Lyme Disease News & Current Medical Research

The latest publications of scientific medical research, articles and news on Lyme disease from many resources are automatically displayed here.

List of latest Lyme news and medical research

Friday 22 July 2016

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme

Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed by eleven NYC doctors, I was homebound and in heart failure. On one of those terrifying, bleary days I caught the last half of a Dan Rather interview with Daryl. Near the...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 22 July 2016

When Lyme disease isn't caught early, fallout can be scary

Undetected cases of Lyme disease can leave patients with a mysterious and debilitating array of symptoms years later < div class="feedflare" > < a href="http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?a=FrWRfhEp_T4:KFYundsh-w0:w--LzT5DBIM" > < img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?i=FrWRfhEp_T4:KFYundsh-w0:w--LzT5DBIM" border="0" > < /img > < /a > < a href="http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?a=FrWRfhEp_T4:KFYundsh-w0:yIl2AUoC8zA" > < img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0" > < /img > < /a > < a href="http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?a=FrWRfhEp_T4:KFYundsh-w0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" > < img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CBSNewsHealth?i=FrWRfhEp_T4:KFYundsh-w0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0" > < /img > < /a > < a href="http://feeds.c...


Thursday 21 July 2016

Lyme disease: You can ' t blame the deer

The last decades the disease Lyme borreliosis that is spread by ticks has been increasing, but this increase cannot be explained by the increasing deer population only, say researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

Kris Kristofferson's Lyme disease misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's

The actor/songwriter struggled with memory issues thought to be dementia, but it turned out to be caused by tick-borne illness (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

Scientists have tested all sorts of strategies to keep Lyme disease ticks from biting us. One is to make it less likely you'll cross paths with the critters in your yard. Sawdust mulch, anyone? (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist ' s Role Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist ' s Role

Learn about the transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease and its complications in this overview. < br / > < i > U.S. Pharmacist < /i > (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 20 July 2016

Scientists review methods to prevent bites, suppress ticks that transmit Lyme disease

Decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease has been reviewed by a research team, and outlined in a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

Lyme Disease: The Pharmacist's RoleLyme Disease: The Pharmacist's Role

Learn about the transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease and its complications in this overview. U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

CDC scientists review methods to prevent bites and suppress ticks that transmit Lyme disease

(Entomological Society of America) Dr. Lars Eisen and Marc Dolan of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reviewed decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease. Their findings are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Wednesday 20 July 2016

GSE84479 CCL19 as a Chemokine Risk Factor for Posttreatment Lyme Disease

The objective of this study was to investigate associations between PTLDS and immune mediator levels during acute illness and at several time points following treatment. Seventy-six participants with physician-documented erythema migrans and 26 healthy controls with no history of Lyme disease were enrolled. Sixty-four cytokines, chemokines, and inflammatory markers were measured at each visit for a total of 6 visits over 1 year. An operationalized definition of PTLDS incorporating symptoms and functional impact was applied at 6 months and 1 year following treatment completion, and clinical outcome groups were defined as the return-to-health, symptoms-only, and PTLDS groups. Significance analysis of microarrays identified 7 of the 64 immune mediators to be differentially regulated by group....

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 19 July 2016

Field-Adapted Spot Test for Evaluating Materials Treated with Permethrin Insect Repellent

Military uniforms and mosquito nets are treated with permethrin, a repellent and insecticide used for personal protection against biting flies, mosquitoes, and other disease-carrying insects. Vector-borne diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis (a parasitic infection spread by sandflies), Zika virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and more can be diminished if treated nets or clothing containing the proper amount of permethrin are utilized. Washing and wear depletes the insecticide on the material, eventually rendering it ineffective. Currently, there are no commercially available colorimetric (color-changing) tests available to gauge the amount of permethrin left in fabrics after use and repeated washes. CDC researchers developed a rapid and simple technique using a reagent to quantify th...


Monday 18 July 2016

T2 Biosystems, Bayer ink blood disorder deal

T2 Biosystems (NSDQ:TTOO) said today that it inked a deal with Bayer (ETR:BAYN) for research on blood coagulation disorders. The deal calls for T2 to provide its T2MR magnetic resonance-based diagnostic device to Bayer for a research program for drug and biomarker discovery in hemostasis. “We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with Bayer and the important validation it represents for our T2MR technology in the field of hemostasis,” T2 CEO John McDonough said in prepared remarks. “Together with Bayer, we look forward to continuing the exploration of the clinical potential of our platform to provide improved patient care in this area of significant unmet need.” The companies have been working together for the last year and recently extended the collabo...


Tuesday 12 July 2016

New York News Team And Yale-Educated Doctor Question CDC's Lyme Denial

Late last month, FOX5NY broadcast "Lyme and Reason," a precedent-setting news special dedicated to the Lyme disease epidemic. The show was a success by many measures, including--most importantly by TV production standards--ratings wise. The strong viewership reflects a strong interest in learning more about Lyme disease. More and more, people are discovering that they know someone whose life has been profoundly affected by Lyme. More and more, people are discovering that they themselves have been living with undiagnosed Lyme for years. Now the FOX5NY team is calling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention to answer questions following up on a conversation between FOX5NY anchor Teresa Priolo and CDC Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance Activity of The Bacterial Diseases Br...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 11 July 2016

Don't be 'ticked' off by Lyme disease

The chief medical officer of Canada's Public Health Agency says cases of Lyme disease could be much higher than reported. @NightshiftMD talks about the symptoms of Lyme and what could be causing the increase in infections. (Source: CBC | Health)


Monday 11 July 2016

What's Really Inside Your Bug Spray?

It’s the height of summer — and if you’ve been spending more time outdoors lately, chances are you’ve got a few (or more) bug bites to show for your time in the sun. And while bites from pests are an inevitable part of summer, it’s important to reduce your risk of bug bites from mosquitoes and ticks. That’s because several species of these insects can carry dangerous disease, including Lyme disease and West Nile virus. “The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites,” wrote the CDC in their summer health guidelines. “Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.” The consumer advocacy org...


Sunday 10 July 2016

Woman living with Lyme: Behind my smile I’m in constant pain

LIFE and business coach Janice Haddon describes how a debilitating disease has turned her life upside down. (Source: Daily Express - Health)


Thursday 30 June 2016

Potential flaws in test for Lyme Disease

A new microscopy technique (LM-method) developed to detect Lyme disease is unable to distinguish infected patients from healthy controls, yielding false-positive results that could lead doctors to over-diagnose a patient, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 29 June 2016

Mayo Clinic Minute: On the Trail With Tick Researchers

The most common tick-borne sickness in the U.S. is Lyme disease, but there are other lesser-known illnesses that also can be transmitted by a tick bite. And, although they are sometimes overlooked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these tick-borne diseases pose an increasing threat to public health. That's why researchers routinely head into the woods to learn more about ticks. Knowing [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.



