Fight Lyme

By stacievb | Educating the public about Lyme disease & other tick-borne diseases, as well as how to prevent tick bites. (And remember to check your pets too)

Alec Baldwin latest celebrity to battle Lyme disease: What is it?

Alec Baldwin is the latest celebrity to open up about his battle with chronic Lyme disease.<p>Baldwin said he has struggled with chronic Lyme disease for 17 years after he was bitten by a deer tick, treated, and then bitten again a few years later.<p>“The first time was the worst of all,” Baldwin said. …

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Alec Baldwin: 'I thought I'd die' alone of Lyme disease

One day after his season finale impersonating Donald Trump on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, Alec Baldwin appeared at a California fundraiser and finally talked about his struggle with Lyme disease, the chronic illness he's had for 17 years.<p>He thought he would die of it after he was bitten by a deer tick, …

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Mom Notices Daughter 'Acting Weird' and Won't Stand Up. Then the Doctor Checks Her Hair...

Amanda Lewis/Facebook<p>When a mom suspects something is wrong with her child, it's because <i>she knows</i> that something is wrong.<p>Amanda Lewis recognized …

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How to know if you have Lyme disease, which affects 300,000 Americans yearly

Keep this in mind the next time you go for a hike in a wooded or grassy area: Tiny critters called deer ticks often carry Lyme-disease-causing bacteria, which is spread by their bite. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month — and recent CDC estimates suggest Lyme disease, once thought of as fairly …

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Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Last summer Felicia Keesing returned from a long trip and found that her home in upstate New York had been subjected to an invasion.<p><b>What Causes Pandemics? We Do</b><p>In this series, NPR explores the causes behind our new hyperinfectious era. Join the conversation with the hashtag #KillerViruses or tweet …

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This Heartbreaking Video Shows What Lyme Disease Looks Like At Its Worst

Rachel Battersby was on the adventure of a lifetime in 2010 when she began suffering from mysterious flu-like symptoms. At the time, the Queensland, …

Woman posts video writhing in agony to show the impact of Lyme Disease

A 26-year-old woman has shared a distressing clip of herself writhing around in agony on her bed to display the debilitating impact Lyme Disease has …

Video shows woman withering in pain while suffering symptoms of Lyme disease

In the last month, Rachel Battersby has been taken to the hospital four times for debilitating body spasms due to Lyme disease. Now the Australian woman is fundraising to go to Germany for medical treatment.<p>Battersby, 25, of Tugun, Queensland, posted a video on Australian fundraising site MyCause …

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A new Lyme disease vaccine will soon be tested on Americans and Europeans

A French biotech company just took a crucial step toward preventing vexing new cases of Lyme disease, an epidemic that's spreading across the United States and Europe.<p>Valneva, which has been developing a preventative vaccine for the disease, announced on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration …

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Long-Forgotten Research Unearths New Mystery about Lyme Disease

The tick hunter was hopeful he had found the cause of the disabling illness, recently named Lyme disease, that was spreading anxiety through leafy …

Bella Hadid Lyme Disease Gala Honoree Life Pain

For Bella Hadid, modeling means battling the daily physical distress of living with Lyme disease.<p>Speaking to <i>Us Weekly</i> during the Global Lyme Alliance’s second-annual Uniting for a Lyme-Free World gala on Thursday, Hadid described the infectious disease's everyday toll. “Usually, I’ll wake up from …

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Long-Forgotten Research Suggests a Secondary Bacterium Behind Lyme Disease

The plot thickens.<p>On paper, Lyme disease is a straightforward enough condition - it's a disease spread by the tick-borne <i>Borrelia</i> bacteria that can …

Bella Hadid Reveals How Her Lyme Disease Affects Her Modeling: ‘I Still Shake When I Do Red Carpets’

Making it work. <b>Bella Hadid</b> opened up about how her battle with Lyme disease affects her career while attending the Global Lyme Alliance’s second …

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The secret Swiss Agent: Puzzling comments reveal new twist to the Lyme disease saga

While I was conducting a 2013 biographical interview with Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, the discoverer of the Lyme disease bacterium, he reluctantly …

