Wednesday, June 29, 2011
5 THIS FRIDAY: Lyme Disease chat with Dr. Lawrence Zemel and Dr. Daniel Cameron
This could get interesting?
If you're awake and in the right time zone, this Friday, July 1 at 12 pm (EST) there will be a live online chat between the IDSA's Dr. Lawrence Zemel and ILADS' Dr. Daniel Cameron.
From the Hartford Courant:
Chronic Lyme disease: Does it exist and should it be treated with long-term antibiotics? Join us for a live chat Friday, July 1 at noon EST (11 am CST, 10 am MST, 9 am PST) about Lyme disease, including the controversial issue of whether patients should be treated with long-term antibiotics for chronic Lyme disease. Morning Call health reporter Milton D. Carrero will chat with representatives from the two main organizations managing the treatment of Lyme disease in the United States. Dr. Lawrence Zemel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Dr. Daniel Cameron from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society will answer your questions. Send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Lawrence Zemel is Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the CT Children's Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Zemel is a graduate of New York's Brooklyn College and SUNY Buffalo followed by residency at Buffalo's Children's Hospital and fellowships at Tufts-New England Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Zemel, works in the field of Pediatric Rheumatology and Pediatrics, and has expertise in multiple areas, including Lyme Disease, Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dr. Daniel Cameron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and Public Health followed by residencies at Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Cameron is widely recognized for conducting epidemiologic research while practicing medicine. He has been viewed as a pioneer in Lyme disease as an author of practice guidelines, analytic reviews, and clinical trials. He currently sees patients in his private practice in Mt. Kisco, New York while continuing his research and writing. He maintains the website LymeProject.com.
Link Source: http://www.courant.com/health/mc-health-chat-lyme-disease,0,4675217.htmlstory
Here's my suggestion to you, if you can participate:
I know many of you reading along are Lyme disease patients and you are likely to want to ask Dr. Cameron questions about treatment. That's understandable and okay, but you can ask him these questions any time because he will be willing to help you. What I recommend you do instead write up very specific scientific questions to ask Dr. Zemel - such as "How much time does Borrelia burgdorferi spend in intracellular space and what research have you conducted beyond the fibroblast research?" and "Why does the Lyme guidelines panel state there is no evidence that Lyme disease can persist after antibiotic treatment when there are a number of human case studies and animal studies which provide evidence to the contrary?" - and email them to email@example.com ASAP.
This is the time to ask an IDSA member about their position and ask them to substantiate it. Opportunities like this do not happen all the time. Use it wisely.