July 2019
An alternative approach for detecting antibodies 
The Lyme Disease Association announces that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cleared for marketing four previously cleared tests for the diagnosis of Lyme disease. Read More

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 20th Annual Scientific Update for Clinicians & Researchers
September 21 & 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA
At the Hilton Penn’s Landing

Medical Student & Professional scholarships available until July 31
The conference is jointly provided by LDA and Columbia University, and is designed for medical and health professionals and researchers, but is also open for registration to the general public. 
Fourteen years running
The LDA has been designated as a national charity included in the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Charity List.  Read More
Asian longhorned Tick. Thanks to J. Occi, Rutgers
A warning to people who have pets or livestock
Five cows died in Surry County, North Carolina due to the self-cloning, Asian longhorned tick. More than 1000 ticks were found on each cow. These ticks are capable of creating ... Read More
LDA LymeLiteracy - Pat Smith

I am sad to hear about the passing of Polly Murray, an artist, and a Mom, who was responsible for realizing something was wrong when she and her family, and many children in her neighborhood, suffered from similar symptoms. Polly's family and neighbors were either unable to be diagnosed by mainstream medicine or were diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. She understood that such a disease cluster ...

Focus on next report for HHS Secretary & Congress
The federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) held their ninth meeting in D.C. on June 4, 2019 with a focus on developing the next report to be drafted for the HHS Secretary and Congress. The report will include an update on federal tick-borne disease activities and research findings.

The TBDWG is the official advisory committee established in 2016 by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act authorizing the HHS Secretary to establish a group comprised of federal and public members with diverse backgrounds and opinions concerning tick-borne diseases.

To date, recommendations proposed by the TBDWG have outlined the need for increases in federal resources for urgent research and patient care needs, including enhanced surveillance, prevention, diagnostic and treatment options.

LDA President, Patricia V. Smith, was appointed for a second term as one of the public members of the TBDWG. As witnessed during the first meeting, Pat will continue to be a voice for patients and advocate for the growing number of those who are chronically ill from Lyme disease.

House Actions on Lyme/TBD: 1 Passed, 1 Blocked
Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ)
Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ-04) has been pushing for funding and recognition of Lyme and tick-borne diseases over the past 27 years. On July 9, 2019, Rep. Smith testified before the  Committee on Rules  and introduced two amendments relating to Lyme and tick-borne diseases to the  Defense Authorization Bill  (National Defense Appropriations Act).

Following Rep. Smith's testimony, the US House of Representatives voted to pass one of the two proposals, amendment #321, which directs the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to ... Read More
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