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imanurse
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Just need to know if someone had infectious disease training at Brown University in Rhode Island, would they be Lyme friendly or not?

Don't ask

Experiences?

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Ivy League is the name generally applied to eight universities (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

This would be a double NO.

RR

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My somewhat informed guess is their training would have probably been run of the mill IDSA/CDC. Lot's of HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis stuff goes on in the ID dept at Brown.

How long has the ID doc been out of school? RI is so Lyme endemic, that I would not judge a doctor just from where they went to school, but how they practice.

A few direct questions would let you know quickly how they treat.

Just my thoughts,
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RR, I am aware of the other universities but had never heard of Brown in RI before.

This is what I came up with: Brown is affiliated with Hasbro Children's Hospital with has a Pediatric Lyme Disease Clinic.

from their website:

The Pediatric Lyme Disease Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all children ages one through 18, in all stages of Lyme disease. The clinic provides expertise in managing patients with early, localized Lyme disease, Lyme arthritis and meningitis, and those being treated beyond intial diagnosis.

The infectious disease specialists are able to provide expert consultations to patients with chronic symptoms related to Lyme disease as well as other tick-borne illnesses including ehrlichiosis and babesiosis. The focus of the Pediatric Lyme Disease Clinic is to provide education and effective prevention of Lyme disease.

Clinic Hours and Referrals
The Pediatric Lyme Disease Clinic is located in the lower level of Hasbro Children's Hospital. Appointments are available Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Self referrals and all insurances are accepted.

Treatment for Lyme disease is simple: antibiotics. In the majority of cases, a 30-day course of an appropriate antibiotic cures the disease. Sadly for others, the treatment either doesn't work or comes too late. If the disease persists, there may be irreversible damage to joints. The chronic pain is so debilitating, many people can no longer work. In the worst case scenario, the infection invades the central nervous system and the brain, setting off depression, mood swings, confusion, and even paralysis.

Pediatric rheumatologist Bradley Bloom, MD , treats young victims of Lyme disease: "With prompt treatment, most children do well." Bloom also follows the few patients who don't do so well. Bloom and New England Medical Center colleagues, Patricia Wyckoff, PhD, Cody Meissner, MD, and Allen Steere, MD , recently completed research on possible neurological problems as a result of Lyme disease. "In adults, symptoms show up as memory loss," says Bloom. "For children, neurological changes might be more subtle and harder to detect. Parents may not pick up on poor school performance or moodiness, thinking it's just typical juvenile behavior."


Obviously I know about Steere but am unfamiliar with the other names? Can anyone describe their experiences at this Pediatric Lyme Disease Clinic or experiences with the above named docs (or ducks)?

Also, what 'recent research' on neurological problems are they referring to?

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Anyone working with Steere is a duck plain and simple.

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