Lorraine Johnson

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Overview. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health-related quality of life (HRQoL) indicators are widely used in the general population to determine the burden of disease, identify health needs, and direct public health policy. These indicators also allow the burden of illness to be compared across different diseases. Although Lyme(More)
In April 2008, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) entered into an agreement with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to voluntarily undertake a special review of its 2006 Lyme disease guidelines. This agreement ended the Attorney General's investigation into the process by which the guidelines were developed. The IDSA agreed to(More)
OBJECTIVE Many worry that the use of specialty tiering for biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) by Medicare Part D plans imposes a heavy financial burden on beneficiaries with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To date, no one has examined the cost-sharing structures for biologic DMARDs in Part D plans or the resulting cost burden for patients.(More)
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the world today. Despite extensive research into the complex nature of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, controversy continues over the diagnosis and treatment of this protean illness. This report will focus on two aspects of the treatment of Lyme disease. First, the medical(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the challenges faced by Lyme disease patients in obtaining adequate healthcare. METHODS A web-based survey conducted over nine months was analyzed for the study. The survey focused on medical status, access to healthcare, and burden of illness. For inclusion in the study, survey respondents had to reside in the United States, be more(More)
BACKGROUND We have shown previously that extended intravenous antibiotic therapy is associated with low morbidity and no mortality in patients referred for treatment of neurologic Lyme disease. In this study, we evaluated the benefit of extended intravenous antibiotic therapy in patients with symptoms of neurologic Lyme disease. METHODS Patients with(More)
Although Lyme disease remains a controversial illness, recent events have created an unprecedented opportunity to make progress against this serious tick-borne infection. Evidence presented during the legally mandated review of the restrictive Lyme guidelines of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has confirmed the potential for persistent(More)
In two recent articles published in Molecular Immunology, Steere and colleagues continue their search for an autoimmune mechanism of arthritis in patients who have failed short-course antibiotic therapy for Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease. As in previous attempts, the authors fail to elucidate a molecular mimicry mechanism for(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients and families searching the Internet about Lyme disease may find conflicting information. Our purpose was to review the accuracy of information on Lyme disease easily available on the Internet. METHODS We used 15 search engines to find general information about Lyme disease. We found 251 Lyme disease websites, which we reviewed. Of these(More)