Penguins and Lyme Disease

by lmatthews on October 14, 2014

penguins and lyme diseaseBy now most people know that dogs and horses, and even cats can get Lyme disease, but new research published this month reveals that penguins in the southern hemisphere are also affected by Lyme disease bacteria. [click to continue…]


New Lyme Disease Vaccine Appears Effective and Safe

by lmatthews on October 8, 2014

lyme disease vaccine in europeA new Lyme disease vaccine for humans is getting closer, following the publication of research indicating the safety and efficacy of a novel multivalent OspA vaccine in people previously affected by Lyme disease. The research involved people who had previously been infected with Lyme disease bacteria, including those who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Unlike with some infectious illnesses, a person who has had Lyme disease previously remains vulnerable to infection in the future. [click to continue…]


Lyme Disease in Egypt – An Emerging Zoonosis

October 2, 2014

According to a paper published in late September, 2014, infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an emerging zoonosis in Egypt. Authors El-Helw et al., collected samples from almost 100 animals, many of whom were companion animals of humans with fever of unknown origin. What these researchers found was that many [...]

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Crowdfunding Success for Freedom of Information Request at Controversial Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment Centre

September 26, 2014

The Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP) centre established in Vancouver, British Columbia, will have no choice but to be transparent about its activities now that a crowdfunding project has secured the money needed to pay for a Freedom of Information request into the centre’s failure to address patients’ needs. The crowdfunding project took just a [...]

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Lyme Disease Bill Passes US House – But Will it Pass the Senate?

September 20, 2014

H.R. 4701: Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or the Lyme Disease Bill as it’s being called by some, was passed by a voice vote in the US House of Representatives on September 9th, 2014. Introduced by Chris Gibson (R-New York) on the 21st of May this year, the bill was originally [...]

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Neurostimulation for Chronic Lyme Disease Pain

September 13, 2014

Neurostimulation is a tried and tested method of managing pain but one that is not being used to its full benefits, according to experts in the field. As Lyme disease can result in nerve damage and chronic pain in some people it is possible that improving physicians’ knowledge of neurostimulation devices could lead to increased [...]

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Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Also Transmitting Miyamotoi in Cape Cod

September 6, 2014

Cape Codders are used to checking for ticks and watching for symptoms of Lyme disease but this year things are a little different as many people are being struck down with a novel tick-borne infection, miyamotoi. Cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis are also continuing to increase, causing confusion among many locals and physicians as symptoms [...]

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Nerve Damage Risk Doubled with Common Antibiotics

August 28, 2014

Antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease may double the risk of permanent nerve damage, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin are not the first line of attack for Lyme disease but shortages of doxycycline and rising prices of this popular drug may mean that more people than [...]

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Ticked Off Music Fest Set to Raise Awareness of Lyme Disease in Maryland

August 22, 2014

A music festival featuring artists who have been personally affected by Lyme disease is set to take place on August 28th, 2014, in Annapolis, Maryland. The Ticked Off Music Fest is raising funds for the benefit of the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association, a non-profit group offering educations and support for tick-borne disease [...]

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Side Effects of Doxycycline – The Main Lyme Disease Antibiotic

August 18, 2014

Doxycycline 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, [...]

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