What happens when top researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates get together to study Lyme disease?

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IOM report

For people who want to know the latest research around treating and stopping Lyme disease and other tick borne infections

by Greg Lee / Two Frogs Healing Center

What happened in Washington DC on October 11-12, 2010 at a National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Workshop on Lyme disease?
Different researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates gave a wide range of presentations on Lyme disease to a panel of scientists and a public audience. Participants in the audience also provided comments and feedback. These presentations contain a wealth of information which illustrates the complex challenge that Lyme disease poses to the patient, immune system, families, communities, clinician, researcher, environment, and to health care policy legislators.

This workshop produced a mountain of data, research, and opinions which have been compiled into a 485 page workshop report. This is only the opinion of the presenters, not the National Academy of Sciences.

I highly recommend getting your free copy of the workshop report by clicking on this link here:

http://bit.ly/eHDCgg

You will see in the right column two options: 1) Download report – it’s free or 2) Read the report online for free. Grab a big drink of water and some healthy anti-Lyme munchies before sitting down to read this report.

Here is a link to the video of the conference if you want to watch all 14+ hours of it:

http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/iom/101011/default.cfm?id=12856&type=flv&test=0&live=0

Here are parts of the report I highly recommend reading/watching:

A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING TICK-BORNE DISEASES: PEOPLE, ANIMALS, AND ECOSYSTEMS
Richard S. Ostfeld, Ph.D., Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – page 2-1

THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF LYME DISEASE
Robert Aronowitz, M.D., University of Pennsylvania – page  3-1

THE HUMAN FACE OF TICK-BORNE DISEASE INFECTIONS
Pamela Weintraub – page 3-4

Emerging Infections, Tick Biology, and Host-Vector Interactions- page 4-1

VARIATION OF BORRELIA SUBSPECIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN DISEASE
James H. Oliver, Jr., Ph.D., Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology, Georgia Southern University – page 4-14

– Dr. Oliver describes 18 different subspecies (mutations) of Borrelia burgdorferi that are found around the world

LYME DISEASE: APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING A MULTIDIMENSIONAL DISEASE
Benjamin J. Luft, M.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook – page 5-6

– Dr. Luft talks about 46 different genotypes (mutations) of Borrelia burgdorferi and where they are found in the US

GENETIC AND ACQUIRED DETERMINANTS OF HOST SUSCEPTIBILITY AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
David J. Weber,M.D., University of North Carolina – page 5-24

AT RISK POPULATIONS FOR BABESIA
Peter J. Krause, M.D., Yale School of Public Health and School of Medicine – page 5-26

PATHOGENESIS OF BORRELIA BURGDORFERI INFECTION AND DISEASE
Janis J. Weis, Ph.D., Department of Pathology, University of Utah – page 6-1

DURATION OF SPIROCHETE INFECTION FOLLOWING ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT IN ANIMALS
Linda K. Bockenstedt, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine – page 6-4

In the workshop, Dr. Bockenstedt showed photon microscope images of moving spirochetes in live mice before and fluorescing spirochete material in ear cartilage after antibiotic treatment

COLLAGEN SEQUESTRATION AS A MECHANISM FOR PERSISTENCE OF BORRELIA BURGDORFERI
Stephen W. Barthold, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of California-Davis – page 6-11

DIAGNOSTICS FOR LYME DISEASE: KNOWLEDGE GAPS AND NEEDS
Maria Aguero-Rosenfeld, M.D., New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center – page 7-1

POTENTIAL BIOMARKER APPLICATIONS FOR LYME DISEASE: ALIGNING MULTIPLE SYMPTOMS WITH BIOLOGICAL MEASURES
Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D., University of Michigan Medical School – page 7-7

PANEL: CHALLENGES FOR CLINICIANS IN DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC ILLNESS MANIFESTATIONS: KNOWLEDGE GAPS

Sam T. Donta, M.D., Professor of Medicine (ret.), Infectious Diseases, Falmouth Hospital, MA – page 7-13

Brian Fallon, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory Disorders and Biobehavioral Medicine, Director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center,

Columbia University Medical Center – page 7-15

Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., F.A.A.P. Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Chair, Department of Pediatrics University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute – page 7-17

Matthew H. Liang, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health – page 7-19

EDUCATION, BEHAVIOR CHANGE, AND OTHER NON-PHARMACEUTICAL MEASURES AGAINST LYME AND OTHER TICK-BORNE DISEASES
Paul Mead, M.D., M.P.H., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – page 8-9

VECTOR- AND HOST-TARGETED STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTION OF TICKBORNE DISEASES
Jose M.C. Ribeiro, M.D., Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – page 8-12

CRITICAL NEEDS AND GAPS IN UNDERSTANDING TICK-BORNE DISEASES: THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Susan O’Connell, M.D., Southampton General Hospital – page 9-8

Appendix A has a wealth of research papers worth reading

Appendix B describes the amount and allocation of federal dollars for tick research funding

Appendix C summarizes the public comment that was received before the workshop

Enjoy,

– Greg

Next step: Attend our evening lecture on natural healing methods for Lyme disease, “Getting Rid of Lyme Disease Pain, Fatigue, and Mental Fog” on Monday May 2nd from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Two Frogs in Frederick

Click here for more information: http://goodbyelyme.com/events/get_rid_lyme

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