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Dr. Luz Jacqueline Ruiz MD

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Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley - Old 200 Groton Road

Ayer, Massachusetts 01432

United States

Company Description

Nashoba Valley Medical Center is a community hospital serving 11 communities in North Central Massachusetts. Located in Ayer, the hospital boasts a highly qualified medical staff with 115 active and associate member physicians offering community based pri ... more

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Employment History

Harvard Medical Faculty Physician

Harvard University


Junior Faculty Member
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical Faculty Physician
Harvard Medical School


Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine

Department of Neurology

Harvard Medical School


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Luz Jacqueline Ruiz, MDNashoba Neurology Associates200 Groton Rd.Ayer, Massachusetts 01432Tel: 978-772-3880Fax: 978-784-9584

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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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