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Page 16 of 51 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 17 tional Lyme and Associated Diseases Society specialist at the Cary Institute in Millbrook, has been studying the black-legged tick here in the Hudson Valley for years. Ostfeld's research has shown that climate change over the past 20 years in the Hudson Valley has resulted in ticks peaking earlier than we previ- ously thought. "The black-legged tick used to peak early-mid June," he says. "Now it is peaking mid-late May and we project that in 20 years or so they will peak in early May." Babesia and Lyme are the most common pair found in ticks in the Hudson Valley, according to Ostfeld, not Ehrlichiosis. He adds that it is possible for a tick to be infected with more than one disease and to trans- mit more than one disease. Ostfeld suggests that health prac- titioners and families be aware of this and should be testing for more than just Lyme, since they each have specific treatments. Somer DelSignore, MSN, a certi- fied nurse practitioner with Bambini Pediatrics in Poughkeepsie, specializ- es in infectious diseases. She esti- mates she is seeing up to 12 cases of Lyme disease per day. "What's shocking is that these kids are presenting with symptoms of ADHD, anxiety and Autism, not the typical symptoms of joint pain and fevers," she says. DelSignore says new research is showing that mothers who are infected can pass the disease on to New research is showing that mothers who are infected can pass the disease on to their babies in utero. 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. Beautiful, Stunning Smiles that will Last a Lifetime Where you are always treated as an individual, not a number • No more goopy gaggy materials with our high-tech digital impressions • Hurry in for our interest-free fi nancing and affordable payment plans! • Actual Patients Treated by Dr. Pachter (Continued on Page 18) Warm, Child Friendly Atmosphere Children with Special Needs Welcome! Specializing in Children from Infancy to Teens Emergencies Treated with Courtesy & Kindness Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and general anesthesia available Thank you to all of the HVParent readers who selected Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman as a 2014 Favorite Doc!

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