doxycycline side effects lyme disease antibioticDoxycycline is a key antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease but a recent reduction in the number of manufacturers of this drug has led to increasing costs.

The side effects of doxycycline tend to be lower than with many other antibiotics, and doxycyline is considered the most effective treatment for most cases of Lyme disease, meaning that many people are now being priced out of getting safe and effective Lyme disease treatment. [click to continue…]

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doxycycline lyme disease treatment for horsesMany pets with Lyme disease are not getting adequate treatment because of a persistent, but unnecessary, doxycycline price hike. The US Food and Drug Administration declared a shortage of the Lyme disease antibiotic last year after a number of manufacturers were forced to cut production.

Those drugmakers with products still on the market took the chance to increase prices, some by over 6,000% but prices haven’t gone down now the shortage has ended, leaving dogs, cats, and other animals priced out of treatment. [click to continue…]

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Former Medical Director of the Complex Chronic Diseases Program Breaks Silence Over Controversial Departure, Says “Patients are not widgets on an assembly line”

August 4, 2014

Dr. Alison Bested has become something of a heroic figure to Canadians with Lyme disease and other chronic health issues that remain underserved by traditional medical care. Back in 2013 Dr. Bested oversaw the opening of BC Women’s Hospital’s Complex Chronic Diseases Program which promised to take on complicated cases including patients with Lyme disease, [...]

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The History of Lyme Disease in Horses, and Clinical Signs to Look out for

July 30, 2014

Lyme disease is named after the town of Old Lyme in Connecticut where an outbreak in 1975 led researchers to identify Borrelia burgdorferi as the bacterial infection responsible for the disease. It wasn’t until 2000 though when veterinarians began to describe cases of Lyme disease in horses, suggesting that cases were becoming more common.

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Tick Repellent Labels Updated – Will it Help You Protect Your Family Against Lyme Disease?

July 24, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled their new repellency awareness graphics produced in response to a need for clearer labelling of those products intended to protect users against ticks and mosquitoes. Many people fail to use bug repellents appropriately, giving them a false sense of security when it comes to Lyme disease and other [...]

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What to do if You’re Bitten by a Tick

July 17, 2014

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah, and you’ve just discovered that there’s a tick lodged in the skin behind your knee. What you do next could mean the difference between contracting Lyme disease or enjoying the rest of your summer infection-free.

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Lyme Light Memoir Narrated by Natasha Lyonne, Star of Orange is the New Black

July 12, 2014

The Lyme disease memoir, Lyme Light, is garnering significant praise following its release last month and with a new trailer narrated by Natasha Lyonne this ‘illness memoir’ is sure to get even more attention.

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Novel Lyme Disease Drug Research Given $125,000 in Funding

July 5, 2014

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and University of Texas, San Antonia (UTSA) are celebrating a successful bid for funding into clean emission technologies and novel antimicrobials targeting Lyme disease. The organizations’ Connecting through Research Partnerships (“Connect”) program has been granted $125,000 for each project to see them through until August next year, with [...]

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Tick-Repellent Playwear Line Launched to Help Protect Kids

June 29, 2014

Those who live in areas where Lyme disease is endemic might want to consider getting their kids kitted out with some tick-repellent playwear. The clothing company One Step Ahead has teamed up with Insect Shield Repellent Technology to launch a line of kids’ clothes that can help protect kids from summer bugs. So, if your [...]

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New England Set for Tick Infestation

June 22, 2014

Acari experts are warning of an impending baby boom in ticks in New England, putting huge numbers of people at risk for Lyme disease and other infections carried by these critters. The plentiful snow and wet spring have given ticks the perfect conditions to emerge in force in the coming weeks as the weather warms. [...]

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