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Excessive Thirst and Lyme Disease
March 29, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal One of my earliest symptoms of tick-borne illness was excessive thirst. It was also one of the most prolonged, because it was so readily brushed off. A few weeks after I developed ...
Meet the Researcher - George Aranjuez Ph.D.
March 29, 2021
George Aranjuez, Ph.D. is faculty research associate at University of Central Florida. His postdoctoral research was supported by a Deborah and Mark Blackman-GLA fellowship award. His most recent peer...
Saving Spoons: Not Just of Energy, But of Time
March 22, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal The “Spoon Theory” has become well-known in the chronic illness world. Originally coined by lupus patient Christine Miserandino, the theory stems from a conversation she had with a...
4 Tips to Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease in the Garden
March 19, 2021
By Richard Gillespie In spring and through much of the year, you may find yourself exercising your green thumbs in your garden. The last thing you want is to have a thumb, ankle, or some other body pa...
Corona With a Twist of Lyme Part 5: An Update After My First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
March 15, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal In my “I Have Lyme Disease. Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?” post, I addressed the question many Lyme patients have been asking. These patients are understandably concerned, won...
Beating the Winter Blues
March 8, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal In the best of times, late winter can drag for people. Cabin fever and a longing for sunshine and warmth make us feel like we’re in the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same scen...
Long Haul COVID-19 Brings Attention to Persistent Lyme
March 1, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal This past January, the New York Times published an article entitled “ What if You Never Get Better From Covid-19?”. Many Lyme patients sent it to me in frustration. “This is just l...
Could You Be Co-infected With Bartonella?
February 18, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
Dendritic Cells: A Possible Pathway to Lyme Autoimmunity?
February 16, 2021
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
Meet the Researcher: Maria Gutierrez-Hoffmann, Ph.D.
February 16, 2021
Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers  
Sometimes the Memory is Better Than the Real Thing
February 1, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Dreaming of the Past—and the Future
January 25, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Lyme and the Limbic System
January 19, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Podcast: Two Much Lyme
January 12, 2021
By Julia Allyn & Madison Pinckney
Staying the Course When the End is in Sight
January 11, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
Meet the Researcher: Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H.
January 6, 2021
Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospi...
Jack's Story
November 18, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Raising Lyme Disease Awareness in Mexico
November 17, 2020
GLA Lyme Education Ambassador, Daniela Acosta was joined by experts for a week-long webinar series addressing Lyme disease in Mexico. Daniela is a student at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico who helpe...
Caregiver Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Maxwell
November 5, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Flu Symptoms: Could It Be Lyme Disease or COVID?
October 27, 2020
Shared symptoms can make it hard to diagnose the aches and pains typically associated with the flu Heading outside? Especially after months of quarantining, the outdoors provides a much-needed escape,...
I Found a Tick on Me, Now What?
August 10, 2020
It’s important to follow these simple tips when you find a tick on you, whether it’s attached or unattached  
The Lyme Voices You Didn't Hear at TBDWG Meeting
July 23, 2020
The Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) issued a public request to hear from patients willing to share their stories for its July 8, 2020 meeting. It’s an important part of these meetings, where ...
Is the Clinical Trials Process Working?
June 25, 2020
GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer takes an important look at our current clinical trials process. Is it still working? Does it serve patient needs?  
The Advantage of Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Progress for Patients
June 23, 2020
GLA’s CEO Scott Santarella shares his insight on how scientific advancements that benefit patients can be accelerated through public-private partnerships, as he witnessed during his previous work in c...
Lyme Patients, Make Your Voice Heard
June 22, 2020
Time-sensitive: Act now to make your voice heard at the national level by submitting your comments to the tick-borne disease working group by June 24th Science shows that chronic Lyme exists. Now it’s...
One Bite Is All It Takes - Lyme Awareness Month Campaign Results
June 16, 2020
GLA’s campaign wrap-up for Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2020
COVID-19: Is a Vaccine the Answer?
May 29, 2020
Point of View: Looking through the Lyme disease lens in weighing the vaccine and treatment path for COVID-19  
Lyme Disease Research Remains Active During Pandemic
May 16, 2020
GLA-funded researchers are still focused on their Lyme disease research initiatives  
Research Sharing: What Can Lyme Disease Learn from Skin Cancer?
May 6, 2020
Is it possible to leverage research findings and treatment options for malignant cancers, like skin cancer, for Lyme disease?  
