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Interesting Series on Lyme Disease in Roanoke Times

In Lyme Disease on December 21, 2010 at 6:39 am


Dr. Cathryn Harbor is open to treating Lyme disease patients beyond the medical establishment’s guidelines — drawing praise from patients but criticism from other doctors. 'What’s difficult is to feel that I’m endangered when all I’m doing is the best I know how to do,” she says. KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times

LEXINGTON — Dr. Cathryn Harbor was volunteering at her children’s camp outside Charlottesville last summer when she noticed a startling phenomenon: In the span of one week, 10 of her 100 campers came to her complaining of flulike symptoms.

Each reported being bitten by a tick, and four were spotted with suspicious rashes. All 10 cases were a ringer — at least in Harbor’s mind — for suspected Lyme disease.

With their parents’ permission, she treated the children immediately, and then she called the health department to ask: Should we shut the camp down?

Harbor, 50, runs a solo family practice in Lexington. An avid cyclist, she rides her bike to work, which is a cottage nestled amid Washington and Lee University’s fraternity houses.

Raised in a family of academics and activists — her minister dad was a Davidson College professor, both parents were Vietnam War protesters and civil rights advocates — she had dreamed of curing world hunger before she realized she hated agricultural economics and went to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine instead. MORE






Lyme disease task force meeting draws experts, families

In Lyme Disease on December 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

Experts on the Lyme disease task force panel testify in Purcellville Nov. 30. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/ Rachel Leon.

The new statewide Lyme disease task force drew both local families and people from out of state to its first meeting in Purcellville Nov. 30.

Experts and local families testified about how the common disease is often misdiagnosed and untreated, leading to years of chronic complications.

The average person with Lyme disease goes undiagnosed for 1.8 years, with some suffering as long as eight to 10 years without diagnosis and treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 28 percent of doctors misdiagnose the bulls-eye rash associated with Lyme disease as eczema.

The disease is especially prevalent in Loudoun, and nearby states are looking to Virginia for advances in prevention, treatment and quick diagnosis. More

Kudos for Success against Malaria

In Malaria on December 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

More than a decade ago, international health and development agencies, including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, started a campaign to cut the number of malaria cases and deaths in half by 2010. By 2005 the effort was in such disarray that the toll from malaria had actually gotten worse, not better.

The campaign will fall short of meeting its original goals for the end of this year. But the encouraging news is that, after so much wasted time, there has been enormous progress over the past three years in distributing the means to prevent and treat malaria and in bringing down death rates in many countries. More

Ideal Insect repellent

In Bed Bugs, DEET, Dengue Fever, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Uncategorized, West Nile Virus on December 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

The best repellent will repel multiple insects’ bloodsuckers, effective for six to eight hours, no skin irritation or mucous membranes, no systematic toxicity, resistant to wash off, greaseless and odorless, and cosmetically appealing.

This is our goal with 141 Repellent!

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