New test: Promising; will CDC approve it? Ceaper and more accurate

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Simela
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   

NIH develops more sensitive test for Lyme disease

Reported in the June, 2010 issue of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology:

New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. The details are reported in the June 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to animals and humans by deer ticks. A skin lesion at the site of the bite is one of the first signs of infection followed by potential neurological, cardiac, and rheumatological complications upon entering the bloodstream. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends a two-step blood test for diagnosing the disease, however, several limitations include low sensitivity during the early stages of infection, significant time and expense, and an inability to distinguish between active and prior infection.
In prior studies the luciferase immunoprecipitation system (LIPS) test showed promise at detecting a variety of infectious agents including viral and fungal pathogens. Here, LIPS was evaluated for its ability to detect antibody responses to Borrelia burgdorferi proteins in blood samples taken from a patient group (some healthy and some with Lyme disease) as well as a control group. Results showed that diagnostic levels of 98% to 100% were achieved using LIPS in conjunction with the synthetic protein VOVO.

"These results suggest that screening by the LIPS test with VOVO and other B. burgdorferi antigens offers an efficient quantitative approach for evaluation of the antibody responses in patients with Lyme disease," say the researchers.

(P.D. Burbelo, A.T. Issa, K.H. Ching, J.I. Cohen, M.J. Iadarola, A. Marques. 2010. Rapid, simple, quantitative, and highly sensitive antibody detection for Lyme disease. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 17. 6: 904-909.)

Traveler
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   Posted 9/9/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
LIPS??? Oh boy!! There are a lot of jokes about those initials just waiting to be told!!!

I do hope that they find this to really be a reliable test - we sure need one!!

It just kills me that all of these "professional" types can't even read correctly!!! The CDC does not endorse any testing for diagnosis purposes!!! confused

Okay, stepping down from my soap box now....

Thanks for posting this Simela.
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we will never cease to be amused!!!! :)
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

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   Posted 9/12/2010 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info!

Simela
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   Posted 9/12/2010 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Trav, I knew you were going to laugh about the name! I guess you won't be the only one! LOL But really, as long as it is cheaper than Igenex, I think it is great!

You're welcome, Bablymers

Mamyou
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   Posted 9/12/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
The jury is still out on this one for me. If the NIH is involved, I have my doubts. At least Igenex isn't tied to any govenment agencies...more expensive or not.... As always...my opinion and my 2 cents. I'm on Day #3 of antibiotic vacation...4 more to go. Obviously, my opinion gene is working overtime today....

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   Posted 9/15/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
bump up

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   Posted 9/15/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Is that what that is, Mamyou?? Gosh, I must surely have a couple of extra opinion genes!!!

I'm sorry Simela - I really can't help myself!! Poor hubby gets me uncensored!!!!
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we will never cease to be amused!!!! :)
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

LupnerRN
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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
wow! very interesting. I'll be checking into it. I hope it's going to be helpful.

thanks for the info.

Yes Traveler. I can't wait to be suggesting to people....."are your LIPS positive?" or "what's the number of your LIPS?" or "have your LIPS been checked?" or......."your LIPS are high". O.K. I'm sure there are funnier ones to come.
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,

7/25/08 started on Biaxin

9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl

11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,

1/29/09 Added: Rifampin 600mg- Ehrl, Lomatium 15dropsBID-parvo, andrographis 15dropsBID (super yuck!)-LD, Alinia-cryptosporidium.
12/2009 stopped pharma abx. Using mostly Nutramedix herbs. Having Neurobiofeedback for chronic brain inflammation.

Willowrose
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   Posted 9/15/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
That's interesting.  A truly reliable test could go a long way to changing the political climate about Lyme.  Will give new meaning to the term, "read my LIPS."
 
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   Posted 9/16/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hope it works

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   Posted 9/16/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, Okay!!! You have got me a-gigglin'!!!!!
I will definitely have to have that test done!!! I just HAVE to be able to say those things, Lupner!!!!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!

Hubby just asked" do your LIPS show just how sick you are??
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we will never cease to be amused!!!! :)
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav
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