IN THIS ISSUE
BIG NEWS: WE ARE CHANGING OUR NAME!
On May 1st Time for Lyme will officially become Lyme Research Alliance and our tag line: Committed to a Cure.
Why change our name? Lyme Research Alliance reflects our growth and success since 1998 from a grass roots neighborhood group to a respected not-for-profit that funds breakthrough Lyme disease research on a national basis. ...more
TFL REPORTS EXCITING RESEARCH PROGRESS IN FIRST QUARTER MADE POSSIBLE BY YOUR DONATIONS
The first quarter of 2012 has been a promising one for researchers funded by Time for Lyme, with several notable markers of progress in the fight to rein in the effects of the disease that concerns us all.
A New Drug Candidate for Long-Tem Lyme from TFL Grantee Dr. Karen Newell-Rogers
A potentially breakthrough drug treatment for long-term Lyme disease was announced early March by TFL grantee Dr. M. Karen Newell-Rogers of Texas A&M University alongside her commercial partner for the proposed clinical trials phase: Viral Genetics is San Marino, CA. ... more
Renewed Grant to Dr. Schutzer's Team that Identified Unique Protein Subset in Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Patients
In the February newsletter we reported on the work of TFL grantee Dr. Stephen Schutzer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who published his findings that for the first time identified post-treatment Lyme disease in the laboratory based on unique proteins found in the spinal fluid of patients complaining of long term, or “chronic” Lyme. ... more
COUNTDOWN TO RACE AGAINST LYME AS THE EXCITEMENT MOUNTS
Shelley Terry doesn’t sleep much these days. Between the demands of her young sons and now her new baby--the Race Against Lyme due on April 29th, Shelley has her work cut out –and she’s about to help TFL birth a winner! Shelly’s team has arranged, in addition to the 5k Walk/Run, a special Lyme Loop ¼ mile for those with Lyme disease, and a kid’s race following the main event. ...more
LYME PROFILE: JASON LIPSETT
Three and a half years ago, at the start of his freshman year, Jason Lipsett of Needham, Massachusetts was like any other new college student – busy, bright-eyed, and looking forward to all the new experiences that lay ahead. But around that same time, he started suffering from strange symptoms. Making sense of these symptoms would lead him down a long, painful and confusing road that would ultimately end with a diagnosis of Lyme disease. ...more
NEW NATURALLY BASED TICK SPRAY AVAILABLE IN 2014
Connecticut Team Develops Fungal-Based Tick Treatment
Scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Station in New Haven have completed preliminary testing of a new non-synthetic spray treatment to eliminate ticks. Unlike synthetic pesticides which can become harmful to humans ...more
NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY DOCUMENTS PERSISTENCE OF BORRELIA FOLLOWING LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT IN MONKEYS
A study published in early 2012 documents the resistance of the Borellia burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium to aggressive long-term antibiotic treatment in non-human primates. This study represents another source of evidence that the Bb bacterium can evade the intended effects of long-term antibiotic therapy. Macaque monkeys were infected with borrelia and received aggressive antibiotic treatments 4-6 months later. ...more
SUPPORTER-LED FUNDRAISER PROGRAM GAINS MOMENTUM
Several supporter-led events have been added to the TFL schedule since the last newsletter; here are the highlights: ... more