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.
BOSTON — We share feedback from our listeners on our recent Lyme disease coverage.
Lyme disease isn’t the only illness carried by ticks in Massachusetts. There are two other tick-borne diseases causing increased concern.
BOSTON — Knowing when to test for Lyme and how to balance test results against a patient’s symptoms can be tricky for doctors.
BOSTON — 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.