In recent years, there's been a transformation, to some degree, within the medical establishment regarding the physician-patient relationship. Healthcare institutions have been actively trying to change the way physicians and patients interact with one another, using a shared decision-making approach to achieve patient-centered medicine.
There continues to be physicians who dispute the potential severity of Lyme disease and its ability to cause chronic illness in patients, even though there are an increasing number of evidence-based studies supporting that finding.
The number of reported cases of Babesiosis has been rising steadily over the past few years. The increase is particularly concerning to health officials given that the tick-borne infection can be difficult to diagnose and can be transmitted unknowingly through blood transfusions.
Researchers say they have had “promising results” in developing a unique method to prevent people from becoming infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the causative agent of Lyme disease. It does not involve a vaccine, but rather a process which stimulates the immune system to ward off infections.
The consensus among the mainstream medical community has been that a short course of antibiotics will eliminate the objective signs of Lyme borreliosis, and the assumption is made, in turn, that patients are cured of the infection. But, studies indicate otherwise. Dr. Emir Hodzic, of Real-Time PCR Research and Diagnostic Core Facility, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, explores the role 'persisters' play in causing chronic Lyme symptoms.
There are a handful of hot button issues surrounding Lyme disease that are sure to ignite a firestorm of debate within the medical community; among them is the duration of time required to effectively treat the disease.
Hamodia, an internationally-recognized newspaper, recently published a two-part series on Lyme disease, entitled Lyme in the Limelight, which they have gracious given us permission to reprint. The articles provide an in-depth and insightful look at the politics surrounding a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. And, which after more than four decades, still elicits heated debates within the medical community.
The two-tier Lyme disease criteria introduced in 1994 proved to be a poorly sensitive test in actual practice. Studies have shown that only one-third of all well-characterized cases of Lyme disease are positive by the two-tier Lyme disease test. Over the past few years, an increasing number of tests have been introduced to improve the reliability of serologic tests for tick-borne illnesses. These tests include PCR, t-cell, and antigen detection tests.
Dr. Neil Spector, a leading researcher and oncologist at Duke University Medical Center, suffered sudden and severe heart problems brought on by Lyme carditis. For years, he went undiagnosed, enduring the waxing and waning of cardiac symptoms, until one day, his situation became so dire, he required a heart transplant. Now recovered, Dr. Spector has become a vocal supporter for other Lyme disease patients, as he shares the realities of Lyme disease in his memoir, Gone in a Heartbeat.
The incidence of Lyme disease (LD) in Tennessee was 7.7 times higher than that reported to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) from 2000–2009 in a study reported in the 2013 Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.