Lyme disease treatment is controversial

Medical researchers and experts are still unsure of exactly what treatment is best for patients with Lyme disease.  Many doctors say patients should only undergo 1 round of antibiotics, while others say patients should stay on antibiotics until symptoms disappear.

Lyme disease is transmitted by deer tick bites.  Symptoms of Lyme disease include a red rash, fever, fatigue, chills, muscle and joint pain, and headache.  If an individual with Lyme disease does not receive treatment for the infection, they cold develop heart palpitations, facial palsy, and spinal cord inflammation.

Typically, doctors only give patients who test positive for Lyme disease antibiotics for a few weeks.  Researchers at UTHealth’s infectious diseases department also say that using antibiotics long-term does not seem to help.

Most doctors recommend antibiotics for only up to 6 weeks.  However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that between 10 to 20 percent of patients with Lyme disease experience symptoms of the infection years later.

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Occupations with highest rates of occupational disease

A data analysis company recently reviewed statistics from the Bureau of Labor and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine what are the most common occupational diseases and in what professions workers are the most likely to become ill.

The most common types of occupational illness were found to be lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.  In addition, researchers found that morticians, coal miners, welders, concrete mixers, pipefitters, firefighters, and pilots were the most likely to contract occupational diseases.

In July, officials declared formaldehyde a carcinogen.  Because morticians often work with formaldehyde, they are more likely to develop leukemia than workers in other professions.  Concrete mixers are at risk of developing silicosis — a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust often found in concrete.

Coal miners are the most likely to suffer from pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, and pilots are at risk of developing melanoma from prolonged sun exposure.

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Nurses have high rate of occupational asthma

A group of nurses, The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group, is speaking out about occupational diseases related to working around chemicals.  The group issued an action alert urging nurses and other workers to support chemical legislation reform.

The current law concerning chemical regulation, the Toxic Substances Control Act, does not give the Environmental Protection Agency a lot of authority and has not been updated in 34 years.  The new legislation, the Safe Chemical Act of 2011, would completely reform chemical regulation laws in the U.S.

Chair of The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group Karen Bowman said, “Nurses care about chemicals for a lot of reasons.  Nurses have the highest rate of occupational asthma in the country.  Often asthma is linked to environmental contaminants, such as chemicals used in cleaning and in procedures in hospitals.”

If you or someone you know has developed occupational asthma or another occupational disease, contact the Raleigh occupational diseases lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311 to learn more about applying for workers’ compensation.