Pandemics, Ecology, and Food Production: Is There a Connection?
April 28, 2020
Why and how do pandemics emerge? Is there a connection between our ecosystems and global food production?  
Why Are Virus Infections Like COVID-19 Resistant to Antibiotics?
April 16, 2020
While many bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, it’s not the same for virus infections like COVID-19  
What Can We Learn from Our Response to COVID-19?
April 14, 2020
What can we learn from Lyme disease patients and our work in tick-borne disease research that can be applied to the current COVID-19 crisis?  
Parallel Pandemics: COVID-19 and Lyme Disease
April 2, 2020
Are there connections between COVID-19 and Lyme disease? by Timothy J. Sellati, Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
Letter from CEO About COVID-19 and GLA Community
March 17, 2020
The well-being of our community is an ongoing priority for Global Lyme Alliance (GLA). The current COVID-19 pandemic has created a new set of challenges for everyone, especially those whose health is ...
Research POV: Lyme Arthritis and Peptidoglycan
March 11, 2020
Important study identifies the Borrelia burgdorferi peptidoglycan as an immunogen likely to cause Lyme arthritis in some patients  
Lyme Education Ambassadors: Active In the Community
March 10, 2020
Global Lyme Alliance’s (GLA) Lyme Education Ambassador Program (LEAP) has been busy since it began in August 2018, thanks to a growing team of dedicated volunteer Ambassadors  
Lobbying for Lyme Disease on Capitol Hill
March 9, 2020
Learning first-hand the power of coming together to get things done, as Lyme patients and advocates joined together in Washington, D.C. to lobby for Lyme disease research and awareness  
Are Current Tick Prevention Methods for Dogs Working?
March 2, 2020
With all the pills, vaccines, collars, and topicals spent on tick prevention methods for dogs, why do cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dogs continue to rise?  
Why Is Lyme Disease So Hard to Treat?
February 28, 2020
For many Lyme disease patients, the bacteria seem to outsmart antibiotic treatment. Why?  
No Set Protocol
January 28, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
The Making of a Lyme Disease Research Scientist
January 22, 2020
Most Lyme disease stories start with a tick bite and symptoms. But Ashley Groshong’s (pictured) Lyme disease odyssey began by peering down a microscope lens. As a young biology student at the Universi...
Why Good Science is Crucial
January 21, 2020
While the road to drug discovery and new treatment options for Lyme disease may seem slow, it’s imperative that the science is sound.  
The Avril Lavigne Foundation and GLA Discuss Tick-Borne Disease at Global Health Forum
December 18, 2019
Real change happens when we work together. This is especially true when it comes to advancing the Lyme disease and tick-borne illness agenda, be it through research, awareness, funding, or patient sup...
Highlights: Team GLA Crushes 2019 TCS New York City Marathon
November 6, 2019
Thank You Team GLA!  
In The Lymelight: Dating and Relationships with DJ McKerr
October 17, 2019
IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT … WELL … LYME DISEASE  
William Beesmer: Why Giving Back is So Important for This Lyme Patient
October 16, 2019
Life hasn’t always been easy for William Beesmer, a life-long resident of West Hurley, New York. Born into an impoverished family in 1943, he and his 15 brothers and sisters grew up in a home without ...
Kids and Lyme Disease: Cognitive Symptoms and School
September 5, 2019
Kids and Lyme disease, part 2. This blog addresses some common cognitive Lyme disease symptoms among children and how they may present in school  
End of Summer Season Doesn’t Mean End of Tick Season
August 29, 2019
by Jennifer Crystal
Peer-to-Peer Support: A Personal Passion and Mission
August 28, 2019
GLA launched its Peer-to-Peer Mentor Support program in June 2019. The inspiration for this important program was our friend Kasey Passen.  
A Call to Unite, Not Divide
August 25, 2019
by Jennifer Crystal
Kids and Lyme Disease: Time for a Post-Summer Symptom Check
August 21, 2019
Kids and Lyme disease, part 1. This blog addresses some common physical Lyme disease symptoms among children that may appear at early stage of the disease  
PODCAST: IN THE LYMELIGHT – Gwyn Prentice
August 19, 2019
IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT … WELL … LYME DISEASE Season 2, Episode 6 with Gwyn Prentice, co-founder and creator of Helen Jon
How to Be an Advocate with Your Non-Lyme Doctor
August 16, 2019
by Jennifer Crystal
Meet Team GLA for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon
August 14, 2019
Meet the Team GLA runners for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. All 5 have personal reasons for taking on the 26.2 mile run through the streets of New York City.  