Friday 24 June 2016

Shadick Receives Award of Recognition for Lyme Disease Prevention

Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH, director of the Lyme Disease Prevention Center in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, recently received an Award of Recognition in the area of Lyme disease prevention and education at MIT’s Lyme Innovation Ha (Source: BWH News)



Tuesday 21 June 2016

Decision Support in Medicine: Lyme Disease

1. Are you sure your patient has Lyme disease? What are the typical findings for this disease? The most common manifestation is the rash, termed erythema migrans (early localized Lyme... (Source: Pediatric News)


Friday 17 June 2016

Most Popular NEJM Group Feature This Week: Lyme Disease "Hackathon" (FREE)

By the Editors Here's the most clicked-on item we featured from NEJM Group … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 16 June 2016

UPMC unveils Center for Care of Infectious Diseases

UPMC will cut the ribbon Thursday on its $3 million Center for Care of Infectious Diseases, which houses several existing services in a shared, renovated space. The center includes 12 exam rooms and the tools to evaluate patients with potentially contagious airborne diseases. Health care specialists will work with patients on a range of infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, bloodstream infections, Lyme disease and even Zika, according to a representative for UPMC. UPMC invested $4.1 million… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)


Sunday 12 June 2016

From the Blogs: What's Wrong with Guidelines?; Healthcare "Hackathon" on Lyme; Deciphering Your Benefits Package (FREE)

By the Editors Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH Here's what's happening on the NEJM Journal Watch blogs right now: Clinical Conversations: What's wrong with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Thursday 9 June 2016

Stop Lyme disease - How one woman was cured

(NaturalNews) More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States - each year. Sadly, many more suffer from this disease but get misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome or any number of the so-called 'psychiatric' conditions... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Tuesday 7 June 2016

Trilobites: Fighting Lyme Disease in the Genes of Nantucket’s Mice

Residents there heard a proposal Monday from a M.I.T. scientist to use genetically engineered mice to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease. (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 6 June 2016

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice

A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, report researchers. This 'radical' therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.



Monday 6 June 2016

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice

(Yale University) A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, said Yale researchers. This 'radical' therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Friday 3 June 2016

Institute for Systems Biology receives another $3M to study chronic Lyme disease

The Institute for Systems Biology’s Lyme disease project has received $3 million to continue its work on the chronic disease. On top of the funding received when the project was initiated last year, ISB now has a total of $6.1 million from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans through a tick bite and is often misdiagnosed because people don’t know they… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)


Thursday 2 June 2016

Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener

What is wrong with a lively 67-year-old gardener who develops a daily fever and shaking chills along with chest pain and a dry cough? (Source: NYT)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 1 June 2016

Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project gets $3 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

(Institute for Systems Biology) The Institute for Systems Biology has received a transformational, multi-year pledge from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support the Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project. In addition to an initial $3.1 million in funding from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the commitments total $6.1 million in pledges and cash. ISB researchers have discovered potential biomarkers, including a set of proteins in the blood known to be important for bone marrow regeneration and stability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Monday 30 May 2016

Facial expressions are key to first impressions. What does that mean for people with facial paralysis?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)


Saturday 28 May 2016

First Case of Lyme Arthritis Documented in Prosthetic Knee

(MedPage Today) -- Symptoms started 10 months after joint arthroplasty (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)


Friday 27 May 2016

Insect Resilience and Climate Change

Ecosystem tipping points and climate change warning signs are making headlines. Yesterday I read record breaking heat is melting roads in some of India's busiest cities. Scientists predicted a rise in temperature would lead to an increase in the number of insects worldwide, ushering dire consequences to the farming community. Warnings unheeded to our own detriment as now one of Africa's staple crops, cassava, is reeling from super bug infestation. In short climate change has already altered earth's ecological footprint with unstable fluctuating seasons. A longer season means insects have a higher metabolic rate, quicker gestation and more frequent reproduction. According to an EPA report titled Lyme Disease - Climate Change Indicators In the US stated "Between 1991 and 2013 lyme dise...


Friday 27 May 2016

A Guide to Safety on the Appalachian Trail

“You would think it would be things like wildlife, raging rivers and stuff like that,” an official says. But you should worry about little things like ticks. (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 26 May 2016

'Phage' fishing yields new weapon against antibiotic resistance

Researchers were fishing for a new weapon against antibiotic resistance and found one floating in a Connecticut pond. A virus called a bacteriophage, found in Dodge Pond in East Lyme, attacks a common multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogen called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can lethally infect people with compromised immune systems. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Tuesday 24 May 2016

Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire

New Hampshire continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. The state's Division of Public Health Services provides advice on diagnosis and treatment. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Monday 23 May 2016

7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

Don't become the next meal for a disease-carrying parasite Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Sunday 22 May 2016

GSE77058 NHDF Cells (Normal Human Dermal Fibroblasts): Control (unstimulated fibroblasts) vs. Borrelia infected cells

Contributors : Mariam Meddeb ; Wassila Carpentier ; Nicolas Cagnard ; Frédéric SchrammSeries Type : Expression profiling by arrayOrganism : Homo sapiensTranscriptional profiling of NHDF Cells comparing control untreated fibroblasts with fibroblasts coincubated with three different species of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato group. (Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus)


Saturday 21 May 2016

Young scientist behind new Lyme disease test

Graduate student Temple Douglas was just a high school intern when she began work on an experimental test that could be a "game-changer" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 21 May 2016

Experimental test could spot Lyme disease much faster

The young scientist who helped develop the test came up with the idea during her high school internship at a university lab (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Thursday 19 May 2016

Lyme disease early-detection test is effective, study shows

After three years and 300 patients, researchers have proof that their early-detection urine test for Lyme disease works. In the case of Lyme disease, some patients may still have active cases but traditional tests don't register it, and these patients may not be receiving the additional round of treatment they need, authors say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 18 May 2016

Randomized Trial of Longer-Term Therapy for Symptoms Attributed to Lyme Disease

This randomised trial has been highlighted by DynaMed as a practice changing update. It concludes that longer-term antibiotics for patients with persistent symptoms attributed to Lyme disease may not improve quality of life. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))


Wednesday 18 May 2016

Study shows GMU's Lyme disease early-detection test is effective

(George Mason University) After three years and 300 patients, George Mason University researchers have proof that their early-detection urine test for Lyme disease works. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Tuesday 17 May 2016

Lyme disease increases in Canada as climate, land use change

It's believed Canada has seen more confirmed cases of Lyme disease because of a combination of greater awareness, increased reporting and climate change. (Source: CBC | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 17 May 2016

Lyme disease increase alarms Canada's top doctor

An increase in Lyme disease cases is a concern for Canada's chief public health officer. (Source: CBC | Health)


Sunday 15 May 2016

Lyme disease patients hope conference fixes 'woefully inadequate' healthcare

Canadians living with Lyme disease say they hope a national conference in Ottawa helps fix the many issues they see with the way Canada diagnoses and treats the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)


Saturday 14 May 2016

Charity group wants Justin Trudeau to suck a lime for Lyme disease

A group of Manitobans has challenged Canada's prime minister to post a video of himself sucking on a lime — all in the name of charity. (Source: CBC | Health)


Thursday 12 May 2016

Children with swollen, painful knees: Is it Lyme disease or septic arthritis?

