Thursday, December 3

Lyme Disease

‘Understanding the Socio-Ecological Drivers of the Emergence of Lyme Disease in Maine’ on Zoom – Bangor Daily News

The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) first appeared in Maine during the 1980s, and its geographic range expansion has been associated with a concomitant increase in the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens throughout the state. Maine has experienced a five-fold increase in incidence of Lyme disease in humans over the past decade, and multiple emerging tick-borne diseases also are on the rise, including human babesiosis, human granulocytic anaplasmosis and Powassan virus. This talk at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 will explore the ecological and social drivers of the spread of the blacklegged tick and the pathogens it transmits, drawing upon ongoing, collaborative research at the University of Maine, and discuss management strategies to inhibit tick-borne disease transmission among wildlife ...
Bumper crop of acorns to produce uptick in Lyme disease – Hornell Evening Tribune

Bumper crop of acorns to produce uptick in Lyme disease – Hornell Evening Tribune

The year 2020 has broken the record books on numerous environmental phenomena, from more hurricanes hitting the US, to terribly large and ubiquitous wild fires in the west.  But here in the Northeast, specifically Western NY, we are experiencing an unprecedented acorn fall. And while the bumper crop of acorns bodes well for wildlife that feeds on the nutritious nuts, we need to take extra precautions next year for a tsunami of Lyme disease. The major crawly vector for Lyme disease, the bane of outdoors people, is of course, the Deer tick, a tiny black, blood-sucking arachnid.   The Blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, has a complex, two-year life cycle. And when there are more acorns and mast, there will be more deer ticks the following TWO years. Lyme disease is a relativ...
Some Lyme disease patients turn to unproven treatments—with dangerous results – The Daily Briefing

Some Lyme disease patients turn to unproven treatments—with dangerous results – The Daily Briefing

Many patients with Lyme disease feel their symptoms aren't taken seriously by mainstream medical providers, leading to a flourishing market of unregulated and unproven treatments that can be dangerous—and even fatal, Lindsay Gellman reports for Bloomberg Businessweek. The right route to avoid pitfalls of chronic disease management Some patients have Lyme disease symptoms for years According to CDC, about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year to the agency, but CDC believes that there likely are about 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. In North America, the disease is most often caused by an infection from Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in the species, and it's usually transmitted through tick bites. Symptoms of Lyme disease typically include headache, fatigue, feve...
Teen with lyme disease raising money and awareness to help others – DailyTrib.com

Teen with lyme disease raising money and awareness to help others – DailyTrib.com

In middle school, Maura Ibanez started experiencing striking symptoms: chronic pain in her back, fatigue, aching joints. Some days, she’d come home and collapse from exhaustion right in the doorway. Doctors couldn’t pinpoint the cause, but it felt familiar to her mother, Sharon Ibanez. “We complained to doctors all the time. She was hurting,” Sharon said. “We were told to chalk it up to growing pains. I went through years of that same kind of pain, and nobody could figure out what was wrong with me.” About two years ago, after a slew of doctor’s visits and tests, Maura was diagnosed with late stage lyme disease, the same disease that her mother had been suffering from for years. “My mommy radar was going off with her,” Sharon said. “It took until after I was diagnosed, and then I started ...
Lyme treatments from unqualified doctors are killing, injuring people – Insider – INSIDER

Lyme treatments from unqualified doctors are killing, injuring people – Insider – INSIDER

A Bloomberg investigation asserts that some doctors are wrongfully diagnosing patients with Lyme disease and prescribing alternative treatments like IV antibiotic infusions and fentanyl patches. Following these treatments, some patients have died while other sustained injuries. Some of the doctors who administered the treatments have received malpractice complaints. But the lack of regulation for these unproven Lyme disease treatments and those who administer them means doctors can continue to take advantage of desperate chronically ill people. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Doctors who bill themselves as Lyme-disease specialists are severely injuring and killing patients with alternative and scientifically unproven treatments like chest-port IV infusions, fentanyl patches, a...
Reminder: Ticks and Lyme Disease still a danger in fall – connectradio.fm

Reminder: Ticks and Lyme Disease still a danger in fall – connectradio.fm

Harrisburg, PA — As people continue to spend time outdoors during the fall months, the Wolf Administration wants to remind residents of the dangers of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses, and to take steps to protect themselves. “Autumn is a wonderful season to spend time outdoors and participate in many activities, such as hiking and observing the fall foliage, but we want to make sure people protect themselves when they are outside,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Both ticks and mosquitoes carry a number of serious diseases. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and protect yourself from these diseases.” Before heading outdoors, it is important to cover exposed skin, wear light-colored clothing (to aid in insect detection), tuck your pants into your socks and use...
Renowned Tick Immunobiologist to Develop Lyme Disease Vaccine Under New $3.5M Federal Grant – Global Biodefense

Renowned Tick Immunobiologist to Develop Lyme Disease Vaccine Under New $3.5M Federal Grant – Global Biodefense

Dr. Utpal Pal wants to adapt the rabies vaccination platform to produce antibodies that can protect against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease. The intention is to apply this work to other tick-borne diseases in the future. “Borrelia infection is treatable with antibiotics, but it is often misdiagnosed,” explained Pal, professor in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “A substantial fraction of antibiotic-treated Lyme patients develop a variety of neurological symptoms called post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. There is no cure for that, no drug and no treatment. The only way to prevent this is to prevent Lyme, and a vaccine is...
Lyme disease in paradise? – Review Times

Lyme disease in paradise? – Review Times

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Antibody-Specific Lyme Disease Tests Announced – Precision Vaccinations

Antibody-Specific Lyme Disease Tests Announced – Precision Vaccinations

Two new Lyme IgG and Lyme IgM EIA kits for detection of antibodies against Lyme disease-causing bacteria were announced today. The separate IgG and IgM assays provide laboratories the ability to offer more specificity in their Lyme screen algorithm.  The two assays give laboratories a more diverse arsenal of testing methodologies that enables them to achieve more reliable Lyme disease test results, stated California based Gold Standard Diagnostics Group (GSD). They are designed for optimal functionality in diagnostic laboratories with a total incubation time of 45 minutes at room temperature with ready-to-use controls. The kits can be run manually or on any open automated EIA platform. Furthermore, the GSD Lyme IgG and Lyme IgM EIA assays were made to provide antibody specific reliab...
How to keep your dog safe from Lyme disease – The Columbus Dispatch

How to keep your dog safe from Lyme disease – The Columbus Dispatch

Lyme disease is an illness that affects both animals and humans — a "zoonotic" disease — and is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried and transmitted primarily by the tiny black-legged tick known as the deer tick. Deer ticks are found in forests or in grassy, wooded, marshy areas near rivers, lakes or oceans. People or animals may be bitten by deer ticks during outdoor activities such as hiking or camping, or even while spending time in their back yards. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Therefore, it's best to take appropriate measures to prevent tick b...