Lyme disease–carrying ticks are now in half of all U.S. counties

he ticks that transmit Lyme disease, a debilitating flulike illness caused by Borrelia bacteria, are spreading rapidly across the United States. A new study shows just how rapidly. Over the past 20 years, the two species known to spread the disease to humans have together advanced into half of all the counties in the United States. Lyme…

Lyme Disease: Tick Bites Can Cause Infection in Less Than 24 Hours

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 used mice to study the transmission of bacteria by ticks infected with various European and North American species of Borrelia. They found evidence of rapid…

6 Painless Symptoms of Fibromyalgia. That are Most Common in Women.

BY JULIA NELSON  Fibromyalgia pain can easily derail your entire life. It’s an agonizing and seemingly endless experience that leaves you unable to do the things that other people take for granted. But while that pain is the most noticeable symptom and the one that usually sends people to the doctor for the first time, there are…

The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep

Neuroscientist Barbara Bendlin studies the brain as Alzheimer’s disease develops. When she goes home, she tries to leave her work in the lab. But one recent research project has crossed into her personal life: She now takes sleep much more seriously. Bendlin works at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, home to the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s…

CDC releases new recommendations for kids with mild traumatic brain injuries

Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children are very common. The Centers for Disease Control just released new guidelines on how to diagnose, treat and get your child back to activities quickly and safely. What is a mild traumatic brain injury? This is commonly also known as a concussion. Mild TBIs are caused by the brain being…

How to Stop Itch Caused by Lyme Disease.

If you have been bit by a tick, you may notice a rash and itchy sensation around where the bite occurred. This could mean that the tick was infected with Lyme disease. Lyme disease can make your skin super itchy, which is an unpleasant sensation that you probably want to get rid of as soon…

Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease.

This past Friday, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, attending physician at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (SRH) traveled to one of the nation’s front lines in the public health battle against Lyme disease to speak to a group of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians. “I…

To the Doctors Who Denied My Lyme Disease.

I do not want you to feel singled out by this letter. I am hoping you learn something from it and one less person will have to go through what I did to receive a diagnosis. You were only one of seven doctors who told me I did not have Lyme disease when I told you I thought…

18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Pain is highly personal, so one person’s “I hurt all over” isn’t necessarily the same as another person’s “I hurt all over.” That’s why doctors often check for certain tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be painful when…

My endless pain: living with fibromyalgia.

Kirsty Young, host of Desert Island Discs, has helped raise awareness of the painful, debilitating condition, but it remains poorly understood  Kirsty Young is taking time off from presenting Desert Island Discs because of fibromyalgia. Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images I live with a little understood, often invisible, medical condition that means my life is a…