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He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn. Malawista and his colleagues — Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. …

Lyme Disease: How Do 30,000 Cases Jump to 300,000?

Posted on 08/20/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOops. Guess there’s been a little miscounting when it comes to Lyme disease. It’s really 10 times more common than we thought. Not 30,000 cases a year, but 300,000, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kudos to the CDC for making this concerted effort to find out the complete scope of this insidious, tick-borne disease. It comes, however, after  years of controversy over Lyme, including patients complaining that doctors didn’t fully understand it, …

To Kill Ticks: Dry Clothes, Then Wash Them

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, you read that right: One of the best ways to make sure that Lyme disease-carrying ticks aren’t clinging to your clothing after you do yard work or go for a walk in the countryside is to first tumble your clothes on high heat in the dryer and then wash them. And that’s because the stubborn little suckers don’t drown, but they do bake. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends drying your clothes for an hour as a …