We’ve all heard about Lyme disease: that it is spreading throughout New England, that it can be tricky to diagnose, and that it can wreak havoc on patients’ lives.
But clear, reliable information — on the disease’s prevalence, how to avoid getting it, how most doctors now believe it should be treated, and what to do if you fear you’ve been exposed — can be hard to come by.
From June 25-29, WBUR is exploring this public health issue. We’ll delve into the difficulties of tracking the disease, explore the history of attempts to develop a vaccine, spotlight the latest thinking on treatment, and tell the stories of patients who know these issues firsthand.
We share feedback from our listeners on our recent Lyme disease coverage.
Knowing when to test for Lyme and how to balance test results against a patient’s symptoms can be tricky for doctors.
Controversy still exists over the long-term diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
We host an expert panel to discuss prevention, coping with the disease, and changing our thinking and behavior as tick-borne diseases become more prevalent.
It’s hard to tell exactly how much Lyme disease there is in Massachusetts, but an estimated 1 in 100 people get it each year in most areas.
Residents of Cape Cod have become used to swarms of tourists in the summer. A lot of them have also learned to live with a very different seasonal visitor: ticks.
Modern science has given us a vaccine against Lyme disease. But we don’t use it.
As part of WBUR’s series, an emergency physician explains what you should do if you think you’ve been exposed to Lyme.
A personal story of one woman’s battle with what her doctor says is Lyme disease highlights a deep rift in the medical community. Here is a preview of what one doctor, and the majority of the medical establishment, has to say.
Barbara MacLeod, a former NECN anchor and reporter, has lived with Lyme disease since 1988. She shares her harrowing journey.
Click through the town-by-town map of confirmed Lyme disease cases from 2005-2010.
Lincoln is one of the richest towns in the U.S. But Lincoln’s wealth has provided no immunity to a disease that is spreading dramatically across Massachusetts: Lyme disease.
A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.