Septic or infectious arthritis of the knee and Lyme disease have similar symptoms in children but require different immediate treatment to ensure optimal recovery. A new study identifies four symptoms that are predictive of septic arthritis when the condition presents itself in a child's knee -- an important distinction in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Tuesday 10 May 2016

New method to stop the spread of Lyme disease

Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study. Statins can reduce the burden in mice and can therefore be exploited to reduce the number of Lyme disease bacteria acquired by the feeding ticks. These investigators believe that this could be one of the many strategies to lower the incidence of Lyme disease by restricting bacterial survival at its source. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Tuesday 10 May 2016

UTSA professor Janakiram Seshu explores new method to stop the spread of Lyme disease

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease, according to a new study co-authored by Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Monday 9 May 2016

Parents’ guide to spring health

Spring has arrived, which means fun in the sun, but it also brings seasonal health concerns for kids. Do you have questions about allergies, ticks and Lyme disease, sun protection or other springtime health concerns? Click on the images below for handy tips to keep your family safe and healthy this spring. var metaslider_29947 = function($) { $('#metaslider_29947').nivoSlider({ boxCols:7, boxRows:5, pauseTime:4000, effect:"fade", controlNav:true, directionNav:true, pauseOnHover:true, animSpeed:600, prevText:"<", nextText:">", slices:15, manualAdvance:false }); }; var ti...


Sunday 8 May 2016

Housecall: Hand-Washing Do's and Don'ts

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts Done properly, hand-washing is a simple way to avoid getting sick. Find out when to wash and whether hand sanitizers can work in a pinch. Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on how to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Friday 6 May 2016

Take the Lyme Disease Challenge: Make My Birthday Wish Come True

Although I have a background in writing about health and mental illness, I had never done so from a personal point of view until last fall when I began to discuss Lyme disease here. Within hours of the first article's publication, I had received a dozen emails, tweets and Facebook messages from Lyme patients, researchers, advocates and others. Within a couple of days, at least a hundred people had contacted me. I never expected such a reaction--but the reason I decided to write about Lyme is that when I was in diagnostic hell, I had no idea where to look for information, or even what to look for. (Yes, I ended a sentence with a preposition. Birthday privilege.) Today is my 38th birthday. While I've felt since about age 21 that birthdays aren't such a big deal for adults, I am celebrating...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 5 May 2016

David Cameron receives letter from 11-year old who was denied NHS funding for physio

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has learned to walk for the first time thanks to £2,000-a-month physiotherapy. He is begging David Cameron for NHS funding for the treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Thursday 5 May 2016

'Please help me Mr Cameron': 11-year-old with cerebral palsy delivers letter to 10 Downing Street after being denied NHS funding for physio to help him walk

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has learned to walk for the first time thanks to £2,000-a-month physiotherapy. He is begging David Cameron for NHS funding for the treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Thursday 28 April 2016

'Lyme disease is a ticking time bomb'

Dr Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of parasitology at the University of Nottingham, says Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the Western world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 25 April 2016

New test for early detection of Lyme disease developed

As part of the EU "ID Lyme" project, an infection immunology team is working on developing of a new test for early detection of Lyme disease (borreliosis). This will improve the ability to detect an active infection more easily than before so that healthy people with Lyme disease antibodies in their blood do not receive unnecessary antibiotic treatment and so that appropriate treatments can be initiated at an early stage. The antibody tests that are currently available only provide a reliable result 3 – 4 weeks after infection has occurred. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 25 April 2016

Atrophosclerodermic manifestations of lyme borreliosis

(Bentham Science Publishers) This review summarizes the literature on scleratrophic skin lesions as a manifestation of a Borrelia infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 22 April 2016

Spring is here! Tick and Lyme disease prevention tips

Springtime temperatures and warmer, sun-filled days are synonymous with outdoor play. Kids of all ages shed their winter jackets; break out their tricycles, bicycles and more, and head outside for playtime. But outdoor activities are also synonymous with tick exposure. So how can you prepare your family for the tick season? The Boston Children’s Hospital’s Director of Infectious Disease Outpatient Practice, Dr. Catherine Lachenauer offers tips on how to avoid tick exposure and steps to take if your child gets a tick bite. “First and foremost, prevention is key,” says Lachenauer. “Avoid areas at the edge of the woods with long grasses. Also, wearing long, light-colored clothing helps keep ticks from getting on the skin and makes it easier to recognize one on your body.” Tic...


Wednesday 13 April 2016

Why We Need New Antibiotics More Than Ever

This article was produced in partnership with Northeastern University and was originally published on Footnote, a website that brings academic research and ideas to a broader audience. A year ago, a group of scientists led by Dr. Kim Lewis, Director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University, announced a major breakthrough. They had identified a new antibiotic, teixobactin, capable of destroying several kinds of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis and staph (i.e. MRSA).1 Antibiotics are so familiar to us that the discovery of a new one may not seem particularly groundbreaking. Yet in reality, most antibiotics were identified over a half-century ago and new discoveries are quite rare. Teixobactin is actually "the first new antibiotic to be ...


Tuesday 12 April 2016

Cary Institute receives $5 million for study on reducing ticks, Lyme disease

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has awarded a $5 million leadership grant to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to support a scientific study, being done in partnership with Bard College, that seeks to reduce Lyme disease in neighborhoods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 8 April 2016

New Lyme Disease Study Reveals Strong Reporting Bias

This study is a useful contribution to ongoing investigations of how to treat ongoing Lyme disease symptoms among patients who have received the standard 28-day course of doxycycline and continue to experience severe symptoms commonly associated with Lyme disease. This study is also significant because, unlike the majority of Lyme disease-related studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals, it made international headlines in mainstream news outlets. Some publications that specialize in medical and health-related stories covered the story appropriately, such as Medscape, whose headline reads, "Post-Treatment Lyme Disease: Longer Antibiotics May Not Help." Others, perhaps most notably Forbes, created their own exaggerated version of the findings. Forbes contributor Steven Salzberg an...


Thursday 7 April 2016

Lyme Disease

Title: Lyme DiseaseCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 4 April 2016

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

Chronic Lyme Disease is a myth, yet thousands of patients are treated with long-term antibiotics, lasting months or years, by "Lyme literate" doctors who insist that their patients have the disease. A new study examined the question of whether lengthy antibiotic treatments provides any benefit over a simple two-week course, and found no difference. Scientific studies going back to 2001 have found the same thing, but "Lyme literate" docs have banded together to form societies that insist they are right, and that continue to recruit patients, solicit donations, and prescribe antibiotic treatments that last for years. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Saturday 2 April 2016

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

(MedPage Today) -- This weeks topics include home care and survival, timing of HRT, Lyme disease and long-term antibiotics, and cardiac procedures before surgery (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)


Thursday 31 March 2016

Post-Lyme-Disease Syndrome: Longer Antibiotics May Not HelpPost-Lyme-Disease Syndrome: Longer Antibiotics May Not Help

Longer courses of antibiotics do not improve health-related quality of life in patients with post-Lyme-disease syndrome, according to a new study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)


Thursday 31 March 2016

Study: longer-term antibiotics won't ease chronic Lyme disease

Steven Reinberg and HealthDay News People with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease are unlikely to find relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy, according to a new Dutch study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Thursday 31 March 2016

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 (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society), based on a patient’s symptoms. In contrast, IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America ) only recommends 2-4 weeks treatment. The two groups are bitter adversaries. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy (Source: WebMD Health)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Prolonged Therapy Shows No Benefit for Persistent Lyme Disease Symptoms (FREE)