GLA Response to Proposed IDSA/AAN/ACR 2019 Draft Lyme Disease Guidelines
August 13, 2019
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), along with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), recently published a public request for comments ...
Ticks are Everywhere. Don’t Believe Me? I was Bitten in My Own Bed.
August 2, 2019
By Caroline Lewis
How the New "Maybe It's Lyme" Article Hurts Lyme Patients
July 26, 2019
Is this becoming a trend? Another opinion piece on Lyme disease that dismisses post-treatment and chronic Lyme disease. The author calls these debilitating stages of Lyme an “identity” for people rath...
GLA Letter to Assistant Secretary of Health Re: TBDWG
July 18, 2019
Below is text from the letter sent to the Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding changes to the 2019 Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, by GLA Chair...
How to Keep Ticks Out of Your Party and Off Your Guests
July 17, 2019
You’ve gone through your party checklist from guests to food, but did you add tick prevention to your list? Follow these simple tips to keep ticks out of your party and off your guests.  
3 Tips to Protect Your Kids from a Tick Bite at Summer Camp
July 16, 2019
Summer camp can be one of the most memorable experiences for kids. It’s often the first taste of independence, fun from sunrise to sundown, and making lasting memories. A sure-fire way to make summer ...
One Article Cannot Dismiss the Facts About Lyme Disease
July 3, 2019
Updated on July 9 to include link to GLA’s Letter to the Editor that was submitted, and accepted, by The New York Times.
Podcast: In The Lymelight - Dr. Casey Kelley
July 1, 2019
WELCOME TO IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT…WELL…LYME DISEASE Season 2, episode 4
Men, Ticks, and Lyme Disease
June 28, 2019
Why do more men get diagnosed with Lyme disease than women? Is it chance? Is it job related (think about outdoor workers such as landscapers)? Or do they view the initial risk of a tick bite indiffere...
Leading Lyme Disease Expert Weighs in on New Study Showing Public Health Crisis
June 6, 2019
Guest Point of View: John Aucott, M.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  
Podcast: In the Lymelight - The Intuitive Swan, Kelsey Mazeski
June 5, 2019
WELCOME TO IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT…WELL…LYME DISEASE Season 2, episode 3
A Hard Day’s Night
May 23, 2019
By Marisa Mann
Podcast: In the Lymelight – Comedian and Hypnotist Chris Jones
May 21, 2019
WELCOME TO IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT…WELL…LYME DISEASE Season 2, episode 2
GLA POV: Microbiome analysis of Ixodes scapularis ticks from New York and Connecticut
May 20, 2019
by Timothy Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
WellBe Founder Adrienne Nolan-Smith’s Journey to Beat Chronic Lyme Disease
May 10, 2019
By Adrienne Nolan-Smith
Podcast: In the Lymelight – A Reflection on Two Years With Lyme Disease
May 6, 2019
Welcome to in the Lymelight: A Show About…Well…Lyme Disease Season 2, episode 1
Treating Instead of Denying Yourself
April 19, 2019
by Jennifer Crystal
GLA POV: Ability of Stationary Phase Persister/Biofilm Microcolonies of Borrelia burgdorferi to Cause More Severe Disease
April 3, 2019
by Timothy Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
Video Interview with Dr. Neeta Connally at WCSU
March 28, 2019
Dr. Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science at Global Lyme Alliance interviews Dr. Neeta Connally, Ph.D., medical entomologist, associate professor and Director of the Tickborne Disease Pre...
GLA: Lyme Disease Research Symposium 2019
March 28, 2019
HIGHLIGHTS FROM GLA’S 2019 LYME DISEASE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WITH TOP LYME RESEARCHERS  
Request for Information: Input on NIH Tick-borne Diseases Strategic Plan
March 14, 2019
Below is a letter from Global Lyme Alliance’s Chief Scientific Officer in response to the NIH’s request for information to their Tick-borne Diseases Strategic Plan  
A Different Kind of Lyme Journey
January 22, 2019
Brooke Procida Takes to the Road to Promote Lyme Disease Healing  
A Tribute to Rick LaPierre, Our Friend and Advocate
January 14, 2019
Remembering our friend who advocated for patients with chronic illness  
Podcast: Outbreak News Interview on Lyme Disease, TBDWG, and IDSA
January 3, 2019
Robert Herriman with Outbreak News interviews GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer Timothy Sellati, Ph.D. to discuss Lyme disease, the Tick-borne Disease Working Group, and the IDSA  
Hope For the Holidays
January 2, 2019
by Jennifer Crystal
Top 7 Science-Based Events to Impact Lyme Disease in 2018
December 17, 2018
GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Research and Science identified the Top 7 science-based events to impact the Lyme disease community in 2018  
Meet the Researcher: Catherine Brissette, Ph.D.
