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Jane’s Blog Chronic Lyme Disease

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Jane’s Blog Chronic Lyme Disease

The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 300,000 infections will occur this year in the United States. Lyme disease patients are typically prescribed tetracycline antibiotics, however approximately 10-20% of them later develop symptoms of fatigue, pain in their muscles, joints or nerves, and cognitive impairment which can continue for years after their initial infection. Studies suggest that this may because of drug-tolerant ‘persisters,’ a group of bacterial cells that survive the initial dose of antibiotics. Called "chronic Lyme disease," or "Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome” the numbers are escalating. Jayakumar Rajadas, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the...

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Jane’s Blog Sinus Infections

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Jane’s Blog Sinus Infections

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the United States and across the world. The main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses and for the overwhelming majority of common respiratory infections, antibiotics are not helpful.” The CDC also states 1. Taking antibiotics increases your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later. 2. Antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in the gut,...

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