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Lyme disease symptoms: Doctors told rash alone can diagnose condition - what to look for

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

LYME disease is a bacterial infection which is spread to humans by infected ticks. Blood tests have been available for some time to confirm or rule out the condition. But now health experts are advising doctors a ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone can diagnose Lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Lyme disease should be diagnosed immediately if a patient has the tell-tale bull's-eye rash 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence urges medics to just look for the rash - which is present in around two-thirds of cases - due to lab tests not always picking up on the infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme disease symptoms: Doctors told ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone can diagnose condition

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

LYME disease is a bacterial infection which is spread to humans by infected ticks. Blood tests have been available for some time to confirm or rule out the condition. But now health experts are advising doctors a ‘bull’s eye’ rash alone can diagnose Lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by 'bull's eye' rash alone

Monday, February 11, 2019

The rash is diagnostic and means the patient needs urgent antibiotics, new guidelines tell doctors. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Diagnose Lyme disease from rash alone

Monday, February 11, 2019

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Diagnose Lyme disease if bull ’s eye rash is present, says NICE

Monday, February 11, 2019

People showing erythema migrans, the characteristic skin rash associated with Lyme disease, can be diagnosed without the need for blood tests, NICE says in new guidance. (Source: NHS Networks)

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Migratory birds are spreading Lyme disease to new places

Friday, February 8, 2019

(Natural News) A mass migration of birds may be amazing to behold, until they leave countless disease-ridden ticks in their wake. In the U.S., the disease-laden ticks spread in the Northeast and Midwest through dogs which serve as carriers for the Borrelia burgdorferi infection. In 2008, Canadian veterinarians worked on a project which looked into an... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Carbon-11 PET detects brain inflammation after Lyme disease

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have developed a PET imaging technique...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: PET's view of tau could explain women's early dementia PET in the paddock New PET tracer could aid melanoma detection PET tracers help guide breast cancer therapies C-11-based PET tracer could benefit arthritis patients (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

New scan technique reveals brain inflammation associated with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

Monday, February 4, 2019

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) More than 1 in 10 people successfully treated with antibiotics for Lyme disease go on to develop chronic, sometimes debilitating, and poorly understood symptoms of fatigue and brain fog that may last for years after their initial infection has cleared up. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme Disease | Medscape Lyme Disease | Medscape

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review in-depth clinical information, latest medical news, and guidelines on Lyme tick disease or Lyme borreliosis. Review articles on the management of Lyme disease symptoms, including Lyme disease rash, and Lyme disease treatment. (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Project coordinator had a cardiac arrest aged just SIX

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Alexandra Wall, 33, of south-west London, was diagnosed with  Brugada syndrome decades after the ordeal when she saw a cardiologist while battling Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Charles Darwin's ailments are 'typical of Lyme disease' in UK

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Naturalist ’s symptoms of diarrhoea, rashes, palpitations and flatulence could have been tick infection, say researchersHe travelled the world studying exotic creatures in dangerous lands, but the disease that marred Charles Darwin ’s life may have been caught closer to home as he trudged around Britain collecting insects, shooting birds, and picking up stones, researchers say.The Victorian naturalist who gave the world the theory of evolution is a strong contender for the most famously ill scientist in history. His diaries, notebooks and letters brim with despair over ailments ranging from diarrhoea, rashes and heart palpitations, to vomiting, muscle pain and incessant flatulence.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Stress related responses regulate immune function

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

(VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)) The immune system is composed of a wide range of different immune cells each with dedicated functions. Natural killer T cells form a specialized immune cell that protects against a variety of diseases such as cancer, autoimmunity, metabolic disease or certain infections such as Lyme disease (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Scientists find GARLIC may treat lingering Lyme disease

Saturday, December 8, 2018

(Natural News) Lyme disease can be difficult to treat. If caught early, a round of antibiotics can clear up the infection and resolve symptoms, but that isn’t always the case. Roughly 10 to 20 percent of sufferers go on to experience ongoing symptoms like joint pain and fatigue. Known as persistent Lyme infection, it can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Medical News Today: These 10 essential oils can kill persistent Lyme disease

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A new study finds that essential oils from garlic cloves, myrrh trees, thyme leaves, and several other herbs can kill forms of Lyme disease bacteria. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Essential oils from garlic and other herbs kill 'persister' Lyme disease bacteria

Sunday, December 2, 2018

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Oils from garlic and several other common herbs and medicinal plants show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Antibiotics could extend your life by culling older cells that can no longer divide

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Salford University scientists made the discovery using azithromycin, which treats infections ranging from gonorrhoea to Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme Disease was causing James Dellingpole's brain fog and depression

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Writer, journalist and columnist James Dellingpole, 53, from Worcestershire, is one of many people who struggle with Lyme Disease. This is his story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Hungry ticks work harder to find you

Monday, November 19, 2018

(University of Cincinnati) Biologists at the University of Cincinnati say the hungrier ticks are, the harder they try to find you or other hosts. The findings could have implications for the spread of tick-borne disease such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Finally, I’ve found what caused my brain fog and aching joints...an insect bite!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Writer, journalist and columnist James Dellingpole, 53, from Worcestershire, is one of many people who struggle with Lyme Disease. This is his story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Climate Change Expected to Lead to Rise in Lyme Disease

Friday, November 16, 2018

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 -- Rising temperatures are expected to increase the number of cases of Lyme disease in the United States by more than 20 percent by mid-century, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Canadian Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)

Tickborne Diseases Hit Record Levels In U.S.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

(CBS News) – New government research shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme disease continue to rise. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks. Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. The CDC said there were 59,349 confirmed cases of tickborne diseases in 2017, up from 48,610 in 2016. In past years, health officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases is likely many times higher than the officially tally. The findings reflect an accelerating trend of tick-related diseases reported ...

Diseases spread by ticks hit record level in U.S.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A new report from the CDC shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever continue to rise (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

US officials report a record number of tick diseases

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That's about 43,000 cases. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Officials Report a Record Number of Tick Diseases

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Lyme disease accounted for nearly three-quarters of the illnesses. That's about 43,000 cases. Traditionally about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the government each year, but experts believed there was underreporting and thought the actual number was more like 300,000. Experts say better reporting may be a reason for recent increases, but scientists have also discovered more diseases transmitted by ticks. Researchers also note that disease-spreading ticks have been seen over a wide range of states. Edit...

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CDC: Record Number of Tickborne Disease Cases in U.S. Last Year

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 -- The number of Americans with tickborne diseases reached a record high of nearly 60,000 in 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Most of those cases (42,743) were Lyme disease. There were 36,000... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)

Medical Evidence Supports Disability Plan's Limitation Of Benefits, Judge Says

Monday, November 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disability insurer's conclusion that a claimant suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome, which limited long-term disability benefits to 24 months, and not from symptoms of Lyme disease was not unreasonable based on the medical evidence in the administrative record, a District of Columbia federal judge said Nov. 7 (Wesley Loucka v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-1375, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190935). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)

Microscopic Remedies Reduce Painful Toxins in Persistent Lyme Disease...

Monday, November 5, 2018

Two Frogs Healing Center to share about microparticle "liposomes" for relieving chronic Lyme disease pain, fatigue, and mental(PRWeb November 06, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/microscopic_remedies_reduce_painful_toxins_in_persistent_lyme_disease_infections/prweb15895030.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Camping in the Cotswolds left me in pain for YEARS - thanks to a random tick bite

Monday, November 5, 2018

Blair Jollands, 47, from London, was happy and healthy until August 2015, when a tick bite changed everything - and he developed Lyme Disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Lyme Disease Biobank expands to increase understanding of Lyme in heart, brain, joints

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

(TellMed Strategies) To encourage greater understanding of the ability of Lyme bacteria to invade tissues and organs, Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces the addition of the Lyme Disease Tissue Collection Program to its Lyme Disease Biobank. This is the only national entity working to accelerate research by collecting surgical and post-mortem tissue samples from individuals with persistent Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. The collaboration also involves the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) and MyLymeData Patient Registry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Prevalence of B. burgdorferi-Infected Blacklegged Ticks Prevalence of B. burgdorferi-Infected Blacklegged Ticks

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The emergence of B. burgdorferi sensu stricto-infected ticks in the Tennessee Valley highlights the need for Lyme disease awareness in the region.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Lyme disease predicted to rise in United States as climate warms

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

(Carnegie Mellon University) A new study looked at the relationship between climatic variables and the incidence of Lyme disease in 15 U.S. states. The study found that rising temperatures are expected to boost the number of cases of Lyme disease by more than 20 percent by mid-century. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Protecting yourself from Lyme disease

Monday, October 29, 2018

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Each summer, some friends and I spend a week camping in a wilderness area in northern Minnesota. When we got back this year, a member of our group was diagnosed with Lyme disease. As we get ready to go next time, what should we do to protect ourselves from Lyme disease? ANSWER: [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

UCLA receives $1 million to support medical care for vulnerable patients

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A $1 million gift from the Steven& Alexandra Cohen Foundation will advance UCLA ’s mission to provide high-quality health care for people facing financial hardship and other challenges in access to quality care, as well as providing resources to treat children who are victims of sexual assault and victims of rape.“We are grateful to the Steven& Alexandra Cohen Foundation for its gift, and its continued support of our efforts, ” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. “Steven and Alexandra’s previous generosity has been vital to our efforts, and this timely gift will make a profound difference in the lives of so many of ou r patients.”The gift also will benefit the Rape Treatme...

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Medical News Today: What does a Lyme disease rash look like?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lyme disease rashes can change throughout the stages of the illness. Untreated Lyme disease can have serious consequences, so people should be familiar with the symptoms and types of rash. Learn to identify Lyme disease rashes here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Lyme disease: NICE guideline [NG95]

Friday, October 19, 2018

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease. It aims to raise awareness of when Lyme disease should be suspected and ensure that people have prompt and consistent diagnosis and treatment. It does not cover preventing Lyme disease. The guideline was updated in October 2018. Treatment for Lyme carditis in haemodynamically unstable children aged 9-12 was changed to IV ceftriaxone. First alternative was changed to oral doxycycline (DX). Footnote was added on using clinical judgement to determine doses of DX in children (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

Thursday, October 18, 2018

-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet. Lymedisease.org offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home: Prune trees. Clear brush. Remove litter. Mow grass short, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Misconception: The black-legged tick, not the lone star, carries the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, according to a review of evidence

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

(Natural News) One fact that people know about Lyme disease is that ticks cause it. As to which tick causes the condition – which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as the most commonly reported vector-based illness in the U.S. – is where the confusion starts. Lyme disease, of which the causative agent is the spirochetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

New techniques can detect lyme disease weeks before current tests

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

(Rutgers University) Researchers have developed techniques to detect Lyme disease bacteria weeks sooner than current tests, allowing patients to start treatment earlier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Health Tip: Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

-- People aren't the only ones who are vulnerable to Lyme disease. Fido or Fluffy also could contract the illness from an infected tick. The American Kennel Club says Lyme disease occurs the most often in the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and on the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

No Clear Winner Among Antibiotics for Early Lyme Skin Disease

Thursday, October 4, 2018

(MedPage Today) -- Meta-analysis finds little difference in efficacy, adverse effects (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)

Providers often fail to consider ehrlichia when treating tick-borne infections

Sunday, September 30, 2018

(University of North Carolina Health Care) When patients present to providers in North Carolina for a possible tick bite, clinicians are not testing them for Ehrlichia, a tick-borne illness that occurs more frequently than Lyme disease and as frequently as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

NICE Bites; Lyme disease

Friday, September 28, 2018

This prescribing bulletin summarising key recommendations from NICE guidance on Lyme disease, covers diagnosis, laboratory investigations, treatment and management, emergency referral, and antibiotic treatment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

Thursday, September 27, 2018

“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)

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Lyme disease: A study on the speed of transmission by infected ticks

Thursday, September 20, 2018

(Institut Pasteur) Lyme borreliosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia that are transmitted by a bite from a tick of the genus Ixodes. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur found evidence of rapid bacterial transmission following a bite, with infection occurring within 24 hours of an adult tick bite. This is a timely reminder of the importance of removing ticks as soon as possible after being bitten to prevent infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Global Warming Threatens Europe ’ s Public Health

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Parched olive groves in northern Croatia, where West Nile Virus has already claimed one victim this year. West Nile Virus infections have sharply increased in Europe this year, the World Health Organisation says, largely due to a longer transmission season in the region which this year saw high temperatures and extended rainy spells followed by dry weather, helping mosquito breeding and propagation. Credit: Ed Holt/IPSBy Ed HoltVIENNA, Sep 13 2018 (IPS)Climate change and health experts are warning of the growing threat to public health in Europe from global warming as rising temperatures help potentially lethal diseases spread easily across the continent.This summer Europe has had to contend with record temperatures, drought, and destructive storms caused by heat and wildfires as forests i...

Hot, Dry New England Summer Brings Fewer Cases Of Lyme Disease

Monday, September 10, 2018

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — New England’s hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay. The Northeastern states — which are some of the worst for Lyme in the U.S., posing a hazard to residents and vacationers alike — are still totaling the number of Lyme cases from the summer months, and there will likely be more in the fall. But preliminary indicators show the disease abating, and public health authorities are finding fewer deer ticks, state officials and researchers said. In Maine, there had been a steady annual growth of Lyme cases, including a jump of 23 percent to more than 1,850 last year. But the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Lyme cases for May, June and July were below long-term averages. Those are major months for i...

Hot, dry summer bringing fewer cases of Lyme disease

Sunday, September 9, 2018

New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay (Source: ABC News: Health)

#MayoClinicRadio podcast: 9/1/18

Monday, September 3, 2018

Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 9/1/18 On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, discuss vaccines for vector-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease and Zika virus. Dr. Poland also discusses the problem of vaccine hesitancy. Also on the podcast, Dr. Margaret Long, a gynecologist at Mayo Clinic, explains how [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Lyme Disease Vaccine Being Developed

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BOSTON (CBS) – More and more people are being afflicted by Lyme disease, not only here in New England but around the country. It begs the question, why don’t we have a vaccine to prevent this common tick-borne illness? A human vaccine was introduced in 1998. It was effective but expensive and there was public concern about its safety and sales were low, so it was yanked off the market four years later. Right now there is only a Lyme vaccine for dogs. Fortunately, there is a new vaccine for humans in the pipeline developed by a French company, which says it has received fast-track status from the FDA and hopes to get the vaccine licensed in about five years. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)

Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn ’ t There a Vaccine?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The only vaccine was taken off the market more than 15 years ago. As reports of the disease skyrocket, researchers are working on a new one. (Source: NYT Health)

Antibiotics Yield Similar Outcomes in Early Disseminated and Localized European Lyme Disease Antibiotics Yield Similar Outcomes in Early Disseminated and Localized European Lyme Disease

Friday, August 10, 2018

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Lyme Disease From Tick Bites a Threat in All 50 States

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Quest Diagnostics reports that Lyme disease, a tick-borne ailment, continues to swell and is a risk to people across the United States. (Source: AARP.org News)

Vermont resident dies of rare Lyme disease complication that affected their heart

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Vermont resident has died from a rare, Lyme disease complication where bacteria gets into the heart on the heels of news that all 50 states have residents tested positive for the disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Lyme disease has now spread to all 50 states, report finds

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New research finds cases of Lyme disease ​ have exploded in unusual areas of the country (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Where Is Lyme Disease? Now In All 50 States And Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Quest Diagnostics analysis showed that the largest increases in positive Lyme Disease tests outside the Northeastern U.S. occurred in Florida (77% increase) and California (194.5% increase). (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Global Health: An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Asian long-horned tick, reported in New York ’ s suburbs and as far west as Arkansas, can carry lethal diseases. But no infected specimens have yet been found here. (Source: NYT Health)

Lyme disease is now in all 50 states of America

Monday, August 6, 2018

The chronic tick-borne illness has long been rampant across the North East, which has historically accounted for 95 percent of cases. But a new report shows a 194% rise in cases in California. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Treating Lyme disease in 2018: advances and misconceptions

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A new column by Yale pediatrician and epidemiologist Eugene Shapiro, M.D. sheds light on medical breakthroughs and common myths surrounding Lyme disease. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

The case for greater focus on mosquitoes, ticks in epidemiology

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

(Entomological Society of America) The textbook approach to managing disease outbreaks focuses on three factors -- pathogen, host, and environment--but it leaves out one critical component in the case of afflictions such as Zika, malaria, and Lyme: the insect or arthropod responsible for transmission to humans. A new report in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America proposes a new version of the classic 'epidemiologic triad' that better reflects the complexities of managing vector-borne diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme disease symptoms: Five signs you’ve been bitten - but is it vaccine preventable?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LYME disease symptoms are not always obvious. While a rash is one of the most notable signs you ’ve been bitten by an infected tick, flu-like symptoms can also develop. There are ways of preventing the disease, but is a vaccine one of them? (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Lyme Disease Striking More Americans in More States

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 -- There's been a sharp spike in Lyme disease cases in the United States, and the tick-borne illness has now spread to all 50 states, a new report shows. " Lyme disease is a bigger risk to more people in the United States than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Tick bites: What does a tick bite look like? Terrifying signs you have lyme disease

Monday, July 30, 2018

TICK bites have been labelled the most dangerous insect bites in the UK. This is because the bite could transmit lyme disease, a serious illness. It could be possible to identify a tick bite by looking in these areas. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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DEET Is the Most Effective Bug Spray. But Is It Safe?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sure, itchy bug bites are a nuisance. But for those living in parts of the country where mosquito or tick-borne illnesses are common—and these days, that’s most of us—bug-repellent sprays and liquids are an important safeguard against Lyme disease, West Nile virus and other serious health conditions. The annual number of people sickened by mosquitos or tick bites has more than tripled since 2004, according to the CDC. The World Health Organization has concluded that climate change is a likely contributor to these increases, which are predicted to continue as warmer global temperatures expand the habitats of mosquitos, ticks and other disease-spreading bugs. For all of these reasons, more and more people are looking for safe and effective ways to keep biting bugs at bay. ...

Horsefly bite: Is this the most dangerous biting critter? Worst biting bug revealed

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Horsefly bites can become infected and swollen if not treated properly. But, what is the worst UK insect to be bitten by? This spider-relative ’s bite could cause lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Manassas firm gets step closer to new test for Lyme disease

Friday, July 20, 2018

The device — designed to be less invasive, more accurate and faster than existing tests for Lyme disease — could make it to market as early as the end of next year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Manassas firm gets step closer to new urine test for Lyme disease

Friday, July 20, 2018

The device — designed to be less invasive, more accurate and faster than existing tests for Lyme disease — could make it to market as early as the end of next year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Friday, July 20, 2018

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- Ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses have been identified in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been recorded, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)

Lyme disease: What it is, how to avoid it, and how to prepare for it

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Natural News) Approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the U.S. Lyme disease is a vector borne disease spread by the black-legged (deer) ticks of the genus Ixodes. Deer ticks do not cause the infection; they are the vector. Vectors transmit an infectious pathogen into another living organism. The infection is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Widow whose husband died of ALS and Lyme disease pens account

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jo Ann Simon from Bethel, Connecticut, details the battle her husband Tom faced with Lyme-disease and ALS, discussing how the boisterous chef rapidly declined from his diagnosis to his death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Insect bite: Could this be the most dangerous? Worst biting bug this summer revealed

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Insect bites can become infected and swollen if not treated properly. But, what is the worst UK insect to be bitten by? This spider-relative ’s bite could cause lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast

Friday, July 13, 2018

"Tick populations have exploded ​," researchers say – even in counties where they were never seen before (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Have YOU got type A blood? You're more likely to be bitten by a tick

Friday, July 13, 2018

Researchers in the Czech Republic uncovered proof ticks, which can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, may prefer type A blood. Supermodel Bella Hadid has often spoken about her battle with Lyme. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Thursday, July 12, 2018

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Citizen science supports tick-borne disease research

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(PLOS) A nationwide investigation of the prevalence and distribution of ticks and exposure to tick-borne diseases highlights the value of public participation in science. The study, published on July 12 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by Nathan Nieto of Northern Arizona University and colleagues, and funded by Bay Area Lyme Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Who got bit? By mailing in 16,000 ticks, citizen scientists help track disease exposures

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(Colorado State University) A bite from a disease-carrying tick can transmit a serious, potentially fatal infection, such as Lyme disease. But many ticks go unnoticed and unreported. Now, with the help of citizen scientists, ecologists at Colorado State University and Northern Arizona University are offering better insight into people's and animals' potential exposure to tick-borne diseases -- not just the disease reporting and prevalence that's only tracked when people get sick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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UM researchers receive $700,000 in NIH funding to study tick-borne lyme disease

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

(The University of Montana) University of Montana researchers Dan Drecktrah and Scott Samuels were recently awarded $449,998 from the National Institutes of Health for the first year of a five-year project to study the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide Derived from Mums

Monday, July 9, 2018

Just in time for summer hikes and outdoor play: A study finds that the ticks that often convey Lyme disease become unable to bite, and soon die after exposure to clothing treated with permethrin.(Image credit: Pearl Mak/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide That Mimics Mums

Monday, July 9, 2018

Just in time for summer hikes and outdoor play, a study finds that the ticks that often convey Lyme disease become unable to bite, and soon die, after exposure to clothing treated with permethrin.(Image credit: Pearl Mak/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US

Sunday, July 8, 2018

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape, recently published in the journal Ecology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Mayo Clinic Q and A: How to remove a tick quickly and correctly

Thursday, June 28, 2018

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the best way to remove a tick? We live near a grassy area and find several every summer, and I worry about Lyme disease. But there is so much conflicting information online about how to remove a tick properly and what to do after. ANSWER: If you find a tick [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Lyme-disease sufferer, 27, is forced to live in a TENT

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rachel Gordon, 27, who is believed to be from London, was diagnosed with Lyme disease privately last year after NHS doctors told her she had chronic fatigue syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

'I've been left devastated by Lyme disease'

Monday, June 25, 2018

Former model Jessica Bennett says her life has been devastated by Lyme disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

‘ This Is How I Save My Life ’ Excerpt From Amy B. Scher

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amy B. Scher’s “This Is How I Save My Life” is the true story of a fiery young woman diagnosed with late-stage, chronic Lyme disease whose journey takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. This excerpt coincides with the book’s release in paperback from Gallery Books, an imprint CBS sister company Simon & Schuster. I am twenty-eight years old when I arrive in magnificent India. I am here with my parents, an updated vaccine record, and a visa, searching for something I cannot find at home: a cure. In a tiny hospital on the outskirts of Delhi, a female Indian doctor is offering experimental embryonic stem cell therapy to patients from all over the world. That is what I have come for. For the past seven years, my body h...

Tick Tech: Biotech Tools Give New Hope For Those With Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The most common tick-borne illness in the U.S. (30,000+ new cases a year), Lyme disease produces a wide range of symptoms ranging from fever and rash to arthritis and paralysis. Thanks to biotech, genome sequencing and precision medicine, prevention, early detection and treatment are now possible. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Lyme disease cases among children are on the rise in western Pennsylvania

Monday, June 18, 2018

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Doctors found that cases of Lyme disease in children have increased exponentially in western Pennsylvania. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Preclinical study finds stevia is comparable to antibiotics in the treatment of Lyme disease

Sunday, June 17, 2018

(Natural News) Research published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology revealed yet another sweet benefit of stevia. Known for its natural sweetening properties, stevia was discovered to be a safer and even more effective alternative to conventional, toxic antibiotics in treating Lyme disease. The researchers from the University of New Haven used an alcohol extract... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

How to treat Lyme disease naturally, with diet, herbal supplements, vitamin C

Monday, June 4, 2018

(Natural News) The official stance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Lyme disease is that it is a tick-borne illness that it completely treatable by a short round (typically no more than three weeks) of antibiotics. While true in broad strokes, this position is hardly useful for those who do not... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

9 Kinds of Bug Bites You Might Get This Summer — and What to Do About Them

Monday, June 4, 2018

This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)

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Aggressiveness, violence, homicidality, homicide, and Lyme disease - Greenberg R.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Drug company makes first ever vaccine for Lyme disease that affects supermodel Bella Hadid

Monday, May 28, 2018

Drug company Valneva, based in Lyon, France, has successfully completed the first ever human trial for a vaccine against Lyme disease which affects 600,000 people every year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Tick-resistant clothing protects you from 3 species of the bug

Thursday, May 24, 2018

As we enter what is expected to be the worst season for ticks in years, you may want to invest in repellent clothing to guard against Lyme disease, as a CDC study found the garments immobilize bugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Bug-borne disease monitoring project finds deer ticks on the rise in Midwest

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

(Indiana University) A new environmental monitoring project at Indiana University has found increased numbers of deer ticks, which often carry Lyme disease, in Southern Indiana. The presence of an organism that carries a specific disease-causing bacterium -- like deer ticks -- is commonly followed by a rise in the associated illness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Naturopathic doctor shares the diet he used to cure himself of Lyme disease

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

(Natural News) Darin Ingels, N.D., FAAEM followed the alkaline diet to cure himself of Lyme disease. The naturopathic doctor said that among all the other diets that claim to improve the disease’s symptoms, he found the alkaline diet to be the most helpful. An introduction to the alkaline diet The alkaline diet is based on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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A Call for a Lyme Disease Vaccine A Call for a Lyme Disease Vaccine

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

With the increase in vector-borne disease, we need more than an ounce of prevention. What we really need is a vaccine for Lyme disease.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Canadian scientists track Lyme disease threat

Monday, May 21, 2018

Health officials combine surveillance of human cases, dogs and ticks in the field to track the spread of the disease across the country. (Source: CBC | Health)

Funding Awarded to Ixodes Outreach Project

Friday, May 18, 2018

  We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease. Project Description – The Ixodes Outreach Project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest.  Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience.   The primary component of this research project comes in the form of distributed tick-kits.  These kits contain: information cards on tick/Lyme disease identification, a tick removal ‘key’, collection t...

Consumer Health: First aid for tick bites

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tick bites: First aid? Most tick bites are painless and cause only minor symptoms, such as redness, swelling or a sore on the skin. But some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Learn the correct way to remove and handle a tick, and when you need to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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The Best —and Worst—Ways to Remove a Tick From Your Skin

Thursday, May 17, 2018

This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)

Lyme disease: NICE guideline [NG95]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This NICE Guidance was published in April 2018. It covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease. It aims to raise awareness of when Lyme disease should be suspected and ensure that people have prompt and consistent diagnosis and treatment. It does not cover preventing Lyme disease. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Vital Signs Teleconference: Vector-Borne Diseases: The Growing Threat

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 05/08/2018 This 27-minute teleconference focuses on new information about the nation's growing burden of disease from mosquitoes, ticks, and flea bites, and the important role that state and local departments and vector control organizations have in controlling them. These vector-borne diseases include dengue, Zika, West Nile, chikungunya, Lyme disease, and plague. Speakers also discuss the Minnesota Department of Health Vectorborne Diseases Unit, and Mosquito Control Program in New Orleans. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

Patient who was treated for depression for five years discovers she has Lyme disease

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mikayla Vacher, 23, from Rhode Island was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was just eighteen years old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Massachussetts Public Health Department, UMass Amherst lab receives CDC funds for tick testing

Monday, May 7, 2018

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) For years, TickReport at UMass Amherst has tracked the incidence and spread of Lyme disease and the introduction of new bacterial and viral tick-borne illnesses such as the Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan virus in the state. Now a new $100,000 grant from the CDC to the state's public health department will subsidize the cost of tick testing for Massachusetts residents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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#FighttheBite! DHS Encourages Residents to Take Action to Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites

Monday, May 7, 2018

While many Wisconsin residents are more than ready to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy all the resources the state has to offer, the Department of Health Services (DHS) strongly encourages everyone to take care to avoid tick and mosquito bites. Both ticks and mosquitoes can transmit various illnesses.Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks, andWest Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)

Scientists are closer to developing a cure for Lyme disease as they discover how bacteria fight our immune responses

Monday, May 7, 2018

(Natural News) One of the world’s foremost experts on the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease has teased out the exact process by which Borrelia burdorferi survives the immune responses of the body. This discovery could pave the way for effective treatments of the persistent disease, according to a ScienceDaily article. Borrelia has always been a source... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

Monday, May 7, 2018

The tick-borne illness is spreading north and south — about 300,000 U.S. cases a year. As scientists work on better diagnostic tests and surveillance tools, you can take steps to cut your risk.(Image credit: Kenneth H Thomas/Science Source/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Diseases from tick, mosquito, flea bites have tripled

Friday, May 4, 2018

The number of Americans infected by mosquito, tick, and flea bites tripled in the United States from  2004 to 2016, and a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the country is not prepared to deal with the continuing threat.  Mosquitos, ticks and fleas are "vectors" that can spread pathogens like dengue, Zika, Lyme disease or plague through their bite. The CDC reported more than 640,000 cases of these diseases in the period studied as well as the introduction or discovery… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Illnesses caused by disease-infected ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the U.S. in recent years, according to a new?report?from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most common illness attributed to ticks. "It's the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere and in North America, in the U.S. [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Concerns Over Tick, Mosquito-Borne Diseases Rise After CDC Report

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

BOSTON (CBS) — A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) report is raising concerns. From 2004-2016 the amount of tick, mosquito, and flea-transmitted diseases have tripled in the U.S. Nearly 60% of the diseases detected came from ticks. Dr. David Crandell, clinical co-director for the Dean Center Tick-Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, says he’s not surprised. Dr. Crandell believes an increase in Lyme disease diagnosis comes from better testing and more importantly, a better understanding of the disease and the signs. He says symptoms include: Malaise, almost like a flu-like symptom, people using presenting fever, cardiac arrhythmia Dr. Crandell says many people could have been bitten without ever seeing a tick on their body. He recommends wearing pants...