By Larry M. Baddour, MD Dr. Baddour is editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available to subscribers at the link below.Longer-term therapy does not improve quality of life … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Long-term antibiotic therapy ineffective for persistent Lyme symptoms

(Reuters Health) - Twelve weeks of antibiotic therapy proved ineffective at combating the long-term symptoms seen in some people who have had Lyme disease, a new test of 280 sufferers found. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy (Source: U.S. News - Health)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Long-term antibiotics ineffective for persistent Lyme disease

Long-term is no better than standard antibiotic therapy for persistent symptoms of Lyme disease, according to a report published online March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Randomized... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Dutch trial is latest to show no benefit from extended treatment, but finding unlikely to end the controversy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Long-Term Antibiotics Fail Again in Lyme Disease (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Focus on Lyme and antibiotics for persistent symptoms called unhelpful (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Long-term antibiotics ineffective for persistent Lyme disease

Long-term is no better than standard antibiotic therapy for persistent symptoms of Lyme disease, according to a report published online March 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Randomized... (Source: Family Practice News)


Tuesday 29 March 2016

Spring health cheat sheet

The beginning of spring often brings warm weather and hours of outdoor fun, and many common winter infections recede. Unfortunately, spring weather can bring its own health challenges. As soon as the trees and flowers bloom, flowers bud and the grass grows, susceptible children will start to display symptoms of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies cause sneezing, runny nose and itchy red eyes and can trigger flares of asthma and eczema. As children spend more time outdoors, parents also need to watch for exposure to ticks, poison ivy and excess sun. Read on for the parents’ guide to spring health. Seasonal allergies: symptoms to look for Allergic rhinitis About one in five children develops seasonal allergy symptoms. In New England, tree pollen begins affecting susceptible individuals...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 29 March 2016

Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease

(Northeastern University) According to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, about 300,000 people are diag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease in the US each year. Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis, who leads the Lyme dis­ease research team, is now expanding that ther­a­peutic reach with the help of a $1.5 mil­lion grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Monday 28 March 2016

An Open Letter to the Boston Globe About Lyme Disease

Today, the Boston Globe editorial board spoke out against a bill "that would require insurers in Massachusetts to cover Lyme disease treatments for as long as a doctor says they're needed." The Globe writes: Lawmakers may have good intentions, but they don't possess the expertise to decide whether it's beneficial, cost-efficient, or safe, to keep using strong medicines to treat a condition the medical establishment doubts is real. Such questions should be resolved by a consensus of doctors and researchers -- and buttressed by convincing clinical date [sic] -- not determined by legislative mandate. Who among the Boston Globe editorial board possesses the medical expertise to make this call is not disclosed, but this information would be useful given that the Globe's stance presumes absolute...


Friday 25 March 2016

Lyme: Fight Harder For Science and End This War

I just had a flashback. When I was diagnosed with Lyme, I knew little about it. I went to the first infectious disease doctor with my bullseye still present, asking lots of questions. Among them, are you sure this three weeks of doxycycline is enough. He smiled, and with his eyes fixed on his computer, he said, "Yes, it's more than enough. In fact, I could just tell you to take ten days but then you'd come back later if anything went haywire and ask why I didn't give you twenty-one." He looked up, "Call me if anything goes crazy." A month later, I called. I woke up with a very sore throat and fever two days before my brother's wedding and a gland in my neck that felt like a pulsating grape. It was movable but scarily large. He said if it didn't go down in a few weeks, to let him know. It d...


Friday 25 March 2016

Antibiotics Side Effects on the Mitochondria

Science is just beginning to understand how important your mitochondria are to warding off the diseases of aging. And, as usual, mainstream medicine is lagging way behind. Along with your telomeres, the cellular time keepers at the ends of your chromosomes, your mitochondria are another key component of the anti-aging equation. You see, these tiny organelles in your cells are the power plants that turn fuel into energy for your body. Healthy mitochondria keep you young and energetic.  Research shows that damaged mitochondria can lead to: Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; Epilepsy, migraines, and nerve pain; Loss of muscle control and balance; Strokes, heart disease, and coronary artery disease; Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia;...



Friday 18 March 2016

Nigeria: Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases - Call for Timely Public Health Response in Nigeria

[Guardian] At present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring a couple of infectious diseases, including: Ebola, Lassa fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Haemorrhagic fever, West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease. The rate of re-emergence of infectious disease has been on the increase. Diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis, Influenza (flu), hepatitis and staphylococcus infections thought to have been controlled are re-emerging. A majority of the agents (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)


Tuesday 15 March 2016

Blog: Preparing for insect borne diseases

Ticks carrying the bacteria ‘Borrelia’ causing Lyme disease are endemic throughout the UK, and reports of Lyme disease have been steadily increasing with the infection acquired in woodlands, moorlands and parks Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)


Thursday 10 March 2016

Sony musician Ren Gill to give up career amid Lyme disease battle

Ren Gill, 25, from Brighton, was first diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, then chronic fatigue syndrome but was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease at a clinic in Brussels. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Tuesday 1 March 2016

What Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme SpeciesWhat Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme Species

Borrelia burgdorferi isn't the only bacterial species causing Lyme disease in the United States. Learn about emerging tickborne infections and how they differ from 'traditional' Lyme disease. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Thursday 25 February 2016

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics

Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 25 February 2016

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics: Report

Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say (Source: U.S. News - Health)


Tuesday 23 February 2016

4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes

.Follow me at @drClaire The news about the Zika virus possibly causing microcephaly in infants has everyone talking about — and worried about — mosquitoes. It’s not just the Zika virus that can be spread by mosquitoes; these insects also spread other illnesses, such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis. It should be said that most people who are bitten by mosquitoes don’t get sick with anything. But if you are living in or traveling to an area where these illnesses are prevalent, it’s important to know the four best ways to protect yourself and your family: Choose your clothes wisely. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants are your best bet; spraying clothing with insect repellent may help even mo...


Tuesday 23 February 2016

Tick management symposium to be held in Washington, DC in May

(Entomological Society of America) Ticks that transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens have been spreading geographically, and increased numbers of illnesses are being diagnosed. To address this issue, a symposium on Integrated Tick Management will be held May 16-17, 2016 in Washington, DC by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Tuesday 23 February 2016

Genome reveals insights into tick that spreads Lyme disease

Researchers deciphered the genome of the blacklegged tick, which causes several diseases, including Lyme disease. The resource can aid development of new ways to control ticks. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 19 February 2016

IV Therapy “Cocktail” For a Cancer Patient

Today, I want to talk to you about my patient D.B. A key treatment I offer at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine turned her life around and boosted her chances of recovering from cancer. D.B had been a vivacious 47-year-old woman, who’d always led a healthy life. For years, she’d watched her diet carefully and exercised regularly. But then she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This is cancer of the inner lining of the uterus. When she came to my clinic, she’d already undergone a hysterectomy and chemotherapy. Unsurprisingly, she felt terrible. She was pale. She felt lethargic and she was experiencing severe mental fog. Every moment of her life had become a struggle. It was clear right away that D.B. was deficient in several important nutrients. It was also clear her im...


