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Lyme Disease

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.23.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens t...

Do Invisible Health Problems Exist?

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

To dismiss patients' words is akin to throwing away a report from the most sensitive diagnostic technology that has yet to be invented. A little respect and a lot more empathy would go a long way in advancing medical research and practice.

CDC Says Fewer Suffer After Lyme Disease. Doesn't Say, If Treated Early.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Beth Pfeiffer

But quietly, without peer review or formal announcement, the agency has decided that the actual percentage is much smaller -- half or a quarter as much. The decision was made, officials told me, based on a study that showed less than 5 percent of Lyme patients exhibit ongoing symptoms after treatment.

Groundbreaking Lyme Researcher: 'We Need To Do A Better Job At Communicating'

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

The following Q&A is a continuation of an interview with Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that stud...

Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.02.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Scientific American is among the many mainstream outlets that discussed the findings, which may represent a major step in making the ever-gray world of Lyme disease science more black and white.

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs

David Michael Conner | Posted 08.23.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, th...

Yale-Trained Doctor Refutes Dangerous Misinformation Given by CDC's Dr. Paul Mead on Fox 5 Lyme Special

Dana Parish | Posted 08.16.2016 | Science
Dana Parish

(Illustration: Laura Waldusky) On June 30, Fox 5 New York aired a highly-rated thirty-minute TV special about Lyme Disease called "Lyme and Reason," ...

Lyme Advocates Petition CDC To End Preferential Treatment

David Michael Conner | Posted 08.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

The petition points out that CDC's preferential treatment of IDSA violates the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, which states that "Employees shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual."

Go-To Lyme Drugs Don't Always Kill The Bug, At Least For Some

Mary Beth Pfeiffer | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Beth Pfeiffer

Nearly a generation of medical dogma on Lyme disease may be slowly unraveling as new test tube research shows that antibiotics long endorsed as curative do not kill what scientists call "persister" cells -- and may even promote their growth.

New York News Team And Yale-Educated Doctor Question CDC's Lyme Denial

David Michael Conner | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Late last month, FOX5NY broadcast "Lyme and Reason," a precedent-setting news special dedicated to the Lyme disease epidemic. The show was a success b...

Lyme Disease TV Special Draws Big Audience (Video)

David Michael Conner | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Lyme is today's greatest medical mystery, and for any journalist with investigative instincts and an interest in uncovering the truth, the Lyme story is only beginning to be told.

New York Fox Affiliate Presents Groundbreaking Health Event

David Michael Conner | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

This Thursday, FOX NY 5 will broadcast "Lyme and Reason: The Cause and Consequence of Lyme Disease" at 10:30 p.m. Eastern. The New York City-based...

Hacking For A Cure: Innovative Scientists Fill Federal Research Gaps

David Michael Conner | Posted 06.20.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Lyme disease is caused by a syphilis-like bacterium that is transmitted primarily via tick bites. If treated immediately, many people experience nothi...

Bravo Says InTouch Rumor About Yolanda Hadid "Totally Not True!"

David Michael Conner | Posted 06.09.2016 | Entertainment
David Michael Conner

Yolanda Hadid (formerly Foster) has become perhaps the highest-profile face of Lyme disease as a result of having been stricken with a chronic form of...

Ally Hilfiger Opens Up About Being 'Sick And Suffering' While Filming 'Rich Girls' For MTV

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 06.01.2016 | OWN

Before there were countless reality shows following the fabulous lives of the rich and (sometimes not-so) famous, there was one particular MTV series ...

Insect Resilience and Climate Change

Tina Cornely | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Tina Cornely

A longer season means insects have a higher metabolic rate, quicker gestation and more frequent reproduction.

Lyme Wars: Journalists are Failing the Public

David Michael Conner | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

One can hope that such a story was naive and made a poorly informed decision to present the information as it has been presented. It may agree with certain mainstream views, but had VICE performed any level of journalistic effort, the article would tell a different, truer version of this story.

And the Band Plays On: A New Plague Met With Silence, Denial

David Michael Conner | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

I don't know how to make this plainer: Lyme disease is the AIDS of our time. We are, right now, where Randy Shilts was when he wrote And the Band Played On. Yet only 30 years later, the public still can't see what's right in front of them.

"I completely unraveled": Ally Hilfiger on her Chronic Lyme Disease Nightmare

Dana Parish | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dana Parish

Author, artist and designer Ally Hilfiger suffered though twelve years of undiagnosed Lyme Disease and Babesiosis caused by a tick bite she got when s...

Take the Lyme Disease Challenge: Make My Birthday Wish Come True

David Michael Conner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

And please make my birthday wish come true: go suck a lime and do your part to draw awareness to this epidemic. It matters more than you may know.

New Lyme Disease Study Reveals Strong Reporting Bias

David Michael Conner | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

On March 31, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that concludes, "In patients with persistent symptoms attributed to Lyme disease, l...

I Suffer From Erythromelalgia, And It Feels Like I'm Burning Alive

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

The pain feels and looks like a scorching fire inside the limbs. I'd jump up and down on one leg in a blazing desert while eating live crickets if a doctor said it would cure me.

'Quiet Plague' Claims Another Celebrity

Mary Beth Pfeiffer | Posted 03.31.2016 | HuffPost Home
Mary Beth Pfeiffer

Marla Maples, an actress and former Mrs. Donald Trump, recently joined a growing list of the famous -- and unfortunate - who have acknowledged having ...

An Open Letter to the Boston Globe About Lyme Disease

David Michael Conner | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

The Globe's editorial board implies without exception that the CDC is the absolute authority on appropriate and correct treatment for Lyme disease, yet Lyme doctors and patients alike have continually challenged the CDC's stance on Lyme treatment.

Lyme: Fight Harder For Science and End This War

Dana Parish | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science
Dana Parish

I just had a flashback. When I was diagnosed with Lyme, I knew little about it. I went to the first infectious disease doctor with my bullseye still ...