Are Longer-term Antibiotics More Effective than Shorter-term Treatment for Lyme disease?

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For some patients infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, symptoms may persist for months or even longer, leading to the question of whether such patients have “chronic Lyme disease,”

Does Every Patient with a Tick Bite Need a Test for Lyme Disease?

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Important considerations for determining if a Lyme Disease test is necessary include tick identification, geography, symptoms and signs, and duration of tick attachment.

Tick-borne Illnesses: The Risks of a Missed Diagnosis

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Once thought to be required for the diagnosis, it is now clear that up to 30% of patients with Lyme disease never develop a rash.

Quest Diagnostics Lyme Disease Test: A Look Under the Hood

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When you send a sample in to Quest Diagnostics to test for Lyme disease, what happens? What are we looking for, and how do we know we’ve found it?

If the Lyme Disease Test is Negative, What Then?

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When the test for Lyme disease comes back negative, but your patient is still suffering, what might be the correct diagnosis? And if the result is positive, but treatment doesn’t provide complete resolution, what else could they be infected with? These are among the challenges facing the physician with a patient with suspected Lyme disease. […]

Hepatitis C – Still a hidden epidemic, study shows

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HCV affects an estimated 3.5 million people in the United States — many of whom are asymptomatic and don’t know they are infected.

A Primer on Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is one of the most common infectious diseases in the United States. Accurate, timely diagnosis is the key to effective treatment.

Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease refers to the clinical signs and symptoms related to infection with the spiral bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, or Lyme borreliosis. It is the most common tick-transmitted infection in the United States and Europe, with more than 30,000 new cases reported to the CDC per year. Results of two studies suggest the actual number of […]