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From the latest headlines to community events, keep your finger on the pulse of the Lyme world. Learn about groundbreaking research and what’s new in patient advocacy. Stay informed to make the best possible health decisions for yourself and the people you care about.

News & Updates

Education

11/18/2021

Bartonella: The Beast Within

Bartonella, known as “cat scratch fever,” is commonly transmitted from cats to humans through a scratch, bite, or licking of an open wound. Ticks, fleas, and other biting insects can also infect people with this devastating disease that some patients have nicknamed “The Beast.” Nicole Danielle Bell, author of the memoir ‘What Lurks in the Woods,’ shares her husband’s struggle with psychiatric symptoms caused by long-term bartonella, along with other patient stories.

Education

11/10/2021

Art Therapy and Lyme Disease

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is “an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.” But how exactly does it work? Project Lyme recently spoke with Kristen L. Vesbach, a skilled art therapist, to get the full scoop—including why art therapy is particularly useful for patients with conditions like Lyme disease or chronic illness.

Science

10/14/2021

Head Trauma and Lyme Disease

When Brian finished college, he had dreams of becoming a professional hockey player. Unfortunately, he got a rough blow to the head and sustained a concussion. Although he didn’t lose consciousness, he developed a host of symptoms that led to leaving the ice. Eventually finding out he had Lyme disease, Dr. Dan Kinderleher and other professionals in the space wondered how post-concussive syndrome can bring out symptoms of the disease and how to ensure patients can be better treated in the future.

In the Media

10/07/2021

Flightpath Licenses the First Antibiotic that Selectively Kills Lyme Disease Spirochetes

Since 2018, Project Lyme has granted over $1 million to Bay Area Lyme Foundation to support their rigorous scientific agenda. Project Lyme is excited to have contributed to many multi-year research projects which Bay Area Lyme manages. A portion of the money Project Lyme raised at our 2020 Gala was used to fund a recent study with Flightpath Biosciences, Inc. Yesterday, they announced a newly licensed antibiotic that selectively kills Lyme Disease spirochetes. They are developing a narrow-spectrum antimicrobial therapeutic that can kill the bacteria causing Lyme disease without destroying the gut microbiome or contributing to the global Antimicrobial Resistance problem which has been associated with increased risk of chronic diseases.

Science

09/23/2021

Lyme Disease and Neurofeedback

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is an author, therapist, psychologist, board-certified neurofeedback provider, and media personality who has been in/on hundreds of television shows, podcasts, and major publications. Through her Ridgefield, CT center, she works with people all over the world providing neurofeedback in person and in-home neurofeedback virtually. She is highly regarded in the field and due to her level of expertise in Lyme and PANS/PANDAS.

Advocacy

09/20/2021

TBDWG: Call for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently unveiled the new members of the 2021-2022 Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG). So, what can we expect this term? Project Lyme interviewed the co-chairs, Holiday Goodreau, Executive Director of the LivLyme Foundation, and Dr. Linden Hu, Professor of Microbiology and Medicine at Tufts University, to find out. Ms. Goodreau and Dr. Hu generously shared their perspectives and goals to improve tick-borne disease patient care in our new blog post.

In the Media

09/17/2021

What Lurks in the Woods

Life was going well for Nicole Bell and her husband Russ, both successful engineers and entrepreneurs… until Russ started experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline. They visited doctor after doctor and were told it was Alzheimer’s disease, but the root cause turned out to be something they never expected—tick-borne disease. In her soon-to-be-released memoir What Lurks in the Woods (October 2021), Nicole describes her harrowing investigation into her husband’s mysterious illness in hopes that it will help others who are dealing with bizarre chronic symptoms to find the cause before it’s too late. Nicole graciously sat down for a (virtual) interview with Project Lyme about her book and her heartfelt message to the chronic illness community.

Science

09/14/2021

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing for Determining Disability in Lyme Disease

Determining eligibility for disability insurance claims can be an extremely hard task, especially when insurance companies are incentivized not to pay. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), specifically 2-day CPET, is a possible answer for patients to scientifically showcase how fatigue impacts their ability to work. If you need help solidifying your claims, this blog may contain the answers you are seeking.