Vital Signs: Illnesses on the Rise from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases. 05/01/2018 This Web page provides information about bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, which can be vectors for spreading pathogens and vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. It discusses what state and local public health agencies can do, and provides a video and sections about Overview, Problem, Infographic, What Can Be Done, and Issue Details. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

Man of many voices: Lyme disease leads Sask.-raised man to career in voiceover work

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Years after he contracted Lyme disease, it's safe to say Sean Gurnsey has a knack for voice acting: his voice is featured across the world in commercial work, video game voicing and more. (Source: CBC | Health)

CDC: Dramatic Jump in Vector-Borne Disease from 2004-2016 (CME/CE)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

(MedPage Today) -- Tick-borne illnesses more than doubled, mainly due to increases in Lyme disease (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

Illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes surge, CDC says

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lyme disease, Zika, and other diseases spread by bug bites tripled in the U.S. from 2004 through 2016, according to a new report (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Diseases from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the US

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika numbered more than 27,000 in 2004, and soared to over 96,000 in 2016, according to the CDC report. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

U.S. cases of disease spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in 13-year span

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the West Nile and Zika viruses.A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that illnesses... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes and Ticks

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

There are several measures you can take, some of which provide two-for-one protection against the insects. (Source: NYT Health)

Diseases From Tick, Mosquito & Flea Bites Have Tripled In US, CDC Says

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ATLANTA (CBS) – As the weather warms up and New Englanders prepare to enjoy the outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control is warning that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise. The report released by the CDC on Tuesday said there were 96,075 disease cases from the three in 2016. That’s more than triple the number of cases in 2004. (Image credit: CDC) “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement. “And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next.” The CDC said there are likely several reasons behind the uptick. The populations of mosquitoes and t...

Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in […]Related:Feds crack down on e-liquid packaging that looks like candy, juice boxesCDC director asks that his $375,000 salary be cut after questions raised22 states now affected by dangerous outbreak of E. coli illness from romaine lettuce (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Global Health: Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rates of Lyme, Zika and exotic new diseases are soaring. Federal officials blame hotter weather, jet travel, forested suburbs and slow vaccine development. (Source: NYT Health)

Global Health: Ticks and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Americans are getting Zika, dengue and Lyme diseases in increasing numbers. Warming weather and a lack of vaccines are among the causes. (Source: NYT Health)

Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in […]Related:Liquid nicotine for e-cigs looks like kids’ juice boxes and candy, government saysShe modeled in New York and worked for the Navy. At 93, parasites ate her alive at a nursing home.A rare eye cancer showed up in three friends. Doctors want to know if the cases are connected. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

Diseases Spread By Insects Have More Than Tripled, CDC Says

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In the United States, diseases spread by mosquito, flea and tick bites tripled from 2004 to 2016, federal health officials say in a new report. During that time, there were more than 640,000 cases of vector-borne diseases. “People really do need to take this seriously,” says Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new study—published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—marks the first time the agency has collectively examined the trends for diseases that are spread by pests. The goal, says Petersen, is to gain a better understanding of the growing burden of these illnesses in the U.S.,...

Lyme disease - 59p spice cured woman’s six-year battle with tick bite condition's symptoms

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LYME disease symptoms include a rash, headaches and joint pain. But, adding this cheap spice to your diet could prevent signs of the bacterial infection, that ’s caused by tick bites. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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How Can You Prevent Lyme And Other Tick-borne Diseases?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wondering how to protect yourself outside from ticks this year? Here's what you need to know. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Septic or Lyme Hip Arthritis? Rapid Lyme Diagnostics Could Avoid Unnecessary Treatment Septic or Lyme Hip Arthritis? Rapid Lyme Diagnostics Could Avoid Unnecessary Treatment

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)

Not one, but three Jurassic worlds, in new UK museum exhibition

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Yorkshire ’s Jurassic World, at the Yorkshire Museum, includes a pregnant ichthyosaur, a Mesozoic virtual reality experience, and a dinosaur called AlanIf you say the word Jurassic to people in the UK, the chances are that their first thoughts will be of a certain hugely successful film franchise. Most palaeontologists are fine with this, because it gives us an excuse to wheel out our well-honed “all the things that were wrong about the Jurassic Park film” material. If they mention anything else at all, it is likely to be the Jurassic coast, a fantastic piece of tourism branding which ensures that Dorset seaside towns receive a steady stream of fossil-mad families on holiday every summe r.Other British Jurassic outcrops are available, however. In Scotland there are Jurassic outcrops ...

New advice will help doctors spot and treat Lyme disease early, says NICE

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NICE has issued new advice to help doctors quickly spot Lyme disease, so they can offer people NHS treatment as soon as possible. (Source: NHS Networks)

It's Tick Season -- Know Your Enemy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

So many ticks are lurking in the brush and woodlands. Here's what they might give you. It's more than Lyme. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation among symptomatic patients with a history of Lyme disease vs two comparison groups - Doshi S, Keilp JG, Strobino B, McElhiney M, Rabkin J, Fallon BA.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

BACKGROUND: Depression has been reported in 8-45% of patients with posttreatment Lyme symptoms (PTLS), but little is known about suicidal ideation in these patients. METHOD: Depression and suicidal ideation were assessed using the Beck Depression I... (Source: SafetyLit)

New point-of-care test quickly detects Lyme neuroborreliosis

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

(University of Turku) A new research-based point-of-care test has been developed in Finland for detecting the Lyme neuroborreliosis spread by ticks. The test makes rapid initiation of antibiotic treatment possible for patients with borreliosis, which reduces the post-treatment symptoms related to the disease. At the same time, unnecessary antibiotic treatments can be avoided. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme Disease Testing in a High-Incidence State Lyme Disease Testing in a High-Incidence State

Monday, April 2, 2018

This study assessed clinicians'knowledge and practices regarding Lyme disease testing in a high-incidence region. Is more clinician education needed?American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

UMD researcher uncovers protein used to outsmart the human immune system

Sunday, April 1, 2018

(University of Maryland) A UMD researcher has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that causes Lyme disease fights innate immune responses, and observed a never-before-seen phenomena demonstrating the bacteria can spring back in the body weeks later. Understanding this bacteria, one of only a few pathogens that can actually persist in the body for long periods of time, has major implications for treatment of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, an increasingly chronic and prevalent public health issue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Aggressiveness, violence, homicidality, homicide, and Lyme disease - Bransfield RC.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BACKGROUND: No study has previously analyzed aggressiveness, homicide, and Lyme disease (LD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective LD chart reviews analyzed aggressiveness, compared 50 homicidal with 50 non-homicidal patients, and analyzed homicide... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Relative Risk for Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease Relative Risk for Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A study on the relative risk for ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease highlights the need for more public education regarding tick-borne diseases.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

A Diagnostic Dilemma: Sometimes You ’ ll Never Know

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Discussion It can be difficult to consider what is the problem when a health care provider is presented with a group of seemingly disparate signs and symptoms with a history and time course that do not match classic (or commonly atypical) disease presentations. Common things happen commonly, so when symptoms occur without the usual co-occurring symptoms, unusual symptoms or time courses, it can be challenging. The provider must develop a reasonable differential diagnosis and balance how far to go with the evaluation against how much to monitor the patient for new signs or symptoms which can provide new information. Patient safety and the natural time course of diseases have to be considered. Providers also recognize that well-appearing individuals with acute onset of problems usually have ...

Revolutionary diagnosis: A single blood test can now detect Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

(Natural News) Testing methods for tick-borne diseases tend to be cumbersome, unreliable, specialized, or even nonexistent. That is, until a Science Daily article reported the recently-developed Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD-Serochip) can accurately diagnose eight different tick-borne pathogens, including the bacterium responsible for the widespread Lyme disease. The brainchild of a large team of researchers from the Centers for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

First-ever transgenic ticks to help fight tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

(University of Nevada, Reno) Monika Gulia-Nuss, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, is working on generating transgenic ticks in her lab, the first of their kind, in order to explore new targets for vector control. Gulia-Nuss' lab works specifically on the deer tick and has received a $407,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to continue studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Nell McAndrew's battle with Lyme disease after park run

Saturday, February 17, 2018

It was an exercise session in a local park that almost became the mother-of-two Nell McAndrew's undoing – after a tiny tick bite led to her developing potentially life-changing Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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More than half of Lyme disease survivors experience severe, persistent symptoms, even after being clinically cleared of infection

Saturday, February 17, 2018

(Natural News) A study, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, found that more than 50 percent of Lyme disease survivors still suffer from severe, persistent symptoms even after being clinically cleared of the infection. A team of researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine evaluated 61 individuals who were either self- or physician-referred... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

First multiplex test for tick-borne diseases

Thursday, February 15, 2018

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens. Led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the research team report details on the new test in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Patient advocate: Learning to navigate the healthcare system akin to mastering a new language

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically. (Source: mobihealthnews)

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can’t find people to investigate an outbreak.” Medical entomology—the study of insects and arthropods that impact human health—has been a shrinking f...

Is your red rash Lyme disease? Dr Ranj says it could be this condition

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Red rash on your body? While this could be a symptom of Lyme disease, Dr Ranj Singh and Dr Zoe Williams revealed on This Morning it could be an indication of hives, and how to treat it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Red rash? Dr Ranj and Dr Zoe reveal if you’ve got Lyme disease or this condition

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Red rash on your body? While this could be a symptom of Lyme disease, Dr Ranj Singh and Dr Zoe Williams revealed on This Morning it could be an indication of hives, and how to treat it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

What makes the bacteria behind lyme disease tick?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

(University of Connecticut) The precise mechanisms of how humans become infected with Lyme disease are still unclear. Researchers from UConn Health are advancing the understanding of how the causative bacterial agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), survives in ticks and mammals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Lyme disease: Tick bite bacterial infection treated by eating these foods everyday

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LYME disease symptoms include the characteristic rash, a fever, headaches and fatigue.You could treat the bacterial infection naturally by making these diet swaps. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Harrow woman reveals insect bite left her wheelchair-bound

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Juliet Rose, from Harrow, can no longer eat solid food because of her Lyme disease. She believes she has harboured the infection, spread by infected ticks, since childhood. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme disease symptoms: Signs of tick-borne disease include stiff neck and FEVER

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

LYME DISEASE signs include a stiff neck and a fever - but it could also produce a red rash with a ring around the edge. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Lyme disease symptoms: Suffering with a stiff neck could be sign of tick-borne illness

Monday, February 5, 2018

LYME DISEASE warning: tick season starts in March although you can suffer from bites at any time in the year. One Lyme disease symptom many miss is suffering with a stiff neck. Other signs of the life-altering tick-borne condition revealed here. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Cascading inflammation associated with lyme arthritis linked to overactive immune response

Sunday, February 4, 2018

(University of Utah Health) Scientists at University of Utah Health believe they identified a mechanism that activates T cells, a key component of the immune system, which could explain the elusive link between a tick bite and persistent Lyme arthritis. The results are published online in the February 5th issue of The Journal of Immunology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Severe and lingering symptoms occur in some after treatment for Lyme disease

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a study of 61 people treated for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Johns Hopkins researchers conclude that fatigue, pain, insomnia and depression do indeed persist over long periods of time for some people, despite largely normal physical exams and clinical laboratory testing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

No Evidence of CNS Infection With Lyme Encephalopathy No Evidence of CNS Infection With Lyme Encephalopathy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

There is no evidence of central nervous system (CNS) infection in patients with neurobehavioral symptoms of Lyme disease, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 -- Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report. But it can transmit other diseases. The researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing more than 60 studies... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Lone star ticks not guilty in spread of Lyme disease

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

(Entomological Society of America) The bacteria that cause Lyme disease are transmitted to humans primarily by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Often presumed guilty by association is the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). However, a new review of three decades' worth of research concludes the latter should be exonerated: While lone star ticks are guilty of transmitting bacteria that cause several human illnesses, the scientific evidence says Lyme disease is not one of them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Medical News Today: Types of zoonotic diseases

Monday, January 15, 2018

Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Lyme Disease Patients Vent Frustration During HHS Panel Lyme Disease Patients Vent Frustration During HHS Panel

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The patients said they wanted better tools for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, but also recognition of Lyme as a chronic condition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Lyme study uses drug discovery methods that have fueled cancer breakthroughs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(Duke University Medical Center) Researchers at Duke Health are working to expand the medical toolkit for treating Lyme disease by identifying vulnerable areas of disease-causing bacteria that could lead to innovative therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Study: Lyme bacteria survive 28-day course of antibiotics months after infection

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

(Tulane University) Lyme bacteria can survive a 28-day course of antibiotic treatment four months following infection by tick bite, according to a new study using a primate model for the disease. Despite testing negative for Lyme disease, some subjects were infected with Lyme bacteria in heart, brain and other organs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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A Snapshot of Lyme Disease in the U.S.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

(MedPage Today) -- CDC surveillance report lists top 7 states (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

Your NEJM Group Today: Hepatitis A Outbreak / Low Accuracy of Clinician Suspicion for Lyme Disease / Connecticut Hospitalist Opportunity

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Check out some of the recent highlights from NEJM Group: NEJM: Perspective: Dr. Margot Kushel examines the root cause of a hepatitis A outbreak in... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

New Lyme disease tests could offer quicker, more accurate detection

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

(Rutgers University) New diagnostic methods offer a better chance for more accurate detection of the infection from the Lyme bacteria, the most common tick-borne infection in North America and Europe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Ask Well: What Causes Bell ’ s Palsy?

Friday, December 1, 2017

The facial paralysis and drooping is caused by nerve inflammation, but the cause of that inflammation “ is a question for the ages ” says one expert. (Source: NYT Health)

High Volume of Lyme Disease Reported in a Low-Incidence State High Volume of Lyme Disease Reported in a Low-Incidence State

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

An unusual increase in suspected Lyme disease cases in Arkansas underscores the importance of Lyme disease surveillance in this and other states which have been considered low-risk.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Surveillance for Lyme Disease - United States, 2008-2015

Friday, November 10, 2017

This report highlights the continuing public health challenge of Lyme disease in states with high incidence and demonstrates its emergence in neighboring states that previously experienced few cases. (Source: PHPartners.org)

Boy is brain damaged after tick bite gave him Lyme disease

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Six year old Adam Mitchell contracted Lyme's disease after bitten by a tick which carries infectious bacteria. The disease spread and caused an outbreak of Meningitis which gave Adam brain damage (Source: the Mail online | Health)

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Surveillance for Lyme Disease — United States, 2008–2015

Thursday, November 9, 2017

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

Colchester woman with Lyme disease reveals GP's comment

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sarah Jackson, 29, from Colchester,, who was struck down when she visited Australia in 2013, said: 'One of the GP's actually compared me to Stephen Hawking.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Short Takes

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency barred two agency scientists and an EPA contractor from speaking at a conference on the health of Narragansett Bay. Agency spokesperson John Konkus said, "EPA scientists are attending, they simply are not presenting, it is not an EPA conference." One of the scientists was scheduled to deliver the keynote address. The Association of Ecosystem Research Centers held a science briefing for policymakers on Capitol Hill on 24 October 2017. The event highlighted how ecosystem research is helping to combat emerging infectious diseases, such as Ebola and Lyme disease. Copies of the presentations are available online at https://www.aibs.org/rsvp/aerc.html. Members of the Association also received a half-day of communications training from AIBS.   &...

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God complex: Inept doctors mocked Lyme's disease patient because they didn't understand what they were seeing... until she needed open heart surgery

Monday, October 30, 2017

(Natural News) Sometimes the traditional medical community is so zoned in on certain treatments and conditions they miss the big picture, and usually to the patient’s detriment. That’s what happened big-time recently when doctors in England misdiagnosed a patient with Lyme  disease. As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, a hair stylist who became bedridden... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Woman with Lyme disease says NHS doctors laughed at her

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sarah Jackson, 29, from Essex, was struck ill when she visited Australia 4 years ago. She suffers seizures, eye problems, pain, memory loss and fatigue and needs £40,000 for US treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Notes from the Field: High Volume of Lyme Disease Laboratory Reporting in a Low-Incidence State — Arkansas, 2015–2016

Thursday, October 26, 2017

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

I Couldn't Figure Out My Brain Fog And Fatigue — And Then I Was Diagnosed With Lyme Disease

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When the doctor told me I had Lyme disease, I cried — not because I was scared, but because I finally had an answer. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

London woman battled agonising Lyme disease for 16 years

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rhiannon Collins, 23, from Erith, south-east London, was bitten by a tick when she was just four years old. For 19 years she suffered joint dislocation, severe muscle pain and crushing fatigue. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Lyme disease patient goes SEVEN YEARS undiagnosed with 'flu-like' KILLER condition

Friday, October 6, 2017

A LYME disease patient has urged the NHS to invest in treatments for the rare condition, after going seven years with the killer disease undiagnosed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Higher risk of Lyme disease for the South of England

Monday, September 25, 2017

The UK's medical advisory body has warned that there are high concentrations of ticks infected with Lyme disease in the South of England and the Scottish Highlands. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Boston scientists develop jab to prevent Lyme Disease

Monday, September 25, 2017

Scientists in the US have developed a new injection which offers promising hope to sufferers of the tick-borne condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

A vaccination jab that can help to prevent Lyme Disease

Monday, September 25, 2017

Scientists in the US have developed a new injection which offers promising hope to sufferers of the tick-borne condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease

Monday, September 25, 2017

South England and Scottish Highlands have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease, says health bodyThe south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to havehigher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease. But the health body said prevalence data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition in the UK.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Draft guidance drawn up to ‘spot and treat’ Lyme disease

Monday, September 25, 2017

Guidelines have been drawn up to provide “clear advice” to support clinicians in diagnosing and treating patients with Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks. (Source: Nursing Times)

NICE provides advice on diagnosing Lyme disease

Monday, September 25, 2017

GPs should consider Lyme disease in patients presenting with flu-like symptoms alongside neck or joint pain, cognitive impairment and paraesthesia, according to NICE draft guidance. (Source: GP Online News)

GPs given help to spot Lyme disease

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NICE guidance on rare but treatable condition (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Don't Let the Tick Stick

Sunday, September 24, 2017

SUNDAY, Sept. 24, 2017 -- As tick populations and the threats they pose increase across the United States, people need to know how to deal with them, a skin doctor suggests. Ticks can cause serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Bartonella disease: A misunderstood vector-borne infection, similar to Lyme disease

Thursday, September 21, 2017

(Natural News) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported yearly. As only a small fraction of cases actually gets reported, the agency adds that the actual incidence of this disease in likely much higher. On top of that, emerging studies show that Bartonella disease,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Avril Lavigne Has Been Named the Most Dangerous Celebrity Online. Here ’s Why

Monday, September 18, 2017

(NEW YORK) — One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory — she’s been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the most likely celebrity to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. Searches for Lavigne have a 14.5% chance of landing on a web page with the potential for online threats, a number that increases to 22% if users type her name and search for free MP3s. Bruno Mars was second in his debut on the list, followed closely behind by Carly Rae Jepsen. Zayn Malik (No. 4), Celine Dion (No. 5), Calvin Harris (No. 6), Justin Bieber (No. 7), Sean “Diddy” Comb...

Yolanda Hadid says her Lyme disease was misdiagnosed as ME

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Dutch model, 53, who lives in New York, reveals that her six-year battle with Lyme disease began with a misdiagnosis of ME. Yolanda reveals all in her new book, Believe Me, which is out next month. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Learning from our Lotte

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sam, Lotte and Caroline Parenting is a messy adventure – it tests our patience, our will and our energy, but never our concern, love or passion for our children. With three kids under 10, my wife, Caroline, and I have managed broken noses, split lips, cuts and bruises too numerous to count … even Lyme disease, skin disorders, and serious fevers – most seem to come with the territory. But there have been rare moments when one of our kids was sick and we didn’t know what was wrong or how to ease the pain, and in those moments, we felt pretty desperate. One of those times was when our 4-year-old daughter Charlotte or “Lotte” came down with a high fever when she was 10 months old. While this was not a new experience for us, the part that made us nervous was that the fever, despite ...

Aggressive fear push on Lyme disease by the media just part of the plan to roll out a new Lyme vaccine

Friday, September 8, 2017

(Natural News) Lyme disease cases are on the rise in the Western world, and pharmaceutical companies are hoping to cash in on the illness with the help of a new vaccine. In the U.S., the number of confirmed cases of the tick-borne illness in 2015 was nearly 29,000, compared to 23,000 ten years earlier. Lyme... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

How to Prevent, and Treat, Lyme Disease in People and Pets

Saturday, September 2, 2017

U.S. health officials warn that cases of the illness are on the rise Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Pet Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Lyme Disease Vaccine May Reach Market Within Five Years

Friday, September 1, 2017

10 hours ago ... Boomers are skipping needed vaccines · Explore the full list of benefits available to you as an AARP Member · Should you record your next ... (Source: AARP.org News)

Lyme disease put a fitness instructor in a wheelchair  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Only four years ago, ex-Army fitness instructor Lorraine Murray, 46, from Montrose, Angus, had completed four Olympic-length triathlons, ran her own businesses and was raising two children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Ancient history of Lyme disease revealed with bacterial genomes

Monday, August 28, 2017

A team of researchers has found that the Lyme disease bacterium is ancient in North America, circulating silently in forests for at least 60,000 years. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

Lyme disease on the rise in Canada, but doctors still confused about diagnosis

Sunday, August 27, 2017

In 2015, there were more than 700 cases of Lyme disease reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada, up from roughly 130 in 2009. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Medical News Today: Babesia and Lyme disease: What's the connection?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lyme disease is commonly caused by ticks. Another lesser known risk of tick bites is babesia, a dangerous microparasite that can infect human blood. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lyme disease is on the rise. How can you prevent it? What are the symptoms, and what should you do if you think you or your pet have it? (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)

Health Tip: Recognizing Lyme Disease

Thursday, August 24, 2017

-- Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium B. burgdorferi, is transmitted by biting deer ticks that are quite small and may be difficult to see. Within 30 days of a deer tick bite, a circular red patch of about five inches'diameter often appears. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Video of tick stuck in a patient ’s ear

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The clip shows a doctor removing a tick embedded inside an unnamed patient's eardrum. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, caused Matt, 44, to need heart surgery after suffering complications. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Horrifying video of tick stuck in a patient ’s ear

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The clip shows a doctor removing a tick embedded inside an unnamed patient's eardrum. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, caused Matt, 44, to need heart surgery after suffering complications. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Matt Dawson tells how a tick bite left him needing surgery

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rugby star Matt Dawson, 44, developed a rash and fever after being bitten by a tick while working out at a park in Chiswick, West London in July 2015. He was eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Insect bite warning: Three bugs living in the UK you should AVOID

Monday, August 21, 2017

INSECT bites are usually harmless but can sometimes require hospital treatment. These include ticks, which left former rugby player Matt Dawson with Lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Matt Dawson: I needed heart ops after contracting Lyme disease in a London park

Monday, August 21, 2017

A QUESTION of Sport team captain and former England rugby captain Matt Dawson has revealed how he underwent heart surgery after being bitten by a tick. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Researchers Developing Test For Lyme Disease

Friday, August 18, 2017

(Source: WebMD Health)

Health Highlights: Aug. 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Researchers Developing Test For Lyme Disease (Source: WebMD Health)

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Is it really Lyme disease? New test may be able to tell

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scientists are developing a new way to test early for Lyme disease, using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

WATCH: New research offers hope on detecting Lyme disease early

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Ashton brings all the details on a new study on Lyme disease that is creating a buzz within the medical community. (Source: ABC News: Health)

New study offers hope for early Lyme disease diagnosis

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Researchers differentiated Lyme disease from similar tick-borne illnesses. (Source: ABC News: Health)

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or something else can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to catch the disease early _ using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood (Source: ABC News: Health)

New test differentiates between Lyme disease, similar illness

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

(Colorado State University) A team of researchers led by Colorado State University has identified a way to distinguish Lyme disease from similar conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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What is Lyme Disease? How do you get it and what are the symptoms?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

LYME Disease is a growing problem in the UK. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Woman bedridden for 14 YEARS had lyme disease

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lisa Vallo, 49, from Bradford, would fall asleep anywhere and moving left her gasping for breath. She first became 'fluey' after a bite from deer tick brought home by her cat in 2002. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

How a tick gut gene serves as a gateway for Lyme disease

Friday, August 4, 2017

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease may have some help from a gene found in the guts of infected ticks. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

Lyme Disease: Emergency Department Considerations Lyme Disease: Emergency Department Considerations

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Find out what there is to know about the ED management of patients with Lyme disease.The Journal of Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Trilobites: Lyme Disease ’ s Worst Enemy? It Might Be Foxes

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New data suggests the rise of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be tied to a scarcity of traditional mouse predators. (Source: NYT Health)

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Don't let the hype around Lyme disease lead to unnecessary treatment, warns U of A researcher

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital says the risk of contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite is overblown. (Source: CBC | Health)

Private insurance claim lines with Lyme disease diagnoses evidence notable increases 2007-16

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

(FAIR Health) Although Lyme disease historically has been concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, our data suggest that it is spreading. In the United States in 2007 (as shown in the heat map below), claim lines with Lyme disease diagnoses as a percentage of all claim lines with all diagnoses in the state were highest in the Northeast. The states with the highest percentages of such claim lines were (in order from highest to lowest) New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Woman says paraplegic SHEEP helped her battle Lyme disease

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Zooloist Stacey Venzel, 29, from Seattle, suddenly became ill and too weak to lift her arms or stand but vowed to continue her animal sanctuary work after being spurred on by paralyzed sheep Rocky. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

It ’ s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

Monday, July 24, 2017

The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk, even for more rare illnesses. (Source: NYT Health)

Most female homicide victims are killed by husbands or other intimate partners, new report shows

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nearly 16 years ago, a former co-worker of mine at the San Jose Mercury News was found dead in the back of her car. She had been shot in the head by her estranged husband. I remember being confused upon hearing the news and not quite believing what had happened. Luci Houston, who was 43 […]Related:Unapproved stem-cell treatments touted on federal database ClinicalTrials.gov, study says‘How did this happen to a 10-year-old?’: Child dies with heroin and fentanyl in his systemWhy this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Unapproved stem-cell treatments touted on federal database ClinicalTrials.gov, study says

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stem cell clinics offering unapproved treatments for ailments from hip pains to autism to erectile dysfunction increasingly are using a federal clinical-trials database as a marketing tool — a strategy that confuses patients and exposes them to “unjustifiable” safety risks and high costs, according to a new study. At least 18 purported clinical trials — […]Related:‘How did this happen to a 10-year-old?’: Child dies with heroin and fentanyl in his systemWhy this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme diseaseNew NIH report finds low morale, continued patient safety concerns (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

A gunshot destroyed her face. A rare surgery just gave her a new one.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A gunshot wound to the face left a teenager with so much damage that for years doctors knew plastic surgery could only help so much to give her back a regular life. In May, the now-21-year-old woman joined the small but growing ranks of face transplant recipients, doctors announced Tuesday. For the woman, now the youngest to receive […]Related:‘How did this happen to a 10-year-old?’: Child dies with heroin and fentanyl in his systemDiet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggestsWhy this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

‘ How did this happen to a 10-year-old? ’: Child dies with heroin and fentanyl in his system

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Florida state attorney is voicing alarm after a 10-year-old boy died with a dangerous opioid mixture in his system — making him one of the state's youngest victims in the nationwide drug epidemic. The Miami Herald reported that Alton Banks started vomiting June 23 after he returned to his Miami home from a community pool. Authorities said the boy was later found […]Related:Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme diseaseNew NIH report finds low morale, continued patient safety concernsHalf a million Medicare recipients were prescribed too many opioid drugs last year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

10-year-old dies with heroin and fentanyl in his system, Fla. state attorney says

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Florida state attorney is voicing alarm after a 10-year-old boy died last month with a dangerous opioid mixture in his system — making him one of the youngest victims in the state's drug epidemic. The Miami Herald reported that Alton Banks started vomiting June 23 after he returned to his Miami home from a community pool. Authorities said the boy was later […]Related:Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme diseaseNew NIH report finds low morale, continued patient safety concernsHalf a million Medicare recipients were prescribed too many opioid drugs last year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Over the past decade, Americans have soured on artificial sweeteners. Once heralded as sweet substitutes for sugar without as many belt-busting calories, people once couldn't get enough sucralose and aspartame. But recently, people have started looking at the molecules with increasing suspicion, amid founded studies that linked them to increased belly fat  — and bogus but widespread […]Related:Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme diseaseNew NIH report finds low morale, continued patient safety concernsHalf a million Medicare recipients were prescribed too many opioid drugs last year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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T2 Biosystems wins CE Mark for MR-based bacteria detector, closing in on FDA bid

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

T2 Biosystems Inc. (NSDQ:TTOO) said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its T2Bacteria Panel magnetic resonance-based bacterial detector, and said that it has entered the final stages of its FDA pivotal trial as it seeks 510(k) approval from the agency. The T2Bacteria Panel is designed to run on the company’s T2Dx instrument, a miniaturized MR diagnostic device, to provide species-specific test results of targeted bacterial infections in approximately 3.5 hours, the Lexington, Mass.-based company said. The T2Bacteria Panel is designed to identify 6 of the deadliest prevalent bacteria species not covered by empiric therapy. The company said the system can identify approximately 90% of gram-negative infections coming in through ER departments and 70% of community-a...

Early diagnosis of Lyme disease

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recognition of the erythema migrans rash and other symptoms can aid prompt identification of Lyme disease. (Source: GP Online Education)

Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease

Monday, July 17, 2017

The critters run through forest floors throughout the eastern United States, snatching up acorns and other tree seeds, berries and bugs. White-footed mice — known for their wide eyes and ears, long tails and snow-white bellies and the feet from which they get their name — are often overlooked by humans, hiding out by the billions in […]Related:New NIH report finds low morale, continued patient safety concernsHalf a million Medicare recipients were prescribed too many opioid drugs last yearNovel cancer treatment wins endorsement of FDA advisers (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

SHOCKING: Only three percent of general practitioners in the U.K. have had Lyme disease training

Monday, July 17, 2017

(Natural News) The vast majority of general practitioners in the United Kingdom are ill-equipped to handle Lyme disease. So much so that, according to Lyme Disease UK, a mere three percent of general practitioners have completed the free online course on Lyme disease being offered by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Taking into... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Stevia could CURE Lyme disease better than antibiotics

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stevia, a common sugar alternative, could be a potential cure for Lyme disease following ongoing clinical trials. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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New shot provides '100% protection' against Lyme disease

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Experts at UMass Medical School in Boston have stopped mice getting the disease. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing illnesses in the Western World. It could take 2-3 years to be available. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Suicide and Lyme and associated diseases - Bransfield RC.