Friday 19 February 2016

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist

Last week, I mentioned the case of Dr. Neil Spector, whose long-undiagnosed Lyme Disease resulted in irreversible heart failure and ultimately, a heart transplant. Dr. Spector, author of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing, is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine. As the Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Duke Cancer Institute, he's a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, Dr. Spector shares his story, explains what Lyme and cancer have in common (hint: a LOT), and encourages us with his vision for the future. Like so many of us, your Lyme was missed by mu...


Thursday 18 February 2016

New Bacterial Species Causes Lyme DiseaseNew Bacterial Species Causes Lyme Disease

U.S. researchers say they have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in humans. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)


Monday 15 February 2016

A New Culprit in Lyme Disease

Researchers have discovered a second bacterium that may cause the condition. (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 15 February 2016

New Gene Discovery Could Lead To Earlier Lyme Test And Diagnosis

An experimental new test holds great promise for diagnosing Lyme disease soon after infection, well before current tests are able to detect infection. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 13 February 2016

Big data and patient-powered research aim to solve complex diseases

(LymeDisease.org) Big data and patient-driven research networks have the power to accelerate our understanding of some of today's most complex diseases. Lorraine Johnson, CEO of Lymedisease.org, will give a presentation at the AAAS meeting on Feb. 13 on 'Big Data and Patient Powered Networks.' She will discuss how MyLymeData, the first and only national patient-powered research project on chronic Lyme disease, is being embraced by thousands of patients, anxious for answers that will improve their lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Friday 12 February 2016

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

An experimental method developed by researchers appears capable of detecting the stealthy culprit Lyme bacteria at the earliest time of infection, when currently available tests are often still negative. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Friday 12 February 2016

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease

Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Friday 12 February 2016

Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study

Researchers say patients have tell-tale genetic signatures, even after taking antibiotics (Source: U.S. News - Health)


Friday 12 February 2016

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme

(University of California - San Francisco) Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene 'signature' they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Friday 12 February 2016

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Team from NIST and Johns Hopkins suggests the novel approach might also be useful for early detection of other elusive bacterial infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 11 February 2016

Borrelia mayonii is new cause of Lyme disease variant

A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis. Of 100,545 routine clinical specimens tested at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for Lyme borreliosis between 2003 and 2014, six clinical specimens –... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)


Thursday 11 February 2016

How Lyme disease is spread is revealed by unraveling tick's DNA

Scientists from Purdue University in Indiana found the genome of Lyme disease-spreading ticks is 'far more similar to mammals than insects' - and that the ticks' saliva allows them to feed off a host for days. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Wednesday 10 February 2016

Medical Evidence Supports Denial Of LTD Claim, Federal Judge Determines

PITTSBURGH - Because there is significant medical evidence supporting a disability plan's denial of a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits related to Lyme disease, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Feb. 1 denied the claimant's motion for summary judgment and granted the plan's motion for summary judgment (Elizabeth L. Ryan v. PNC Financial Services Group Inc., et al., No. 14-1048, W.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11518). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)


Wednesday 10 February 2016

Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

(Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) After a decade-long research effort the genome of the deer tick has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Studying the tick genome sheds light on how ticks function and will help to develop novel tick control programs by interfering with the processes of disease transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Wednesday 10 February 2016

Mayo Clinic Minute: Lyme Disease Discovery

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing organism that is capable of creating more intense symptoms. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, about the new findings. Watch the Mayo Clinic Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TxQs4FIVs&feature=youtu.be Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease Discovered

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the CDC made the discovery. (Source: ABC News: Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New species of bacteria causes Lyme disease in humans, scientists warn

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a new bacteria also causes Lyme disease - with more severe symptoms, such as nausea and rash, than a previously found bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II

Recognizing the Breadth of the Problem and the Search for Answers Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration. There may be reason to believe that the secret to diagnosing a concussion could reside in our saliva, offering for the first time an avenue to quickly and accurately provide a definitive diagnosis. Developing a Spit Test Long regarded as the sole domain of the dentist, the medical community in recent years has begun to recognize the mouth as a vital gateway to identifying and evaluating overall body wellness. One initiative helping to change this perception is the emergence of salivary diagnostics. Saliva, it...


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered: CDC

Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say (Source: WebMD Health)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Scientists Discover New Bacteria Responsible For Lyme Disease

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement. Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged "deer" tick, the CDC statement said. The new bacteria has so far only been detected in the upper Midwest region of the United States, the CDC said. Researchers discovered Borrelia mayonii after studying blood samples of patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota who were suspecte...


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Medical News Today: New bacteria discovered that cause Lyme disease

Scientists have found new bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They produce symptoms similar to those of the known bacteria, but they also cause nausea, vomiting and diffuse rashes. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Scientists confirm second, more intense form of Lyme disease

Stephen FellerATLANTA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The CDC and Mayo Clinic confirmed a second species of bacteria causing Lyme disease in the upper Midwest area of the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- A new Lyme disease-causing bacteria has been identified in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms, health officials said. Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacteria species believed to cause Lyme disease in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Scientists Found A New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease: Borrelia Mayonii

There’s a new Borrelia bacterium on the block, joining its cousin in causing Lyme disease. B. mayonii has recently been identified as a new cause of Lyme in the Midwest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- Scientists who sequenced the genome, or genetic composition, of the Lyme disease-transmitting deer tick hope the achievement will lead to new ways to control the blood-sucking parasites. The decade-long effort involved an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Tick genome reveals inner workings of a resilient blood-guzzler

(Purdue University) An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

Lyme disease just got nastier

Until now, scientists thought only one species of bacteria was responsible for the tick-borne Lyme disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 9 February 2016

New Bacteria Species that Causes Lyme Disease Discovered (FREE)

By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Scientists report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) in the upper Midwest of the U.S. that causes a unique presentation of Lyme disease. Their findings appear in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.Researchers screened … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Monday 8 February 2016

Researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease

A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 8 February 2016

Mayo researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease

(Mayo Clinic) Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 8 February 2016

Mayo Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species that Causes Lyme Disease

Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)


Thursday 4 February 2016

How 11 Top NYC Doctors Missed My Lyme Disease

A July 2014 wedding on Long Beach Island, New Jersey was the start of my nightmare. It was a beautiful weekend filled with love for two of our dearest friends who were, after 14 years together, finally legally able to marry. There was lobster and champagne and a crazy Gordon Gekko-style house on the beach. I sang a few songs, made a toast, and cried happy tears. I woke up two days later, back home in NYC, with a crushing head and neck ache. It was weird, but I figured I would sleep it off and be better in the morning. It took a few days, but I recovered. That Saturday, I got out of the shower and saw a faint red circular rash on my shoulder with a bug bite in the middle. My knees buckled. I called for my husband, Andy, "HUNNEEEE! I have LYME!" He really didn't think so. I banged on my...


Wednesday 3 February 2016

What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet

Follow me at @JohnRossMD Zika virus, a pathogen that was almost unknown a few months ago, is now rampant in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, it has already infected about 1.5 million people and caused nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a severe birth defect. It is almost certain to spread to every country in the Americas, except Canada and Chile, which lack the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika. Zika is not the only virus that has come from the tropics to menace the United States. Dengue, an unpleasant and potentially fatal viral infection, has broken out in Texas, Florida and Hawaii in the past 10 years. Chikungunya, a virus that can cause prolonged joint pain and ruin your vacation, has caused recent outbreaks in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A...


