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Ticks that carry Lyme disease live in almost half of US counties – study

Black-legged tick inhabits twice as many counties as in 1998, CDC reports, with 320% increase in number of north-eastern counties seen as high risk for disease<p>Ticks that can carry the debilitating illness Lyme disease have significantly spread across the US over the past 20 years and are now found …

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We Got Lyme Disease, Dengue, and African Tick Fever—So You Don't Have To!

File this under "things we wish we didn't have to think about."<p>Paris Syndrome isn't the only disease you can get while traveling. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ticks that can spread Lyme disease—deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks—now exist in almost …

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Scientists Found A New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease: Borrelia Mayonii

There’s a new <i>Borrelia</i> bacterium on the block, joining its cousin in causing Lyme disease. <i>B. mayonii</i> has recently been identified as a new cause of Lyme in the Midwest.<p>Researchers at the Mayo clinic were testing blood of people with suspected Lyme, and came across unexpected findings in six of 9,000 …

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A Big Week for Lyme Disease Patient and Physician Rights

The past week has been a landmark one for Lyme disease patients and activists. If you aren't familiar with Lyme... well, you're lucky, and you likely won't understand why an infectious disease needs activists. This week's news helps to explain it -- and shows important progress being made in the …

20 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From Late Stage Lyme Disease

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. To some, it might mean seeing a few news segments about the risks of tick bites in Spring and Summer. But for …

Lyme Disease Bacteria Found In Tick Fossils Dating Back 15 Million Years

The oldest known evidence of Lyme disease may lie in ticks that were entombed in amber at least 15 million years ago, scientists announced.<p>The researchers investigated four fossilized ticks that had been trapped in chunks of amber found in the Dominican Republic. Inside the ticks' bodies, the …

Lyme disease on the rise in Canada, linked to ticks

<i>This is the first in a series examining health repercussions for Canadians due to a changing climate.</i><p><i>Today's topic: Lyme Disease. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that the number of cases of Lyme disease is already on the rise in Canada, and that the</i> …

Study Finds Lyme Disease Widespread in Bay Area Open Spaces

Some simple precautions can be taken to avoid being bitten by ticks and potentially infected with Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses.<p><i>—By Bay</i> …

How to Tell the Flu Apart from Lyme Disease

According to the Lyme Research Alliance, July and early August are prime times for tick trouble. Feeling flu-ish can be a sign of Lyme disease.<p>Most …

Three die suddenly from rare Lyme disease complication

One was found dead in a car that veered off the road. Two others collapsed and died suddenly without warning. All three may have been killed by an infection known for causing long-term misery, but not one usually considered a killer — Lyme disease.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Antibiotics For Lyme Disease -- How Long Is Enough?

How long to treat patients with Lyme remains an issue of controversy. With traditional antibiotic therapy, lasting 2-4 weeks, 10-20% of patients will have ongoing symptoms including fatigue, joint pain, insomnia and complaints of “brain fog.” Indefinite long-term treatment is advocated by ILADS …

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Study: Antibiotics don't help patients cope with Lyme disease

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Treating 'Chronic' Lyme With Antibiotics Doesn't Work: Study

Many infectious diseases are pretty straightforward: find the bug responsible, whether it’s a bacterium, virus or other pathogen, treat it with …

Vets Issue Warning After Lyme Disease Among Pets Increases By 560%

'Now is the time for vigilance.'<p>Worrying figures show there has been a 560% rise in Lyme disease cases among pets in the UK over the past six …

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Lyme disease surged 320%, high-risk areas expanding – CDC report

Lyme disease is not only growing more rampant in its normal hotspots across the US, but it’s also spreading dramatically to new geographic areas …

Long-Term Antibiotic Use For Lyme Disease Doesn't Work, Study Finds

Fifteen years. That’s how long scientists have been trying to prove a negative: that “chronic Lyme disease” does not exist, and that long-term antibiotic usage does not help with symptoms that include joint pain and fatigue. This past week, a study in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> showed that …

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New Lyme Disease Study Reveals Strong Reporting Bias

On March 31, the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> published a study that concludes, "In patients with persistent symptoms attributed to Lyme disease, longer-term antibiotic treatment did not have additional beneficial effects on health-related quality of life beyond those with shorter-term …

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Dog owners warned about taking pets on Bank Holiday breaks over deadly diseases risk

Vets are warning dog owners to take caution when taking their pets on Bank Holiday breaks over fears about the spread of three deadly diseases.<p>It comes as the number of reported cases of dogs being affected by tick-borne diseases Babesiosis and Lyme disease have increased.<p>The latest dog death from …

What You Should Know About Lyme Disease

The birds are chirping again and it’s no longer pitch-dark at 4 p.m. At long last, summer is approaching (albeit slowly). And while summer is …

Ridgefield Library Hosts Lyme Disease Prevention Program

The family Lyme Disease prevention and community launch of a social media prevention campaign will take place April 28.<p>From the Ridgefield</b> …

How Lyme Disease Stole the Sanity of This Former ‘Rich Girl' | Women's Health

When I went back to school in the fall, I remember my legs hurting so much. I complained about it because it was such an unusual, abnormal pain. The kids in my school—Sacred Heart in Manhattan—would make fun of me. I used to stretch my legs a lot, and kick my heels up to my butt, to try to make the …

5 Ways You Can Protect Your Pet from Lyme Disease

A few simple measures can increase the chance that you and your furry friends don't get blood-sucking tick bites that bring Lyme disease.

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Health officials: Ticks, Lyme disease on the rise in Lake County

Health officials are warning the public to take precautions against deer ticks and Lyme disease.<p>Officials said deer ticks, while native to North America, were not found in northern Illinois prior to 2000, and were first documented in Lake County in 2006.<p>A deer tick, also called a black-legged tick, …

Lyme disease cases rising in Canada; climate change a probable factor

TORONTO -- More Canadians are contracting Lyme disease and federal health officials are partly blaming global warming for a dramatic uptick in …