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A Lyme disease researcher from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences was recently awarded a $380,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue a unique approach to fend off the effects of Lyme disease.

Borrelia burgdorferi/CDC

Borrelia burgdorferi/CDC

Assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Dakota, Catherine Brissette, PhD joined me on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show to discuss her research into how exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) leads the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in cells to code for chronic inflammation, which is a hallmark of numerous neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.

Listen to the interview below:

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  1. So close…and yet not… Would love to hear the researcher’s thoughts on the long-term effects of the the Borrelia Burgdorferi Outer Surface Protein A (OsPA) and immune suppression. You are soooo close in saying maybe you don’t even need the bug to stay sick…. but the RNA etc… all part of a much bigger picture.
    Please read…please comment – let’s pool knowledge and get helping.

  2. Caroline Lennox says:

    test -post, as my last comment disappeared:
    So close, and yet so far. Outer Surface Protein A (OsPA) as the cause of long-term damage and immune suppression.

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  5. Post Treatment Lyme is also a very inaccurate description. Many people with this condition have never have been treated. I don’t understand why there is a debate about whether persistent bacteria is involved with Lyme. ILADS has a list of over 700 studies supporting chronic infection:…/09/EvidenceofPersistence-V2.pdf I hope this researcher is taking these studies into account. My niece responded dramatically to antibiotic treatment, so if Borrelia Burgdorferi is not persistent, then why do antibiotics work? Not placebo affect in my niece’s case, who was 5 years old and delirious. If Borrelia Burgdorferi isn’t persistent, then why is researcher Dr. Alan MacDonald finding spirochetes in deceased people who had symptoms of Lyme disease?

  6. Bb does not cause chronic inflammation. It sheds Osp-covered exosomes or blebs, which are TLR2/1 agonists. Fungal. Fungal antigens cause IMMUNOSUPPRESSION.

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