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

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…

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…

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…

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US

(Millbrook, NY) 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…

How New Vaccine Fears Helped Kill the Lyme Disease Vaccine

The vaccine was developed and released in the 1990s.   Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne (bug-transmitted) infection in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and stopping the spread of the disease is difficult. In fact, in 2016, the confirmed number of cases of Lyme disease was over…

What’s the connection between Lyme disease and mental health?

A proposal in the New York State Senate is calling for more research into Lyme disease. Sponsors of the legislation want the state to conduct an impact study to consider how Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be connected to mental health problems in individuals infected with the illness. According to the National Institute of Health, symptoms…

Eight signs of fibromyalgia usually people ignore. # 2 is pretty strange

Fibromyalgia is a common chronic disorder that is characterized by generalized pain, among other symptoms. It can cause significant pain and fatigue, which interferes with a person’s ability to carry out their daily activities. Although the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, it is estimated that it affects 5 million Americans over 18 years of age….