Monday 1 February 2016

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens have emerged in the human population at a rate of about three each year. Why are we seeing such a surge in new pathogens? One could argue that some of the pathogens may not be new at all; they could have circulated among humans for centuries and are just being identified for the first time because of increased surveillance and reporting. While this is true in a small number of cases, a study found that even after co...


Wednesday 27 January 2016

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

(Duke University) RNA sequencing is uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests cannot detect. Researchers used a technique called transcriptome sequencing to screen for blood-borne diseases in Madagascar's lemurs, distant primate cousins to humans. The animals were found to be carrying several previously unknown parasites similar to those that cause Lyme disease in humans. The approach could pave the way for earlier, more accurate detection of disease outbreaks that move between animals and people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 26 January 2016

Emma Horlock with Lyme disease forced to spend 22 HOURS a day in bed

Emma Horlock, 41, from Liverpool, thought she had MS when she found herself struggling to walk. But when tests came back negative, a laboratory in Germany found she had Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Friday 22 January 2016

Treat Lyme disease naturally without toxic antibiotic drugs

(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is a common, yet serious, problem for many regions of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented by state health departments each year, with countless others going undiagnosed and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Thursday 21 January 2016

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in half of U.S. counties

Stephen FellerATLANTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ticks carrying Lyme disease can now be found in half of counties in the United States, a significant increase over the last two decades. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Tuesday 19 January 2016

Lyme Disease Ticks Reported in Nearly 50% of All US Counties

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)


Monday 18 January 2016

Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.

Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says (Source: WebMD Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 18 January 2016

Ticks carrying Lyme disease in almost half of U.S. counties

(Reuters Health) - Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Monday 18 January 2016

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 18 January 2016

Woman told for 12 YEARS her insomnia, tiredness and dizzy spells were due to depression discovers her body is ravaged with Lyme disease 

Vanessa Boyd, 28, of Dronfield, Derbyshire, began experiencing bizarre symptoms from the age of 16 and claims she saw at least 30 different health professionals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 18 January 2016

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 diseaseTicks that can carry the debilitating illness Lyme disease have significantly spread across the US over the past 20 years and are now found in nearly half of all American counties, including areas where they’ve never previously been documented, a new analysis has found. The black-legged tick is now established in twice the number of counties it inhabited in 1998, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, and has expanded its range in the northeastern states and the upper midwest. Following its onward march, or hop, across the Ohio river valley, western New York and the shores of Lake Michigan since the 1990s, there has been ...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 18 January 2016

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties

(Entomological Society of America) Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)


Monday 11 January 2016

Man Diagnosed With ALS Dies of Lyme Disease (Part 1 of 2)

Tara and David Geraghty On Dec. 22, three days before Christmas, 55-year-old David A. Geraghty died from complications of a supposedly rarely fatal infection: Lyme disease. As reported in The Valley Breeze, a Lincoln, R.I. newspaper, Geraghty and his family found out conclusively that he has had Lyme disease just one year ago, last December. As was the case for me and is not uncommon in other cases of Lyme disease diagnoses, it was Geraghty and his wife -- not his physicians -- who pushed for investigation into the cause of his illness and ultimately were responsible for discovering that Lyme disease was at the root. Geraghty was diagnosed in 2013 with ALS, a degenerative and usually fatal neuromuscular disease. (ALS was briefly raised as a potential cause of my most severe symptoms years ...


Friday 25 December 2015

Christmas, Grief, and Moving Forward After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

The last time my mother and I stood near a Christmas tree together was December 2012. She was in the middle of a long battle with Chronic Lyme Disease and we had recently found out that she also had Alzheimer's. This dynamic cocktail of ailments left her unable to function as she used to -- as an entertainer, caregiver, and a joker. My mother and I were very close, and when she began showing signs of her disease I became extremely protective of her. A little more than 10 years prior my mother was very protective of me as I successfully battled Stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease -- cancer. This created a unique bond that seems to have literally given me the ability to feel her pain, shame and exhaustion. The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. Mainly because of all the amazing memories I ...


Monday 14 December 2015

Ben Baddeley desperate to walk made Christmas cards with his FEET to pay for physio

Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, is learning to walk unaided for the first time since having an operation to relieve muscle spasms caused by cerebral palsy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 14 December 2015

How to beat Lyme disease and keep enjoying the great outdoors

A surge in cases of the tick-borne infection Lyme disease has made some people wary of the countryside. But there’s no need to worry, if you take care‘To be honest,” enthuses Dr Tim Brooks, “it’s a fascinating disease.” As head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens laboratory at Public Health England, trying to solve the growing problem of Lyme disease (and other bugs, such as ebola) is his vocation. Lyme disease – a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks – is a particularly complex puzzle, with little reliable data available so far. It can appear in numerous forms, occasionally causing long-term neurological symptoms that could be mistaken for other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.Following a surge in cases this year – th...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.




Wednesday 2 December 2015

This Scientist Says Your Fears About The Coming Genetic Engineering Revolution Are Overblown

This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are descending on Washington D.C. for a three-day summit on a new technique that has spurred a major genetic revolution. Thanks to a gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9, it is now not only possible, but easy, cheap and fast, to change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people. The range of hypothetical ways CRISPR could change our lives is staggering -- from creating wheat that is invulnerable to mildew to curing the world’s most intractable diseases. Anything that has DNA, which is to say, every living thing on earth, can now be more easily manipulated than ever before. When it comes to the human genome, especially, this raises fears as much as it raises hopes. You don’t have to dip that deep...


Monday 30 November 2015

What are the Most Common Arboviruses in Children in the US?

Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and can be reviewed here. A systematic review of West Nile Virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease in adults showed those infected can have a lengthy recovery with many sequelae, p...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 30 November 2015

What are the Most Common Arbovirus in Children in the US?

Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and can be reviewed here. A systematic review of West Nile Virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease in adults showed those infected can have a lengthy recovery with many sequelae, p...


Monday 30 November 2015

My Open Letter to Lyme Disease

Dear Lyme disease, I'm not angry. But I admit you made me miserable. You sneakily rushed through my veins. Anonymous, without a name, you tortured me for months. I didn't know who you were or where you came from. I would stare bleakly out my freshman dorm window, my eyes dull and my head throbbing. I blamed my school. During my first quarter at Northwestern University, my boyfriend and I broke up, my grandfather died, and I couldn't get out of bed for my morning classes. I reluctantly dropped a course after meeting with an adviser who thought I was struggling to acclimate to college. I was 850 miles from home and started to believe that I never should have left the East Coast. But Northwestern was the pennant on my corkboard at home; it was the sweatshirt my dad wore proudly to our local ...


