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NY Governor Signs Two Lyme Disease Bills

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills concerning Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Lyme Disease Info Bill Passes NYS Senate

May 24, 2016
WAMC / Dave Lucas

A bill on a Lyme disease information campaign from a New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley, has passed the Senate.

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A University of Massachusetts laboratory that tests ticks that people find on themselves or their pets for diseases is stepping up its efforts as tick season kicks into high gear.

Two institutions in the Hudson Valley have received a $5 million grant for a large-scale study aimed at reducing tick populations and Lyme disease. The five-year project is the first to explore Lyme disease management for entire communities.

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Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

 Many Hudson Valley residents are worried about contracting Lyme disease.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that vigilance is a must. 

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House Republicans Chris Gibson and Elise Stefanik of New York are hosting a community forum on tick borne illness today. The forum at Adirondack Community College will focus on efforts to combat Lyme and other diseases.

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A $9 billion healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives on Friday contains language authored by an upstate New York Congressman to battle Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

  There is increasing awareness of Lyme disease, especially in our region.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s an acute problem in his district. 

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, but at least one area scientist is advocating for moving the campaign to April, to get ahead of tick emergence. Meanwhile, Dutchess County — at the epicenter of the disease —  is aiming to educate the public in a different way this year.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He says if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.

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Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at Columbia University, will be speaking on Friday at 7pm at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY presented by The Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Brian Fallon is internationally renowned for his work on the neurologic and neuropsychiatric aspects of Lyme disease. Dr. Fallon’s work has also included diagnostics and treatment studies. The Columbia University Tick-borne Disease Research Center was established as the first academic research center in the country to focus multi disciplinary research on chronic Lyme disease.

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A freshman New York state senator from the Dutchess County is chair of a task force concerning Lyme disease while the Assembly has formed a group on climate change.

Study Says Disease-Carrying Ticks Are Emerging Earlier

Feb 18, 2015
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A new study shows that ticks carrying Lyme disease are emerging earlier and spreading into new geographic regions.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that would protect healthcare providers that treat chronic Lyme disease.

HV Congressmen Call On NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

Dec 4, 2014
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Two New York congressmen are the latest voices calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease treatment as state lawmakers wonder about the holdup.

Hudson Valley Congressmen Chris Gibson, a Republican, and Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, have teamed up to urge Governor Cuomo to sign legislation the state legislature passed in June that would essentially expand treatment options for patients suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Here’s Gibson.

HV Congressmen Push NY Governor To Sign Lyme Bill

Dec 3, 2014
WAMC / Dave Lucas

Two New York congressmen are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation concerning Lyme disease.

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill authored by a New York Congressman for tick-borne disease research.

House Bill On Tick-Borne Diseases Advances

Jul 31, 2014
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A tick-borne disease research bill authored by a New York congressman is making progress.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake earlier this week.  The research center is famed for its study of lung diseases, but a new arm of the institute will be dedicated to immuno-engineering studies of Lyme disease.

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WAMC's David Guistina discusses lyme disease with the Poughkeepsie Journal's Mary Beth Pfeiffer.

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County. 

People who are bitten by a blacklegged tick could be at higher risk of more than one infection. Felicia Keesing is a biology professor at Dutchess County-based Bard College and co-author of a new study.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain about potentially new diseases carried by deer ticks and late TV reporter Judy Sanders.

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An ecological research center in the Hudson Valley has received federal funding for a study on Lyme disease.

NY Congressman Introduces Lyme Disease Research Bill

May 24, 2014
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A New York congressman has authored legislation to improve Lyme disease research efforts.

Lyme Disease Forum Takes Place In Dutchess

May 14, 2014
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There will be an educational forum Wednesday morning in Dutchess County about Lyme disease prevention.

Lyme Disease Rx Legislation Passes NYS Assembly

May 14, 2014
WAMC / Dave Lucas

Legislation that authorizes physicians to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient with symptoms of chronic Lyme disease has passed the New York State Assembly.

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Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval by the Vermont Senate.

Lyme disease affects 300,000 people each year in the United States, with many of those cases coming out of the northeast region. Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Richard Horowitz, a board certified internist in private practice in the Hudson Valley who specializes in treating lyme disease—topic of great debate in the medical community in the last several years. 

State lawmakers hosted a forum in Glens Falls to raise awareness of Lyme disease in upstate New York today. The forum featured presentations from experts on the disease and its transmission.

Attendees packed the auditorium at the Crandall Public Library to hear from a panel of experts on the increasing prevalence of Lyme disease in New York. Presentations covered the disease and current research on tick-borne illness, and suggestions were made about what the state and federal government could do prevent infection in humans.

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at whether spraying yards with pesticides reduces the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. In New York, the study focused on Dutchess County.

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