Is $ Lyme Game $?

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$Lyme Game$ “Chronic or persistent Lyme disease occurs if a patient who is treated with antibiotic therapy for the disease continues to experience symptoms” (Giorgi, “Chronic (Persistent) Lyme Disease”). However, according to the Infectious Disease Society of America 's, (IDSA),1 guidelines, “no convincing biologic evidence” exists that chronic Lyme infections can remain in patients ' bodies after standard treatment (Wormser, et al., “The Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America,”). Whether or not one subscribes to either of these views, both sides of the argument stand firm in their opinion,…show more content…
Competition amongst researchers intensified and instead of collaborating with each other, they kept their research restricted, in hopes of striking it rich someday. As an example, there are currently 4,875 U.S. patents for Lyme disease in comparison to 808 for Parkinson’s disease, or 2,148 for Alzheimer 's disease. (Due to the similarity in symptoms, and the unknown cause of both Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease, some believe it is really just Lyme disease.) Nevertheless, with all the interest in a “hard to catch and easy to cure” disease like Lyme, the number of patents cannot be ignored; patents equal money. The IDSA, the mainstream go-to source for physicians, insurers, and the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), was the subject of an antitrust investigation by Connecticut’s Attorney General for their process of writing its 2006 Lyme Disease Guidelines. On May 1, 2008 Attorney General Richard Blumenthal released the investigation findings, which revealed serious flaws, stating: “The IDSA 's 2006 Lyme disease guideline panel undercut its credibility by allowing individuals with financial interests -- in drug companies, Lyme disease diagnostic tests, patents and consulting arrangements with insurance companies -- to exclude divergent medical evidence and opinion. In today 's healthcare system, clinical practice guidelines have tremendous influence on the marketing of medical services and products, insurance reimbursements and
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