Friday 27 November 2015

New, presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans, they warn. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Friday 27 November 2015

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers at the Vetmeduni Vienna are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from Austrian. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans. The results were published in the journal Parasites & Vectors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 23 November 2015

A tick that feeds on birds may increase the range of Lyme disease

(Entomological Society of America) A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 20 November 2015

Friends from New York to Mexico make video for friend with Lyme disease

Chantelle Lewis, 31, from Falmouth, Cornwall, caught Lyme disease while working on a superyacht in the Caribbean. She cried 'the happiest tears' after receiving the supportive video. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 17 November 2015

Why FDA should oversee laboratory developed tests

By: Peter Lurie, M.D., M.P.H. Today FDA is issuing a report that illustrates the real and potential harms to patients and to public health from certain laboratory developed tests (LDTs) – tests that are designed, manufactured and used in a single laboratory. When FDA first began regulating medical devices under the Medical Device Amendments in the 1970s, we chose not to enforce applicable regulatory requirements for LDTs because they were relatively simple tests generally confined to local labs, and often used for rare conditions. But times have changed. LDTs have increased in complexity and availability and are now frequently used to diagnose common, serious medical conditions, including cancer and heart disease, with potentially greater impact on patients. And yet, LDTs are still under...


Friday 13 November 2015

Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith had live parasites in her blood

Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith, 21, from the New South Wales Hunter Region has flown to Germany to undergo controversial treatment where doctors found live parasites in her blood (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Thursday 12 November 2015

BORRELIA BABESIA REMEDY (Babesia Microti, Borrelia Burgdorferi Nosode) Liquid [Deseret Biologicals, Inc.]

Updated Date: Nov 12, 2015 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Tuesday 10 November 2015

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Three: A Caution to Gay Men

Note: This is the third and final entry in a series about how my life has been devastated by Lyme disease. With the advent of PrEP and effective medical interventions for HIV, I am truly disturbed that gay men -- first, younger generations, but increasingly people my age who lived through the plague of AIDS -- increasingly are rejecting the use of condoms and feeling invulnerable to potential sexually transmitted infections. Although the CDC claims absolutely that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted sexually, objective scientific research and anecdotes of those whose partners have Lyme argue otherwise. You do not want Lyme disease. It will change your life for the worse, not only by potentially disabling you at too young an age, but by rendering you an untouchable to many primary care phys...


Monday 9 November 2015

Model Jessica Bennett left bed bound after medics failed to diagnose Lyme disease

Jessica Bennett, 31, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, suffered seizures, speech problems, hair loss, chronic insomnia and severe bloating due to Lyme disease she caught from a tick. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 2 November 2015

Medical News Today: How to remove a tick

Around 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. Avoiding ticks and removing them when necessary are essential skills for anyone who likes to venture into nature. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Sunday 1 November 2015

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease

Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review, early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Sunday 1 November 2015

Water on the Knee Can Be Sign of Lyme Disease

Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as "water on the knee," can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a "bull's eye" rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: Disabled World)


Sunday 1 November 2015

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease

(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 23 October 2015

Lyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic StrokesLyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic Strokes

This unusual case highlights the need to consider CNS Lyme vasculitis in patients with cryptogenic strokes, particularly those who are younger and who come from areas where Lyme disease is endemic. Practical Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 22 October 2015

Lyme Disease Is on the Rise

Title: Lyme Disease Is on the RiseCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/29/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)


Wednesday 21 October 2015

So what IS the truth about the Lyme disease 'epidemic'?

Phones 4u's John Caudwell, (pictured with daughters Rebekah and Rhiannon) believes Lyme disease is behind a host of health problems that his family suffers from. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Wednesday 21 October 2015

The controversy over the chronic form of Lyme disease

(Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Tuesday 13 October 2015

Lyme disease jab is 'in sight' as MassBiologics scientists reveal breakthrough

Scientists at UMass Medical School MassBiologics have identified an antibody that could protect against the tick-borne disease afflicting Yolana Foster and her daughter Bella Hadid, 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Tuesday 13 October 2015

Medical News Today: Ticks and Lyme disease: how worried should we be?

With recent reports of a rise in Lyme disease cases, we try to find out just how worried should we be about the pesky bugs closely associated with the condition: ticks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 12 October 2015

Concern about rise in UK Lyme disease cases

"Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease as cases spread from rural areas to the suburbs," the Daily Mail reports. The ongoing rise in Lyme disease cases in the UK – thought to be driven by climate change, leading to warmer winters – has been known by public health officials for some time. Reported cases in England and Wales rose from 268 in 2001 to 959 in 2011, but the true figure is thought be much higher. Current estimates put the actual figure at around 3,000 cases a year in England and Wales.It may also be the case that the disease is, as the Mail puts it, "moving into the suburbs," or least into the parks. A recent study from September 2015 found ticks that could potentially carry infection in two South London parks: Richmond Par...


Monday 12 October 2015

The symptoms of Lyme disease are a lot like flu - which is perhaps why NHS treatment is so inadequate

It took four years for me to be diagnosed - doctors and patients alike need to know much more about this illness to prevent more lives being ruined (Source: Telegraph Health)


Monday 12 October 2015

Lyme disease cases quadruples in 12 years with over 1,000 diagnosed in 2013 

Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease, experts warn, as cases are spreading from rural areas to the suburbs. The debilitating disease is spread by tick bites. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Saturday 10 October 2015

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in London

Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)


Friday 9 October 2015

Bella and Anwar Hadid both have Lyme disease, Yolanda Foster reveals

The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 9 October 2015

Yolanda Foster reveals her model daughter Bella, 18, and son Anwar, 16, both also have Lyme disease at charity gala

The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Saturday 3 October 2015

'Like the Caudwells, our family also has Lyme disease'

Adelle Huckins believes her husband and children have contracted the illness from her after John Caudwell said he passed the illness on to his children (Source: Telegraph Health)


Friday 2 October 2015

#InvisibleIllnessWeek Is Over -- What Happens Now?

Social media has been taken over by #InvisibleIllnessWeek. Almost everyone has seen a tweet there or a status update here referring to it, and as awesome as it has been in generating interest in a topic that doesn't often surface in everyday media, the conversations it has given rise to deviate into two extremes: either showcasing the horrible aspects of living with a chronic diagnosis or an all-encompassing positivity celebrating invisible illnesses. First of all, what IS an invisible illness? It's a diagnosis that often doesn't show itself on the surface, most of them are autoimmune conditions such as Lyme disease, Crohn's disease, etc. The reason they are so hard to track and represent is because they are so dispersed despite affecting literally millions of people around the world. Als...


Friday 2 October 2015

What is Lyme disease? The silent killer affecting over 3000 Brits a year

AVRIL LAVIGNE is a celebrity sufferer, but Lyme disease is no joke - there's 3,000 new cases occurring in the UK every year, but do you know what it is? (Source: Daily Express - Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 1 October 2015

Why I’m thankful for my daughter’s MRSA

“What time is surgery today?” Ellie, age 12, croaks. She hasn’t opened her eyes yet, but she knows she’s headed to the operating room … again. It may be the fourth surgery this month, maybe the fifth. We don’t know. What we do know is our routine has changed from soccer carpools and homework battles to twice-weekly trips to the operating room, where the orthopedic surgeon will slice open my baby girl’s thigh and attempt to wash out the deadly bacteria accumulating in her right femur and knee joint. We’re trying to learn the new routine and master a new language. The vocabulary is demanding. There are procedures, medications, devices and acronyms. Most are scary — wound vacuum, PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter), clinical failure of vancomycin, Methicillin-resis...


