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June 28th 2012:Lyme Disease Research and Interstitial Cystitis: More to Explore

We may be close to finding a definitive test for diagnosing Lyme disease and one researcher now a nurse practitioner has found a particular protozoon present in Lyme patients that also have Interstitial Cystitis. Find out what research is being done by Lyme Research Alliance and what the protozoon is and how to treat it.

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Ruth Kriz

Ruth Kriz is a Nurse Practitioner who suffered with IC herself for 11 years but has been well now for 18 years. She taught nursing for many years from LPNs to Master's level Nurse Practitioners and in 2005 opened her practice in Washington, DC to help IC patients. In addition to utilizing broth culture results, she addresses depressed immune function, nutrition, and other underlying infections that damage the bladder wall and depress immune function. Adrenal, thyroid, hormonal issues, allergy, and gut issues are also evaluated and treated if necessary. Phone appointments are available. Her office number is 202-714-2415 and her work email is
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Diane Blanchard

Diane Blanchard is a co-founder and co-president of Lyme Research Alliance, formerly Time for Lyme, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit organization focused on research and education for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Since 1998, Diane has volunteered her time to assist in the organization’s growth and to achieve its goals to ensure better detection and treatment protocols. Today, Lyme Research Alliance has funded scientists around the nation and has awarded $3 million to support promising research and educational programs. LRA was a critical force in establishing the Columbia Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Research Center where Diane currently sits on the Advisory Committee of the C
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Harriet Kotsoris

Harriet Kotsoris earned her MD at the University of Rochester in 1980. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital (now known as Weill-Cornell Medical Center) between 1980-1983. She did her residency in Neurology at New York Hospital between1983-1986. She was the Chief Resident between1985-86. She is board certified in Internal medicine and Neurology. She had a private practice in Neurology and was the Attending in Neurology at Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT, affiliate of Columbia Presbyterian, for nearly 2 decades. She has been the Chief Scientific Officer for Lyme Research Alliance, formerly Time for Lyme from 2007 to the present.
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