Overview of Lyme & Tick Borne Illness  – Dr. Moorcroft

Overview of Lyme & Tick Borne Illness – Dr. Moorcroft

Published: Aug 27, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Featured on Homepage, Tick-Borne Illness   |   Tags: , , ,   |   No Comments

“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. Tom

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Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness Overview – Dr. Moorcroft

Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness Overview – Dr. Moorcroft

Published: Aug 27, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Tick-Borne Illness   |   Tags: , , ,   |   No Comments

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.  

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Bartonella & Babesia – Dr. Moorcroft

Bartonella & Babesia – Dr. Moorcroft

Published: Aug 27, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Tick-Borne Illness   |   Tags: , , ,   |   No Comments

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.

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Education Series from New England Center for Health

Education Series from New England Center for Health

Published: Jul 6, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Families, Parents, & Caregivers, Featured on Homepage   |   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments

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. 

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Diagnosis Day

Diagnosis Day

Published: Jun 26, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Featured on Homepage, Personal Stories   |   Tags: ,   |   No Comments

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.

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Susan Swedo, MD on Autoantibody Biomarkers for Basal Ganglia Encephalitis

Susan Swedo, MD on Autoantibody Biomarkers for Basal Ganglia Encephalitis

Published: Jun 26, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Clinicians, Featured on Homepage   |   Tags: , , ,   |   8 Comments

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. 

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