Monday, July 10, 2017

PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to investigate the association between suicide and Lyme and associated diseases (LAD). No journal article has previously performed a comprehensive assessment of this subject. INTRODUCTION: Multiple case reports and... (Source: SafetyLit)

Lyme disease symptoms - distinctive rash on the skin could be a sign of infection

Monday, July 10, 2017

LYME DISEASE is a bacterial infection spread to human when they are bitten by an infected tick. Symptoms of the disease can include one very distinctive rash which patients might not associated with the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Morning Rounds: Lyme disease, PSAPs and tuberculosis treatments

Saturday, July 8, 2017

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Tara Narula join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss a new type of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease, PSAPs (personal sound amplification products), and the search for tuberculosis treatments in ocean life. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

SECOND OPINION | Did Canadians get a caloric kick from NAFTA?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Did Canadians consume more high-fructose corn syrup after the North American free trade deal lowered tariffs on the sweetener? Also two immunotherapy trials for multiple myeloma patients are cancelled and a new pathogen is linked to Lyme disease. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Lyme disease symptoms: THIS distinctive rash on the skin could be a sign of infection

Friday, July 7, 2017

LYME DISEASE is a bacterial infection spread to human when they are bitten by an infected tick. Symptoms of the disease can include one very distinctive rash which patients might not associated with the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Pet owners more likely to find ticks on themselves

Friday, July 7, 2017

Having a pet dog or cat more than doubles the odds that humans will find a tick on themselves, and that could raise the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases like Lyme, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)

FAQ: Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This article looks at diseases other than Lyme spread by ticks, such as Powassan virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. (Source: WebMD Health)

Science Says: Too early for forecast on Lyme disease ticks

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Is this a bad year for ticks and Lyme disease? The evidence is patchy and the science complicated (Source: ABC News: Health)

Tick fighters target neighborhoods to fight Lyme

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

With a bumper crop of ticks ​ possible this season, experts are tackling the problem across entire neighborhoods with fungal sprays and bait boxes (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Infections Acquired During Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease Infections Acquired During Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

These cases highlight the serious risks of prolonged antibiotic treatment often given for chronic Lyme disease, despite the fact that there is no accepted definition or treatment for this condition.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Tick towns: Researchers target neighborhoods in Lyme effort

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Researchers in a Lyme disease-plagued part of New York's Hudson Valley are tackling tick problems across entire neighborhoods with fungal sprays and bait boxes (Source: ABC News: Health)

Study sheds light on new Lyme disease-causing bacteria

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

(Entomological Society of America) A new species of bacteria that causes Lyme disease needs the same amount of time for transmission after a tick bite compared to previously implicated bacteria, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Existing guidelines for frequent tick checks and prompt removal of attached ticks remain the same. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Picture shows the dramatic reaction to a tick bite

Monday, July 3, 2017

This impressive ‘bull’s eye’ rash (pictured) was caused by a tiny tick and is a clear sign of Lyme disease, which is one of the fastest-growing infections in the Western world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

This summer could see uptick in ticks, scientists say

Monday, July 3, 2017

Diseases carried by ticks are on the rise and some scientists predict this summer could be the worst tick season in years. More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide each year but studies suggest the actual number is closer to 300,000. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" from Los Angeles to discuss what might be the reason for the trend and tips for tick bite prevention. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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The Checkup: With a Tick Boom, It ’ s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Fear

Monday, July 3, 2017

Everybody knows about Lyme. But other tick-borne diseases, including the Powassan virus, can cause lasting damage. (Source: NYT Health)

WATCH: CDC advises you may need multiple Lyme disease tests after a tick bite

Friday, June 30, 2017

The CDC is telling ABC News that the public should be cautious with false-negative results from Lyme disease tests after getting a tick bite. (Source: ABC News: Health)

Treating Lyme disease: When do symptoms resolve in children?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

(Children's National Health System) Mattia Chason, M.D., and colleagues in infectious disease examined how quickly Lyme disease symptoms typically resolve in children, a research question that has received little prior study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Chronic Lyme Disease Treatments Linked to Serious Infections Chronic Lyme Disease Treatments Linked to Serious Infections

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prolonged antibiotics or other treatments for patients diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease are unproven and can lead to serious complications and death, the CDC warns.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Health Tip: Preventing Tick Bites

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

-- A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you. Here are suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Know where ticks... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Global Lyme Alliance Issues RFP for 2017-18 Grants

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grant applications to advance Lyme and tick-borne disease research now available online.(PRWeb June 21, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14446935.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Nurse warns against Lyme disease symptom

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Natalie Walsh, of West Virginia, shared an alarming post on Facebook recounting how her daughter woke up with a headache,104-degree fever, and a quarter-size bump on her head. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Unproven Treatments For 'Chronic Lyme Disease' Lead To Severe Infections

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)

Pelzman's Picks: Dangerous Chronic Lyme Treatments on the Rise

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(MedPage Today) -- Also: worldwide obesity prevalence now tops 10% (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

By Megan Molteni for WIRED. First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and — for the unluckiest few — difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all have one thing in common: the lone star tick. Red meat, you might be surprised to know, isn’t totally sugar-free. It contains a few protein-linked saccharides, including one called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, for short. More and more people are learning this the hard way, when they suddenly develop a life-threatening allergy to that pesky sugar molecule after a tick bite. Yep, one bite from the lone star tick &mdash...

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Carrie Fisher ’ s death shines a light on an underrated health problem

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Actress Carrie Fisher was unabashedly vocal about her lifelong battles with mental illness and drug abuse. She once defiantly told ABC News, “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it. But bring it on.” Her candor inspired a generation of women. If a cool and […]Related:Why a single gunshot to Steve Scalise’s hip can be a life-threatening injuryEnvironmental watchdog group warns of lead in baby foodDangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the rise (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

U.S. Open Grass Is an Obstacle and a Potential Health Hazard

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Erin Hills ’ s thick fescue presents a challenge to players, but is also a hospitable spot for ticks, prompting concern about Lyme disease. (Source: NYT Health)

Why a single gunshot to Steve Scalise ’ s hip can be a life-threatening injury

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The position of the victim, speed of the bullet and path it follows all are critical in how severe injuries will be. Related:Environmental watchdog group warns of lead in baby foodDangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the riseFever during pregnancy may increase autism risk in offspring (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

CDC: Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease Unproven, Potentially Harmful (FREE)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

By Cara Adler Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS Use of unproven treatments for patients given a diagnosis of " chronic Lyme disease " can cause serious adverse events, including death, according to an MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Environmental watchdog group warns of lead in baby food

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When parents think about the dangers of lead, paint and water often come to mind as potential sources. But a report published Thursday by the Environmental Defense Fund raises questions about another, surprising possibility: food. More specifically, baby food. The group looked at data from more than 12,200 food samples that were analyzed from 2003 to 2013 as part […]Related:Why a single gunshot to Steve Scalise’s hip could be life-threateningDangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the riseFever during pregnancy may increase autism risk in offspring (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Why a single gunshot to Steve Scalise ’ s hip could be life-threatening

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The position of the victim, speed of the bullet and path it follows all are critical in how severe injuries will be. Related:Environmental watchdog group warns of lead in baby foodDangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the riseFever during pregnancy may increase autism risk in offspring (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

Dangerous unproven treatments for ‘ chronic Lyme disease ’ are on the rise

Thursday, June 15, 2017

An increasing number of Americans with medically ambiguous symptoms are being misdiagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease” and prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work, according to a new report. In some instances, patients have died after receiving intensive, long-term and inappropriate courses of intravenous antibiotics that led to septic shock. In other […]Related:Fever during pregnancy may increase autism risk in offspringUNC oncologist and researcher named head of the National Cancer InstituteZika risk for birth defects drops for each trimester, CDC finds (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

Serious Bacterial Infections Acquired During Treatment of Patients Given a Diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease — United States

Thursday, June 15, 2017

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

An Indiana Toddler Died From Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever — What To Know About This Tick-Borne Infection

Monday, June 12, 2017

By Jessica Migala It’s a heartbreaking story: an Indiana girl just shy of her third birthday has died of organ failure caused by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). Doctors didn’t realize Kenley Ratliff contracted the tick-borne illness until it was too late for the antibiotics to work. Now, her devastated family, along with health officials, are sounding the alarm about this sometimes lethal infection, which despite its name isn’t limited to the Rocky Mountains. “If we could save one child’s life then we will have done our job,” Jordan Clapp, Kenley’s aunt told Today. RELATED: 15 Important Facts You Must Know About Ticks While you dry your eyes, consider Kenley’s story to be a wakeup call about RMSF, cases of which have been on th...

CDC expecting severe tick season amid tick-borne disease "epidemic"

Friday, June 9, 2017

The CDC is warning of a particularly severe season for tick-borne diseases. The number of cases of Lyme diseases has spiked in recent years, and experts say the ticks that carry it are spreading to other areas of the country. Anna Werner reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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App Helps Patients Manage Chronic Illness

Friday, June 9, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) – Managing a chronic illness can be difficult, especially with many medications, but a company located in Boston has developed an app that could make a world of difference. “I have chronic neurological Lyme disease and co-infections,” says Emily Levy of Charlestown. The 23-year old takes more medications than most 80-year-olds. “On a daily basis, I’m taking anywhere from 20 to 30 pills and then I do anywhere from two to four IV infusions per day,” says Emily. (WBZ-TV) Staying on top of all of her antibiotics, supplements, probiotics, and infusions was a real challenge until she was introduced to Medisafe. “Medisafe gives patients a tool, a medication management tool, to get their medications organized,” says Jon Michaeli, Medisafe Executive Vice Presid...

When It's Not A Sunburn But A Sun Allergy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

As it gets warmer and people start spending more time outside, I have more and more patients coming into my office and complaining of a “sun allergy.” A sun allergy is really a layman’s term, which refers to a number of conditions when a rash occurs on skin that has been exposed to the sun. These are also referred to as photosensitive disorders or photodermatoses, and can be broadly categorized into the following medical terms: idiopathic photodermatoses, exogenous photodermatoses, photoexacerbated dermatoses, genetic photodermatoses, and metabolic photodermatoses. Sounds complicated, right?  A sun allergy refers to a number of conditions when a rash occurs on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Let’s break it down: If, after spending a few hours in...

Two Top Scientists Join Global Lyme Alliance ’s Scientific Advisory...

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Scott J. Mellis, M.D., Ph.D. and Utpal Pal, Ph.D. bring their expertise and experience to GLA’s Scientific Advisory Board whose members have all made valuable contributions to the understanding,...(PRWeb June 05, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14394555.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Warning sign: Daughter's Lyme disease started with headaches

Sunday, June 4, 2017

(Natural News) What seemed like a run-of-the-mill case of headaches and joint pain turned out to be chronic Lyme disease in an eight-year old girl, who now has to live with the effects of the debilitating disease for the rest of her life. The girl’s mother, Jamie Buss, shared in a story on KHou.com that her daughter... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

T2 Biosystems ’ T2MR detects Lyme disease-causing bacteria in blood

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This study shows strong evidence that Lyme disease-causing bacteria exist transiently in blood,” co-author Dr. Thomas Fritsche said in prepared remarks. “T2MR is the only technology proven sensitive enough to directly detect these bacteria.” Traditionally, researchers use serology to diagnose Lyme disease by detecting antibodies that are triggered by the disease. There is no FDA-approved diagnostic based on direct measurement of Lyme disease-causing bacteria. Regulatory agencies recommend a 2-tiered approach to diagnose Lyme disease, but the technique detects 2 antibodies that require 1-2 weeks and 4-6 weeks to reach detectable levels, leaving a window where diagnosis of early Lyme disease is not possible. T2MR detected both confirmed cases of Lyme disease tested in the s...

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5 Summer Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

By Anthea Levi Warmer months don’t just bring sunshine — they can also present serious health hazards for our favorite furry friends. “Summer is the busiest time of year in the veterinary ER,” says Justine Lee, DVM, a board-certified veterinary emergency critical care specialist in Minneapolis. “Pet owners are jogging, picnicking, and enjoying the outdoors, and unfortunately we see more animals experience trauma because of it.” Follow this advice so your dog has a safer summer. Nix ticks and fleas Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are much more common this time of year, and they cause all kinds of illnesses. “At the very least, ticks leave an itchy bite that can become infected, and at worst they can transmit diseases like Lyme,” says Kathryn ...

At UAMS, Smeltzer Gets $11M to Study Pathogens

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said Tuesday that Mark Smeltzer has been awarded $11 million in federal funding for Phase II of a program that supports microbiology and immunology research. Phase I of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012 at $10 million. Phase II began May 1 and is $11 million. The first COBRE grant allowed Smeltzer to establish the UAMS Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Inflammatory Responses. Its focus is pathogens – bacteria, viruses and microorganisms – and the disease responses they cause in humans. The latest award continues funding of the center, with individual projects on cancer, Lyme disease, pneumonic plague and chlamydial infection. Smeltzer...

Federal government spends $4M to fight Lyme disease

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The federal government is spending $4 million to aid research into Lyme disease. Health Minister Jane Philpott unveiled Canada's plan to establish a Lyme disease research network this morning. (Source: CBC | Health)

Lyme Disease: A Public Health Risk?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

(MedPage Today) -- Lyme may be an overlooked public health problem (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)

Health Officials Are Warning This Tick Season Could Be the Worst Yet

Friday, May 19, 2017

“This year, there are worse ticks than many of us have ever seen in our lives,” says Janet Foley, an epidemiologist at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Ticks are roaming American forests in greater numbers this year than any in recent memory leaving thousands of humans at risk for lyme disease, say public health officials. And things could get much worse through the summer if weather conditions remain humid, spelling trouble for the people who roam in their habitat. The prevalence of ticks—and the diseases they carry—has been on the rise in recent decades as reforestation and climate change expanded the range of the eight-legged bacterial vectors. Public health officials have attributed the pervasiveness of ticks so far this year to ...

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UAMS Physcians Honored (Movers & Shakers)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dr. Dan Rahn and Dr. Robert Hopkins Jr. of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock have been awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. Rahn and Hopkins were two of 53 internists from across the world to receive the honor at the ACP’s annual scientific conference held in San Francisco this year and were the only two Arkansans to achieve Mastership this year. Just more than 0.5 percent of the 148,000 ACP members worldwide have been awarded Mastership of the College. “Mastership is the highest honor the college bestows, and it comes only after a long, arduous process during which they carefully vet the credentials of all nominees and ensure that the recipients deserve it,” Dr. Omar Atiq, a profes...

Lyme disease symptoms: Woman describes 'debilitating pain' and memory issues

Sunday, May 14, 2017

LYME DISEASE is a bacterial infection spread to human when they are bitten by an infected tick. One woman who is battling the disease has spoken out about the symptoms and coping with the chronic pain it can cause. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Lyme disease symptoms in humans: Woman describes 'debilitating pain' and memory issues

Saturday, May 13, 2017

LYME DISEASE is a bacterial infection spread to human when they are bitten by an infected tick. One woman who is battling the disease has spoken out about the symptoms and coping with the chronic pain it can cause. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Local Researchers On Brink Of Treatment To Prevent Lyme Disease

Friday, May 12, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) – Here in New England we are at a higher risk of getting Lyme disease. Despite the danger there is no vaccine. But UMass researchers are closing in on a treatment that could prevent the debilitating illness. It’s an illness Jennifer Crystal knows all too well. It took eight years of feeling rundown with flu-like symptoms before Jennifer was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. “Basically lost the whole second half of my twenties to Lyme disease,” Jennifer explained. She was bedridden for months at a time, she had to quit her job, and move back in with her parents. “It was hard to get up a flight of stairs, I couldn’t empty the dishwasher, I mean basic tasks,” she said. Even after the official diagnosis and treatment Jennifer relapsed...

Almost all GPs have NOT had recent Lyme disease training

Friday, May 12, 2017

Only 3 per cent of GPs in the UK have taken the recommended module on Lyme disease which teaches them how to spot early symptoms. A charity says there may be 45,000 UK cases a year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Is 2017 the year of the Tick? Scientists predict a surge in Lyme disease cases

Friday, May 12, 2017

(Natural News) Scientists have urged those in the Northeastern United States to prepare for a rise in Lyme disease cases this year. The forecast comes at the heels of a population surge among white-footed mice which serve as hosts for Lyme-bearing ticks, USAToday.com reported. Scientists trace the upsurge in ticks to an acorn abundance in 2015, which caused the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

New lyme disease forecast map targets rising tide of ticks

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New research offers veterinarians a forecasting map that tells them which parts of the country are most at risk of Lyme disease infections in dogs, which could also help track and predict Lyme disease in people. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Thousands of patients will contract Lyme disease this year, GPs warned

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

GPs must consider Lyme disease in patients with bull's-eye rash or if they become unwell following a tick bite, campaigners have warned as modelling suggests the disease is set to reach epidemic levels. (Source: GP Online News)

Antibiotics Knock Out Lyme in Kids (CME/CE)

Monday, May 8, 2017

(MedPage Today) -- Review finds most Lyme symptoms resolved within 6 months of starting therapy (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

POW: Here Comes A Tick Disease That's Worse Than Lyme

Sunday, May 7, 2017

It's transmitted faster and can be more disabling and deadly than Lyme Disease. How can you prevent and treat it? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Lyme disease sufferer gets husband to sting her with bees

Saturday, May 6, 2017

We all know that bee stings are incredibly painful and best avoided. But Ingrid Watt of Scotland subjects herself to 30 every week in a bizarre bid to beat the life-threatening Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Experts warn of deadly tick-borne Powassan virus

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lyme disease isn't the only reason you'll want to take extra precautions to avoid ticks (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Dangerous tick-borne viruses on the rise

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lyme disease is increasing in areas around the country, and researchers warn that's not the only tick-borne disease to watch out for. One called Powassan virus is rare but can be deadly. Dave Delozier of WISC-TV reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

This Could Be The Worst Tick Season In Years. Here's What You Need To Know.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tick season is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a real doozy. Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the U.S. Ticks are thriving thanks to a recent explosion of the white-footed mice population, which carry Lyme disease, Powassan virus and other tick-borne illnesses. Meanwhile, warmer winters caused by climate change are allowing ticks to remain active longer and carry diseases into new regions of the U.S. Experts suggest people living in regions where these diseases are most prevalent ― the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest ― should learn about common tick misconceptions and best practices to avoid bites. Black-legged ticks are the common carriers...

What you need to know about Lyme disease in dogs

Friday, May 5, 2017

It's a mysterious and dangerous disease in humans, but did you know it poses a serious threat to pets as well? (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Why experts predict a bad year for Lyme disease

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Researchers say they expect it to be a "particularly bad year" for Lyme disease for an unlikely reason (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Bed-bound woman bitten by tick to travel to US for 'cure'

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Emma Horlock, 42, from Liverpool has raised £25,000 to travel to America in the hope antibiotics will cure her from Lyme disease. Says the condition has stopped her having children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Powassan Virus: The Rare, Deadly Tick-Borne Disease That ’ s Scaring Doctors

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CBS Local – There are a few drawbacks to the calendar shifting to the summer months, like the influx of ticks and infections like Lyme Disease. Now doctors are cautioning of another, potentially fatal tick-borne disease: Powassan Virus. Powassan virus is even more serious than Lyme, as it causes inflammation to the brain. For the reported cases, 15 percent of those infected have died and another 50 percent have had some form of a neurological disability. As of right now, there’s no cure. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties and seizures. “About 15 percent of patients who are infected and have symptoms are not going survive,” Dr. Jennifer Lyons, chief of the division of neurological and inflamm...

Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Sleepy teen finds relief in narcolepsy diagnosis

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For as long as Maeve Sheehy can remember, she’s had short spells of feeling like she was about to fall over. “It wasn’t like feeling faint, it was more like my knees would buckle underneath me,” says Maeve, now 16. “I would instinctually try to keep from falling by bracing myself.” Sometimes the bracing didn’t work and Maeve would topple over. If she was with friends, she’d pretend she had tripped, to cover it up. But she secretly worried something was wrong with her. When she tried to explain the falling feeling to her parents and doctors, she was told she was probably dehydrated. More mysterious symptoms As she entered middle school, Maeve started to have other symptoms. She felt exhausted all the time, despite regular naps. Sometimes, she was so tired in class that she c...

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Lyme disease - would YOU mistake symptoms for THIS common virus?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LYME disease symptoms could be very similar to those of the common flu virus, Dr Chris Steele has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Lyme disease researchers seek consensus as number of cases grows

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scientists have built a large body of knowledge about Lyme disease over the past 40 years, yet controversies remain and the number of cases continues to rise. In the United States, reported cases of Lyme disease, which is transmitted from wild animals to humans by tick bites, have tripled in the past 20 years. A multitude of interacting factors are driving the increase in Lyme disease cases, but their relative importance remains unclear. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Simtee Few left bedbound after catching Lyme disease

Monday, April 24, 2017

Simtee Few, 32, from Harlow, Essex, developed flu-like symptoms days after a family gathering in July 2015. Doctors eventually diagnosed her with Lyme disease after a year of testing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Mother-of-two left bedbound after catching Lyme disease

Monday, April 24, 2017

Simtee Few, 32, from Harlow, Essex, developed flu-like symptoms days after a family gathering in July 2015. Doctors eventually diagnosed her with Lyme disease after a year of testing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme disease researchers seek consensus as number of cases grows

Sunday, April 23, 2017

(University of California - Santa Cruz) Scientists have built a large body of knowledge about Lyme disease over the past 40 years, yet controversies remain and the number of cases continues to rise. In the United States, reported cases of Lyme disease, which is transmitted from wild animals to humans by tick bites, have tripled in the past 20 years. A multitude of interacting factors are driving the increase in Lyme disease cases, but their relative importance remains unclear. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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#MayoClinicRadio Podcast: 4/22/17

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 4/22/17 On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, orthopedic surgeon?Dr. Norman Turner III?discusses treatment for common foot problems and ways to prevent them. Also on the program, parasitologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt has an update on the Lyme disease predictions for 2017. And critical care physician and sleep medicine expert Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler?tries [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Causes of Psychosis

Saturday, April 22, 2017

When my son Dan was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, his psychiatrist informed me and my husband that Dan was “borderline psychotic.” In other words, our son was out of touch with reality. For most people, psychosis usually presents in one of two ways: Hallucinations – consist of seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not actually there. A common example is hearing voices. Delusions – consist of beliefs that are not likely to be true and that seem irrational or nonsensical to other people. A typical example involves believing that outside forces are controlling your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. At the time we were told of our son’s issues, my thoughts immediately turned to schizophrenia, as that is the illness typically associated with psychosis. A...

Periodic model predicts spread of Lyme disease

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions. In a new paper, researchers present a mathematical model of Lyme disease that incorporates seasonality and climate factors. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Expectant mother is cured of Lyme disease by her baby

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celeste Clancy, 28, from, Georgia, contracted Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick during a trip two years ago. It caused her to suffer from uncontrollable shaking and stroke-like symptoms. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Periodic model predicts the spread of Lyme disease

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions. In a paper publishing next week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, Xiunan Wang and Xiao-Qiang Zhao present a mathematical model of Lyme disease that incorporates seasonality and climate factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Lyme disease symptoms: Cases set to RISE across UK - warning issued over tick bites

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LYME DISEASE cases are set to soar in the UK - an expert has warned. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks, but few people know the symptoms of the condition - which (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Risk of Lyme disease costs United States billions

Monday, April 17, 2017

Researchers at Yale University found perceived risk of contracting Lyme disease causes many in the northeast United States to skip going outside. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Lyme disease is about to explode across North America....with no cures in sight

Monday, April 17, 2017

(Natural News) Biologists say that 2017 is going to be a big year for Lyme disease, and that the condition could ravage the United States and other parts of North America. The culprit? An explosion in mice populations across the country, but particularly in the Northeast. But what do mice have to do with Lyme... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Lyme disease imposes large cost on the northeast United States

Sunday, April 16, 2017

(Yale School of Forestry& Environmental Studies) In a new study, Yale researchers find that perceived risks of contracting Lyme disease on average cause a person in the Northeast to forego eight 73-minute outdoor trips per year --   exacting a total cost roughly $2.8 billion to $5 billion annually in the densely populated region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Lyme disease symptoms in humans: Signs of the disease YOU could be missing

Saturday, April 15, 2017

LYME DISEASE is a bacteria infection spread to human when they are bitten by an infected tick. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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UMass Amherst tick testing lab joins national ecology tracking project

Sunday, April 9, 2017

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) The LMZ at UMass Amherst earned a two-year, renewable contract for up to $112,000 per year to test several thousand ticks for six bacterial and one protozoan pathogen using DNA-based assays. UMass Amherst microbiology professor and LMZ director Stephen Rich says these tests will detect the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, among others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Spring health cheat sheet

Friday, April 7, 2017

As the spring weather approaches, many common winter infections recede. However, warmer temperatures can introduce a new set of health challenges. As trees and flowers bloom and grass grows, susceptible children will start to display symptoms of seasonal allergies, triggering flares of asthma and eczema. And, As children spend more time outdoors, parents also need to watch for exposure to ticks, poison ivy and excess sun. Here are a few tips to keeping your child healthy this spring. Seasonal allergies: What can you do? During allergy season: have your child bathe after spending time outdoors to remove allergens from the skin and reduce symptoms keep your child with bad allergies indoors on days with high-pollen counts close windows and turn on air conditioning to help remove allerg...

What Causes Uveitis?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Discussion Inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, or uvea, is termed uveitis. Uveitis can be divided into anterior, intermediate or posterior uveitis by involving the anterior (iris and ciliary body), intermediate (vitreous) or posterior (choroid and usually retina) compartments. Panuveitis involves all 3 compartments. Duration can also be used to classify uveitis. Acute is 6 weeks and > 3 months is chronic persistent uveitis. Episodic periods of inactivity and reactivity that last more than 3 months are called recurrent uveitis. A third way to characterize uveitis is if it is granulomatous or not. Uveitis increases with age with the highest incidence and prevalence in > 65 year olds. Only ~10% of uveitis occurs in the pediatric age group. Uveitis can be difficult to identify i...

Lyme Disease Quiz: Symptoms & Signs

Monday, March 27, 2017

Title: Lyme Disease Quiz: Symptoms& SignsCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 6/15/2010 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/27/2017 1:47:19 PM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

Lyme Disease Is on the Rise

Monday, March 27, 2017

Title: Lyme Disease Is on the RiseCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/29/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

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Climate Change Could Lead To An Uptick In Type-2 Diabetes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Global warming already widens the footprint of Lyme disease while Zika virus exacerbates asthma and lung diseases and increases the risks posed by violent weather and wildfires. Now, new research suggests rising temperatures lead to a surge in diagnoses of type-2 diabetes. The study, published Monday in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, compared annual average temperatures across the United States from 1996 to 2009 with reported new cases of type-2 diabetes. The disease, which typically develops later in life, prevents the body from absorbing glucose needed to produce energy. In particularly hot years, the number of new diagnoses spiked. “When it gets warmer, there is higher incidence of diabetes,” Lisanne Blauw, the study’s co-author and a PhD candidate at the N...

I Suppressed My Periods To Save My Health

Friday, March 17, 2017

This piece by Michelle Marie Wallace originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. “Maybe I should stop my periods.” It wasn’t something I had ever before considered and I had, in fact, wondered if there could be potential, unknown, long-term ramifications when friends of mine stopped theirs. I had never considered my periods an inconvenience or gross or annoying; in fact, I had liked the rhythm of them. The times I had been on birth control I resented how it made me feel divorced from my body. When I asked this question, I was sitting in my doctor’s office, nine months into antiviral treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, 11 years after starting treatment for Lyme disease. The previous year had be...

Lyme Disease Cases Are Rising In The Midwest

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cases of Lyme disease in Michigan have risen dramatically in recent years, and a new study links that trend to larger and more widespread tick populations. Researchers collected data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on 1,057 Lyme disease cases diagnosed between 2000 and 2014, and aligned them with a new analysis of tick distribution across the state. Results showed that not only did the number of yearly infections in the state increase significantly over the 15-year period, but so did the number of counties where ticks had been seen, or found to be established. And the number of infected people may be much higher than the records indicate, the researchers said. Because Lyme disease is frequently misdiagnosed as other illnesses, reported cases likely represent only ...

The 7 Most Common Causes Of Itchy Red Bumps

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For SELF, by Amy Marturana. Regardless of your skin type, chances are you’ve had an itchy, red, bumpy rash at one time or another. It’s like the international sign of skin irritation. If it’s not affecting your daily life or covering whole body, and you’re not feeling sick otherwise, chances are it’s nothing to worry about and will clear up on its own, Rebecca Kazin, M.D., dermatologist and associate director at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, tells SELF. Treating it with over-the-counter hydrocortisone itch relief cream until it goes away may be sufficient. “But if it lasts for over two weeks, or goes away and comes back” or if your itch cream is not bringing you relief, it’s a good idea to visit your dermatologist &...

Nearly Half A Million U.S. Doctors Warn That Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One morning in July 2011, Samantha Ahdoot’s 9-year-old son, Isaac, grabbed his clarinet, trekked up the hilly road to the bus stop and set off for another day at the band camp near his home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Within an hour, Ahdoot’s phone rang: Isaac had collapsed and was en route to the emergency room on a stretcher. Her otherwise healthy son suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration from the blistering heat of a summer that regularly broke temperature records. July alone shattered two daytime high temperature records in just the D.C. area. Concerned, Ahdoot, a pediatrician, volunteered to be camp physician. As temperatures soared, she was forced to cut soccer games short and limit campers to swimming and indoor activities. “That was the experience ...

