04 August 2009

                                 LDA Meets with Federal Government on Lyme Prevention for Kids
Photo_2009_015.jpg (50226 bytes)Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Ben Beard, Chief of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; and Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association at a meeting in DC on June 24 to discuss strategies to protect children from getting Lyme disease.




                                 LDA meets with EPA on Lyme Disease Prevention
Photo_2009_016.jpg (42058 bytes)LDA President Pat Smith held a Lyme briefing for the Environmental Protection Agency employees in Washington, DC on June 4 and afterward, met with EPA officials Edward Brandt, Senior Economist, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Partner Liasion; and Frank Ellis, Senior Entomologist and Team Leader, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Program. LDA is a PESP partner of the EPA, to try and reduce ticks and risks associated with ticks--with LDA's program goals to apply especially to children


01 August 2009

Presented by the Manchester (VT) Rotary Club to benefit the Lyme Disease Association and charities of the Manchester Rotary. Saturday, August 1, 2009. The Gear Up For Lyme Mt. Equinox Uphill Bike Climb is a challenging 5.4 mile bike race up the scenic Mt. Equinox Skyline Drive finishing at the top of Mt. Equinox in beautiful Manchester, VT. LDA President Pat Smith will briefly address the riders about the dangers and spread of Lyme.

30 July 2009

The Lyme Disease Association (LDA), Time for Lyme (TFL), and the California Lyme Disease Association (CALDA) are pleased to announce that on July 30, 2009, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out language on Lyme disease contained in the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations bill. Senators Chris Dodd (CT) and Tom Harkin (IA), Labor HHS Subcommittee Chair, were instrumental in passage of the language through the committee. It will now be brought before the full Senate. The full House already passed Lyme language on July 24. Click for language & details.

04 August 2009

The settlement between the Attorney General of Connecticut and the IDSA over the 2006 IDSA Lyme disease guidelines was historic yet much of the agreed upon process was left under IDSA control. Not only did IDSA get to choose the panel members, thereby restricting the range of opinions represented, it also set the hearing length, location and date. Most importantly, IDSA retained the power to select the speakers, including those challenging the guidelines. Among those not chosen is Dr. Betty Maloney. This is disappointing because Dr. Maloney wrote 6 evidence-based challenges to the recommendations on prophylaxis, early Lyme disease, late neurologic Lyme disease, post-treatment Lyme disease, the list of not recommended therapies and the use of clinical judgment in Lyme disease. Some of her points were taken up by other ILADS presenters but the strength of her material is best understood when seen as a whole. Here is the PowerPoint presentation (Save to your computer when prompted.  Microsoft PowerPoint program is needed to view.) she would have presented to the panel had she been selected . The text of her narrated slides can also be down loaded here.

04 August 2009

The Lyme Disease Association (LDA), Time for Lyme (TFL), and the California Lyme Disease Association (CALDA) are pleased to announce that on July 17, 2009, the Fiscal 2010 Labor, HHS Appropriations Committee reported out language on Lyme disease which was written and introduced by Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ). U.S. House Appropriations Committee Members Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) were instrumental in its inclusion, as was Subcommittee Chair, David Obey (D-WI). The next step is consideration by the full US House of Representatives.

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