doctors had been reluctant to acknowledge that Babesia could be found in other locations. But in 2001, Babesia…

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ILADS member John D. Scott published a new paper titled Monitoring of Nesting Songbirds Detects Established Population of Blacklegged Ticks and Associated Lyme Disease Endemic Area in Canada in the journal Healthcare. ABSTRACT: This study provides a novel method of documenting established populations of bird-feeding ticks. Single populations of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, and the…

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ILADS member Robert C. Bransfield, MD published a new paper titled A Clinical Diagnostic System for Late-Stage Neuropsychiatric Lyme Borreliosis Based upon an Analysis of 100 Patients in the journal Healthcare.  ABSTRACT: Many late-stage chronic Lyme disease clinical findings are neuropsychiatric. A total clinical assessment is critical in diagnosis, especially since controversy surrounds the reliability…

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The NIH is developing a strategic plan to advance tickborne disease (TBD) research and development over the next five years and beyond.  This Request for Information (RFI) invited comments and suggestions on the tickborne diseases (TBD) research priorities NIH should continue or adopt over the coming years. The deadline for submission was March 13, 2019. …

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ILADS President Samuel M. Shor, MD was interviewed for Rhode Island newspaper, The Independent‘s, three-part series on Lyme disease. Read the articles below. Behind the Lyme disease debate: Part I: ‘No silver bullet’ for confounding ailment Behind the Lyme disease debate: Part II: ‘Over time, the damage can happen’ Behind the Lyme disease debate: Part III:…

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On March 23, 2017, ILADS held a special dinner and lecture at the Mill Valley Community Center in Northern California. Ying Zhang, MD, PhD of Johns Hopkins University presented a talk titled Drugs Targeting Bacterial Persisters for Improved Treatment of Persistent Lyme Disease. There was an extended discussion period afterwards, which reflected the excellent lecture…

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