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Health And Climate Change: An Urgent Need For Action

Monday, March 13, 2017

The human face of climate change is its impact on our health. Higher temperatures intensify air pollution and respiratory illness. Changing weather patterns lead to drought and then famine, while increasing rains in other areas will create the breeding ground for disease and pandemics. While the policy changes needed to blunt climate change are surely substantial, the cost of ignoring the science behind climate change will be felt through its harmful effects on our health. Recently, the CDC cancelled its Climate and Health Summit out of fear of retribution from the Trump administration. Working with Al Gore and others, Harvard worked to revive the meeting, which was held in Atlanta on February 16.  This meeting reminded us that universities have a unique responsibility that we ensure ...

Lloyd Conover, Inventor of Groundbreaking Antibiotic, Dies at 93

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dr. Conover, a chemist, developed tetracycline, a powerful chemically altered antibiotic with fewer side effects than the drug from which it was derived. (Source: NYT Health)

Vermont in for another big Lyme disease season

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Researchers are saying this year is shaping up to be another big Lyme disease season in Vermont (Source: ABC News: Health)

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The world is seeing more and more new diseases, and the U.S. is no exception. We're living in a hot spot for tick-borne diseases. Some are deadly. The key to stopping them may be an unlikely critter.(Image credit: Kayana Szymczak for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

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Climate Change Could Be Increasing The Footprint Of Lyme Disease

Friday, March 10, 2017

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Cases of Lyme disease may rise in Northeast and Midwest - AARP

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8 hours ago ... Experts expect an increase in Lyme disease cases due to an influx of infected ticks. Lyme disease, if untreated, can lead to fever and joint pain. (Source: AARP.org News)

TV survival expert Ray Mears takes our health quiz

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ray, from Sussex, has suffered from several serious illnesses including Lyme disease and malaria during his expeditions for programmes such as 'Ray Mears' Bushcraft' and 'World of Survival'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Did You Get Bit By A Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

Monday, March 6, 2017

One scientist is predicting a risky year for tick-borne Lyme disease in the Northeast, and it's spreading. But don't panic. We've got tips.(Image credit: Stephen Reiss for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

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Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lyme disease is spreading, and this summer is shaping up as a whopper. Why has the tick-borne illness gotten so bad? The answer traces back to something the colonists did more than 200 years ago.(Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (Source: NPR Health and Science)

What Health Risks Does Climate Change Pose?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Discussion Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a Flavivirae, arbovirus that is endemic to many areas of Asia and the Pacific. It is estimated to affect ~70,000 people/year with ~10-15,000 deaths yearly in 20 countries, with a fatality rate of 35-40%. It can cause encephalitis and irreversible neurological morbidity. JEV is spread by Culex mosquitos which feed on swine. Increased environmental temperature and increased humidity (warm air is more moist) increases mosquito numbers, their survivability and ultimate dissemination. China has the highest rates of JEV with particular areas being more prone, as some areas co-farm rice and swine and the families live closely to the rice paddies and livestock which encourages transmission. JEV’s range has expanded over the past few decades inc...

Researchers Unravel How Ticks Protect Themselves from Lyme Disease Bacteria and Other Microbes

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous illnesses, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, babesiosis, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, and tularemia, to name a few. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)

This Warmer-Than-Average Weather Isn't Great News For Our Health

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring is in the air a little earlier this year, but don’t go celebrating just yet. This year’s weather is shattering norms. Washington, D.C., for example, not only had the warmest February on record, but last month’s temps already surpassed the average records for March, too. The situation is similar for a lot of other spots across the country, and that could be bad news when it comes to public health. Experts theorize climate change may be part of the cause of this year’s early spring phenomenon, and warn the overall warming of the planet can have physical and mental health consequences. Below are just a few ways the rising temperatures can take a toll on our wellbeing.  An earlier spring could lead to an increase in illness. When the weather is co...

Arkansas Sees Tickborne Diseases

Monday, February 27, 2017

Untitled by PublicDomainPictures is licensed under CC0. Recently, the Arkansas Department of Health announced it had discovered two diagnosed cases of tickborne diseases, which meet the surveillance definition for Lyme disease–this is the first time the state has had cases that meet this definition in 10 years. Arkansas is generally considered a low-incidence state for Lyme disease, but several other tickborne diseases are more prevalent in the state, including tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichia, all of which can be fatal. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by infected blacklegged ticks. The symptoms are similar to flu and include fever, headache, and fatigue as well as a bullseye rash. If you observe any of these symptoms and have recent...

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UNISON ’s Gareth Snell in final stages of high profile election

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Labour candidate for the key Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election believes that his day job with UNISON – “at the coalface of public services” – has had a major impact on his campaign. Gareth Snell (pictured with Labour MPs Angela Rayner, left, and Ruth Smeeth) is in the last stages of a high-profile election fight, in which his chief rival is UKIP leader Paul Nuttall. One of the key differences between the Mr Snell and Mr Nuttall is that only one of them is a local. While the UKIP leader recently moved to the constituency in order to contest it, Mr Snell has lived in the Potteries for the past 13 years. He is a former leader of the nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme council and has worked with UNISON since 2014 – first as an organiser and now as a manager for the West Midlands regio...

How ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For hundreds of millions of years, ticks have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. But no one has ever looked at why ticks, themselves, are able to survive while harboring bacteria, viruses and parasites. Now, for the first time, scientists have decoded how the ingenious tick immune system fights a myriad of microbes. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes

Monday, February 13, 2017

(University of Maryland School of Medicine) For hundreds of millions of years, ticks have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. But no one has ever looked at why ticks, themselves, are able to survive while harboring bacteria, viruses and parasites. Now, for the first time, scientists have decoded how the ingenious tick immune system fights a myriad of microbes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

George Mason University spinoff Ceres Nanosciences raises $3 million

Thursday, February 2, 2017

George Mason University spinoff Ceres Nanosciences Inc. has raised $3 million in Series A funding. The round, announced Thursday, was led by Concord, Massachusetts-based GreyBird Ventures, an early stage venture firm that committed up to $5.5. million over the next year to Ceres. The firm is also working to help raise up to $9 million to complete the Series A round, which will be used to accele rate the market release of a highly sensitive diagnostic test for Lyme disease. The Manassas company has… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

UTSA professor receives grant to study how Lyme disease survives in hosts

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology and associate dean of The Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received a $404,250 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to support his research to better understand and prevent the spread of Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Arthritis Following Lyme Disease May Indicate Systemic Autoimmune Disease

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)

New national Lyme Disease biobank to accelerate research by making samples available

Monday, January 23, 2017

(TellMed Strategies) Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a national organization funding research to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, announces the launch of the Lyme Disease Biobank, which is the first program to provide researchers with blood and urine samples from people with acute Lyme disease from multiple regions across the country, including the East Coast, West Coast and Upper Midwest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

What is in the Differential Diagnosis of Fatigue?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Discussion Fatigue is a subjective feeling of decreased energy, tiredness or feeling of exhaustion. Lethargy is often used synonymously, but lethargy is a state of being drowsiness or sleepy, and implies mental status changes. Both can cause the person to be apathetic or less active. Fatigue is a common state that almost everyone experiences multiple times in his or her lifetime. For most people it is a relatively acute or short-term chronic problem, often with a relatively easily identifiable problem cause, such as inadequate sleep, acute illness, or overexertion. For some, it can be less readily identifiable such as depression, anemia, or hypothyroidism or because of a chronic illness with its waxing and waning natural history or being under- or over-treated. Chronic fatigue and cause d...

Ticks carrying Lyme disease confirmed in 9 national parks

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

U.S. National Park Service and CDC advise using insect repellents on clothes and skin (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Ticks carrying Lyme disease confirmed in eastern national parks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HealthDay News Planning a hiking trip in an eastern U.S. national park? Better pack tick repellent -- a new study found these parks are home to ticks that carry Lyme disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease in Some National Parks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

U.S. National Park Service and CDC advise using insect repellents on clothes and skin (Source: WebMD Health)

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

U.S. National Park Service and CDC advise using insect repellents on clothes and skin Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Lyme Disease: Treat Mice to Treat Ourselves? Lyme Disease: Treat Mice to Treat Ourselves?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dr Paul Auwaerter discusses a scientist's proposal to rid areas prone to Lyme disease by making the mice immune to infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, thus breaking the transmission cycle.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 -- Planning a hiking trip in an eastern U.S. national park? Better pack tick repellent -- a new study found these parks are home to ticks that carry Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks -- also known as deer ticks -- carrying Lyme... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Wearable Sensors Can Tell If You're Sick Before You Even Feel It

Thursday, January 12, 2017

(Reuters Health) – It may one day be possible to spot illness the same way many of us already track our exercise habits and sleep patterns: with wearable sensors, researchers say. In a new study, 60 people wore devices that collected more than 250,000 measurements a day on things like heart rate, oxygen in the blood, activity levels, calories expended, sleep patterns and skin temperature. After researchers got a baseline idea of normal readings for each person in the study, they looked for deviations from these typical patterns to see whether changes might be tied to new environmental conditions, illness, or other factors that can impact health. The goal is a health dashboard that does for people what dashboards already do for cars, said senior study author Dr. Michael Snyder, direct...

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Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Why Lyme disease is common in the North, rare in the South

Thursday, January 12, 2017

When it's hot and not too muggy, Lyme disease-bearing black-legged ticks avoid desiccation by hiding out where people don't tread. Scientists say that's why the illness is rare in the South, and may eventually fade out along the Mason-Dixon line. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

(PLOS) Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford, publishing Jan. 12, 2017, in PLOS Biology, indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, Stanford researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Why Lyme disease is common in the north, rare in the south

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(US Geological Survey) When it's hot and not too muggy, Lyme disease-bearing black-legged ticks avoid desiccation by hiding out where people don't tread. Scientists say that's why the illness is rare in the South, and may eventually fade out along the Mason-Dixon line. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in Eastern US national parks

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in eastern national parks

Monday, January 2, 2017

(Entomological Society of America) Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Antibiotic gel prevents borreliosis resulting from tick bites

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An antibiotic gel based on azithromycin, an antibiotic with antibacterial properties, helps to prevent the onset of Lyme borreliosis following a tick bite, finds new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Henry Heimlich, Developer Of Anti-Choking Maneuver, Dead At 96

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Henry Heimlich, the medical maverick who came up with a maneuver credited with saving thousands of choking victims but who damaged his standing as a proponent of the curative powers of malaria, died on Saturday at the age of 96. Heimlich, a doctor who developed a life-saving technique to dislodge airway blockages, died at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati of complications from a massive heart attack he suffered on Monday, his family said in a statement. A thoracic surgeon who often feuded with the established medical community, Heimlich said the maneuver which was named after him saved more than 100,000 lives. He claimed to have used it himself last May on another resident of the Cincinnati retirement home where he lived. “It made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to sav...

Gold Coast Lyme disease sufferer writhes in pain in confronting video

Friday, December 2, 2016

At the age of 19, Rachel Battersby (pictured) from the Gold Coast was a  bright, fun-loving and healthy young woman, but today the girl who had the world at her feet now has her life in tatters. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

University of Sydney discovers 1500 viruses in insects

Thursday, November 24, 2016

University of Sydney has discovered 1500 viruses in common insects, spiders, worms. New technology can also answer questions about the controversial Lyme disease. Surprising results released Thursday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

The 9 Sneaky Things That Are Causing Your Knee Pain

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one place for an extended time.   Arthritis is the most common cause of knee pain for older adults, said Dr. Julie Switzer, an orthopedic surgeon at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Arthritis comes in three main forms, she said: osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. We’ll examine these types, as well as other causes of knee pain, below. The others include Lyme arthritis, torn cartilage or ligament, tendinitis, bursitis, gout and spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee. Then, we&...

Howard England from Essex asks Daily Mail if a Lyme disease test is necessary

Monday, November 14, 2016

Howard England from Essex consults our expert about his daughters fatigue, which may be connected to a tick bite she got in 2005. She was told the disease can only be treated in Germany. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Genes and age determine susceptibility to Lyme disease

Friday, November 4, 2016

People react very differently to an infection with the Borrelia bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Researchers have investigated this varying response, concluding that age, genetic disposition and previous Lyme infections play an important role. However, despite the large differences observed, the Borrelia bacterium has a clear effect on the immune system ’s energy regulation, opening up opportunities for research into better detection of Borrelia infections. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Emily Muldoon told she was suffering depression discovers she has Lyme disease

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Queensland woman Emily Muldoon, 27, has opened up about her long  undiagnosed battle with Lyme disease after she endured excruciating pain for a decade. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Improve Kidney Function With IV Laser Treatment

Monday, October 31, 2016

If you're one of the more than 20 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), your doctor has probably told you there isn't much they can do for you. Mainstream medicine doesn't have a cure for CKD. What they do have is a lot of drugs to treat the symptoms of it. And most of the drugs will leave you worse off than before you started taking them… Like ESAs, which are prescribed to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. These dangerous drugs can cause strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and seizures. And if your kidneys fail, your only options are dialysis or a kidney transplant. It's enough to leave you feeling hopeless… But I'm here to tell you there IS hope. It's called intravenous laser blood therapy, or IV laser treatment. ...

Post-Lyme Arthritis: More than Lyme? (CME/CE)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

(MedPage Today) -- Persistent joint symptoms may represent a new-onset autoimmune disease (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today

Friday, September 23, 2016

Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens to be the year Swift was born--such a long, long time ago! People under 35 have no personal memory of 1980s pop culture, which is ironic since Swift's album in part pays homage to it. In the real 1989 (no offense to Swift and the 10 co-producers who made the album), all sorts of revolutions took place: Mr. Gorbachev tore down that pesky wall, for example. America's greatest antagonist, the Soviet Union, collapsed in 1989. Brazil conducted its first democratic presidential election since 1960. And so on. Today, it's hard to say whether America's greatest existential threat may be Vladimir Putin or his Number-One American Fan, Donald Trump...

Canon buys $40m stake in T2 Biosystems

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Canon U.S.A. (NYSE:CAJ) said today it made a $40 million dollar equity investment into diagnostic developer T2 Biosystems Inc. (NSDQ:TTOO), giving Canon a 19.9% stake. Canon said it purchased approximately $40 million of T2’s stock at $6.56 per share through a private placement. The investment isn’t the 1st pairing for Canon and T2, as both companies have been collaborating to develop a diagnostic test panel for rapidly detecting Lyme disease since February 2015. “We recognize that both T2 Biosystems and Canon U.S.A. are aligned in working towards the same goal and as such, we are pleased to strengthen our relationship and look forward to bringing future innovative diagnostic products to market that can improve patient health. Investments to companies like T2 is anot...

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Is ‘concerning’ high temperature LYME disease? This Morning's Dr Sara explains

Thursday, September 15, 2016

DR SARA KAYAT has given a second opinion to a caller concerned she could be suffering with Lyme disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Is The Shocking News of the Sugar Industry's Influence Over Harvard Researchers Really Shocking?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hey, Sugar, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association dropped an alleged bombshell when it disclosed that the sugar industry lobby influenced research on coronary heart disease by effectively bribing Harvard researchers to promote the theory that dietary fat, and not sugar, causes heart disease. The story is trending on Facebook at this very moment, and the JAMA Facebook post states that "Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry-funded studies, and include mechanistic and animal studies as well as studies appraising the effect of added sugars on multiple CHD biomarkers and disease development." All of this is well and good (actually, no, not really), but I've got to ask you--are you really s...

Do Invisible Health Problems Exist?

Friday, September 9, 2016

This morning, I awoke to find that I had been copied on dozens of Twitter message exchanges among several people who were discussing the pathology of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, among human beings and mice. My first thought was "Seriously?! It's too early for this!" My second thought was "well, David, your Twitter sure has evolved from your pre-Lyme days when you used it mostly to promote vapid celebrity interviews." As I began my morning caffeine ritual and read through each of the messages, I gained a new appreciation for some of the real complexities of "invisible" illnesses. If you are connected with anyone on social media who lives with a chronic ailment, you've probably seen memes such as the ones peppered throughout this post. People who suf...

It's Past Time For Lyme Disease Vaccine, Says Vaccine Developer Stanley Plotkin

Thursday, September 8, 2016

With more than 300,000 new infections of Lyme disease each year, a vaccine is warranted, argues researcher. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Steroid use linked to worse outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Researchers have found that patients who were prescribed corticosteroids as part of treatment for Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis had worse long-term outcomes of regaining facial function than those who were prescribed antibiotic therapy alone. Based on these findings the researchers urge caution in prescribing corticosteroids to patients with acute Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Groundbreaking Lyme Researcher: 'We Need To Do A Better Job At Communicating'

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The following Q&A is a continuation of an interview with Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Moriarty is the principal investigator of a new academic paper from the University of Toronto that details the mechanism by which Bb "crawl" through the body -- a scholarly article that turned out to be unexpectedly popular. Tara Moriarty (Photo by Jeff Comber) How do you think your findings about the biomechanics of Lyme disease bacteria may affect treatment of the disease? Your research shows that Bb uses specialized adhesive bonds to "crawl" along the insides of blood vessels.  Tara Moriarty: Absolutely, targeting this adhesion mechanism could be very i...

Steroid use linked to worse outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis

Monday, September 5, 2016

(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have found that patients who were prescribed corticosteroids as part of treatment for Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis had worse long-term outcomes of regaining facial function than those who were prescribed antibiotic therapy alone. Based on these findings, which were published online today in Laryngoscope, the researchers urge caution in prescribing corticosteroids to patients with acute Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Who knew there would be so much interest in a biomechanics paper??!!" Those are the words--and the multiple exclamation points--of Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Moriarty is the principal investigator of a new academic paper from the University of Toronto that details the mechanism by which Bb "crawl" through the body. Scientific American is among the many mainstream outlets that discussed the findings, which may represent a major step in making the ever-gray world of Lyme disease science more black and white. Understanding the movement of an infectious disease agent may seem unnecessarily technical to many people, but Lyme disease patients a...

So THAT'S When You Should See A Doctor For A Bug Bite

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Question: When does a bug bite require serious medical attention? The Answer: Sometimes that pesky mosquito bite just needs a little hydrocortisone cream and time to heal. But occasionally, it’s not so simple. While most bug bites and stings are harmless, some can be dangerous if not treated properly — especially if you have an undiagnosed allergy to a particular bug venom or if that bug is a disease carrier. The summer months seem to be stocked with extra critters crawling and buzzing around us, upping the chances that you, a friend or a family member might need a dermatologist’s expertise. Here’s how the experts determine the difference between a nuisance and a health concern that requires attention. One of the first steps to differentiating between a ...

How Lyme disease bacteria spread through the body

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Researchers have developed a live-cell-imaging-based system that provides insights into how Lyme disease bacteria latch onto and move along the inside surface of blood vessels to reach key destinations in the body where they may be able to persist longer and avoid treatment. Ironically, the same strategies that these bacteria use to spread through the body are also used by immune cells to protect against infectious disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Research note: Lyme bacteria mark out cell division locations for their progeny

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Among bacteria, the spirochetes are characterized by their spiral shape and remarkable length — as much 50 times longer than most other bacteria. This can make cell elongation and division a laborious process. One of those spirochetes, Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme Disease, has evolved an unusual way of doing this process: Borrelia cells mark the location where their daughters wi ll divide before dividing themselves.  (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

How Lyme disease bacteria spread through the body

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(Cell Press) Researchers have developed a live-cell-imaging-based system that provides insights into how Lyme disease bacteria latch onto and move along the inside surface of blood vessels to reach key destinations in the body where they may be able to persist longer and avoid treatment. Ironically, the same strategies that these bacteria use to spread through the body are also used by immune cells to protect against infectious disease. The study appears Aug. 25 in Cell Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Drought ’ s Good News – Fewer Ticks

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks. From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. It’s too early to say, however, whether fewer ticks could mean a decline in Lyme disease cases. About 30,000 confirmed cases are reported each year across the country and those numbers have steadily risen. Scientists and state health agencies say they won’t be able to provide an accurate assessment until later this year. “I’m confident that ticks took it on the chin this summer,” said University of Rhode Island’s Thoma...

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, the United Kingdom stopped requiring that dogs brought into the country be inspected for ticks. Earlier this year, several dogs tested positive for babesia, a malaria-like disease transmitted to ticks that previously had only been found in foreign. These dogs had never left the U.K. While babesiosis is a new worry to U.K. dog owners, it's been a threat to human beings for years -- it just hasn't become a health-scare-of-the-week like Zika, West Nile, avian and swine flu. Most people have never heard of it. Babesia microti, the protozoan that causes babesiosis, occurs throughout continental Europe and Asia, as well as throughout New England a...

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Natural Cure for Lyme Disease

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Infections have surged, and an out-of-whack ecosystem may be to blame. (Source: NYT Health)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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Yale-Trained Doctor Refutes Dangerous Misinformation Given by CDC's Dr. Paul Mead on Fox 5 Lyme Special

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This study evaluated antibiotic vs placebo. The study was terminated early due to the determined likelihood that a beneficial effect would not be found. When this was critically analyzed with biostatistical methods, an article was published which I believe demonstrates that Klempner's study was so poorly designed and analyzed that in order for a treatment effect to have been observed, the antibiotic treated patients would have had to improve to a level of health which was a full standard deviation better than the average health of the general population. It's a reasonable hope for antibiotics to return a patient to a somewhat normal life; it's not a reasonable hope that they would improve that patient's health status to better than average. The second study was by Krupp. It showed a reduc...

Should Women Have Breast Implants Removed?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It was a story with a bit of irony, as well as ominous health warnings. Crystal Hefner, the 30-year-old wife of Playboy magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, announced in a story in People magazine last month that she'd had her breast implants removed because they were making her sick. Hefner posted a photo of her post-surgery self on Instagram with the caption, "Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me." The former model, now a DJ, was diagnosed a few months back with Lyme disease. Her symptoms included intolerance to foods and beverages as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Hefner also suffered from cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, and recurring infections and problems with h...

C6 EIA testing can guide Lyme disease treatment in children

Friday, July 29, 2016

The C6 Lyme enzyme immunoassay is an effective diagnostic tool for children who are being tested for Lyme disease, according to Susan C. Lipsett, MD, and her associates. Of the 944 samples collected... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme

Friday, July 22, 2016

Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed by eleven NYC doctors, I was homebound and in heart failure. On one of those terrifying, bleary days I caught the last half of a Dan Rather interview with Daryl. Near the...

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When Lyme disease isn't caught early, fallout can be scary

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Lyme disease: You can't blame the deer

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The last decades the disease Lyme borreliosis that is spread by ticks has been increasing, but this increase cannot be explained by the increasing deer population only, say researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Kris Kristofferson's Lyme disease misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The actor/songwriter struggled with memory issues thought to be dementia, but it turned out to be caused by tick-borne illness (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Scientists have tested all sorts of strategies to keep Lyme disease ticks from biting us. One is to make it less likely you'll cross paths with the critters in your yard. Sawdust mulch, anyone? (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist's Role Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist's Role

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Scientists review methods to prevent bites, suppress ticks that transmit Lyme disease

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease has been reviewed by a research team, and outlined in a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist's RoleLyme Disease: The Pharmacist's Role

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Learn about the transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease and its complications in this overview. U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

CDC scientists review methods to prevent bites and suppress ticks that transmit Lyme disease

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

(Entomological Society of America) Dr. Lars Eisen and Marc Dolan of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reviewed decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease. Their findings are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

T2 Biosystems, Bayer ink blood disorder deal

Monday, July 18, 2016

T2 Biosystems (NSDQ:TTOO) said today that it inked a deal with Bayer (ETR:BAYN) for research on blood coagulation disorders. The deal calls for T2 to provide its T2MR magnetic resonance-based diagnostic device to Bayer for a research program for drug and biomarker discovery in hemostasis. “We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with Bayer and the important validation it represents for our T2MR technology in the field of hemostasis,” T2 CEO John McDonough said in prepared remarks. “Together with Bayer, we look forward to continuing the exploration of the clinical potential of our platform to provide improved patient care in this area of significant unmet need.” The companies have been working together for the last year and recently extended the collabo...

New York News Team And Yale-Educated Doctor Question CDC's Lyme Denial

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Late last month, FOX5NY broadcast "Lyme and Reason," a precedent-setting news special dedicated to the Lyme disease epidemic. The show was a success by many measures, including--most importantly by TV production standards--ratings wise. The strong viewership reflects a strong interest in learning more about Lyme disease. More and more, people are discovering that they know someone whose life has been profoundly affected by Lyme. More and more, people are discovering that they themselves have been living with undiagnosed Lyme for years. Now the FOX5NY team is calling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention to answer questions following up on a conversation between FOX5NY anchor Teresa Priolo and CDC Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance Activity of The Bacterial Diseases Br...

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Don't be 'ticked' off by Lyme disease

Monday, July 11, 2016

The chief medical officer of Canada's Public Health Agency says cases of Lyme disease could be much higher than reported. @NightshiftMD talks about the symptoms of Lyme and what could be causing the increase in infections. (Source: CBC | Health)

What's Really Inside Your Bug Spray?

Monday, July 11, 2016

It’s the height of summer — and if you’ve been spending more time outdoors lately, chances are you’ve got a few (or more) bug bites to show for your time in the sun. And while bites from pests are an inevitable part of summer, it’s important to reduce your risk of bug bites from mosquitoes and ticks. That’s because several species of these insects can carry dangerous disease, including Lyme disease and West Nile virus. “The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites,” wrote the CDC in their summer health guidelines. “Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.” The consumer advocacy org...

Woman living with Lyme: Behind my smile I’m in constant pain

Saturday, July 9, 2016

LIFE and business coach Janice Haddon describes how a debilitating disease has turned her life upside down. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Potential flaws in test for Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A new microscopy technique (LM-method) developed to detect Lyme disease is unable to distinguish infected patients from healthy controls, yielding false-positive results that could lead doctors to over-diagnose a patient, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Mayo Clinic Minute: On the Trail With Tick Researchers

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The most common tick-borne sickness in the U.S. is Lyme disease, but there are other lesser-known illnesses that also can be transmitted by a tick bite. And, although they are sometimes overlooked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these tick-borne diseases pose an increasing threat to public health. That's why researchers routinely head into the woods to learn more about ticks. Knowing [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Shadick Receives Award of Recognition for Lyme Disease Prevention

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH, director of the Lyme Disease Prevention Center in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, recently received an Award of Recognition in the area of Lyme disease prevention and education at MIT’s Lyme Innovation Ha (Source: BWH News)

Decision Support in Medicine: Lyme Disease

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

1. Are you sure your patient has Lyme disease? What are the typical findings for this disease? The most common manifestation is the rash, termed erythema migrans (early localized Lyme... (Source: Pediatric News)

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: Lyme Disease "Hackathon" (FREE)

Friday, June 17, 2016

By the Editors Here's the most clicked-on item we featured from NEJM Group … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

UPMC unveils Center for Care of Infectious Diseases

Thursday, June 16, 2016

UPMC will cut the ribbon Thursday on its $3 million Center for Care of Infectious Diseases, which houses several existing services in a shared, renovated space. The center includes 12 exam rooms and the tools to evaluate patients with potentially contagious airborne diseases. Health care specialists will work with patients on a range of infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, bloodstream infections, Lyme disease and even Zika, according to a representative for UPMC. UPMC invested $4.1 million… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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From the Blogs: What's Wrong with Guidelines?; Healthcare "Hackathon" on Lyme; Deciphering Your Benefits Package (FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

By the Editors Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH Here's what's happening on the NEJM Journal Watch blogs right now: Clinical Conversations: What's wrong with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Stop Lyme disease - How one woman was cured

Thursday, June 9, 2016

(NaturalNews) More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States - each year. Sadly, many more suffer from this disease but get misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome or any number of the so-called 'psychiatric' conditions... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Trilobites: Fighting Lyme Disease in the Genes of Nantucket’s Mice

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Residents there heard a proposal Monday from a M.I.T. scientist to use genetically engineered mice to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease. (Source: NYT Health)

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice

Monday, June 6, 2016

A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, report researchers. This 'radical' therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Institute for Systems Biology receives another $3M to study chronic Lyme disease

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Institute for Systems Biology’s Lyme disease project has received $3 million to continue its work on the chronic disease. On top of the funding received when the project was initiated last year, ISB now has a total of $6.1 million from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans through a tick bite and is often misdiagnosed because people don’t know they… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener

Thursday, June 2, 2016

What is wrong with a lively 67-year-old gardener who develops a daily fever and shaking chills along with chest pain and a dry cough? (Source: NYT)

Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project gets $3 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

(Institute for Systems Biology) The Institute for Systems Biology has received a transformational, multi-year pledge from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support the Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project. In addition to an initial $3.1 million in funding from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the commitments total $6.1 million in pledges and cash. ISB researchers have discovered potential biomarkers, including a set of proteins in the blood known to be important for bone marrow regeneration and stability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Facial expressions are key to first impressions. What does that mean for people with facial paralysis?

Monday, May 30, 2016

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)

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First Case of Lyme Arthritis Documented in Prosthetic Knee

Friday, May 27, 2016

(MedPage Today) -- Symptoms started 10 months after joint arthroplasty (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

Insect Resilience and Climate Change

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ecosystem tipping points and climate change warning signs are making headlines. Yesterday I read record breaking heat is melting roads in some of India's busiest cities. Scientists predicted a rise in temperature would lead to an increase in the number of insects worldwide, ushering dire consequences to the farming community. Warnings unheeded to our own detriment as now one of Africa's staple crops, cassava, is reeling from super bug infestation. In short climate change has already altered earth's ecological footprint with unstable fluctuating seasons. A longer season means insects have a higher metabolic rate, quicker gestation and more frequent reproduction. According to an EPA report titled Lyme Disease - Climate Change Indicators In the US stated "Between 1991 and 2013 lyme dise...

