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New ELISpot Test For Bartonellosis: How It Works

Bartonellosis doesn’t refer to one specific disorder, but rather a collection of diseases caused by the various members of the Bartonella strain of bacteria. These bacteria are primarily transmitted to humans and animals by vectors, which include ticks, lice, fleas, and flies. People can also catch the disease through previously infected domesticated or wild animals. The most common form a Bartonella infection takes is known as cat scratch fever, a name obviously derived from the method of contraction. But there is also a link between bartonellosis and Lyme disease, as the former is a prominent co-infection of the latter. So what exactly are the symptoms of bartonellosis, and how is the infection tested and treated for? And is there a surefire way to identify the disease?

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New ELISpot Test For Babesiosis: How It Works

You may not have heard of babesiosis; it’s a rare condition that is spread specifically through ticks. However, despite the strangely endearing-sounding name, the disease can potentially be life-threatening and should be taken extremely seriously. It produces symptoms quite similar to malaria, and is caused by microscopic parasites which invade red blood cells. Animals have been found to carry many different strains of babesiosis, with only a few of those strains being detected in humans. Babesiosis is also notorious as a prominent Lyme co-infection. Both diseases can be transmitted simultaneously through a single tick bite. Because Lyme disease is often the main cause for concern, a test for babesiosis can often be overlooked. However, it’s important to eradicate Lyme and its co-infections concurrently, making the testing and diagnostic stage crucial.

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The New ELISpot Test: A Massive Breakthrough In The Identification Of Lyme Disease

Correctly diagnosing chronic Lyme disease is one of the most consistent problems doctors face. This unfortunate struggle is compounded by the fact that many clinics and medical professionals don’t recognize chronic Lyme as a legitimate disorder, in line with the views of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Subsequently, misdiagnosis rates are high, as Lyme is consistently confused with other chronic degenerative diseases such as fibromyalgia, MS, and even other more serious complications like Parkinson’s or MND. Accurate testing tools are an important addition to the Lyme-literate doctor’s arsenal, and a new variation on the traditional ELISpot test is proving to be a major breakthrough in the diagnostic field. This test is called the LymeSpot, and it provides a much more accurate picture of where a patient stands in their battle against Lyme.

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What Role Do The IFN-gamma And IL-2 Molecules Play In The Clinical Diagnosis Of Lyme Disease?

Diagnosing Lyme disease, especially the chronic variant, can be a long and delicate process. The number of misdiagnoses is high; while this has a lot to do with the poor education and recognition of the disease and the doctors treating it, it also speaks to the insidious nature of the condition. Lyme disease often mimics the symptoms of other, more prominent degenerative disorders, leading to constant misidentification. In addition, the disease affects patients in different ways, as the prevalent symptoms are often caused by a patient’s individual immune response, not the bacteria itself. Anything that can help diagnose Lyme successfully is much appreciated by doctors on the frontline. Recently, help has been identified in the form of T-cells, specifically the IFN-gamma (also called type II interferon) and IL-2 (also called interleukin-2) molecules.

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Lyme Disease And Medical Insurance: All You Need To Know

Facing down medical insurance when you suffer from Lyme disease can be a scary and complicated affair. Lyme exists in a gray area of medicine, where it is acknowledged and simultaneously unacknowledged. It is also potentially a chronic condition, which means long-term treatments and numerous consultations for patients. On top of that, the treatment path, already guaranteed to be long and arduous, is not always straightforward. Lyme disease can affect patients differently depending on their constitution. Trying to organize medical insurance on top of this can be an extremely stressful affair. This article will break down everything you need to know about Lyme disease and medical insurance, and hopefully help you to feel a little more reassured.

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