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Watch Bella Hadid Describe Modeling While Struggling with Lyme Disease

As one of the go-to models in the fashion industry, Bella Hadid's life is certainly fast paced. Between shooting ad campaigns to walking in fashion …

Bella Hadid opened up about her daily painful struggle with Lyme disease, and we really feel for her

Bella Hadid is such an incredible model and inspiration. She’s always so real and hardworking, and on top of that, she’s only 20 years old!<p>And she …

The Weeknd Knows to ‘Leave it Alone’ When Bella Hadid is Suffering From Lyme Disease Symptoms

He may not know what Lyme disease feels like, but the Weeknd knows the best ways to support one sufferer — his girlfriend Bella Hadid.<p>“He’s great …

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Nearly one in three dogs has ticks, UK survey finds

Researchers find big increase in tick numbers across Britain, prompting fears over infections such as Lyme disease<p>Ticks were found on almost one in three dogs during random checks of pets in the largest survey of its kind in the UK, prompting warnings of a nationwide rise in the prevalence of the …

It's Past Time For Lyme Disease Vaccine, Says Vaccine Developer Stanley Plotkin

Your dog can be vaccinated against the tick-borne Lyme disease, but you can’t. And it’s long past time for that to change, argues vaccine researcher and developer Stanley Plotkin. After all, we had one once. Plotkin says we should apply the lessons we learned from its failure.<p>Every year, an …

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Do Invisible Health Problems Exist?

This morning, I awoke to find that I had been copied on dozens of Twitter message exchanges among several people who were discussing the pathology of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, among human beings and mice.<p>My first thought was "Seriously?! It's too early for …

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Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

"Who knew there would be so much interest in a biomechanics paper??!!"<p>Those are the words--and the multiple exclamation points--of Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i> (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme …

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Yale-Trained Doctor Refutes Dangerous Misinformation Given by CDC's Dr. Paul Mead on Fox 5 Lyme Special

(Illustration: Laura Waldusky)<p><i>On June 30, Fox 5 New York aired a highly-rated thirty-minute TV special about Lyme Disease called "Lyme and Reason," in which I was interviewed with my doctor, Yale-trained internist and preeminent Lyme specialist, Steven Phillips. You can watch our segment here.</i><p>Also …

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Bella Hadid Snapchats Her IV Treatment

She captioned it “everyday.”<p>We hope she’s feeling OK!<p>Bella Hadid looks like she’s having a rough day. Bella posted on her Snapchat last night a picture of her getting some sort of treatment through IV. She captioned the snap “everyday.” We don’t know why Bella is getting treatment, but we do know …

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The Terrifying Truth About Lyme Disease

The medical world is at war with itself over Lyme. Meanwhile, your threat is dramatically rising.<p>Michael Radonich remembers the day he got Lyme …

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Holidaymakers in France warned to avoid Lyme disease-carrying chipmunks

Families holidaying in France this summer will no doubt face many a pitfall – rain, queues for the ferry, hostile locals – but few will be prepared for a blight of disease-carrying chipmunks.<p>British tourists heading for the French countryside are being warned to be wary of the animals, which can …

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Lyme Advocates Petition CDC To End Preferential Treatment

In 2013, <i>The New Yorker</i> dubbed the term "The Lyme Wars" to describe the unusual battle with Lyme disease patients and the doctors who treat them on one side, and the national organization of infectious diseases specialists that decries prolonged antibiotic treatment as harmful on the other. It's …

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A Natural Cure for Lyme Disease

Every year, at least 30,000 people — and possibly 10 times that — are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, most in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain, memory problems and even temporary paralysis. In a small minority of cases, the malaise can …

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Lyme Disease: Woman Reveals How One Tiny Tick Bite Ruined Her Life

'It feels like my body is shutting down - like I am dying.'<p>Eight years ago, Sarah Hook was bitten by a tick. At the time, she thought little of it and pulled the tiny bug from her leg.<p>But after experiencing crippling symptoms including migraines, shortness of breath, brain fog and panic attacks she …

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