A Guide to Safety on the Appalachian Trail

Friday, May 27, 2016

“You would think it would be things like wildlife, raging rivers and stuff like that,” an official says. But you should worry about little things like ticks. (Source: NYT Health)

'Phage' fishing yields new weapon against antibiotic resistance

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Researchers were fishing for a new weapon against antibiotic resistance and found one floating in a Connecticut pond. A virus called a bacteriophage, found in Dodge Pond in East Lyme, attacks a common multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogen called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can lethally infect people with compromised immune systems. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Hampshire continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. The state's Division of Public Health Services provides advice on diagnosis and treatment. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

Monday, May 23, 2016

Don't become the next meal for a disease-carrying parasite Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Young scientist behind new Lyme disease test

Friday, May 20, 2016

Graduate student Temple Douglas was just a high school intern when she began work on an experimental test that could be a "game-changer" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Experimental test could spot Lyme disease much faster

Friday, May 20, 2016

The young scientist who helped develop the test came up with the idea during her high school internship at a university lab (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme disease early-detection test is effective, study shows

Thursday, May 19, 2016

After three years and 300 patients, researchers have proof that their early-detection urine test for Lyme disease works. In the case of Lyme disease, some patients may still have active cases but traditional tests don't register it, and these patients may not be receiving the additional round of treatment they need, authors say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Randomized Trial of Longer-Term Therapy for Symptoms Attributed to Lyme Disease

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This randomised trial has been highlighted by DynaMed as a practice changing update. It concludes that longer-term antibiotics for patients with persistent symptoms attributed to Lyme disease may not improve quality of life. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Study shows GMU's Lyme disease early-detection test is effective

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

(George Mason University) After three years and 300 patients, George Mason University researchers have proof that their early-detection urine test for Lyme disease works. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme disease increases in Canada as climate, land use change

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's believed Canada has seen more confirmed cases of Lyme disease because of a combination of greater awareness, increased reporting and climate change. (Source: CBC | Health)

Lyme disease increase alarms Canada's top doctor

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

An increase in Lyme disease cases is a concern for Canada's chief public health officer. (Source: CBC | Health)

Lyme disease patients hope conference fixes 'woefully inadequate' healthcare

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Canadians living with Lyme disease say they hope a national conference in Ottawa helps fix the many issues they see with the way Canada diagnoses and treats the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Charity group wants Justin Trudeau to suck a lime for Lyme disease

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A group of Manitobans has challenged Canada's prime minister to post a video of himself sucking on a lime — all in the name of charity. (Source: CBC | Health)

Children with swollen, painful knees: Is it Lyme disease or septic arthritis?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Septic or infectious arthritis of the knee and Lyme disease have similar symptoms in children but require different immediate treatment to ensure optimal recovery. A new study identifies four symptoms that are predictive of septic arthritis when the condition presents itself in a child's knee -- an important distinction in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

New method to stop the spread of Lyme disease

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study. Statins can reduce the burden in mice and can therefore be exploited to reduce the number of Lyme disease bacteria acquired by the feeding ticks. These investigators believe that this could be one of the many strategies to lower the incidence of Lyme disease by restricting bacterial survival at its source. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

UTSA professor Janakiram Seshu explores new method to stop the spread of Lyme disease

Monday, May 9, 2016

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study co-authored by Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Parents’ guide to spring health

Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring has arrived, which means fun in the sun, but it also brings seasonal health concerns for kids. Do you have questions about allergies, ticks and Lyme disease, sun protection or other springtime health concerns? Click on the images below for handy tips to keep your family safe and healthy this spring. var metaslider_29947 = function($) { $('#metaslider_29947').nivoSlider({ boxCols:7, boxRows:5, pauseTime:4000, effect:"fade", controlNav:true, directionNav:true, pauseOnHover:true, animSpeed:600, prevText:"<", nextText:">", slices:15, manualAdvance:false }); }; var ti...

Housecall: Hand-Washing Do's and Don'ts

Sunday, May 8, 2016

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts Done properly, hand-washing is a simple way to avoid getting sick. Find out when to wash and whether hand sanitizers can work in a pinch. Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on how to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Take the Lyme Disease Challenge: Make My Birthday Wish Come True

Friday, May 6, 2016

Although I have a background in writing about health and mental illness, I had never done so from a personal point of view until last fall when I began to discuss Lyme disease here. Within hours of the first article's publication, I had received a dozen emails, tweets and Facebook messages from Lyme patients, researchers, advocates and others. Within a couple of days, at least a hundred people had contacted me. I never expected such a reaction--but the reason I decided to write about Lyme is that when I was in diagnostic hell, I had no idea where to look for information, or even what to look for. (Yes, I ended a sentence with a preposition. Birthday privilege.) Today is my 38th birthday. While I've felt since about age 21 that birthdays aren't such a big deal for adults, I am celebrating...

David Cameron receives letter from 11-year old who was denied NHS funding for physio

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has learned to walk for the first time thanks to £2,000-a-month physiotherapy. He is begging David Cameron for NHS funding for the treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

'Please help me Mr Cameron': 11-year-old with cerebral palsy delivers letter to 10 Downing Street after being denied NHS funding for physio to help him walk

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has learned to walk for the first time thanks to £2,000-a-month physiotherapy. He is begging David Cameron for NHS funding for the treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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'Lyme disease is a ticking time bomb'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dr Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of parasitology at the University of Nottingham, says Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the Western world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

New test for early detection of Lyme disease developed

Monday, April 25, 2016

As part of the EU "ID Lyme" project, an infection immunology team is working on developing of a new test for early detection of Lyme disease (borreliosis). This will improve the ability to detect an active infection more easily than before so that healthy people with Lyme disease antibodies in their blood do not receive unnecessary antibiotic treatment and so that appropriate treatments can be initiated at an early stage. The antibody tests that are currently available only provide a reliable result 3 – 4 weeks after infection has occurred. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Atrophosclerodermic manifestations of lyme borreliosis

Sunday, April 24, 2016

(Bentham Science Publishers) This review summarizes the literature on scleratrophic skin lesions as a manifestation of a Borrelia infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Spring is here! Tick and Lyme disease prevention tips

Friday, April 22, 2016

Springtime temperatures and warmer, sun-filled days are synonymous with outdoor play. Kids of all ages shed their winter jackets; break out their tricycles, bicycles and more, and head outside for playtime. But outdoor activities are also synonymous with tick exposure. So how can you prepare your family for the tick season? The Boston Children’s Hospital’s Director of Infectious Disease Outpatient Practice, Dr. Catherine Lachenauer offers tips on how to avoid tick exposure and steps to take if your child gets a tick bite. “First and foremost, prevention is key,” says Lachenauer. “Avoid areas at the edge of the woods with long grasses. Also, wearing long, light-colored clothing helps keep ticks from getting on the skin and makes it easier to recognize one on your body.” Tic...

Why We Need New Antibiotics More Than Ever

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This article was produced in partnership with Northeastern University and was originally published on Footnote, a website that brings academic research and ideas to a broader audience. A year ago, a group of scientists led by Dr. Kim Lewis, Director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University, announced a major breakthrough. They had identified a new antibiotic, teixobactin, capable of destroying several kinds of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis and staph (i.e. MRSA).1 Antibiotics are so familiar to us that the discovery of a new one may not seem particularly groundbreaking. Yet in reality, most antibiotics were identified over a half-century ago and new discoveries are quite rare. Teixobactin is actually "the first new antibiotic to be ...

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Cary Institute receives $5 million for study on reducing ticks, Lyme disease

Monday, April 11, 2016

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has awarded a $5 million leadership grant to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to support a scientific study, being done in partnership with Bard College, that seeks to reduce Lyme disease in neighborhoods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

New Lyme Disease Study Reveals Strong Reporting Bias

Friday, April 8, 2016

This study is a useful contribution to ongoing investigations of how to treat ongoing Lyme disease symptoms among patients who have received the standard 28-day course of doxycycline and continue to experience severe symptoms commonly associated with Lyme disease. This study is also significant because, unlike the majority of Lyme disease-related studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals, it made international headlines in mainstream news outlets. Some publications that specialize in medical and health-related stories covered the story appropriately, such as Medscape, whose headline reads, "Post-Treatment Lyme Disease: Longer Antibiotics May Not Help." Others, perhaps most notably Forbes, created their own exaggerated version of the findings. Forbes contributor Steven Salzberg an...

Lyme Disease

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Title: Lyme DiseaseCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

Long-Term Antibiotic Use For Lyme Disease Doesn't Work, Study Finds

Monday, April 4, 2016

Chronic Lyme Disease is a myth, yet thousands of patients are treated with long-term antibiotics, lasting months or years, by "Lyme literate" doctors who insist that their patients have the disease. A new study examined the question of whether lengthy antibiotic treatments provides any benefit over a simple two-week course, and found no difference. Scientific studies going back to 2001 have found the same thing, but "Lyme literate" docs have banded together to form societies that insist they are right, and that continue to recruit patients, solicit donations, and prescribe antibiotic treatments that last for years. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

(MedPage Today) -- This weeks topics include home care and survival, timing of HRT, Lyme disease and long-term antibiotics, and cardiac procedures before surgery (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)

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Post-Lyme-Disease Syndrome: Longer Antibiotics May Not HelpPost-Lyme-Disease Syndrome: Longer Antibiotics May Not Help

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Longer courses of antibiotics do not improve health-related quality of life in patients with post-Lyme-disease syndrome, according to a new study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)

Study: longer-term antibiotics won't ease chronic Lyme disease

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Steven Reinberg and HealthDay News People with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease are unlikely to find relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy, according to a new Dutch study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Antibiotics for Lyme Disease -- How Long is Enough?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How long to treat patients with Lyme remains an issue of controversy. With traditional antibiotic therapy, lasting 2-4 weeks, 10-20% of patients will have ongoing symptoms including fatigue, joint pain, insomnia, and complaints of “brain fog.” Indefinite long-term treatment is advocated by ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society), based on a patient’s symptoms. In contrast, IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America ) only recommends 2-4 weeks treatment. The two groups are bitter adversaries. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy (Source: WebMD Health)

Prolonged Therapy Shows No Benefit for Persistent Lyme Disease Symptoms (FREE)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

By Larry M. Baddour, MD Dr. Baddour is editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available to subscribers at the link below.Longer-term therapy does not improve quality of life … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Long-term antibiotic therapy ineffective for persistent Lyme symptoms

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

(Reuters Health) - Twelve weeks of antibiotic therapy proved ineffective at combating the long-term symptoms seen in some people who have had Lyme disease, a new test of 280 sufferers found. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Long-Term Antibiotics Fail Again in Lyme Disease (CME/CE)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

(MedPage Today) -- Focus on Lyme and antibiotics for persistent symptoms called unhelpful (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

Long-term antibiotics ineffective for persistent Lyme disease

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Long-term is no better than standard antibiotic therapy for persistent symptoms of Lyme disease, according to a report published online March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Randomized... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy (Source: U.S. News - Health)

Long-term antibiotics ineffective for persistent Lyme disease

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Long-term is no better than standard antibiotic therapy for persistent symptoms of Lyme disease, according to a report published online March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Randomized... (Source: Family Practice News)

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Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Spring health cheat sheet

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The beginning of spring often brings warm weather and hours of outdoor fun, and many common winter infections recede. Unfortunately, spring weather can bring its own health challenges. As soon as the trees and flowers bloom, flowers bud and the grass grows, susceptible children will start to display symptoms of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies cause sneezing, runny nose and itchy red eyes and can trigger flares of asthma and eczema. As children spend more time outdoors, parents also need to watch for exposure to ticks, poison ivy and excess sun. Read on for the parents’ guide to spring health. Seasonal allergies: symptoms to look for Allergic rhinitis About one in five children develops seasonal allergy symptoms. In New England, tree pollen begins affecting susceptible individuals...

Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease

Monday, March 28, 2016

(Northeastern University) According to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, about 300,000 people are diag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease in the US each year. Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis, who leads the Lyme dis­ease research team, is now expanding that ther­a­peutic reach with the help of a $1.5 mil­lion grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

An Open Letter to the Boston Globe About Lyme Disease

Monday, March 28, 2016

Today, the Boston Globe editorial board spoke out against a bill "that would require insurers in Massachusetts to cover Lyme disease treatments for as long as a doctor says they're needed." The Globe writes: Lawmakers may have good intentions, but they don't possess the expertise to decide whether it's beneficial, cost-efficient, or safe, to keep using strong medicines to treat a condition the medical establishment doubts is real. Such questions should be resolved by a consensus of doctors and researchers -- and buttressed by convincing clinical date [sic] -- not determined by legislative mandate. Who among the Boston Globe editorial board possesses the medical expertise to make this call is not disclosed, but this information would be useful given that the Globe's stance presumes absolute...

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Lyme: Fight Harder For Science and End This War

Friday, March 25, 2016

I just had a flashback. When I was diagnosed with Lyme, I knew little about it. I went to the first infectious disease doctor with my bullseye still present, asking lots of questions. Among them, are you sure this three weeks of doxycycline is enough. He smiled, and with his eyes fixed on his computer, he said, "Yes, it's more than enough. In fact, I could just tell you to take ten days but then you'd come back later if anything went haywire and ask why I didn't give you twenty-one." He looked up, "Call me if anything goes crazy." A month later, I called. I woke up with a very sore throat and fever two days before my brother's wedding and a gland in my neck that felt like a pulsating grape. It was movable but scarily large. He said if it didn't go down in a few weeks, to let him know. It d...

Antibiotics Side Effects on the Mitochondria

Friday, March 25, 2016

Science is just beginning to understand how important your mitochondria are to warding off the diseases of aging. And, as usual, mainstream medicine is lagging way behind. Along with your telomeres, the cellular time keepers at the ends of your chromosomes, your mitochondria are another key component of the anti-aging equation. You see, these tiny organelles in your cells are the power plants that turn fuel into energy for your body. Healthy mitochondria keep you young and energetic.  Research shows that damaged mitochondria can lead to: Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; Epilepsy, migraines, and nerve pain; Loss of muscle control and balance; Strokes, heart disease, and coronary artery disease; Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia;...

Nigeria: Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases - Call for Timely Public Health Response in Nigeria

Friday, March 18, 2016

[Guardian] At present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring a couple of infectious diseases, including: Ebola, Lassa fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Haemorrhagic fever, West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease. The rate of re-emergence of infectious disease has been on the increase. Diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis, Influenza (flu), hepatitis and staphylococcus infections thought to have been controlled are re-emerging. A majority of the agents (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

Blog: Preparing for insect borne diseases

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ticks carrying the bacteria ‘Borrelia’ causing Lyme disease are endemic throughout the UK, and reports of Lyme disease have been steadily increasing with the infection acquired in woodlands, moorlands and parks Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)

Sony musician Ren Gill to give up career amid Lyme disease battle

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ren Gill, 25, from Brighton, was first diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, then chronic fatigue syndrome but was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease at a clinic in Brussels. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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What Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme SpeciesWhat Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme Species

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Borrelia burgdorferi isn't the only bacterial species causing Lyme disease in the United States. Learn about emerging tickborne infections and how they differ from 'traditional' Lyme disease. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics: Report

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say (Source: U.S. News - Health)

4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

.Follow me at @drClaire The news about the Zika virus possibly causing microcephaly in infants has everyone talking about — and worried about — mosquitoes. It’s not just the Zika virus that can be spread by mosquitoes; these insects also spread other illnesses, such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis. It should be said that most people who are bitten by mosquitoes don’t get sick with anything. But if you are living in or traveling to an area where these illnesses are prevalent, it’s important to know the four best ways to protect yourself and your family: Choose your clothes wisely. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants are your best bet; spraying clothing with insect repellent may help even mo...

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Tick management symposium to be held in Washington, DC in May

Monday, February 22, 2016

(Entomological Society of America) Ticks that transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens have been spreading geographically, and increased numbers of illnesses are being diagnosed. To address this issue, a symposium on Integrated Tick Management will be held May 16-17, 2016 in Washington, DC by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Genome reveals insights into tick that spreads Lyme disease

Monday, February 22, 2016

Researchers deciphered the genome of the blacklegged tick, which causes several diseases, including Lyme disease. The resource can aid development of new ways to control ticks. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))

IV Therapy “Cocktail” For a Cancer Patient

Friday, February 19, 2016

Today, I want to talk to you about my patient D.B. A key treatment I offer at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine turned her life around and boosted her chances of recovering from cancer. D.B had been a vivacious 47-year-old woman, who’d always led a healthy life. For years, she’d watched her diet carefully and exercised regularly. But then she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This is cancer of the inner lining of the uterus. When she came to my clinic, she’d already undergone a hysterectomy and chemotherapy. Unsurprisingly, she felt terrible. She was pale. She felt lethargic and she was experiencing severe mental fog. Every moment of her life had become a struggle. It was clear right away that D.B. was deficient in several important nutrients. It was also clear her im...

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist

Friday, February 19, 2016

Last week, I mentioned the case of Dr. Neil Spector, whose long-undiagnosed Lyme Disease resulted in irreversible heart failure and ultimately, a heart transplant. Dr. Spector, author of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing, is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine. As the Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Duke Cancer Institute, he's a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, Dr. Spector shares his story, explains what Lyme and cancer have in common (hint: a LOT), and encourages us with his vision for the future. Like so many of us, your Lyme was missed by mu...

New Bacterial Species Causes Lyme DiseaseNew Bacterial Species Causes Lyme Disease

Thursday, February 18, 2016

U.S. researchers say they have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in humans. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)

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A New Culprit in Lyme Disease

Monday, February 15, 2016

Researchers have discovered a second bacterium that may cause the condition. (Source: NYT Health)

New Gene Discovery Could Lead To Earlier Lyme Test And Diagnosis

Sunday, February 14, 2016

An experimental new test holds great promise for diagnosing Lyme disease soon after infection, well before current tests are able to detect infection. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Big data and patient-powered research aim to solve complex diseases

Friday, February 12, 2016

(LymeDisease.org) Big data and patient-driven research networks have the power to accelerate our understanding of some of today's most complex diseases. Lorraine Johnson, CEO of Lymedisease.org, will give a presentation at the AAAS meeting on Feb. 13 on 'Big Data and Patient Powered Networks.' She will discuss how MyLymeData, the first and only national patient-powered research project on chronic Lyme disease, is being embraced by thousands of patients, anxious for answers that will improve their lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

Friday, February 12, 2016

An experimental method developed by researchers appears capable of detecting the stealthy culprit Lyme bacteria at the earliest time of infection, when currently available tests are often still negative. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease

Friday, February 12, 2016

Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study

Friday, February 12, 2016

Researchers say patients have tell-tale genetic signatures, even after taking antibiotics (Source: U.S. News - Health)

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

Thursday, February 11, 2016

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Team from NIST and Johns Hopkins suggests the novel approach might also be useful for early detection of other elusive bacterial infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme

Thursday, February 11, 2016

(University of California - San Francisco) Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene 'signature' they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Borrelia mayonii is new cause of Lyme disease variant

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis. Of 100,545 routine clinical specimens tested at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for Lyme borreliosis between 2003 and 2014, six clinical specimens –... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)

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How Lyme disease is spread is revealed by unraveling tick's DNA

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scientists from Purdue University in Indiana found the genome of Lyme disease-spreading ticks is 'far more similar to mammals than insects' - and that the ticks' saliva allows them to feed off a host for days. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Medical Evidence Supports Denial Of LTD Claim, Federal Judge Determines

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH - Because there is significant medical evidence supporting a disability plan's denial of a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits related to Lyme disease, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Feb. 1 denied the claimant's motion for summary judgment and granted the plan's motion for summary judgment (Elizabeth L. Ryan v. PNC Financial Services Group Inc., et al., No. 14-1048, W.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11518). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)

Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

(Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) After a decade-long research effort the genome of the deer tick has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Studying the tick genome sheds light on how ticks function and will help to develop novel tick control programs by interfering with the processes of disease transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Lyme Disease Discovery

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing organism that is capable of creating more intense symptoms. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, about the new findings. Watch the Mayo Clinic Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TxQs4FIVs&feature=youtu.be Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease Discovered

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the CDC made the discovery. (Source: ABC News: Health)

New species of bacteria causes Lyme disease in humans, scientists warn

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a new bacteria also causes Lyme disease - with more severe symptoms, such as nausea and rash, than a previously found bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recognizing the Breadth of the Problem and the Search for Answers Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration. There may be reason to believe that the secret to diagnosing a concussion could reside in our saliva, offering for the first time an avenue to quickly and accurately provide a definitive diagnosis. Developing a Spit Test Long regarded as the sole domain of the dentist, the medical community in recent years has begun to recognize the mouth as a vital gateway to identifying and evaluating overall body wellness. One initiative helping to change this perception is the emergence of salivary diagnostics. Saliva, it...

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered: CDC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say (Source: WebMD Health)

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Scientists Discover New Bacteria Responsible For Lyme Disease

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement. Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged "deer" tick, the CDC statement said. The new bacteria has so far only been detected in the upper Midwest region of the United States, the CDC said. Researchers discovered Borrelia mayonii after studying blood samples of patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota who were suspecte...

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Medical News Today: New bacteria discovered that cause Lyme disease

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Scientists have found new bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They produce symptoms similar to those of the known bacteria, but they also cause nausea, vomiting and diffuse rashes. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Scientists confirm second, more intense form of Lyme disease

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stephen FellerATLANTA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The CDC and Mayo Clinic confirmed a second species of bacteria causing Lyme disease in the upper Midwest area of the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- A new Lyme disease-causing bacteria has been identified in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms, health officials said. Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacteria species believed to cause Lyme disease in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Scientists Found A New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease: Borrelia Mayonii

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

There’s a new Borrelia bacterium on the block, joining its cousin in causing Lyme disease. B. mayonii has recently been identified as a new cause of Lyme in the Midwest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- Scientists who sequenced the genome, or genetic composition, of the Lyme disease-transmitting deer tick hope the achievement will lead to new ways to control the blood-sucking parasites. The decade-long effort involved an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

Tick genome reveals inner workings of a resilient blood-guzzler

Monday, February 8, 2016

(Purdue University) An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme disease just got nastier

Monday, February 8, 2016

Until now, scientists thought only one species of bacteria was responsible for the tick-borne Lyme disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

New Bacteria Species that Causes Lyme Disease Discovered (FREE)

Monday, February 8, 2016

By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Scientists report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) in the upper Midwest of the U.S. that causes a unique presentation of Lyme disease. Their findings appear in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.Researchers screened … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Mayo researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

(Mayo Clinic) Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Mayo Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species that Causes Lyme Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)

How 11 Top NYC Doctors Missed My Lyme Disease

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A July 2014 wedding on Long Beach Island, New Jersey was the start of my nightmare. It was a beautiful weekend filled with love for two of our dearest friends who were, after 14 years together, finally legally able to marry. There was lobster and champagne and a crazy Gordon Gekko-style house on the beach. I sang a few songs, made a toast, and cried happy tears. I woke up two days later, back home in NYC, with a crushing head and neck ache. It was weird, but I figured I would sleep it off and be better in the morning. It took a few days, but I recovered. That Saturday, I got out of the shower and saw a faint red circular rash on my shoulder with a bug bite in the middle. My knees buckled. I called for my husband, Andy, "HUNNEEEE! I have LYME!" He really didn't think so. I banged on my...

What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Follow me at @JohnRossMD Zika virus, a pathogen that was almost unknown a few months ago, is now rampant in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, it has already infected about 1.5 million people and caused nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a severe birth defect. It is almost certain to spread to every country in the Americas, except Canada and Chile, which lack the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika. Zika is not the only virus that has come from the tropics to menace the United States. Dengue, an unpleasant and potentially fatal viral infection, has broken out in Texas, Florida and Hawaii in the past 10 years. Chikungunya, a virus that can cause prolonged joint pain and ruin your vacation, has caused recent outbreaks in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A...

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Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens have emerged in the human population at a rate of about three each year. Why are we seeing such a surge in new pathogens? One could argue that some of the pathogens may not be new at all; they could have circulated among humans for centuries and are just being identified for the first time because of increased surveillance and reporting. While this is true in a small number of cases, a study found that even after co...

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

(Duke University) RNA sequencing is uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests cannot detect. Researchers used a technique called transcriptome sequencing to screen for blood-borne diseases in Madagascar's lemurs, distant primate cousins to humans. The animals were found to be carrying several previously unknown parasites similar to those that cause Lyme disease in humans. The approach could pave the way for earlier, more accurate detection of disease outbreaks that move between animals and people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Emma Horlock with Lyme disease forced to spend 22 HOURS a day in bed

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Emma Horlock, 41, from Liverpool, thought she had MS when she found herself struggling to walk. But when tests came back negative, a laboratory in Germany found she had Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Treat Lyme disease naturally without toxic antibiotic drugs

Thursday, January 21, 2016

(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is a common, yet serious, problem for many regions of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented by state health departments each year, with countless others going undiagnosed and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in half of U.S. counties

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stephen FellerATLANTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ticks carrying Lyme disease can now be found in half of counties in the United States, a significant increase over the last two decades. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Lyme Disease Ticks Reported in Nearly 50% of All US Counties

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)

Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says (Source: WebMD Health)

Ticks carrying Lyme disease in almost half of U.S. counties

Monday, January 18, 2016

(Reuters Health) - Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties

Monday, January 18, 2016

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Woman told for 12 YEARS her insomnia, tiredness and dizzy spells were due to depression discovers her body is ravaged with Lyme disease 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Vanessa Boyd, 28, of Dronfield, Derbyshire, began experiencing bizarre symptoms from the age of 16 and claims she saw at least 30 different health professionals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Ticks that carry Lyme Disease live in almost half of US counties – study

Monday, January 18, 2016

Black-legged tick inhabits twice as many counties as in 1998, CDC reports, with 320% increase in number of north-eastern counties seen as high risk for diseaseTicks that can carry the debilitating illness Lyme disease have significantly spread across the US over the past 20 years and are now found in nearly half of all American counties, including areas where they’ve never previously been documented, a new analysis has found. The black-legged tick is now established in twice the number of counties it inhabited in 1998, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, and has expanded its range in the northeastern states and the upper midwest. Following its onward march, or hop, across the Ohio river valley, western New York and the shores of Lake Michigan since the 1990s, there has been ...

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties

Sunday, January 17, 2016

(Entomological Society of America) Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Man Diagnosed With ALS Dies of Lyme Disease (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tara and David Geraghty On Dec. 22, three days before Christmas, 55-year-old David A. Geraghty died from complications of a supposedly rarely fatal infection: Lyme disease. As reported in The Valley Breeze, a Lincoln, R.I. newspaper, Geraghty and his family found out conclusively that he has had Lyme disease just one year ago, last December. As was the case for me and is not uncommon in other cases of Lyme disease diagnoses, it was Geraghty and his wife -- not his physicians -- who pushed for investigation into the cause of his illness and ultimately were responsible for discovering that Lyme disease was at the root. Geraghty was diagnosed in 2013 with ALS, a degenerative and usually fatal neuromuscular disease. (ALS was briefly raised as a potential cause of my most severe symptoms years ...

Christmas, Grief, and Moving Forward After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Friday, December 25, 2015

The last time my mother and I stood near a Christmas tree together was December 2012. She was in the middle of a long battle with Chronic Lyme Disease and we had recently found out that she also had Alzheimer's. This dynamic cocktail of ailments left her unable to function as she used to -- as an entertainer, caregiver, and a joker. My mother and I were very close, and when she began showing signs of her disease I became extremely protective of her. A little more than 10 years prior my mother was very protective of me as I successfully battled Stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease -- cancer. This created a unique bond that seems to have literally given me the ability to feel her pain, shame and exhaustion. The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. Mainly because of all the amazing memories I ...

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Ben Baddeley desperate to walk made Christmas cards with his FEET to pay for physio

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, is learning to walk unaided for the first time since having an operation to relieve muscle spasms caused by cerebral palsy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

How to beat Lyme disease and keep enjoying the great outdoors

Monday, December 14, 2015

A surge in cases of the tick-borne infection Lyme disease has made some people wary of the countryside. But there’s no need to worry, if you take care‘To be honest,” enthuses Dr Tim Brooks, “it’s a fascinating disease.” As head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens laboratory at Public Health England, trying to solve the growing problem of Lyme disease (and other bugs, such as ebola) is his vocation. Lyme disease – a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks – is a particularly complex puzzle, with little reliable data available so far. It can appear in numerous forms, occasionally causing long-term neurological symptoms that could be mistaken for other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.Following a surge in cases this year – th...

This Scientist Says Your Fears About The Coming Genetic Engineering Revolution Are Overblown

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are descending on Washington D.C. for a three-day summit on a new technique that has spurred a major genetic revolution. Thanks to a gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9, it is now not only possible, but easy, cheap and fast, to change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people. The range of hypothetical ways CRISPR could change our lives is staggering -- from creating wheat that is invulnerable to mildew to curing the world’s most intractable diseases. Anything that has DNA, which is to say, every living thing on earth, can now be more easily manipulated than ever before. When it comes to the human genome, especially, this raises fears as much as it raises hopes. You don’t have to dip that deep...

What are the Most Common Arbovirus in Children in the US?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and can be reviewed here. A systematic review of West Nile Virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease in adults showed those infected can have a lengthy recovery with many sequelae, p...

What are the Most Common Arboviruses in Children in the US?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and can be reviewed here. A systematic review of West Nile Virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease in adults showed those infected can have a lengthy recovery with many sequelae, p...

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My Open Letter to Lyme Disease

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dear Lyme disease, I'm not angry. But I admit you made me miserable. You sneakily rushed through my veins. Anonymous, without a name, you tortured me for months. I didn't know who you were or where you came from. I would stare bleakly out my freshman dorm window, my eyes dull and my head throbbing. I blamed my school. During my first quarter at Northwestern University, my boyfriend and I broke up, my grandfather died, and I couldn't get out of bed for my morning classes. I reluctantly dropped a course after meeting with an adviser who thought I was struggling to acclimate to college. I was 850 miles from home and started to believe that I never should have left the East Coast. But Northwestern was the pennant on my corkboard at home; it was the sweatshirt my dad wore proudly to our local ...

New, presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans, they warn. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Thursday, November 26, 2015

(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers at the Vetmeduni Vienna are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from Austrian. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans. The results were published in the journal Parasites & Vectors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

A tick that feeds on birds may increase the range of Lyme disease

Sunday, November 22, 2015

(Entomological Society of America) A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Friends from New York to Mexico make video for friend with Lyme disease

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chantelle Lewis, 31, from Falmouth, Cornwall, caught Lyme disease while working on a superyacht in the Caribbean. She cried 'the happiest tears' after receiving the supportive video. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Why FDA should oversee laboratory developed tests

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By: Peter Lurie, M.D., M.P.H. Today FDA is issuing a report that illustrates the real and potential harms to patients and to public health from certain laboratory developed tests (LDTs) – tests that are designed, manufactured and used in a single laboratory. When FDA first began regulating medical devices under the Medical Device Amendments in the 1970s, we chose not to enforce applicable regulatory requirements for LDTs because they were relatively simple tests generally confined to local labs, and often used for rare conditions. But times have changed. LDTs have increased in complexity and availability and are now frequently used to diagnose common, serious medical conditions, including cancer and heart disease, with potentially greater impact on patients. And yet, LDTs are still under...

Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith had live parasites in her blood

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith, 21, from the New South Wales Hunter Region has flown to Germany to undergo controversial treatment where doctors found live parasites in her blood (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Three: A Caution to Gay Men

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Note: This is the third and final entry in a series about how my life has been devastated by Lyme disease. With the advent of PrEP and effective medical interventions for HIV, I am truly disturbed that gay men -- first, younger generations, but increasingly people my age who lived through the plague of AIDS -- increasingly are rejecting the use of condoms and feeling invulnerable to potential sexually transmitted infections. Although the CDC claims absolutely that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted sexually, objective scientific research and anecdotes of those whose partners have Lyme argue otherwise. You do not want Lyme disease. It will change your life for the worse, not only by potentially disabling you at too young an age, but by rendering you an untouchable to many primary care phys...

Model Jessica Bennett left bed bound after medics failed to diagnose Lyme disease

Monday, November 9, 2015

Jessica Bennett, 31, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, suffered seizures, speech problems, hair loss, chronic insomnia and severe bloating due to Lyme disease she caught from a tick. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Medical News Today: How to remove a tick

Monday, November 2, 2015

Around 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. Avoiding ticks and removing them when necessary are essential skills for anyone who likes to venture into nature. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review, early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Water on the Knee Can Be Sign of Lyme Disease

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as "water on the knee," can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a "bull's eye" rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: Disabled World)

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease

Saturday, October 31, 2015

(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Lyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic StrokesLyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic Strokes

Friday, October 23, 2015

This unusual case highlights the need to consider CNS Lyme vasculitis in patients with cryptogenic strokes, particularly those who are younger and who come from areas where Lyme disease is endemic. Practical Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Lyme Disease Is on the Rise

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Title: Lyme Disease Is on the RiseCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/29/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

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So what IS the truth about the Lyme disease 'epidemic'?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Phones 4u's John Caudwell, (pictured with daughters Rebekah and Rhiannon) believes Lyme disease is behind a host of health problems that his family suffers from. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

The controversy over the chronic form of Lyme disease

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

(Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Lyme disease jab is 'in sight' as MassBiologics scientists reveal breakthrough

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Scientists at UMass Medical School MassBiologics have identified an antibody that could protect against the tick-borne disease afflicting Yolana Foster and her daughter Bella Hadid, 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Medical News Today: Ticks and Lyme disease: how worried should we be?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

With recent reports of a rise in Lyme disease cases, we try to find out just how worried should we be about the pesky bugs closely associated with the condition: ticks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Concern about rise in UK Lyme disease cases

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease as cases spread from rural areas to the suburbs," the Daily Mail reports. The ongoing rise in Lyme disease cases in the UK – thought to be driven by climate change, leading to warmer winters – has been known by public health officials for some time. Reported cases in England and Wales rose from 268 in 2001 to 959 in 2011, but the true figure is thought be much higher. Current estimates put the actual figure at around 3,000 cases a year in England and Wales.It may also be the case that the disease is, as the Mail puts it, "moving into the suburbs," or least into the parks. A recent study from September 2015 found ticks that could potentially carry infection in two South London parks: Richmond Par...

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The symptoms of Lyme disease are a lot like flu - which is perhaps why NHS treatment is so inadequate

Monday, October 12, 2015

It took four years for me to be diagnosed - doctors and patients alike need to know much more about this illness to prevent more lives being ruined (Source: Telegraph Health)

Lyme disease cases quadruples in 12 years with over 1,000 diagnosed in 2013 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease, experts warn, as cases are spreading from rural areas to the suburbs. The debilitating disease is spread by tick bites. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in London

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)

Bella and Anwar Hadid both have Lyme disease, Yolanda Foster reveals

Friday, October 9, 2015

The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Yolanda Foster reveals her model daughter Bella, 18, and son Anwar, 16, both also have Lyme disease at charity gala

Friday, October 9, 2015

The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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'Like the Caudwells, our family also has Lyme disease'

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Adelle Huckins believes her husband and children have contracted the illness from her after John Caudwell said he passed the illness on to his children (Source: Telegraph Health)

#InvisibleIllnessWeek Is Over -- What Happens Now?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Social media has been taken over by #InvisibleIllnessWeek. Almost everyone has seen a tweet there or a status update here referring to it, and as awesome as it has been in generating interest in a topic that doesn't often surface in everyday media, the conversations it has given rise to deviate into two extremes: either showcasing the horrible aspects of living with a chronic diagnosis or an all-encompassing positivity celebrating invisible illnesses. First of all, what IS an invisible illness? It's a diagnosis that often doesn't show itself on the surface, most of them are autoimmune conditions such as Lyme disease, Crohn's disease, etc. The reason they are so hard to track and represent is because they are so dispersed despite affecting literally millions of people around the world. Als...

What is Lyme disease? The silent killer affecting over 3000 Brits a year

Friday, October 2, 2015

AVRIL LAVIGNE is a celebrity sufferer, but Lyme disease is no joke - there's 3,000 new cases occurring in the UK every year, but do you know what it is? (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Why I’m thankful for my daughter’s MRSA

Thursday, October 1, 2015

“What time is surgery today?” Ellie, age 12, croaks. She hasn’t opened her eyes yet, but she knows she’s headed to the operating room … again. It may be the fourth surgery this month, maybe the fifth. We don’t know. What we do know is our routine has changed from soccer carpools and homework battles to twice-weekly trips to the operating room, where the orthopedic surgeon will slice open my baby girl’s thigh and attempt to wash out the deadly bacteria accumulating in her right femur and knee joint. We’re trying to learn the new routine and master a new language. The vocabulary is demanding. There are procedures, medications, devices and acronyms. Most are scary — wound vacuum, PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter), clinical failure of vancomycin, Methicillin-resis...

Patients may present with ticks in South London A&Es

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nurses working in emergency and primary care settings in South London could encounter patients with Lyme disease-carrying ticks, suggests latest research. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)

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Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in South London parks

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Researchers find ticks linked with Lyme disease in south London parks

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

(Wiley) Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to a new study in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

'Lab-on-a-Chip' technology to cut costs of sophisticated tests for diseases and disorders

Friday, September 11, 2015

Engineers have developed a breakthrough device that can significantly reduce the cost of sophisticated lab tests for medical disorders and diseases, such as HIV, Lyme disease and syphilis. The new device uses miniaturized channels and valves to replace 'benchtop' assays -- tests that require large samples of blood or other fluids and expensive chemicals that lab technicians manually mix in trays of tubes or plastic plates with cup-like depressions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

What Is Lyme disease and why the controversy?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is no longer an obscure malady that can only be caught in Connecticut. In 2013, the year with the latest available data, the CDC predicted an estimated 300,000 actual new cases, though only 30,000 per year were reported and confirmed. Cases have been diagnosed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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8 illnesses you could have brought back from holiday

Monday, September 7, 2015

From Lyme disease in Scotland to Chikungunya from the Caribbean, a list of common ailments you could have contracted during your week away (Source: Telegraph Health)

Lyme Deaths From Heart Inflammation Likely Worse Than We Thought

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections are skyrocketing. In western Pennsylvania, where I work, Lyme increased 25% just between 2013 and 2014, with Butler County having 412 cases and Allegheny County chalking up a record 822 cases last year. And where I vacation, in Maine, the rate of Lyme in 2014 was 240 cases per 100,000, which is more than 20 times the national average, and twice the rate of Butler. Across the country, the CDC now estimates there are ~329,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, tenfold higher than previously thought. Vermont and New Hampshire have the highest incidence. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

How to rid the body of Lyme disease naturally

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

(NaturalNews) The bacteria that cause Lyme can be found in the skin, heart, joints, and nervous system. On top of that, Lyme disease specialists are finding that what we call Lyme disease may be caused by several different infectious organisms and may even be caused by a combination... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Staffordshire mother loses FOUR STONE after seeing herself in Ice Bucket Challenge video

Monday, August 31, 2015

Louise Bentley, 47, an admin assistant from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, slimmed from 15st 5lb to a trim 11st 4lb in less than a year after swapping junk food for healthy meals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Lyme disease testing: Canadians may receive false-positives from some US labs

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in Canada, and Canadians with Lyme disease symptoms may seek diagnoses from laboratories in the United States, although many of the results will be false-positives, according to a new commentary article. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Why antibiotics may not work for Lyme disease

Thursday, August 27, 2015

(NaturalNews) For some, early treatment with antibiotics is effective. For others and for those in the late stages of infection, antibiotics may be ineffective for the following reasons:Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has a corkscrew shape that allows... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

How This Couple Fought Through Illness To Find A New Destiny

Monday, August 17, 2015

I am a caregiver for my partner who has become housebound and bedridden due to an incurable "invisible" disease. I too live with a serious illness, barely getting through each day, mostly housebound myself. Franky and I met, and a spell was cast; we fell madly deeply infatuated with each other, as young love often does to people. We traveled, went to social events and started dreaming of a life together. Within a couple of months, I was diagnosed with an aggressive strain of HIV. Our fast-run fairytale seemed to be cursed and destined for failure. But we persevered. My family's involvement in my life was scarce due to their struggles with me being a gay man. Luckily, Franky took the reins in helping me to fight for my life. Though we had just met, Franky cared for my body, fed me, and cl...

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory

Friday, August 14, 2015

In the summer of 1975 a group of children who often played together developed an unusual flu-like illness with severe joint pain. They were diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). All of them lived in a small town at the mouth of the Connecticut River called Lyme. The story of their disease contains all the elements of a good novel; mystery, loss, blood, empathy, indifference, conflict, controversy and conspiracy, truth and fiction. Doctors suspect JRA when they see kids with persistent joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, and fever associated with swelling of lymph nodes or inflammation of internal organs. No single test can be used to make the diagnosis. Both the cause and the cure of JRA, an autoimmune disorder, are unknown. But it is not an infectious disease. P...

Defeat Lyme disease without antibiotics

Friday, August 14, 2015

(NaturalNews) Let's be blunt: Western medicine will never really cure Lyme disease because the focus (like everything they do) is on symptoms, not the underlying cause. In fact, sadly, if you've been suffering with Lyme disease for some time, you've probably been labeled with a mental... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Ticks: Summer’s Unwanted Guests

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thorough checks of spouses, children and friends for the tiny pathogen-carrying freeloaders are now a necessary part of summer rituals. (Source: NYT Health)

Lyme disease is vastly under-reported, CDC says

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Government researchers say the tick-borne disease is far more common than previously believed (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease in U.S. Is Under-Reported, CDC Says

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

About 329,000 cases actually occur each year (Source: WebMD Health)

The Search for Persisters

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lyme disease–causing bacteria can outmaneuver antibiotics in vitro and manipulate the mouse immune system. (Source: The Scientist)

Woman Loses Vision After Mosquito Bite Transmits Chikungunya Fever

Monday, August 10, 2015

By: Laura Geggel Published: 08/10/2015 10:38 AM EDT on LiveScience A woman who caught chikungunya fever while vacationing in the Caribbean wound up losing some of the vision in her right eye permanently, according to a new report of her case. The findings suggest that vision problems may be an underreported effect of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which has spread in recent years from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean, Latin America and parts of the United States, the report's authors said. "Sight-threatening visual loss can be a late complication of infection with chikungunya," said Dr. Abhijit Mohite, who treated the woman and co-authored the report of her case. [7 Devastating Infectious Diseases] It is important that people with vision problems get treatment early, to prevent lasting vi...

Entomological Society of America issues statement on tick-borne diseases

Sunday, August 9, 2015

(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently released a statement supporting the creation and implementation of a national strategy using Integrated Tick Management to better control tick populations and reduce the rapidly escalating impact of tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

Saturday, August 8, 2015

By Allison Pohle for Everyday Health Every year, U.S. state health departments report about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the CDC says the true number of cases in the United States could be ten times as high. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans from tick bites. The ticks that transmit the disease are most active from April to September, which means spring and summer are the prime times for infection. With the right steps, and regular tick checks, however, you can prevent Lyme disease. Here are 10 things you should know about this tickborne disease: 1. You can only get Lyme disease from a tick bite. There is no evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, according to the CDC. You also can’t get Lyme dis...

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Take precautions to avoid ticks and Lyme disease

Friday, August 7, 2015

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: In the summer, my kids play outdoors most of the day, and we have found ticks on their clothing. Is Lyme disease something I should be worried about? What are the early symptoms? Does bug spray keep ticks away? ANSWER: Lyme disease is the most common illness spread by ticks in the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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A Therapy That Rebuilds Your Defenses FAST

Monday, August 3, 2015

In ancient times, our ancestors had pure sources of the nutrients they needed to thrive. But they were limited in terms of how much they could get of any particular one. Organ meat gives you a wealth of nutrients, including protein, CoQ10, and a host of vitamins. But you can’t get really high doses of a nutrient or vitamin through food alone. That wasn’t a big issue for our ancestors because they had such a well-balanced environment. But it’s a big deal for you and me. In our toxic world, large doses of nutrients are sometimes necessary to balance or “straighten out” health concerns. This is a category of medicine I call “Ortho.” Ortho means, “to correct or straighten out.” If your basic needs for survival happen on a “Primal̶...

Stoke University Hospital patient wakes from hysterectomy operation to find teeth missing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Clare Jones, 47, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, woke to two teeth missing after her operation at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. An investigation has been launched to establish what happened. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Learn the ABCs of Ticks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX-fDlBRQns More areas in the United States are seeing human cases of Lyme disease. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in geographic areas — as much as 320 percent in the Northeast — determined as high risk for contracting the tick-borne illness. The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics when caught in early stages, if untreated, the illness can cause permanent and potentially devastating complications, from memory loss to chronic joint inflammation to heart arrhythmia. Know Your Risk While Lyme disease is the most famous illness ticks carry, it's far from the only one. Others include babesiosis, a disease caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells, ehrlichiosis, a general name for...

Lyme disease threat in the U.S. has spiked 320 percent

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The CDC says the high-risk area for lyme disease is spreading (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

TGen and NAU developing accurate test to diagnose debilitating Lyme disease

Sunday, July 19, 2015

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Focus On Lyme, an initiative sponsored by the Leadership Children's Foundation of Gilbert, Ariz., has donated $75,000 to the Translational Genomics Research Institute to support research into the development of a quick, affordable and accurate method of diagnosing Lyme disease. The most common vector-borne illness in the US, Lyme disease affects an estimated 300,000 Americans annually. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

The results are in: Inhalable Ebola vaccine, spread of Lyme disease

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Lyme Disease Cases Rising in Affected RegionsLyme Disease Cases Rising in Affected Regions

Friday, July 17, 2015

In a 20-year period, the number of high-incidence counties more than tripled in the northeastern states and more than doubled in north-central states. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)

U.S. High-Risk Areas for Lyme Disease Increasing

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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High-risk areas for Lyme disease growing, CDC says

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Twice as many counties now have high Lyme disease risk, compared to a decade ago (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Mass. Residents Warned To Protect Against Ticks, Lyme Disease

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BOSTON (CBS) — The State Department of Public Health is advising the public on how to avoid Lyme disease at a time when it’s been declared an epidemic in parts of the state. Deer ticks are thriving in the warm weather, especially south of Boston, where the growing deer population has brought an increased risk of ticks that spread Lyme disease. That’s why the Department of Public Health is posting videos reminding people to use insect repellent and check for ticks. “Just like you put on sunscreen, make it a habit to use an EPA-approved repellent anytime you are outdoors,” the video says. Early signs of Lyme disease are a rash followed by fever, chills and body aches, which can escalate to severe joint pain and neurological damage. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens ...

The Mystery of Chronic Lyme Disease

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

After being treated for Lyme disease, some patients continue to have severe symptoms of the tick-borne disease for years. Experts are divided on what causes this and how to treat it. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)

How ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading to new regions in the US

Sunday, July 5, 2015

(Wiley) Lyme disease is currently estimated to affect 300,000 people in the US every year, and blacklegged ticks, the disease's main vector, have recently flourished in areas previously thought to be devoid of this arachnid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Another Tick Threat?

Friday, July 3, 2015

I understand that there's a new danger from tick bites that is worse than Lyme disease, and that a virus transmitted by these bites can actually kill you. Can you tell me where these ticks are and how to avoid them? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)

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Morning Break: Ebola Back in Liberia, SCOTUS Redux, Lavigne's Lyme Lament

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

Avril Lavigne 'doing a lot better' after Lyme disease treatment

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Tiny ticks could wreck your health for years says Lyme Disease Action

Monday, June 29, 2015

According to the NHS, in Britain around 3,000 people a year are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Six years ago, James, then aged ten, developed the condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease fight

Monday, June 29, 2015

When singer Avril Lavigne went missing from the music scene, there was tons of speculation. Was she pregnant? In rehab? Going through a split from her husband, Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger? (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Avril Lavigne Breaks Down During Interview About Lyme Disease

Monday, June 29, 2015

Avril Lavigne made an emotional appearance on "Good Morning America" on Monday, as she opened up about her battle with Lyme disease. The 30-year-old singer broke down in tears as she revealed she was bedridden by the disease last October and frustrated as she saw specialist after specialist, each unable to properly diagnose her Lyme disease. "They would pull up their computer and be like, 'Chronic fatigue syndrome.' Or, 'Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?' It's like, 'Are you depressed?'" she explained to "GMA" special contributor Jesse Palmer. The singer added, "This is what they do to a lot of people who have Lyme disease. They don't have an answer for them so they tell them, like, 'You're crazy.'" The "Complicated" singer told "GMA" she's now abou...

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This Is the Weirdest Habit-Breaking Strategy

Monday, June 29, 2015

(Photo: Pablo Saldivia Salgado / EyeEm/Getty Images) By Melissa Dahl The latest episode of Psych Crunch, a new podcast hosted by Science of Us pal Christian Jarrett, is all about habits, and it includes a reference to what is maybe the weirdest habit-breaking strategy ever: Imagine your brain, say psychologists Kim Jenkins and Katy Tapper, is a city bus. Related: Changing a Habit Can Mess With Your Sense of Self This city bus is filled with noisy weirdos, as city buses often are; think of the noisy weirdos as your craving for chocolate, or the urge to bite your nails -- whatever habit you're trying to break. And you, they continue, are the driver of said bus. You can't help hearing the loud passengers, but you don't have to take direction from them; you are the one driving the bus. You'll...

Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Protecting the environment may reduce many diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile, a study finds. The tantalizing idea suggests that conservation and human health may be more connected than we thought.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lyme disease diagnosed by alternative laboratory methods is indistinguishable by detailed clinical and laboratory evaluation from chronic fatigue syndrome, a case-control study suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US

Friday, June 12, 2015

A new, and potentially more severe, infection transmitted by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease was much more common in the United States in 2013 than expected, especially in the Northeast. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Teenager discovers new planet during work experience - video report

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil has discovered a new planet while on a work placement. Tom Wagg, 17, was doing work experience with an astrophysics professor at Keele University when he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Two years later the large gas form in the southern constellation of Hydra was confirmed as a planet Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Schoolboy on work experience discovers planet

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Newcastle-under-Lyme pupil Tom Wagg spotted dip in light which revealed existence of a planet while on placement at Keele University two years agoA schoolboy doing work experience with an astrophysics professor has discovered a new planet 1,000 light years from Earth.Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil Tom Wagg was 15 when he went for his work placement at Keele University, where he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

Ticks can transmit a new Lyme-like disease

Thursday, June 11, 2015

There are several good reasons to keep ticks off your body. One is that they are creepy and suck your blood. Another is that they can transmit 14 different diseases—not just Lyme disease. A report published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine describes the newest tick-borne disease in North America, which is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi. The microbe was first identified in Japan in 1995. The first report of it infecting humans came from Russia in 2011. Cases began appearing in the northeastern United States in 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is related to the one that causes Lyme disease, another tick-borne infection. Infection with Borrelia miyamotoi often causes a recurring fever, as well as headache, muscle aches,...

Ticked Off--What We Don't Know About Lyme Disease

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I didn’t see the tiny danger lurking in my own yard. Yet for Lyme disease awareness month, just ended, it seems I am learning experientially. I’ve had Lyme at least once before, and found three attached deer ticks on me just in 10 days. I may have had Lyme a second time, last year, but diagnostic tests are so poor that we don’t know. Here’s some of what I learned from my experience and for caring for others in my infectious disease practice. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

The List Of Tick-Transmitted Diseases Is Growing

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that's easy to confuse with other illnesses. Monday's study suggests a kind of bacteria with an unwieldy name — Borrelia miyamotoi — should be on the radar when people in Lyme-endemic areas get otherwise unexplained summertime fevers. It's one of several recently discovered diseases linked to ticks in different parts of the country, a reminder to get tick-savvy no matter where you live. "People need to be aware of what tick-borne diseases are in their area," says Dr. Peter J. Krause of Yale University, a specialist who reviewed the research. "And they should know h...

APHA Releases New Version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The American Public Health Association and Unbound Medicine have announced the release of an updated version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web that includes up-to-date information about the occurrence, transmission, resistance and control of communicable diseases. Free previews are available of chapters on Ebola, listeriosis, Lyme Disease, Rift Valley Fever and meningitis. (Source: PHPartners.org)

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Alabama Lyme Disease Association Has Representation on Commission...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Alabama Lyme Disease Association representative to serve on commission to study Lyme disease, and other tick-borne illnesses in Alabama(PRWeb June 09, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12775051.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

Bay Area Lyme Foundation awards diagnostic grant to Harvard Medical School researchers

Monday, June 8, 2015

(DDC) Harvard Medical School research collaborators Nira Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., and John Branda, M.D. have just been awarded the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research. The $100,000 grant that accompanies this award will support research on a potential biomarker for Lyme disease, which may lead to the development of a novel urine test for early Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Tick season health warning

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer is peak season for ticks and the diseases they can spread. Lyme disease is the most well-known tick-borne illness, but it's not the only one to watch out for. Marlie Hall has more on what you need to know. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme disease not the only reason to avoid ticks

Monday, June 8, 2015

Researchers say a newly identified tick-borne disease may be on the rise in the northeastern U.S. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

New Tickborne Infection, More Common Than Once Believed, Circulating In Northeastern U.S.

Monday, June 8, 2015

While most of us are concerned about Lyme disease, a tickborne illness circulating during the spring and summertime in the Northeastern U.S, there is another, potentially more serious infection to be aware of as well. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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Your NEJM Group Today: Disseminated Lyme Image, Sumatriptan & Migraine with Aura, Boston Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)

Monday, June 1, 2015

By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Check out … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

My Daughter's Mysterious Illness -- And My Own

Monday, June 1, 2015

For TueNight.com by Allison Czarnecki (Photos: Courtesy Allison Czarnecki. Photos from left to right: Allison and her daughter as a baby, Allison's daughter in the hospital getting tests, Allison's daughter now; Photo collage: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight.com) Exactly one year ago, my teenage daughter got sick. Really sick. One day, out of the blue, she woke up and couldn't get out of bed. Up to this point, my then 14-year-old daughter had been a wildly healthy, state-championship swimmer who played the cello in an honors orchestra, earned straight As in all her classes. She was heavily involved in leadership positions in our church and in an assortment of other extracurricular activities at school and in the community. She's beautiful, talented, smart, kind, friendly, and if you were to ...

Researchers' discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

Monday, June 1, 2015

The bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease forms dor­mant per­sister cells, which are known to evade antibi­otics, researchers have discovered. This sig­nif­i­cant finding, they said, could help explain why it's so dif­fi­cult to treat the infec­tion in some patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

First U.S. Center to Study Lyme Disease Launched at Johns Hopkins Medicine - 5/13/15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fundamental research into the causes and cures of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome now has its first home base at a major U.S. medical research center with the launch of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)

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Space agency targets 'tick disease'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/13/15

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams: Ticks: These disease-carrying parasites are responsible for more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayo Clinic parasitologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt offers tips on how to prevent tick bites and what to do in case one embeds into [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks

Monday, May 11, 2015

Over nearly 15 years spent studying ticks, a new study has found southern Indiana to be an oasis free from Lyme disease, the condition most associated with ticks -- the second most common parasitic disease vector on Earth. This low-risk environment is changing, however, both in Indiana and in other regions of the U.S., the study suggests. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Toxic Turf? Movement Grows Against Synthetic Turf

Friday, May 8, 2015

The following story was reported by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent, nonprofit news center based at Boston University and WGBH News, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. NECIR trains the next generation of journalists in investigative reporting with summer high school workshops in Boston. Click here to learn more and apply today. Artificial turf fields, cushioned with recycled crushed tires and increasingly in demand for US athletic complexes, are getting some serious pushback. In Swampscott last week, town meeting members approved plans to install a new synthetic field with silica sand, a more expensive product touted as a nontoxic alternative to the small rubber pellets known as crumb rubber ubiquitous on thousands of syntheti...

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Warmer Weather Increases Risk for Lyme Disease, Cautions Best Friends Animal Hospital

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Announcements: Lyme Disease Awareness Month — May 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Time to move Lyme Disease Awareness Month to April?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The month of May brings many things, among them Mother's Day, tulips, and Lyme Disease Awareness campaigns. But according to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Big Tick Project to track rising threat of Lyme disease

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, the largest nationwide collection of ticks from dogs in a bid to help scientists, led by Professor Richard Wall at the University of Bristol, track what is feared to be a growing threat to people and their dogs from tick-borne zoonotic diseases such as Lyme disease (Borrelia). (Source: University of Bristol news)

Dog owners unaware their pets can transmit Lyme disease to them say vets

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Harsh Northeast Winter No Hindrance To Hungry Ticks

Thursday, April 16, 2015

http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_1604201522190500000AA.mp4 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a cozy quilt for baby blacklegged ticks that are now questing for blood as the weather warms up. And a researcher at New York’s Binghamton University said Lyme disease-infected ticks aren’t just in forests and fields. “We’re finding plenty of infected ticks in built environments, places like city parks, playgrounds, work campuses, college campuses,” said Ralph Garruto, head of the sc...

Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of Lyme disease

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

(Elsevier Health Sciences) About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that inflammation plays a causal role in the array of neurologic changes associated with Lyme disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pathology. The investigators at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center also showed that the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone prevents many of these reactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Monday's Housecall

Sunday, April 12, 2015

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition Going vegetarian means excluding certain foods. But you can still get the nutrients you need from other sources. Use this helpful guide. Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on prevention [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Doctors warn about tick-borne Powassan virus

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's not as well known as Lyme disease, but the Powassan virus is also spread by ticks, and experts say it can be even more severe. WCBS's Tracee Carrasco reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?

Monday, April 6, 2015

While Morgellons disease has sometimes been considered a delusional syndrome, this microscopic and molecular study suggests that it is an infectious illness associated with Borrelia spirochetes. BMC Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)

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'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Avril Lavigne and Lyme Disease: Your Questions Answered

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Singer Avril Lavigne revealed in the latest issue of People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. (Source: ABC News: Health)

20 pupils violently ill after schoolgirl smoking addict, 12, passed round prescription nicotine spray

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The dispenser was passed around a group of Year Seven and Eight pupils at Wolstanton High School, in Newcastle-under-Lyme (Source: Telegraph Health)

Mother left with a paralysed face and in crippling pain after being bitten on the HIP by a tick while gardening

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claire Dean, 43, from Castle Douglas, Scotland, developed Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick in her garden. She suffered pain so bad she had to quit her job and is still receiving physiotherapy for her face. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Climate change 'might bring rise in UK mosquito-borne diseases'

Monday, March 23, 2015

Conclusion Overall, this review provides insights into how climate change might lead to the transmission of tropical diseases in what are currently temperate parts of the world, such as the UK. Predicting what may happen in the future can help countries make sure they are prepared for such an eventuality. This review was informed by a search for relevant literature, but may not have captured or included all relevant studies. Most of the studies were modelling studies, which are reliant on various assumptions that may or may not turn out to be correct. It's not possible to say with any certainty what will occur in the future. The authors also note that climate change is not the only factor affecting vector-borne diseases. Many other factors are equally important, such as socioeconomic de...

