What to do if You’re Bitten by a Tick

by lmatthews on July 17, 2014

remove a tick safelyThe 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. [click to continue…]

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lyme light memoir natalie londonThe 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. [click to continue…]

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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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Lyme Disease Bill Passes Unanimously in Canada’s House of Commons

June 17, 2014

A bill calling for a national policy on Lyme disease has passed Canada’s House of Commons with unanimous support, with Elizabeth May, the leader of the federal Green Party and bringer of the bill stating that “Extraordinary levels of non-partisan co-operation went into this.” Now that the bill has passed, what can Canadians expect from [...]

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Ticks Adapt to Climate Change

June 13, 2014

Ticks are wily little critters and it appears that not only is climate change helping them spread farther north, but that ticks themselves have adapted to their changing environment.

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Does Lyme Disease Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

June 7, 2014

Over recent years there have been reports of an association between Lyme disease and Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Academic papers and anecdotal evidence appear to support a link between cognitive decline and the tick borne infection but a study published in May in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that there [...]

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Lyme Disease and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

June 2, 2014

Lyme disease can cause a wide variety of symptoms and in two recent case studies the infection was linked with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, also known as POTS, mitral valve prolapse syndrome, and orthostatic tachycardia. Although POTS itself is not new this may be the first time that it has been so closely associated with [...]

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Rise in Lyme Disease in Southern United Kingdom

May 29, 2014

Researchers in the UK have just published a paper in the journal Epidemiology and Infection reporting on the largest series of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the country. Their findings indicate that not only is the infection much more common than previously thought but that patients’ symptoms can vary considerably, posing something of a [...]

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