“Education is critical to know what is out there. If we can identify cases of Lyme disease early, we can treat them right away. Then we decrease the likelihood of an infection leading to chronic infection and symptoms. We also can bring those numbers down. Awareness and education are really critical; we can actually prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.” Dr. TomRead more
According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the number one vector-borne illness in the United States. The CDC believes their typical numbers are underestimating the number of Lyme disease cases in any given year by a factor of 10. So what does this mean for you and me? It means that when they’re reporting 30,000 cases, it’s probably more like 300,000 cases per year. When they’re reporting 36,000 cases in a year, their research suggests that it’s more accurately closer to 360,000 new cases. Because this is the case, according to the CDC’s own research, Lyme disease is five to six times more common than HIV AIDS. This is a staggering number.Read more
I often combine antibiotics with natural products, including different antimicrobial herbs and different tinctures. I look at the evidence we have; we’re in an evidence-based medical culture, yet we keep using these old school treatments.Read more
Do I have patients with Lyme triggered PANS? Do I have patients whose Lyme does not trigger PANS symptoms but does exacerbate the severity of pre-existing conditions or make it more difficult to recover and get back to their baseline?Read more
In terms of neuropsychiatric symptoms, there are case reports in the medical literature, showing kids who have a PANS presentation who received immunomodulatory treatment, steroids, psychiatric medications and did not get better. Then they test for Bartonella, the test is positive and they treat appropriately, and the child returns to baseline after a year and half of being in a flare.
Bartonella can cause symptoms that look like autoimmune encephalitis or PANS without actually triggering autoimmune encephalitis and it can also trigger autoimmune encephalitis.Read more
What a year! Thank you for being a part of ASPIRE’s first year. We believe in the power of WE; it takes an entire community to fight for better outcomes for those affected by PANS/PANDAS.Read more
ASPIRE is happy to announce that New England Center for Health, lead by Dr. Nancy O’Hara (ASPIRE Professional Advisory Board Member), Dr. Lindsey Wells, and Vicki Kobliner will host zoom calls regarding various topics surrounding COVID-19.Read more
Do you remember the day your child officially got a diagnosis of PANS/PANDAS? Was it your first doctor? Was it your fifth? Were you devastated? Were you relieved to have an answer and the start of a treatment plan? Was your child diagnosed incorrectly prior to that? Email us at ASPIRE us your Diagnosis Day Story. Or submit your full Personal or Family PANS PANDAS Story.Read more
Dr. Swedo briefly explains the importance of this research and its results.
The Frontiers article is an important replication and extension of previous work by Dr. Madeleine Cunningham and her colleagues. The investigation reports results of assays done on samples obtained from 60 PANDAS patients, 8 children with Sydenham chorea, and 2 “control” groups — children with other psychiatric/neurologic disorders (25 with OCD, 18 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and 18 with Tourette disorder), and 28 healthy controls.Read more
Lyme is it Affecting My Child? You Bet Your Rash & Other Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP, a member of the ASPIRE Professional Advisory Board, presented on Lyme Disease, Tick-Borne Illness and Co-infections as part of the NECH Educational Series. This presentation is divided into 5 separate posts. Section 1: Lyme […]Read more
I guess my advice for a PANDAS family would to always be there for your sick child. To always tell them that they are brave. Because we are. There may only be 1 in 200 of us, but we are the bravest people on the earth 🙂Read more
My name is Ella and I was diagnosed with PANDAS at age 13, now 15. Before PANDAS I was a four-sport athlete (basketball being my favorite), I loved hanging out with friends and family, I was doing good in school, and I was your normal teenager.Read more