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Lyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in TeenagerLyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in Teenager

Friday, March 6, 2015

Lyme neuroborreliosis can mimic stroke or epilepsy and should be ruled out in some cases of sudden-onset meningoencephalitis with neuropsychiatric symptoms, researchers reported. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease

Sunday, March 1, 2015

(American College of Emergency Physicians) A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. The highly unusual case presentation was published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier

Friday, February 27, 2015

Warming trend could affect the spread of Lyme disease, research suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Climate Change, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Many California bird species host Lyme disease bacteria, study finds

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ticks carrying the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease are infesting Northern California’s birds and may be hitching rides on them into suburban settings, according to a new UC Berkeley study. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

By The Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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In a warmer world, ticks that spread disease are arriving earlier, expanding their ranges

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

The high cost of Lyme disease

Friday, February 6, 2015

The U.S. spends more than a billion dollars caring for patients who contract this tick-borne illness (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease More Serious, Costly Than Believed: Study

Friday, February 6, 2015

Prolonged illness in infected Americans costs up to $1.3 billion a year in treatments, researchers find (Source: WebMD Health)

Lyme Disease Costs Up to $1.3 Billion Per Year to Treat, Study Finds

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that a prolonged illness associated with Lyme disease in some patients is more widespread and serious than previously understood. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)

Lyme disease costs up to $1. 3 billion per year to treat, study finds

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New research suggests that a prolonged illness associated with Lyme disease is more widespread and serious in some patients than previously understood. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

T2 Biosystems, Canon to develop Lyme disease test

Thursday, February 5, 2015

T2 Biosystems and Canon U.S. Life Sciences team up to develop a diagnostic test panel for the rapid detection of Lyme disease. T2 Biosystems (NSDQ:TTOO) and Canon U.S. Life Sciences are teaming up to develop a diagnostic test panel for the rapid detection of Lyme disease. Canon, T2 Biosystems Inc.News Well, Diagnostics, Lyme diseaseread more (Source: Mass Device)

Lyme disease costs up to $1.3 billion per year to treat, study finds

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor's visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people. But new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that a prolonged illness associated with the disease in some patients is more widespread and serious than previously understood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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T2 Biosystems And Canon U.S. Life Sciences Announce Joint Collaboration To Develop Novel Test Panel To Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

T2 Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:TTOO) a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health today announced that the company has entered into a multi-year, strategic agreement with Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc. to jointly develop a novel diagnostic test panel to rapidly detect Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause chronic joint inflammation, neurological disorders and cognitive defects. (Source: Medical Design Online News)

Strange New Tattoo Discovered On 'Ötzi The Iceman' Mummy

Monday, January 26, 2015

Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi's known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise. "We didn't expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs," Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email. (Story continues below image.) Ötzi's newly discovered tattoo, on the lower right side of the mummy's chest. Ötzi was discovered in 1991 by a pair of German hikers in the Otztal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy. Since then, re...

Yolanda Foster Blogs About Her Battle With Lyme Disease: 'I Have Lost the Ability to Read'

Monday, January 19, 2015

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Foster spoke up about her struggle with Lyme disease in a new blog post on BravoTV.com. She used to post regularly on the site, but started this letter with an apology to fans: "I would like to apologize for my lousy participation in the blogging department at the moment. Although writing is usually my favorite thing to do, I unfortunately have lost the ability to do so in an intelligent matter at this time." She then described her struggle to do everyday tasks: "I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can't process information or any stimulation for that matter. It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it."...

Lyme Disease Symptoms Can Mimic Bipolar Disorder

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lyme disease is one of several medical conditions with symptoms that can mimic those of bipolar disorder. Here's a story about one such incident. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)

'My parents kicked me out when I was depressed. I thank them for it'

Friday, January 9, 2015

Deeply depressed in her early thirties, Porochista Khakpour regressed to a state of childlike helplessness - until her parents kicked her out (Source: Telegraph Health)

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Lyme disease enhances spread of emerging tick infection

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mice that are already infected with the pathogen that causes Lyme disease appear to facilitate the spread of a lesser-known but emerging disease, babesiosis, into new areas. The finding provides a possible answer as to why human babesiosis is only emerging in areas where Lyme disease is well established. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

New Tick-Borne 'Bourbon Virus' Is Deadly And Unlike Anything Previously Seen In U.S.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Researchers have identified the cause of a Kansas farmer's mysterious death this summer as Bourbon virus. Thought to be transmitted by ticks, the virus "was fast-moving and severe, causing lung and kidney failure, and shock," The New York Times reported, killing the previously healthy man after only 10 days in the hospital. Together, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Kansas Hospital researchers identified the virus as a thogotovirus, part of a larger type of viruses called orthomyxoviruses, Dana Hawkinson, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Hospital said in the video statement above. Bourbon virus, named after Bourbon County, Kansas, where the only known patient lived, is similar to viruses seen previously in Eastern Europ...

Ebola 3.0

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., and Jennifer Sherwood, M.P.H. The doctors, nurses and other health care workers who responded to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa were recently named Time magazine's "Person of the Year." The courageous individuals who dedicate their careers and risk their lives to help in times of global public health emergencies such as Ebola deserve this recognition. A new report shows that health care workers have more than 100 times the risk of being infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone as the general public there. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 622 health care workers have acquired the virus and 346 of them have died in the affected countries. The recent death of a physician in the United States, who had been working in Sierra Leone and had tested ne...

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NY Governor Must Decide Today On Shielding Doctors Who Use Unproven Lyme Disease Treatments

Monday, December 15, 2014

NY legislators passed a law to protect doctors who treat "Chronic Lyme Disease," a non-existent condition that has spurred a raft of quack treatments. Some doctors have built their entire practices around offering expensive treatments to patients who are convinced they have Chronic Lyme. These patients and their doctors are lobbying for NY Governor Cuomo to sign the law, which he must sign or veto today, December 15. If this becomes law, doctors will be protected from any investigation into their questionable treatments. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Lyme Disease, Fibromylagia Link Evaporates

Sunday, December 14, 2014

(MedPage Today) -- Earlier studies may have included patients who did not have Lyme disease. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

Update on Lyme Carditis and Associated Sudden Cardiac DeathUpdate on Lyme Carditis and Associated Sudden Cardiac Death

Friday, November 28, 2014

This report on Lyme carditis reminds clinicians that Lyme disease should be considered as a cause of cardiac symptoms in patients who live in or have visited a high-incidence Lyme disease region. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Many animals steal defenses from bacteria: Microbe toxin genes have jumped to ticks, mites and other animals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bacteria compete for resources in the environment by injecting deadly toxins into their rivals. Researcher have now discovered that many animals steal toxins from bacteria to fight unwanted microbes growing on them. Genes for these toxins have jumped from bacterial to animals. These genes are now permanently incorporated into the genomes of these animals. Deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, are one of the many diverse organisms in which toxin gene transfers from bacteria to animal has occurred. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Animals steal defenses from bacteria

Sunday, November 23, 2014

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Bacteria compete for resources in the environment by injecting deadly toxins into their rivals. Researcher have now discovered that many animals steal toxins from bacteria to fight unwanted microbes growing on them. Genes for these toxins have jumped from bacterial to animals. These genes are now permanently incorporated into the genomes of these animals. Deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, are one of the many diverse organisms in which toxin gene transfers from bacteria to animal has occurred. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Willy Burgdorfer, Who Found Bacteria That Cause Lyme Disease, Is Dead at 89

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dr. Burgdorfer’s familiar finding while conducting tick surgery solved the mysteries of an ailment that had affected scores of people. (Source: NYT Health)

Go for a walk – you could discover the meaning of life

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If you have a burning question about yourself, the answer might be all around you – that’s the theory behind Street Wisdom“The street is an invisible university, if you know how to look.” I am intrigued. This is the promise of Street Wisdom, a walking group with a twist, who offer something pretty ambitious, if not downright mystical. It’s free to take part, the website advises, and all I’ll need are warm clothes and a question I want answering. Feeling curious and a bit confused, I book myself in to the next event.A week later, I join seven other people seeking exercise and answers, on a hill in the Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis. Leading the session is the founder Chris Baréz-Brown, a long-haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard. I greet him,...

Skylar’s story: My heart surgery scar makes me appreciate life

Monday, November 10, 2014

About the blogger: Skylar Bayer, 28, is a PhD student at the University of Maine. When she was one day old, she had open-heart surgery for transposition of the great arteries, a congenital heart defect where the heart’s two main arteries are physically swapped. But her heart defect didn’t keep her from being a kid like any other and hasn’t stopped her from following her passions. If anything, it’s made her appreciate life all the more.  I can still recall being a five-year-old girl in the women’s locker room of the swim and tennis club my family attended in the summer. I’m peering around the room at all the other girls’ and women’s chests, and I notice for the first time that no one else has the same six-inch scar down the middle of their chests that ...

It's free! QB3 inks equipment donation deal for biomed startups

Thursday, November 6, 2014

One of the lures of the University of California's QB3 incubator network for life sciences startups is access to the same core facilities — centralized sites with million-dollar pieces of equipment — used by top-flight medical researchers. Now QB3 and partner American Laboratory Trading Inc. believe they've found a way to help young biotech and medical device companies find more commonly used equipment without paying a penny more. It's part of a push by ALT, an East Lyme, Conn.-based pre-owned… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

That's Not Chronic Lyme, It's Cancer

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

(MedPage Today) -- Three case reports demonstrate the risks of "assuming that patients have chronic Lyme disease." (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)

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Lyme Misdiagnosis Can Divert Patients From Correct TreatmentLyme Misdiagnosis Can Divert Patients From Correct Treatment

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In three cases Lyme misdiagnosis led to delayed diagnosis and treatment for cancers. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

New test shows promise in identifying new drugs to treat lyme disease

Monday, November 3, 2014

A test has been developed by researchers which they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

New Test Shows Promise in Identifying New Drugs to Treat Lyme Disease

Monday, November 3, 2014

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a test they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)

New test shows promise in identifying new drugs to treat Lyme disease

Sunday, November 2, 2014

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a test they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Lyme Carditis Can Cause Sudden Cardiac Death Lyme Carditis Can Cause Sudden Cardiac Death

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lyme disease might be a cause of cardiac symptoms in patients living in or visiting high-incidence areas and might contribute to sudden cardiac death, the CDC has warned healthcare providers. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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CDC Reports Two New Suspected Cases of Sudden Death Linked to Lyme Carditis (FREE)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By Cara Adler Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS Lyme carditis occurs in about 1% of patients with Lyme disease and rarely is associated with death, according to an MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Notes from the Field: Update on Lyme Carditis, Groups at High Risk, and Frequency of Associated Sudden Cardiac Death — United States

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Lyme Disease Activists Protest at IDWeekLyme Disease Activists Protest at IDWeek

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lyme disease advocates registered as attendees at the infectious diseases conference are calling for physicians to update their guidelines. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Center For Salivary Diagnostics Could ‘Revolutionize’ Health Care Landscape

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – There was a ribbon cutting ceremony in Cambridge at the Forsyth Institute’s new Center for Salivary Diagnostics. WBZ NewsRadio’s Mary Blake reports the research there is cutting edge. Dr. Phil Stashenko, President and CEO of the Forsyth Institute, says the institute partnered with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, obtaining a $4.2 million development grant. He says over the past year, they have built out some core facilities and renovated space in their Cambridge research facility. He predicts the work there will be groundbreaking “We think that the center has the potential to revolutionize the health care landscape by creating new opportunities for early disease prevention and detection,” Dr. Stashenko said. “The mouth is the portal to the bod...

Well: Think Like a Doctor: Mirror, Mirror Solved!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Readers solve the case of a 62-year-old man with fatigue, neck and arm pain, and a droopy face. (Source: NYT)

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Generic Drug Prices On The Rise

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — Generic drugs are the workhorses of health care. They are safe, effective, and affordable and they treat everything from migraines to life-threatening illnesses. But in the past few years, pharmacists and their patients have noticed a significant cost increase in some medicines. The prices are so high in some cases that patients are choosing to go without. Ron Nadir of Chelmsford takes 16 different medications for a number of different health issues. “Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and a few others,” he said. All those health problems make it impossible to work full time so he is happy he has Medicaid help to pay for his meds. “I’m grateful for that,” he said. But even with that help, Ron may have trouble covering the cost of his medications ...

Small, fast, and crowded: Mammal traits amplify tick-borne illness

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease. In our struggle to manage the ever-growing list of tick-borne diseases, we need to understand which animals magnify human disease risk. New results suggest when generalist pathogens emerge, small mammals with large populations and a fast pace of life warrant careful monitoring. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Ticks that vector Lyme disease move west into North Dakota

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick or deer tick -- is moving westward, and for the first time has been found to be established in North Dakota. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Be Aware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

Friday, September 5, 2014

. To learn more, visit the MedlinePlus Lyme Disease health topic page. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)

Risk of Lyme Disease Anytime in Northwest California

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Researchers from CDPH and UC-Berkeley publish findings in peer-review journal, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. (Source: Disabled World)

Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(DDC) Ticks that carry Lyme disease are active throughout the year in Northwest California, making the threat of Lyme disease year-round, according to new research conducted by researchers at California Department of Public Health Vector-borne Disease Section and University of California, Berkeley. Data will be published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. More information about Lyme disease is available from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, www.bayarealyme.org. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Scoop on Lyme disease and progress

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(NaturalNews) On May 22 and May 23 members from the Lyme disease community held a protest at the headquarters of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Arlington, Virginia. Members from the chronic Lyme community held a sign of 722 names of those who wished to have been... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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UCSF Genomics Diagnostics Team Uses Next-Gen Sequencing as a ‘Laboratory-Developed Test’ to Reveal an Elusive Pathogen’s DNA and Save a Teen’s Life

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It took UCSF physicians just 48 hours to identify the bacteria in cerebrospinal fluid that was causing fourteen-year-old Joshua Osborn’s hydrocephalus and status epilepticus There’s rich irony in the FDA’s  recent announcement that it would move forward with plans to regulate “laboratory-developed tests ” (LDTs) just weeks after the national media published stories about how innovative […] (Source: Dark Daily)

Repel ticks with this natural oil

Saturday, August 9, 2014

(NaturalNews) With summer in full bloom and more and more cases of Lyme disease being reported, many are searching for ways to repel ticks without having to resort to harsh chemicals. Luckily, there is one sweet-smelling alternative that is proving to be quite powerful in the fight... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Culling Deer Herd Curbs Lyme Disease, Study Says

Monday, July 14, 2014

Title: Culling Deer Herd Curbs Lyme Disease, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/11/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/14/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)

Veterinarian in Indiana Warns of Leptospirosis and Lyme Disease Dangers

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections

Thursday, July 3, 2014

In New York state study, 1 in 10 of the bugs carried both Lyme disease and babesiosis (Source: WebMD Health)

Lyme disease "doesn't kill you, but it squeezes every drop of life from you"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer is a high-risk season for Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria transmitted by ticks. Dr. Bernard Raxlen of Lyme Resource Medical in New York explains what to watch out for and how to treat it. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Reducing deer populations may reduce risk of Lyme disease

Monday, June 30, 2014

(Entomological Society of America) After a 13-year study was conducted, researchers in Connecticut have found that reduced deer populations can lead to a reduction in Lyme disease cases. The results of their study are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Update: Lyme Disease

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lyme disease is probably the most common tick-borne illness in the U.S., and the best understood. It's a regional disease, very common in some areas, vanishingly rare in others for reasons that aren't yet clear. There are about 35,000 cases reported yearly in the U.S., but this likely underestimates the true incidence as many people either don't seek help or are not properly diagnosed. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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UTSA and SwRI award $250,000 to advance clean emissions, explore antimicrobials

Thursday, June 26, 2014

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio today announced funding for two new joint research projects to advance clean emission technologies and study novel antimicrobials targeting Lyme disease. Funding through the organizations' Connecting through Research Partnerships program has been granted for $250,000 through August 2015 -- $125,000 for each project. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

Single tick bite can pack double pathogen punch

Friday, June 20, 2014

People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time. "We found that ticks are almost twice as likely to be infected with two pathogens -- the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and the protozoan that causes babesiosis -- than we would have expected," said a professor of biology involved in a recent study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Learn how chronic Lyme disease is diagnosed and what treatments can help. (Source: WebMD Health)

Baby Boom for Ticks, Lyme Disease Carriers in New EnglandBaby Boom for Ticks, Lyme Disease Carriers in New England

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Indianapolis Veterinarians Warn of Uptick in Lyme Disease in Pets

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Baby boom for ticks, Lyme disease carriers, seen in New England

Friday, June 13, 2014

LOWELL Mass. (Reuters) - Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Lyme disease mysteries and miseries persist

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer is peak season for Lyme disease infections, and if it's not caught early it can lead to long-term health problems (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease

Friday, June 6, 2014

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Many Lyme Tests Unnecessary, Experts SayMany Lyme Tests Unnecessary, Experts Say

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Most Lyme disease serologic tests were done according to diagnostic recommendations, but only 288,000 of the 2.4 million patients tested were infected; the estimated testing cost was $492 million. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Don't Get Bugged This Summer!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Don't get bugged this summer! Learn about insect bites and stings, Lyme disease, tick bites and West Nile virus. (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)

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Summer Insect Safety

Friday, May 30, 2014

Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Ticks may have carried Lyme disease for more than 15 million years

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A tiny tick trapped in a droplet of amber more than 15 million years ago appears to have been infected with a bacteria similar to the one that causes Lyme disease in humans, according to new research. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

Amber discovery indicates Lyme disease is older than human race

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years -- long before any humans walked on Earth. The findings were made by researchers who studied 15-20 million-year-old amber from the Dominican Republic that offer the oldest fossil evidence ever found of Borrelia, a type of spirochete-like bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Concerns Regarding a New Culture Method for B. burgdorferiConcerns Regarding a New Culture Method for B. burgdorferi

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A novel, laboratory-developed test for Lyme disease has raised concerns about unacceptable numbers of false-positive results and is not approved by the FDA. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Update on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases: An Alert for New Hampshire CliniciansUpdate on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases: An Alert for New Hampshire Clinicians

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Hampshire continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services provides recommendations for healthcare providers. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

What Causes Leg Pain?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Discussion “Growing pains” of the legs are a common complaint in children. Heterogeneous studies from 1928-2004 have found prevalence rates of 2.6-49.4% in children ages 4-19. The studies are heterogeneous because of time, location, and especially definition of growing pains. A study of 1445, 4-6 year olds in 2004 using a validated tool showed a prevalence rate of 36.9%. The definition of growing pains used by Peterson in the 2004 study is chronic “…intermittent (nonarticular) pains in both legs that generally occur late in the day or at night…” with a normal physical examination and laboratory testing (if any is done). The pain is in the thigh or calf muscles. The pain can occur over weeks or months. Patients should not have a history of trauma but bec...

Monday's Housecall

Sunday, May 18, 2014

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on prevention and how to spot the telltale signs. Tips for dining in or out safely when you have food allergies Preparing meals carefully is vital when you or a family member [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Study Finds Obesity Can Have Negative Effect On Young Breast Cancer Patients

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — A new study says obesity can have a negative effect on young breast cancer patients. Karen Hackett has shed 30 pounds since being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. “I’ve made exercise become a priority,” she says. “It’s just part of my day. I try to go sometime around the lunchtime hour and if I don’t, I can go in the evening.” A new study finds obesity leads to poorer outcomes for women like Hackett who were pre- or peri-menopausal when they were diagnosed with hormone-sensitive breast cancer. “That’s the novel finding here, we used to think that this association was really seen primarily in older women, here it’s being seen in young women,” said Dr. Clifford Hudis of Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

It's Spring – Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Harsh Winter Does Little To Ease Lyme Disease Woes

Sunday, May 11, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The harsh winter did nothing to cull the nationwide tick population, and health officials are primed for a warm season that could see the number of Lyme disease cases rise. In northern New England, the increase in cases of Lyme correlates with a growing population of deer ticks, which transmit the disease, state epidemiologist Stephen Sears said. In Maine and elsewhere, heavy snow acted as an insulating blanket that protected ticks from winter’s cold, state entomologist Charlene Donahue said. Nationwide, the number of cases of Lyme disease has held relatively steady over the past few years, and advocacy groups and federal agencies say they expect this spring, summer and fall to be active seasons for ticks and Lyme. “Everybody’s picking them off th...

Doctors: More Young People Developing Osteoporosis

Friday, May 9, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) – Physicians often refer to osteoporosis as a “Silent Problem” because many patients don’t know they even have it until after they break or fracture a bone. Now an increasing number of young people are developing this bone loss disease. Dr. Nathanial Clark, an endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth, said, “Far more commonly what we are referring to are people generally say in the 40-60 year range, that are being looked at more carefully than previously, whereas before we looked mainly at people who were over the age of 65-70.” Faye Lakeman found out her bones were slowly deteriorating when she was in her early 50s. On a lark, she took part in a free bone screening at a grocery store. Faye’s husband Dan is also suffering from bone loss. “You ar...

NIH News in Health

Friday, May 9, 2014

Shedding Light on Health Research Helps People and Pets Veterinarians and scientists study diseases that affect both pets and people to improve medical care for humans and our 4-legged friends. Tick Talk Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease Tick-borne diseases are found in many areas across the country, and they’re on the rise. Do what […] (Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog)

Yale Researchers: New Tick-Borne Illness Common In Southern New England

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CBS) – A new study by Yale researchers suggests that a tick-borne infection similar to Lyme disease has become common in southern New England. Using a new antibody test, researchers found evidence that about 4-percent of people they checked showed evidence of previous Borrelia miyamotoi infection. The prevalence of Lyme disease is about 10 percent. “We expect this to be found wherever Lyme disease is found. It’s likely that that will be the case,” said Peter Krause, M.D., senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and lead author of the study. “The full health impact of this disease is really uncertain at this point. We just have to do more research to determine what the full spectrum of the disease will be.” Borrelia miyamotoi is ...

Tufts Study: Shock Wave Therapy Could Be Answer For Rotator Cuff Injuries

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor and rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. While most cases are treated with rest, pain killers and physical therapy, a new study out of Tufts Medical Center shows shock wave therapy could be the answer for some. The therapy involves administering sound wave pulses on the outside of the body. It has been used for years to break up “kidney stones” and now doctors in Europe are using it to treat rotator cuff tendonitis. “We found that high energy shock wave therapy is very useful for patients with specifically calcific tendonitis of the shoulder,” said Dr. Raveendhara Bannuru of Tufts Medical. Bannuru looked at 28 studies using shock wave the...

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Harvard Study: Mass. Health Reform Law Lowered Death Rates

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — Harvard researchers estimate that Massachusetts health reform law has prevented some 320 deaths per year or, one life saved for each 830 people gaining coverage. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Sterns reports  WBZ NewsRadio 1030WBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-1"); });   A new study that now appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine says in the first four years after Massachusetts instituted health care reform in 2006, the mortality rate decreased by 2.9-percent. That percentage is compared to similar populations in states that didn’t expand health coverage. The state’s health care reform law has served as a model for the national Affordable Care Act. Benjamin Sommers, assistant profe...

It's Spring - Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Monday, May 5, 2014

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

May 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shedding Light on Health: Research Helps People and Pets...Tick Talk: Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease...Exercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last...Paralyzed Men Regain Movement...Featured Web Site: Mental Health Topics (Source: NIH News in Health)

Avoiding tick-borne illnesses for people and pets

Friday, April 25, 2014

Paul Mead, M.D., and Liz Murphy, DVM, talk about tick-borne illnesses in humans and dogs. Tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are spread by the black-legged tick, or deer tick. Dr. Murphy and Dr.Mead join "Sound Medicine" to discuss how humans and dogs contract tick-borne illnesses disease and how people can reduce their risk for these diseases..... (Source: Sound Medicine)

Needham Couple Pushes To Ban Morcellation For Fibroids

Friday, April 25, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) – Uterine fibroids are one of the most common health problems women face. The treatment options have usually been considered pretty routine. Now there are new concerns about a widely used procedure for fibroids known as morcellation. The fear is it can spread cancer. Amy Reed of Needham is now going through chemotherapy because she has stage 4 leimyosocarcoma. “It was very hard initially,” she said. “The level of anxiety is horrible.” It is not the outcome she expected to face after going into Brigham and Women’s Hospital last October to have fibroids removed. Instead of full abdominal surgery, Amy’s doctor used a morcellator, which is a minimally invasive approach. The tumors are shredded into pieces and extracted thru a small tube. As Amy went into the hosp...

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FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry. The agency said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don’t immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards. Any further rules “will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits,” FDA ...

RheumShorts: Methotrexate, Basiliximab, and Norwegian Lyme (CME/CE)

Monday, April 21, 2014

(MedPage Today) -- Subcutaneous methotrexate can be given at higher doses than in the oral route, while maintaining bioavailability, which could make for better tolerance and better adherence to treatment guidelines, a new study suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

The challenge of diagnosing Lyme disease

Monday, April 21, 2014

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New CDC/FDA Warning Against Unapproved Lyme Culture TestNew CDC/FDA Warning Against Unapproved Lyme Culture Test

Friday, April 18, 2014

Investigators from the CDC and FDA have issued a new warning about the use of unvalidated Lyme disease tests, sparked by inquiries to the CDC about a test marketed by Advanced Laboratory Services. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Avoid New Lyme Culture Test, Say CDC and FDA

Friday, April 18, 2014

(MedPage Today) -- CDC and the FDA have again cautioned the public about the use of an unapproved test for diagnosing Lyme disease. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

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CDC Warns Against Use of Unapproved Lyme Disease Test (FREE)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Cara Adler An unapproved test that uses a new culture method for Borrelia burgdorferi could misdiagnose Lyme disease, CDC and FDA researchers warn in MMWR.The test … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Concerns Regarding a New Culture Method for Borrelia burgdorferi Not Approved for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

Harvard Researchers: Feminine Girls, Masculine Boys Have Higher Cancer Risk

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have found that very feminine girls and strongly masculine boys are more likely to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks than their gender non-conforming peers. WBZ NewsRadio1030′s Diane Stern reports Feminine Girls, Masculine Boys And Cancer Risk BehaviorsWBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-3"); }); Scientists analyzed data from over 9,000 adolescents. The study compared cancer risk behaviors to the participants’ gender expressions. The study found that the most feminine girls were more likely to use tanning beds and be physically inactive. The most masculine boys were more likely to use chewing tobacco and smoke cigars. “Our findings indica...

Local Company Instrumental In First Regenerated Esophagus

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) —- A local company is part of a second breakthrough in regeneration of human body parts. A research team led by Paolo Macchiarin at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has successfully transplanted a regenerated esophagus into a rat. The results were published in Nature Communications on Tuesday. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Stern reports  WBZ NewsRadio 1030WBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-4"); });   Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology developed the bio-reactor that was essential in creating the esophagus. Last year, the same company regenerated a human trachea and transplanted it into a human. HART CEO David Green says the study is promising as it represents advancements toward the translation of ...

Immune System Research May Help Doctors Predict Who Gets Long-Term Complications From Lyme Disease - 4/16/14

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers has laid the groundwork for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many different outcomes of this bacterial infection seen in individual patients. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)

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Prevent Tick Bites While Enjoying the Outdoors

Sunday, April 13, 2014

With no vaccines for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, expert explains how to avoid infection Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

The British bug that could paralyse you

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Literary agent Ed Victor (pictured) who represents Nigella Lawson contracted Lyme disease after a crimson 'bull's eye mark' appeared on his leg. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Boston Reports Recent Spike In Flu Cases

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) – Flu season may appear to be over, but flu cases are on the rise again in Boston, city health officials said on Thursday. The Boston Public Health Commission reports that there were 116 newly reported cases of flu in Boston between March 30 and April 5. That brings this season’s total number of reported cases in the city to 1,237. More than 25 percent of these cases have resulted in hospitalization, and there have been 11 flu-related deaths. MORE HEALTH NEWS FROM CBS BOSTON Health Officials: MERS Patient Traveled Through BostonHarsh Winter Does Little To Ease Lyme Disease WoesDoctors: More Young People Developing OsteoporosisYale Researchers: New Tick-Borne Illness Common In Southern New England (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports...

Beth Israel Doctors Using Google Glass In ER

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are the first in the country to be using Google Glass technology to save valuable seconds. Google introduced the Glass technology in 2013 and only a limited number of people have been able to try it. Beth Israel Deaconess is the first hospital in the world to use the high-tech classes for direct patient care. Dr. Steven Horng is an emergency room physician who spearheaded a program to bring the technology to the ER. What they do is project an image of the patient’s screens so information about the patient is obtained right away. Information like the patient’s name, their past medical history, even X-rays can all come up with Google Glass and could be life-saving, especially if a patient can’t communicat...

Africa: World Health Day - Stop Disease-Carrying Pests

Monday, April 7, 2014

[State Department]Washington -Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other pests can carry diseases that sicken more than 1 billion people each year with malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, yellow fever and other dangerous conditions. Half the world -- 3.6 billion people -- live in areas where they risk exposure to what are known as vector-borne diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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World Health Day 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's World Health Day and the focus this year is on vector-borne diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and water snails. Unfortunately, while the CDC states that "vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases," it is important to remember that there are no vaccines to help prevent most of them. These diseases include dengue, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Chagas disease, and malaria, which remains "one of the most severe public health problems worldwide."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)

Harvard Study Raises Questions About Mammograms

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) –A recent study out of Harvard suggests that deciding when and how often to have a mammogram is not a black or white issue. Researchers looked at 50 years worth of data on the effectiveness of mammograms and concluded that the benefits of screening are often overstated and that the harms are often downplayed. They found mammograms decreased the risk of dying from breast cancer by only about 19-percent. The survival benefit was even less for women in their 40′s, but more for women in their 60′s, who are much more likely to get breast cancer. That said, among women in their 40′s and 50′s who get mammograms every year for 10 years, more than half of them will receive a false positive result. Mammograms involve small concentrated doses of radiation an...

Strain-specific Lyme disease immunity lasts for years

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lyme disease, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can become a lingering problem for those infected. But a new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has some brighter news: Once infected with a particular strain of the disease-causing bacteria, humans appear to develop immunity against that strain that can last six to nine years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2 April 2014 -- More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases. This World Health Day – 7 April – WHO is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan “Small bite, big threat”. (Source: WHO news)

Strain-specific Lyme disease immunity lasts for years, Penn research finds

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

(University of Pennsylvania) A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania shows that humans appear to develop immunity against specific strains of the Lyme disease that can last six to nine years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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A Better Way To Test Blood Pressure

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) – Have you ever had your blood pressure checked in both arms at your doctor’s office? Researchers at Mass General Hospital say you probably should. A small difference between the two arms is normal. But a larger one could mean you’re at risk for heart disease. Dr. Ido Weinberg, a vascular medicine specialist, and colleagues at MGH, looked at data on nearly 3,400 local residents over the age of 40 enrolled in the Framingham heart study. “Patients who have that difference between arms could end up developing heart and blood vessel disease,” Dr. Weinberg said. Researchers found that people with a systolic blood pressure difference of 10 points or more between their arms were 38% more likely to develop a blood vessel disorder like a heart attack, stro...

