Great prevention info from director of Columbia University Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research

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   Posted 7/3/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
From the director of Columbia University Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center:
Dear Friends of the Columbia University Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center:
Enjoy your July 4 outdoor activities but keep in mind that July is a very high risk month for Lyme disease. 
Some ‘tick tips’:
1) Walk in the center of a trail in wooded areas; avoid high grass and bushes.
2) Check all areas of your body for ticks after being outdoors.  Check under your arms, behind ears, in groin and behind knees.  Check your children often.
3) Be aware of ‘free rides’ that ticks can get.  Check pets often and after being outdoors, wash and dry clothing at high temperatures.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station offers an extensive reference on ticks ‘Tick Management Handbook’ which includes information on how to control ticks around your home.
Two recently published articles in Pediatrics are highlighted in our Recent Abstract section.  Garro et al have developed a clinical prediction model to differentiate viral aseptic meningitis from Lyme meningitis.  Lab results to differentiate the conditions may not be available for days during which the physician must decide whether or not to treatment with IV antibiotics.  IV antibiotics are indicated for Lyme meningitis but not for viral meningitis.  Costello et al report a comprehensive descriptive study of 207 cases of Lyme carditis in children seen over a 14 year period.  They also examined predictive factors for Lyme carditis.  This large series of cases provides much needed information about the natural history of Lyme carditis in children.
This month we have responded to questions on the relationship between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme disease, sexual transmission of Lyme, and an unusual means of diagnosis.  Visit our FAQ section to view our responses.
Our Lyme blood screening study will be carried out at community sites in Columbia and Dutchess Counties in New York, Connecticut, and Basking Ridge, New Jersey from July 12 through July 25th.  We are recruiting people who currently have Lyme disease or who have persistent symptoms from previously diagnosed Lyme.  Please check our website for continual updates on times and locations.
The Columbia Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center would like to thank the Hampstead Middle School National Junior Honor Society for their generous contribution.  The students are donating the proceeds from their Lyme Awareness Week Walk in honor of fellow student, Victoria Arlen.   
If you are able, consider joining our community of supporters for Lyme research by making a donation to the Center.
Your interest in Lyme and tick-borne diseases and the work of our Center is greatly appreciated.
Click on the FAQ section or go to for a great question and answer section on Lyme.

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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
TY for sharing this, Ticker!!

What an in-depth publication they have researched.
Good resource.

We encourage everyone to check it out. It is a huge volume, so bite it off in small pieces to digest the information. Another tool for in your equipping bag!! HOWEVER, when it comes to the Q&A, do not become frustrated if you do not agree w/the conclusions offered regarding certain, common questions that surface regarding transmission. Science continues to emerge and the facts will be known in time. Columbia must respond based on 'published, evidence-based science'. This is the way of our medical culture in the states. In time, more studies will be conducted offering conclusive answers to some of your more common concerns.

Some of the initial published studies are ... interesting.
Loved this one for our TN friends ... "Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia lonestari in birds in Tennessee." After reading this abstract, my first thought was - if I ever move to TN, I'm printing this article to serve as my response to any doctor or fellow human being that introduces the rhetorical statement: "we do not have Lyme disease here!!!!!" Yeppers, science is emerging and we're going to see a lot more evidence that will simply close the mouths of the lions.

Lyme blood screenings! Very interesting concept. With exception of reliability and sensitivity factors. Once the gold standard test has emerged (in research phase and could be awhile) - wouldn't Lyme screenings nationwide just tip the cart? What a 'smart' concept. My only concern is for the numbers of folks who do not screen positive and are passed by. I hope a clinical specialist is on board during this screening to help ensure these folks are taken care of. It is a place to begin and for that I am thankful. CT doctors are protected now. A precedence has been established!!

Hold on to your hope. The tide is turning. Some aspects will make ur blood boil; others will show evidence of and validate what you already knew. It will come. Of course, so will heaven.

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Keep telling your story and watch the tide turn!
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Post Edited (sojourner) : 7/6/2009 10:51:52 AM (GMT-6)

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