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….

Children and PTSD: Health risks linger long after acute psychological trauma ends.

The rescue of 12 Thai boys from the flooded cave complex has led to questions about post-traumatic stress disorder. Children who experience trauma are at risk of many health factors throughout their childhood and life if they do not receive effective psychological or psychiatric treatment. Too often children do not receive the mental health care…

Why I’m Urging Everyone to Create a Tick Kit.

  I want you to create a Tick Kit. Yes, that’s right. A Tick Kit. I may be a tad obsessed, but I prefer the word aware. I’m aware because it’s real. It happens to anyone. Anywhere. Any age. And it is hell. A daily, living hell. If you are close to someone who has…

5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Get Lyme Disease..

Reports show growing new tick populations are spreading to new areas due to a changing climate. Humid conditions in the Northeast have led to ticks popping up in New York and New Jersey. It is not surprising then, that the number of new cases has skyrocketed to over 300,000 a year. A terrifying statistic when you…

This Plant Kills Lyme Disease Better Than Antibiotics, According To Research.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects people of all ages. It’s transmitted by deer ticks and black-legged ticks across the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries. According to the CDC, at least 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult, because its symptoms…

The Big Number: Lyme disease is now in 100 percent of the U.S. .

If you thought you were safe from Lyme disease because you don’t live in New England, where the tick-borne illness first appeared, think again. Now, 100 percent of the country — all 50 states plus the District — has residents who have tested positive for Lyme, a bacterial infection that can cause a wide variety of…