FDA Allows NH Girl To Try Controversial Brain Tumor Drug

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — McKenzie Lowe is looking great and feeling well. “Sometimes I have little headaches but they’re really little. They don’t bother me that much,” she says. And now comes news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted her wish to allow her to try a controversial drug her family believes could help cure her inoperable brain tumor. “Oh I started crying,” says the girl’s grandfather Frank LaFountain. But the good news was quickly tempered because there’s a new fight for the family. They have to find a doctor willing to administer the unapproved drug and so far, no luck. “We need a doctor is what we basically need right now,” said LaFountain. “Anywhere in the country doesn’t matter where. We’re going to ...

Mice are reservoirs for tick-borne pathogens, amplify risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

People living in northern and central parts of the U.S. are more likely to contract Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments when white-footed mice are abundant. Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. And, according to an in-press paper in the journal Ecology, these "super hosts" appear indifferent to larval tick infestations. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

‘Diabetes Day’ Stresses Importance Of Prevention

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BOSTON (CBS) — The American Diabetes Association is encouraging all Americans to find out if they’re at risk for developing Type Two diabetes. Tuesday is national “Diabetes Day.” Dr. Jorge Plutzky, Director of the Vascular Prevention Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says simple changes that make a world of difference when it comes to diabetes. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Stern reports play pause Diabetes Day Stresses Importance Of Prevention Diane Stern Although there is evidence that childhood obesity is going down, Plutzky sa...

Tips and tricks to stay safe from ticks

Monday, March 24, 2014

Jolyon Medlock, Medical Entomologist at Public Health England, explains why ticks are a health concern and outlines prevention tips for the public Related items from OnMedicaMosquitoes win battle of repellentEaster farm visit infection warningPublic warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease (Source: OnMedica Views)

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Lost first world war training battlefield discovered in Hampshire

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Elaborate trench network was identified from old aerial photographs on land that is still owned by Ministry of DefenceA few suspiciously straight lines in a corner of a 1951 aerial photograph showing acres of featureless scrubby heath have led archaeologists to a lost first world war landscape.The mock battlefield, used for training soldiers before they were shipped across the Channel to confront the real thing, is complete with zig-zags of frontline, communication and reserve trenches, the enemy's front line, terrifyingly visible less than 200 yards away – and, a little further on, a holiday camp in Gosport, Hampshire.Browndown is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, but well used by local dog walkers, who knew there were humps, bumps and hollows into which a dog could annoyingly van...

Tick Test for Persistent Lyme Disease Tried in HumansTick Test for Persistent Lyme Disease Tried in Humans

Monday, March 3, 2014

A small experiment to see whether uninfected ticks could "diagnose" a lingering Lyme infection in people produced modest results, researchers say. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Tick test for persistent Lyme disease tried in humans

Friday, February 28, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small experiment to see whether uninfected ticks could "diagnose" a lingering Lyme infection in people produced modest results, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Ticks may cause double trouble, Stanford scientists find

Monday, February 17, 2014

(Stanford University) Stanford study finds ticks infected with Lyme disease and newly identified human pathogen are widespread in San Francisco Bay Area. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

AHG Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Connecting to Our Roots The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present the 27th Annual Symposium: Connecting to Our Roots, to be held September 29 – October 3, 2016, in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The 27th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. Register here. Explore Herbal Horizons With the Professionals The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre and post-Symposium intensives, with sessions ranging from beginning to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students, and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels, and meet with some of the leading companies in natural health at the Expo Hal...

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Schedule

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Connecting to Our Roots The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present the 27th Annual Symposium: Connecting to Our Roots, to be held September 29 – October 3, 2016, at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The 27th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. Register here. Explore Herbal Horizons With the Professionals The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre and post-Symposium intensives, with sessions ranging from beginning to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students, and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels, and meet with some of the leading compan...

Annual AHG Symposium General Information

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Connecting to Our RootsThe American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present the 27th Annual Symposium: Connecting to Our Roots, to be held September 29 – October 3, 2016, at theSeven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The 27th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world ’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine.Explore Herbal Horizons With the ProfessionalsThe Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well aspre andpost-Symposium intensives, with sessions ranging from beginning to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students, and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels, and meet with some of the leading companies in natural healt...

To Stop Lyme, Vaccinate...the Mice?To Stop Lyme, Vaccinate...the Mice?

Friday, February 14, 2014

A new oral vaccine to prevent Lyme disease in mice decreased infection rates in ticks and might help break the cycle of transmission to humans. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

Test for persistent Lyme infection using live ticks shown safe in clinical study

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In a first-of-its-kind study for Lyme disease, researchers have used live, disease-free ticks to see if Lyme disease bacteria can be detected in people who continue to experience symptoms such as fatigue or arthritis after completing antibiotic therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb

Friday, February 7, 2014

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Recognizing Lyme CarditisRecognizing Lyme Carditis

Monday, January 13, 2014

Three recent cases of sudden cardiac death from Lyme carditis point to the importance of recognizing and promptly treating this complication of Lyme disease. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)

A mathematical perspective of seasonal variations in Lyme disease transmission

Monday, December 30, 2013

Lyme disease is a common tick-borne illness caused by a bacterium, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The transmission dynamics of Lyme disease is dependent on a variety of factors, including the length of the tick's life cycle, availability of hosts, climatic conditions and seasonal influences, which are important to understand for control strategies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Essential factor for Lyme disease transmission identified

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

(Public Library of Science) Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, hitchhikes in ticks for dissemination to mammalian hosts--including humans. An article in the 19 Dec. issue of PLOS Pathogens identifies HrpA, an RNA helicase, as a crucial player in the transmission from ticks to mammals. George Chaconas and colleagues analyze the molecular function of the HrpA protein and further explore its role in the bacterium's complicated life cycle, in particular for transmission of the pathogen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Are Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms Due to Lyme Disease?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lyme disease is the number one vector borne spreading epidemic worldwide, and mimics common diseases such as Fibromyalgia (FM), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis), autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and MS, as well as psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

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Three Sudden Cardiac Deaths Associated with Lyme Carditis — United States, November 2012–July 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

Three Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death Linked to Lyme Carditis (FREE)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

By Cara Adler Three cases of sudden cardiac death associated with Lyme carditis were reported in 2012 and 2013 and are described in MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Sudden Cardiac Death in Untreated Lyme CarditisSudden Cardiac Death in Untreated Lyme Carditis

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three sudden cardiac deaths associated with undiagnosed and untreated Lyme carditis highlighted the need to check cardiac status in patients with Lyme disease and Lyme exposure in some heart patients. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Are My Anxiety and Depression Due to Lyme Disease?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lyme disease is known as “the great imitator” and is spreading worldwide in epidemic proportions, mimicking every known medical condition seen in a doctor’s office. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Lyme neuroborreliosis presenting with alexithymia and suicide attempts - Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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New findings could help target the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and syphilis

Monday, November 18, 2013

(Cell Press) The bacterial pathogens that cause Lyme disease and syphilis are highly invasive. These pathogens, or spirochetes, can invade the central nervous system and, in the case of syphilis, enter the placenta, causing disease in the unborn child. In the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, researchers provide new insights into how these spirochetes penetrate tissue barriers. The findings might be used to develop new treatment strategies to help affected patients or even prevent infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

Recurrent Lyme Disease: Old or New Infection?Recurrent Lyme Disease: Old or New Infection?

Monday, October 21, 2013

A teen presents with a second bull's-eye rash. What is going on? Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Climate change: a survivors' guide

Sunday, October 13, 2013

As warnings of global climate change grow ever more dire, John Vidal offers 10 tips on how to prepare for an apocalyptic future1 Stay cool, dryBritain is expected to get more extremes of heat and rainfall, so prepare for more severe floods, longer droughts and more powerful storms. No one knows quite what the effect over time will be of a slowing Gulf stream, or the melting of arctic sea ice, but climate scientists confidently expect temperatures to rise up to 4C by 2100. That could mean big shifts in rainfall patterns and a more unpredictable climate. So clear your drains, fix your roof and move to Wales – or at least to somewhere with good water supply. The worst that could happen? Your grandchildren will inherit inexorably rising temperatures that render much of the Earth uninhab...

Stephen E. Malawista, Lyme Disease Researcher, Dies at 79

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dr. Malawista and his team were credited with defining an ailment that was causing distress in Connecticut.     (Source: NYT Health)

Op-Ed Contributor: Bring Back the Lyme Vaccine

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How a marketing fiasco derailed an important medical development.     (Source: NYT Health)

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Bring Back the Lyme Vaccine [OPINION]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Each year there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But last month, the C.D.C. announced that the real number of annual infections was closer to 300,000. Shouldn’t there be a vaccine for such a prevalent and dangerous disease? (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)

Juice feasting can heal Lyme disease naturally

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the bacteria - Borrelia burgdorferi - and spread it when feeding. You're more likely to get Lyme disease if you live... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

Don’t Get Ticked Off Over Chronic Lyme Disease

Monday, September 2, 2013

An empathic health care provider will need to explain the problems with the theory of chronic Lyme disease, and do what should be done whenever a patient comes in for the evaluation of chronic pain and fatigue: provide support, embark on a thorough medical evaluation, and gently advise them that the proffering of cures when there are none can be dangerous.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

Two years of hell with Lyme

Friday, August 30, 2013

For most people it starts with a telltale, bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms. But what if you never get the rash? What if you blow off your symptoms as a bad case of the flu? (Source: CNN.com - Health)

Untreated Lyme disease: 2 years of hell

Thursday, August 29, 2013

For most people it starts with a telltale, bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms. But what if you never get the rash? What if you blow off your symptoms as a bad case of the flu? (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Rise in Diagnoses of Lyme Disease

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New preliminary reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year—an estimate ten times higher than the yearly reported number of 30,000. These estimates are based on results from three ongoing studies by the CDC that use various methods to define the average number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease. From the CDC brief: The first project analyzes medical claims information for approximately 22 million insured people annually for six years, the second project is based on a survey of clinical laboratories and the third project analyzes self-reported Lyme disease cases from a survey of the general public. The high number of Americans diagnosed with this disease highlights the need for awaren...

Americans Diagnosed With Lyme Disease Annually

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CDC Estimates Americans Diagnosed With Lyme Disease Annually (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)

Lyme Disease is in the News

Thursday, August 22, 2013

. To learn more, visit the MedlinePlus Lyme Disease health topic page. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)

Lyme disease common in U.S.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year with a bacterial illness. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

CDC: Lyme disease more common than we thought

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans with a bacterial illness -- more often than experts previously thought. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)

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Lyme disease in the US is '10-times underreported'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed in the US every year is around 300,000, according to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number is about 10 times higher than the number officially reported. CDC officials presented their new preliminary estimates in Boston on Sunday at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the US, where every year the CDC receives reports on 30,000 cases... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

CDC: Lyme disease more common than we thought

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year with a bacterial illness. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

CDC: Why Is Lyme Disease Activity So Much Higher Than Predicted?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Upwards of 300,000 people may be affected by Lyme disease each year – 10 times more than previously estimated. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDC

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Title: U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/19/2013 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)

New Tick-Borne Illness Being Diagnosed In Mass.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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An Estimated 300,000 Americans Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Each Year (FREE)

Monday, August 19, 2013

By the Editors Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, but the actual number of annual cases is roughly … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

Actual U.S. Lyme disease about 300,000 cases a year

Monday, August 19, 2013

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to federal health officials, but U.S. researchers say the actual number is closer to 300,000. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Video: Sequester cutting 57k kids out of Head Start

Monday, August 19, 2013

The CBS News Roundup: The White House says it continues to 'evaluate' the situation in Egypt, refusing once again to call the military takeover there a "coup"; Lyme disease is ten times more common than previously thought; Sequestration budget cuts will force more than 57,000 children out of Head Start -- all this and more. Nick Dietz reports on the news you need to know. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually ten times higher.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)

New Lyme Culture Test Failed CDC AnalysisNew Lyme Culture Test Failed CDC Analysis

Monday, August 19, 2013

Most 'positive' patient samples reported were contaminated by laboratory strains used to develop the test method and were likely false-positives. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Video: CDC: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Lyme disease numbers from gov't health officials show about 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the tick-borne illness each year. Jericka Duncan reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

CDC: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported

Monday, August 19, 2013

Typically up to 30,000 Lyme disease cases reported to CDC each year, but new report finds number closer to 300,000 infected (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease Cases 10 Times Higher Than Previously Reported

Monday, August 19, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday. As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. Read: CDC report Usually, only 20,000 to 30,000 illnesses are reported each year. For many years, CDC officials have known that many doctors don’t report every case and that the true count was probably much higher. The new figure is the CDC’s most comprehensive attempt at a better estimate. The number comes from a survey of seven national laboratories, a national patient survey and a review of insurance information. “It’s giving us a fuller picture and it’s not a pleasing one,” said Dr. Paul Mead, who o...

CDC Provides Estimate of Americans Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Each Year

Monday, August 19, 2013

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Lyme Disease Far More Common than Previously Known

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)

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Lyme Disease DebateLyme Disease Debate

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This new article gives an overview of how Lyme disease was discovered, and describes how it has become one of the most common vectorborne infections in North America and how it affects humans.  Environmental Health Perspectives (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

How Do Tick-Borne Diseases Evade The Tick's Immune System?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ticks, blood-sucking arthropods that occur across the world, can transmit viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that threaten the health of their vertebrate hosts. Dangerous diseases transmitted by ticks include Lyme disease, which attacks humans in Europe and the USA and is caused by Borrellia bacteria; babesiosis, caused by the protozoan Babesia (a relative of the malaria parasite) that infects pets, cattle, and sometimes humans; and anaplasmosis, caused by the Anaplasma bacterium, which can have serious effects on cattle... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It's summertime. We are supposed to get a break from getting sick this time of year, right? While that is mostly true, as we don't usually have any big outbreaks like we do during cold and flu season, it does seem like there is always something going around during the summer. This includes diseases  like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (tick-borne diseases), West Nile virus infections (from mosquitoes), and many viral infections that are more common during the summer months....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)

How to stay safe during bug season

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Welcome to bug season, when mosquitoes, ticks and other creepy crawlers make even the bravest mom hesitant to let her kids go outside. Not only are insects annoying, they can carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)

Startle Myoclonus Induced by Lyme NeuroborreliosisStartle Myoclonus Induced by Lyme Neuroborreliosis

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lyme neuroborreliosis can present in many unusual ways, but this patient may be the first to present with an exaggerated startle reflex. Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Encephalitis In New York State And Black-Legged Ticks Linked

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The number of tick-borne illnesses reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the rise. Lyme disease leads the pack, with some 35,000 cases reported annually. In the Northeast, the black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) that spread Lyme disease also infect people with other maladies, among them anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and - as a new paper in the journal Parasites and Vectors reports - Powassan encephalitis. Powassan encephalitis is caused by Powassan virus and its variant, deer tick virus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Letters: Pets and Lyme Disease (1 Letter)

Monday, July 15, 2013

A letter to the Editor.     (Source: NYT Health)

Black-legged ticks linked to encephalitis in New York state

Sunday, July 14, 2013

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Ostfeld concludes: "When patients present with encephalitis symptoms in areas with high levels of Lyme disease, especially during the summer, physicians need to consider Powassan encephalitis. While rare, it's associated with significant complications. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral therapy, the best strategy remains prevention." (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

The Disease That Looks Like Lyme--But Isn't

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A newly identified disease spread by deer ticks may be among one of the new summer illnesses to be on the lookout for if you spend time outside in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The disease is referred to as Borriela miyamotoi. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

Well: When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse.     (Source: NYT Health)

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Personal Health: When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse.     (Source: NYT Health)

Keeping Bugs Away: 5 Things You Need To Know

Friday, July 5, 2013

The other day, as dusk fell on an afternoon outdoor party, my kids started swatting and itching. Oh, that’s right, I thought: it’s mosquito season. I remembered hearing about West Nile virus being found in some mosquitoes and kicked myself for not bringing bug spray. At the same party, a friend showed me a rash on her son’s leg. By the next day, it had turned into a classic Lyme disease rash. Definitely bug season. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get smart about preventing mosquito and tick bites. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The best protection against both mosquitoes and ticks is DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). This stuff really works (the smell of it keeps the bugs away). The higher the percentage of DEET, the longer it works: 10 percent works for a coup...

Spillover Of Infectious Diseases Among Wildlife, Domestic Animals And People; Links Found Between Environment And Human Health

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus. All are infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in these diseases? The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases will be highlighted at two symposia at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting, held from Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis, Minn. One symposium will address human influences on viral and bacterial diseases through alteration of landscapes and ecological processes... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Ten hyped highs, the poison squad, and Lyme disease: Weekly Web Review in Toxicology

Monday, July 1, 2013

Thefix.com interviews medical toxicologist Dr. Jeff Lapoint for a “Straight look at 10 Hyped Highs.” Topics include salvia, methoxetamine (“Mexxy”), Benzo Fury (6-APB), kratom, and Bromo Dragonfly. Worth reading. At Esquire, Bruce Watson writes about “The Poison Squad: An Incredible HIstory.” This piece tells the story of a project, run by Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley in the very early years of the twentieth century, to investigate the potential health hazards of various food additives. Officially called the “hygienic table trials”, the were quickly— and more accurately — dubbed the “poison squad”. Volunteers were fed increasings amounts of additives such as borax, sulfuric acid, saltpeter, formaldehyde, and copper sulfate. Wi...

Tick Safety Tips for Kids at Summer Camp

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Experts describe steps to prevent Lyme disease, other illnesses Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Interplay of ecology, infectious disease, wildlife and human health featured at annual conference

Thursday, June 27, 2013

(National Science Foundation) West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus. All are infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in these diseases? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Dynamic interplay of ecology, infectious disease, and human life

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Ecological Society of America) Two symposia focusing on the ecological dynamics of infectious diseases such as avian influenza, Yellow Fever, and Lyme will take place during the Ecological Society of America's 98th Annual Meeting, held this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One will look at human influences on viral and bacterial diseases through our alteration of landscapes and ecological processes, while the other will focus on the emerging field of eco-epidemiology that seeks to integrate biomedical and ecological research approaches to address human health threats. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

'The Lyme Wars' That Tiny Ticks Have Wrought

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Since Lyme disease was first identified in the late 1970s, it has become the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the country. Journalist Michael Specter talks about his New Yorker article on the disease and its controversial history.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Protect Yourself against Tick-Borne Disease

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The best known tick-borne diseases in the U.S. are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain fever, but scientists at the Food and Drug Administration found an increasing number of cases of babesiosis, a serious disease caused by a parasite carried by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease. Learn about these diseases and how to avoid them. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)

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Mother diagnosed with MS and facing life in a wheelchair is cured - after she discovered her symptoms were due to a TICK BITE

Monday, June 17, 2013

After years of expensive drug therapy and injections for MS, a simple course of antibiotics has cleared Julia Marshall-Wessendorf, 37, from Bath, of all her symptoms. She believes she was suffering from Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Durham Veterinarian Warns of Summer Flea and Tick Season for Pets

Sunday, June 16, 2013

DURHAM, N.C., June 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC is reminding pet owners about the dangers of summer flea and tick season. According to veterinarian Dr. Soren Windram, pets need medicated protection to prevent health problems including worms, flea dermatitis, and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme Disease, ehrlichia and babesia. The vet clinic is also reminding pet owners to regularly check their pets for fleas and ticks. Dr. Windram says that regular spot checks and medication are the best way to keep pets free from fleas and ticks this summer. (Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))

Nanotube sensor detects Lyme disease

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Transistor-based device could rival traditional immunoassays (Source: PhysicsWeb News)

Nanotube transistors detect Lyme disease

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Technique could rival traditional ELISA and Western blot immunoassays. (Source: Nanotechweb.org News)

Summer's Mystery Malady

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inside the Lyme epidemic. By Pamela Weintraub (Source: Psychology Today)

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The Dos and Don'ts of Summer Fun

Monday, June 3, 2013

The school year may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean you should adopt a school’s-out attitude when it comes to your health. Regardless of your plans, heed these simple dos and don’ts to ensure you get a passing grade. At the Park DO outsmart the bugs. Wear light-colored, breathable clothing—you’ll be less attractive to bees, which like bright colors. Light colors also make it easier to spot ticks. If you’re planning to be outside for an extended time, spray your clothes, not your skin, with a bug repellent that contains DEET. If you are stung or plagued with insect bites, ice the swollen area, says Meredith Barbour, MD, a family physician at Duke Primary Care Brier Creek. An over-the-counter antihistamine will help reduce the swelling and the itching. DON’T ignore your...

An insect bite on holiday put Sarah in a wheelchair. Africa? India? No, right here in Britain...

Monday, June 3, 2013

On a walking holiday in the UK, Sarah Bignell caught Lyme disease, an illness that caused her so much pain she was bedridden for weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

What's contributing to the spread of valley fever?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Valley fever, caused by soil fungus in Calif. and Ariz., has become a bigger threat than West Nile virus and Lyme disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

Lyme Disease Update for Maine Healthcare Providers Lyme Disease Update for Maine Healthcare Providers

Thursday, May 30, 2013

As the temperature increases, so does the number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Video: Lyme disease: What you need to know about ticks

Friday, May 24, 2013

The number of Lyme disease cases have tripled in the past 20 years. Dr. Holly Phillips discusses why the number of cases has skyrocketed, how the disease is transmitted via ticks, and what myths and realities persist about the insects and the disease. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Potential Lyme Disease Vaccine Shows Promise

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A vaccine for Lyme disease may be on its way, following a promising phase 1/2 clinical trial from investigators at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The finding was published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and revealed that the vaccine resulted in significant antibodies against all targeted species of Borrelia - the agent that causes Lyme disease in the United States and Europe... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Lyme disease ignorance 'costs lives'

Saturday, May 11, 2013

'My long-term Lyme disease pain' (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Wisconsin Prepares for Another Active Season of Tickbourne Disease

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wisconsin’s warm spring weather will mean more blacklegged tick activity, and state officials are urging people to take precautions against tick bites when spending time outdoors. Infected blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)

It's Spring--Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

The use of deer vehicle accidents as a proxy for measuring the degree of interaction between human and deer populations and its correlation with the incidence rate of Lyme disease - Wiznia DH, Christos PJ, LaBonte AM.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The study described in this article examined the relationship between the incidence rate of deer vehicle accidents (DVAs), a proxy for measuring the interaction between populations of humans and deer, and human Lyme disease incidence rate. The authors also... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))

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No link found between autism and Lyme disease

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they found no link between autism spectrum disorders and biomarkers for Lyme disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

Lyme Disease Alert for Maine Healthcare ProvidersLyme Disease Alert for Maine Healthcare Providers

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in Maine. Ticks are already out and we expect the number of Lyme disease cases to increase as the weather continues to get warmer. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Study Debunks Lyme Disease-Autism Link

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Children with autism no likelier than others to have signs of tick-borne infection (Source: WebMD Health)

Lyme Disease, Autism Link Debunked

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

(MedPage Today) -- A new study has found no evidence of an association between Lyme disease and autism. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)

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Lyme Disease Rates Are Rising In Northern U.S.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The number of Lyme disease cases in northern U.S. states is rising, while southern states are experiencing a significant decrease in cases, according to a new study. The research was conducted by a team at the University of Toronto who used data on Lyme disease rates between 1992 and 2007 taken from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and was published in the journal CMAJ Open. The incidence of this tick-borne disease has risen by about 80% in the U.S., according to the experts, however, rates differ between states... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Climate change linked to US Lyme disease spread

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Researchers have found that over the past 20 years, the incidence of Lyme disease has increased in the northern-most states of the USA, while declining in more southerly states. (Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases)

Lyme Disease Rate Increasing in the Northern United StatesLyme Disease Rate Increasing in the Northern United States

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lyme disease incidence increased in the northern-most states in the United States, perhaps because of a climate-change-associated movement of ticks from warmer areas into more northern latitudes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Natural Protection Against Lyme borreliosis Found In Wild Mice

Monday, April 8, 2013

Springtime spells tick-time. Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-borne disease in Switzerland: around 10,000 people a year become infected with the pathogen. The actual hosts for Borrelia, however, are wild mice. Like in humans, the pathogen is also transmitted by ticks in mice. Interestingly, not all mice are equally susceptible to the bacterium and individual animals are immune to the pathogen. Scientists from the universities of Zurich and Lund headed by evolutionary biologist Barbara Tschirren reveal that the difference in vulnerability among the animals is genetic in origin... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Are you breathing?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Recently I have been learning about breathing. I know, it sounds crazy. I do already know how to breathe, and so do all of my clients. But one workshop with Dr. Richard Brown offers "breathing techniques to relieve stress and improve mood, mental focus, and cardiorespiratory health." I'd like to share this with my clients, but I'm a little hesitant.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

Lyme Disease Antibodies Attached To Nanotubes, Paving Way For Diagnostic Device

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Early diagnosis is critical in treating Lyme disease. However, nearly one quarter of Lyme disease patients are initially misdiagnosed because currently available serological tests have poor sensitivity and specificity during the early stages of infection. Misdiagnosed patients may go untreated and thus progress to late-stage Lyme disease, where they face longer and more invasive treatments, as well as persistent symptoms. Existing tests assess the presence of antibodies against bacterial proteins, which take weeks to form after the initial infection and persist after the infection is gone... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Federal Register: Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The FDA is announcing the availability of the guidance entitled "Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi.' FDA is issuing this guidance to provide industry and... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)

Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff - Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FDA is issuing this guidance to provide industry and agency staff with recommendations for studies to establish the analytical and clinical performance of in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) intended for the detection of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)

Penn Researchers attach Lyme disease antibodies to nanotubes, paving way for diagnostic device

Monday, March 25, 2013

(University of Pennsylvania) Existing Lyme disease tests assess the presence of antibodies, which take weeks to form after the initial infection and persist after the infection is gone. Now, a nanotechnology-inspired technique developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may lead to diagnostics that can detect the organism itself. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Southern Tick-Associated Rash IllnessSouthern Tick-Associated Rash Illness

Monday, March 25, 2013

Can you tell whether your patient has Lyme or STARI? CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Quirky Feature Of Lyme Disease Bacteria Revealed

Monday, March 25, 2013

Scientists have confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease - unlike any other known organism - can exist without iron, a metal that all other life needs to make proteins and enzymes. Instead of iron, the bacteria substitute manganese to make an essential enzyme, thus eluding immune system defenses that protect the body by starving pathogens of iron. To cause disease, Borrelia burgdorferi requires unusually high levels of manganese, scientists at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of Texas reported... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Rheumatologists Name 5 Tests to ReconsiderRheumatologists Name 5 Tests to Reconsider

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The ACR's part of the Choosing Wisely campaign includes questions about ANA subserology and Lyme disease testing, peripheral joint MRIs, first-line biologics for RA, and frequent DXA scans. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Borrelia Miyamotoi - New Tick Transmitted Disease in North America

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hunterdon Medical Center Physician Successfully Treats First Confirmed Case of Borrelia Miyamotoi - Joseph Gugliotta, M.D.; Anne Felix; Anthony Suarez, MLT (ASCP), Senior Laboratory Technician at Hunterdon Medical Center; and Amy Kurynow, MLT (ASCP), Senior Laboratory Technician at Hunterdon Medical Center. Suarez and Kurynow called attention to the spirochetes during the analysis of the fluid sample from Ms. Felix. (Source: Disabled World)

Septic Arthritis in Children Ruled Out by New Test Septic Arthritis in Children Ruled Out by New Test

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Children with knee arthritis who are from Lyme-disease-endemic areas rarely have septic arthritis and can be spared invasive testing if they meet ANC and ESR criteria. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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New study highlights Chagas disease as a growing health and socio-economic challenge

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

(Sabin Vaccine Institute) Today, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a new report that examines the global economic burden of Chagas disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers measured the health and economic impact of Chagas disease and found that the total economic burden of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Lyme Culture Test Causes UproarLyme Culture Test Causes Uproar

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The aggressive marketing of an unvalidated culture test for Borrelia burgdorferi has raised red flags among infectious disease specialists and may lead to more restrictive regulation of such tests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Emerging tick-borne disease reaches USA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A new tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia miyamotoi that produces similar symptoms to Lyme disease has been confirmed in a small number of patients in the USA. (Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases)

New Tick-Borne Disease Found In The U.S.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A new infection causes by ticks that is extremely similar to Lyme disease has been found in 18 people in southern New England and upstate New York. The unnamed disease has been confirmed in humans for the first time by researchers from Yale University who published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report suggests that this new sickness could be infecting more than 4,300 Americans a year with flu-like symptoms and relapsing fevers. Luckily, one dosage of antibiotics seems capable of eliminating the disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

U.S. Researchers Find New Disease Carried by Deer TicksU.S. Researchers Find New Disease Carried by Deer Ticks

Thursday, January 17, 2013

U.S. scientists have discovered a new deer tick-borne disease in humans, with the viral-like illness sharing similarities both with Lyme disease and relapsing fever infections. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)

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Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lyme disease is better known, but a different germ causes an infection that may lead to dementia Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dementia, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

New Tickborne Pathogen Found in U.S. (CME/CE)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

(MedPage Today) -- An elderly immunocompromised woman who developed meningoencephalitis was most likely infected with Borrelia miyamotoi, which is related to the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, researchers said. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

People who go outdoors in several regions of the United States may have something else to worry about. Scientists report that there's another troublesome germ hiding in the deer tick that already harbors the Lyme disease bacterium. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)

B. burgdorferi and Tick Proteins in the VectorB. burgdorferi and Tick Proteins in the Vector

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A greater understanding of vector–pathogen interaction and the identification of tick proteins that are key for survival of B. burgdorferi will help develop effective management for Lyme disease. Future Microbiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Refractory Lyme Arthritis May Be Autoimmune (CME/CE)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

(MedPage Today) -- Activated T- and B-cell responses to an autoantigen in synovial tissue may explain the development of resistant arthritis among a small number of patients with Lyme disease, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

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