The Diane Rehm Show Showcases Lyme Disease 3/18

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Frank Sesno will be guest hosting The Diane Rehm Show, a live, daily news magazine program focusing on politics and current affairs.  The topic of Tuesday’s 11am show is an Update on Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease and will feature 4 guests.


John Aucott, MD, Founder and President of the Lyme Disease Research Foundation and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. John Aucott is a physician scientist who specializes in translational clinical research in Lyme disease.  He is currently the Principal Investigator for the prospective cohort SLICE studies, the Study of Lyme Disease Immunology and Clinical Events.  His clinical research examines the impact of acute Lyme disease on long-term health outcomes and immune function.

Monica Embers, PhD, Tulane National Primate Research Center, Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology.  Monica’s research includes studying Borrelia burgdorferi persistence and immune evasion in rhesus macaques.

Paul Mead, MD, MPH, Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Lyme Disease Program, CDC.  CDC increased Lyme disease incidence 10-fold in August 2013 to 300,000 annual cases.  [“We know that routine surveillance only gives us part of the picture, and that the true number of illnesses is much greater,” said Paul Mead, MD, MPH, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for CDC’s Lyme disease program. “This new preliminary estimate confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention.”]

Pam Weintraub, Executive Editor at Discover Magazine and award-winning author of “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic”.  Pam is an acclaimed science journalist and Lyme disease parent and survivor.  In “Cure Unknown” she investigates the medical history, patient experience and complex political war over Lyme disease.

The Diane Rehm Show is distributed by NPR, NPR Worldwide, and SIRIUS XM satellite radio. It can be heard on more than 160 stations nationwide. The program is also broadcast in Germany, Japan, and Finland, and is available on U.S. military installations worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.

To listen to Tuesday’s program please locate your station on the following link:  It can also be streamed online at drshow.orgThe Diane Rehm Show takes questions on Twitter at @DrShow.  Listeners may also call into the show 1-800-433-8850 or email questions via the following link: Web: | Twitter: @drshow.

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