December 13, 2018
MEET THE RESEARCHER IS A BLOG SERIES TO INTRODUCE GLA-FUNDED LYME DISEASE RESEARCHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LYME DISEASE. #MEETTHERESEARCHER NAME: Catherine Brissette, Ph.D. TITLE: ...
Together in Partnership: Giving thanks to an amazing community
December 11, 2018
With 2018 drawing to a close, I want to take a moment to thank you for being a part of our community. Your generous support—whether in research dollars, program participation, or simply standing in so...
GLA Counters IDSA’s Criticisms of Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Report
December 10, 2018
GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer Provides Evidence-based Rebuttal of IDSA Letter to Head of HHS and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Report  
A Marathon Accomplishment by Team GLA Runners
December 6, 2018
Completing the TCS New York City Marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, is an amazing feat for anyone, let alone for those who suffer from Lyme. Yet last month, five Lyme warriors did exactly that, running t...
Five Warriors Tackle the Ultimate Road Race for Lyme
November 6, 2018
Five runners gave new meaning to the term “Lyme warrior” on Sunday, November 4, 2018, as they completed in the largest marathon in the world—the TCS New York City Marathon.
Requests for Tick-borne Disease Research Reach an All-Time High
November 5, 2018
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research & Science, GLA
New Research Article, “Ticking Bomb” Offers Intriguing and Informative Historical Perspective on Climate Change and Lyme Disease
November 2, 2018
A study by Igor Dumic and Edson Severnini entitled “Ticking Bomb: The Impact of Climate Change on the Incidence of Lyme Disease” published in Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microb...
Highlights from LDA/Columbia Lyme Disease Conference
October 31, 2018
Highlights from LDA/Columbia 19th Annual Scientific Conference Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases: Turning the Corner Through Research  
GLA POV: Essential Oils as Treatment Against Lyme Disease
October 24, 2018
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
GLA POV: Antimicrobial Action of Calprotectin That Does Not Involve Metal Withholding
October 4, 2018
by Timothy Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
School-Related Difficulties With Lyme Disease
October 2, 2018
by Jennifer Crystal
Taking Stock of Tick Threats
September 27, 2018
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
Meet the Researcher: Ying Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
September 21, 2018
MEET THE RESEARCHER IS A BLOG SERIES TO INTRODUCE GLA-FUNDED LYME DISEASE RESEARCHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LYME DISEASE. #MEETTHERESEARCHER NAME: Ying Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. TITLE: Pro...
Avril Lavigne and GLA: Head Above Water Campaign
September 20, 2018
Avril Lavigne recently stated that fighting Lyme Disease has been the hardest battle she’s ever fought. If you are reading this post, we have no doubt you understand the sentiment.
GLA POV: Identifying Vancomycin as an effective antibiotic for killing Borrelia burgdorferi
September 11, 2018
by Timothy Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
RACING FOR A CURE – MEET TEAM GLA’s 2018 NYC MARATHON RUNNERS
August 3, 2018
Global Lyme Alliance is thrilled to be the first Lyme organization named an official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, starting with the 2018 race. The TCS New York City Marathon prov...
Meet the Researcher: Kim Lewis, Ph.D.
July 27, 2018
MEET THE RESEARCHER IS A BLOG SERIES TO INTRODUCE GLA-FUNDED LYME DISEASE RESEARCHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LYME DISEASE. #MEETTHERESEARCHER NAME: Kim Lewis, Ph.D. TITLE: University...
Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US
July 11, 2018
Predators, acorns, & fragmentation regulate numbers of infected ticks Public Release from the CARY INSTITUTE OF ECOSYSTEM STUDIES
Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Pests in the U.S.
June 29, 2018
By Melinda Wenner Moyer on June 26, 2018 for Scientific American
Meet the Researcher: Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D.
June 28, 2018
Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers, and in this case, GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer.