Contact Us
Make My Homepage

National Lyme Disease Strategy Needs, Says Federal Lawmakers

A group of lawmakers is pushing for a national strategy to combat Lyme disease aimed at speeding advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the sometimes serious illness that infects tens of thousands of people every year.

Tick Bite
Flickr User Chris Booth

The legislation would establish an advisory committee of researchers, patient advocates and agencies. It would also coordinate support for developing better diagnostic tests, surveillance, research and other efforts.

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island says Lyme disease is a growing problem, and the bill would help funnel more money to researching how to best treat it and prevent it. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey says it would pull together the best available science and then aggressively attack the disease.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he hopes it will pass this year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.