CLIMATE CHANGE IS CAUSING A DANGEROUS UPTICK IN CASES OF LYME DISEASE

Ticks that carry the pathogenic bacteria can now survive in environments where they previously would’ve frozen to death, resulting in an increased risk of infection. After reading Mary Beth Pfeiffer’s engrossing new book, Lyme, you will probably want to kill any tick you can find, donate to Lyme research, and find out if you are at risk…

New state budget includes more Lyme disease research funding.

ALBANY — State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, announced Friday that the 2018-19 state budget would include significantly more funding for Lyme disease research. Sen. Ritchie is a member of the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases and has cosponsored three bills this year to help stop the spread of Lyme disease and…

Can Cannabis Cure Lyme Disease?

If there’s any truth to the stories from people who had success treating Lyme disease with cannabis, weed’s antibacterial properties are likely the reason. Lyme disease is a significant problem in the U.S., and it’s getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne infectious disease. It…

May 5 symposium covers Lyme disease

ANDOVER, Ohio — The second annual Multidisciplinary Lyme Disease Symposium will be held May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Performing Arts Center at Pymatuning Valley Schools, 5571 US Route 6 West, Andover, Ohio. This event is being sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Lyme Foundation a nonprofit organization created to…

5 Simple Ways to Keep Ticks and Lyme Disease Out of Your Yard!

If you’re unfamiliar with Lyme disease, it’s a bacterial infection transmitted via tick bite, and it’s something you absolutely don’t want to contract. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States every year. It affects people of all ages, and it’s often misdiagnosed because its symptoms mimic…

Kill Your Fibromyalgia Pain with Cannabis .

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, generalized pain disorder that is characterized by abnormal sensitivity and pain at particular point(s) of the body, tiredness, sleep and affective disturbances, and morning stiffness. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not well understood. Studies have suggested several possible mechanisms as causes of fibromyalgia, such as abnormalities in neurotransmitter metabolism, central sensitization, abnormal activation of microglia,…

A Love Letter to Anyone Who Struggled to Shower Today.

This is a love letter to all those for whom showering is repeatedly a laborious exercise, physically, emotionally or both. To those who spend days putting it off because you know just how exhausting or painful it feels, right down to your bones, just to stand under the water for that long. Those who do not feel…

Tests for Lyme Disease Miss Early Cases—but a New Approach Might Help

As a kid in rural Connecticut in the early 2000s, Kathleen McWilliams was well acquainted with the danger of ticks. After days spent playing outside in the wooded areas around her house, “our home routine was you brushed your teeth, you went to the bathroom, and you did a tick check,” she said. So when,…

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…

Lyme disease treatment best decided by doctor, patient.

Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation this week preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for Lyme disease treatments. This is good news for residents here in the Eastern Panhandle, which has the highest number of tick bite reports in West Virginia. The legislation was promoted by a Berkeley Springs couple, Eric and Linda Pritchard. Since at…