Living With Lyme: Where Do We Go From Here?

We’ve all heard about Lyme disease: that it is spreading throughout New England, that it can be tricky to diagnose, and that it can wreak havoc on patients’ lives.

But clear, reliable information — on the disease’s prevalence, how to avoid getting it, how most doctors now believe it should be treated, and what to do if you fear you’ve been exposed — can be hard to come by.

In June 2012, WBUR explored this public health issue. We delved into the difficulties of tracking the disease, explore the history of attempts to develop a vaccine, spotlight the latest thinking on treatment, and tell the stories of patients who know these issues firsthand.

Living With Lyme: Your Feedback

We share feedback from our listeners on our recent Lyme disease coverage.

The Complexities Of Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Knowing when to test for Lyme and how to balance test results against a patient’s symptoms can be tricky for doctors.

Lyme Disease Complicates Doctor-Patient Relationship

Controversy still exists over the long-term diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

Watch: Lyme Disease Panel Discussion

We host an expert panel to discuss prevention, coping with the disease, and changing our thinking and behavior as tick-borne diseases become more prevalent.

How Much Lyme Disease Are We Living With?

It’s hard to tell exactly how much Lyme disease there is in Massachusetts, but an estimated 1 in 100 people get it each year in most areas.

Some Cape Residents Worry Tourists Aren’t Taking Precautions To Prevent Lyme

Residents of Cape Cod have become used to swarms of tourists in the summer. A lot of them have also learned to live with a very different seasonal visitor: ticks.

Why Your Dog Can Get Vaccinated Against Lyme Disease And You Can’t

Modern science has given us a vaccine against Lyme disease. But we don’t use it.

What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed To Lyme Disease

As part of WBUR’s series, an emergency physician explains what you should do if you think you’ve been exposed to Lyme.

The Debate Over ‘Chronic’ Lyme Disease

A personal story of one woman’s battle with what her doctor says is Lyme disease highlights a deep rift in the medical community. Here is a preview of what one doctor, and the majority of the medical establishment, has to say.

A Long, Painful Battle With Lyme Disease

Barbara MacLeod, a former NECN anchor and reporter, has lived with Lyme disease since 1988. She shares her harrowing journey.

Map: Lyme Disease Cases In Mass., By Town

Click through the town-by-town map of confirmed Lyme disease cases from 2005-2010.

In Lincoln, It’s Town Vs. Ticks

Lincoln is one of the richest towns in the U.S. But Lincoln’s wealth has provided no immunity to a disease that is spreading dramatically across Massachusetts: Lyme disease.

Resource List: Lyme Disease

A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.

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