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This profile was last updated on 11/28/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz

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  • M.D.
  • Department of Neurology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine
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The panel included Sheila Statlender, ..., 28 Nov 2008 [cached]
The panel included Sheila Statlender, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in Newton and Cambridge; Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz, a specialist in Lyme disease at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer; Carol Savage, MD, who has a family practice in Harvard; and health advocate Donna Castle.
Ruiz says that based on a ,clinical diagnosis,' which includes checking for the symptoms above, and whether you've been exposed to infected ticks (which includes anyone not living on the moon), you may be given a blood test.
Also, Ruiz indicates that some blood labs are better than others at interpreting results. So ask your doctor where the test kits come from. She recommends IGeneX in California.
Source: American Lyme Disease Foundation; ..., 2 June 2008 [cached]
Source: American Lyme Disease Foundation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz of Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer.
Treatment: Antibiotics; some other individualized treatments depending on the conditions.
Luz Jacqueline Ruiz, a specialist in Lyme disease at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, said her colleague receives 20 calls a week on tick bites.
Ticks have always been around, but never this many.
Ruiz said many patients don't even remember getting bitten by ticks.Diagnosis can be difficult because tests for antibodies aren't always reliable.The symptoms often mimic other illnesses, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, chronic-fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and Bell's palsy.
While transmitting Lyme disease, ticks can also transmit to humans other infectious diseases like potentially fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever - which Paglia became infected with recently after another tick bite - as well as babesia and ehrlichia, making diagnosis more complex, Ruiz said.
Tonight, Dr. Luz Jacqueline ..., 4 Oct 2007 [cached]
Tonight, Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz, a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Nashoba Valley Medical Center, will host a public forum on Lyme disease prevention and awareness.
Ruiz called Lyme disease "the big imitator of many conditions."The disease is difficult to diagnose and often displays symptoms similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), chronic-fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and Bell's palsy.
Clear signs of Lyme disease are a tick bite and a red rash that forms around the bite, which sometimes expands into the shape of a bull's-eye.
However, not all cases of Lyme disease have a visible bite or rash, making the illness challenging to diagnose, Ruiz said.
Castle asked Ruiz to speak in Westford tonight to promote Lyme disease awareness.
Ruiz said 80 percent of her patients with Lyme disease test negative on ELISA and Western blot tests.However, patients with a negative blood test often have spinal fluid that tests positive, Ruiz said.
In the News: NVMC Welcomes Neurologist, 15 Jan 2004 [cached]
Dr. Luz Jacqueline RuizAyer, MA - January 15th 2004 - Nashoba Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the arrival of Luz Jacquline Ruiz, M.D. to its medical staff.Dr. Ruiz is a board certified neurologist specializing in clinical neurophysiology and movement disorders.She is experienced in the treatment of migraine headaches using pharmaceuticals and physical therapy and the treatment of movement disorders with Botox®.
"Throughout all my training I have concentrated my efforts on my clinical skills, research work, teaching abilities, staff leadership and bedside manners.I attempt to employ the highest energy, enthusiasm and dedication to my patients.The treatment and well being of my patients is always of paramount concern to me and I strive to attain the next level in my professional expertise."says Dr. Ruiz.
After graduating in the top 10 percent of her class at Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Ruiz completed a residency in general surgery at San Rafael General Hospital in Fusagasuga, Colombia.She also participated in clinical rotations in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology before moving to University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital to complete her integrated neurology residency.
In 2001, Dr. Ruiz began the first of 3 clinical neurology fellowships at Harvard Medical School in cooperation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.She is the author of many medical journal articles on movement disorders, cerebral vasculitus and amyloid angiopathy.She was also a co-investigator in clinical trials for patients with Parkinson's disease, Tourette's Syndrome and Cervical Dystonia.She also holds an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Department of Neurology as a junior faculty member.
Dr. Ruiz is located in suite 170 of the Medical Office Building next to Nashoba Valley Medical Center.Appointments with her can be made by calling (978) 772-4037.
Sentinel & Enterprise Online - Today's Headlines, 18 April 2004 [cached]
Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz said while she does not see huge results from cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept, she believes they do slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
"Families can feel hopeless because they go home with the problem, and even with drugs, (the patient) gets worse," said Ruiz, a neurologist at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer."But I am very optimistic.There is a lot of work being done, and one of these days one (drug) will work."
Ruiz said she also encourages behavioral treatments for patients in addition to medication, and she recommends support groups for family members.
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