Friday 25 September 2015

Patients may present with ticks in South London A&Es

Nurses working in emergency and primary care settings in South London could encounter patients with Lyme disease-carrying ticks, suggests latest research. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)


Thursday 24 September 2015

Researchers find ticks linked with Lyme disease in south London parks

(Wiley) Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to a new study in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 24 September 2015

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in South London parks

(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 17 September 2015

A Novel Rapid Point-of Care Diagnostic Method for Infectious and Autoimmune Diseases

Rapid point-of-care, antibody-based testing is not available for the diagnosis of autoimmune and most infectious diseases. For detecting autoantibodies associated with most autoimmune conditions, fluid-phase immunoprecipitation assays are required. However, these assays usually involve radioactivity and are not feasible for point-of-care applications. The subject invention describes methods of using neodymium magnet for diagnosis of infectious and autoimmune diseases including lupus, Sjögren's syndrome, type I diabetes, HIV and Lyme disease. The assay takes 3.5 minutes, is highly efficient, and has low background. IC: NIDCRNIH Ref. No.: E-190-2015/0Advantages: Highly efficient, rapid, and easy to perform. Low background signals. Applications: A rapid assay for point-of...


Friday 11 September 2015

'Lab-on-a-Chip' technology to cut costs of sophisticated tests for diseases and disorders

Engineers have developed a breakthrough device that can significantly reduce the cost of sophisticated lab tests for medical disorders and diseases, such as HIV, Lyme disease and syphilis. The new device uses miniaturized channels and valves to replace 'benchtop' assays -- tests that require large samples of blood or other fluids and expensive chemicals that lab technicians manually mix in trays of tubes or plastic plates with cup-like depressions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 9 September 2015

What Is Lyme disease and why the controversy?

(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is no longer an obscure malady that can only be caught in Connecticut. In 2013, the year with the latest available data, the CDC predicted an estimated 300,000 actual new cases, though only 30,000 per year were reported and confirmed. Cases have been diagnosed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Monday 7 September 2015

8 illnesses you could have brought back from holiday

From Lyme disease in Scotland to Chikungunya from the Caribbean, a list of common ailments you could have contracted during your week away (Source: Telegraph Health)


Friday 4 September 2015

Lyme Deaths From Heart Inflammation Likely Worse Than We Thought

Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections are skyrocketing. In western Pennsylvania, where I work, Lyme increased 25% just between 2013 and 2014, with Butler County having 412 cases and Allegheny County chalking up a record 822 cases last year. And where I vacation, in Maine, the rate of Lyme in 2014 was 240 cases per 100,000, which is more than 20 times the national average, and twice the rate of Butler. Across the country, the CDC now estimates there are ~329,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, tenfold higher than previously thought. Vermont and New Hampshire have the highest incidence. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Tuesday 1 September 2015

How to rid the body of Lyme disease naturally

(NaturalNews) The bacteria that cause Lyme can be found in the skin, heart, joints, and nervous system. On top of that, Lyme disease specialists are finding that what we call Lyme disease may be caused by several different infectious organisms and may even be caused by a combination... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 31 August 2015

Staffordshire mother loses FOUR STONE after seeing herself in Ice Bucket Challenge video

Louise Bentley, 47, an admin assistant from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, slimmed from 15st 5lb to a trim 11st 4lb in less than a year after swapping junk food for healthy meals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 31 August 2015

Lyme disease testing: Canadians may receive false-positives from some US labs

Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in Canada, and Canadians with Lyme disease symptoms may seek diagnoses from laboratories in the United States, although many of the results will be false-positives, according to a new commentary article. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 27 August 2015

Why antibiotics may not work for Lyme disease

(NaturalNews) For some, early treatment with antibiotics is effective. For others and for those in the late stages of infection, antibiotics may be ineffective for the following reasons:Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has a corkscrew shape that allows... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Monday 17 August 2015

How This Couple Fought Through Illness To Find A New Destiny

I am a caregiver for my partner who has become housebound and bedridden due to an incurable "invisible" disease. I too live with a serious illness, barely getting through each day, mostly housebound myself. Franky and I met, and a spell was cast; we fell madly deeply infatuated with each other, as young love often does to people. We traveled, went to social events and started dreaming of a life together. Within a couple of months, I was diagnosed with an aggressive strain of HIV. Our fast-run fairytale seemed to be cursed and destined for failure. But we persevered. My family's involvement in my life was scarce due to their struggles with me being a gay man. Luckily, Franky took the reins in helping me to fight for my life. Though we had just met, Franky cared for my body, fed me, and cl...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 14 August 2015

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory

In the summer of 1975 a group of children who often played together developed an unusual flu-like illness with severe joint pain. They were diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). All of them lived in a small town at the mouth of the Connecticut River called Lyme. The story of their disease contains all the elements of a good novel; mystery, loss, blood, empathy, indifference, conflict, controversy and conspiracy, truth and fiction. Doctors suspect JRA when they see kids with persistent joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, and fever associated with swelling of lymph nodes or inflammation of internal organs. No single test can be used to make the diagnosis. Both the cause and the cure of JRA, an autoimmune disorder, are unknown. But it is not an infectious disease. P...


Friday 14 August 2015

Defeat Lyme disease without antibiotics

(NaturalNews) Let's be blunt: Western medicine will never really cure Lyme disease because the focus (like everything they do) is on symptoms, not the underlying cause. In fact, sadly, if you've been suffering with Lyme disease for some time, you've probably been labeled with a mental... (Source: NaturalNews.com)




Wednesday 12 August 2015

Ticks: Summer’s Unwanted Guests

Thorough checks of spouses, children and friends for the tiny pathogen-carrying freeloaders are now a necessary part of summer rituals. (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Lyme disease is vastly under-reported, CDC says

Government researchers say the tick-borne disease is far more common than previously believed (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Lyme Disease in U.S. Is Under-Reported, CDC Says

About 329,000 cases actually occur each year (Source: WebMD Health)


Tuesday 11 August 2015

The Search for Persisters

Lyme disease–causing bacteria can outmaneuver antibiotics in vitro and manipulate the mouse immune system. (Source: The Scientist)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 10 August 2015

Woman Loses Vision After Mosquito Bite Transmits Chikungunya Fever

By: Laura Geggel Published: 08/10/2015 10:38 AM EDT on LiveScience A woman who caught chikungunya fever while vacationing in the Caribbean wound up losing some of the vision in her right eye permanently, according to a new report of her case. The findings suggest that vision problems may be an underreported effect of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which has spread in recent years from Africa and Asia to the Caribbean, Latin America and parts of the United States, the report's authors said. "Sight-threatening visual loss can be a late complication of infection with chikungunya," said Dr. Abhijit Mohite, who treated the woman and co-authored the report of her case. [7 Devastating Infectious Diseases] It is important that people with vision problems get treatment early, to prevent lasting vi...


Monday 10 August 2015

Entomological Society of America issues statement on tick-borne diseases

(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently released a statement supporting the creation and implementation of a national strategy using Integrated Tick Management to better control tick populations and reduce the rapidly escalating impact of tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Saturday 8 August 2015

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

By Allison Pohle for Everyday Health Every year, U.S. state health departments report about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the CDC says the true number of cases in the United States could be ten times as high. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans from tick bites. The ticks that transmit the disease are most active from April to September, which means spring and summer are the prime times for infection. With the right steps, and regular tick checks, however, you can prevent Lyme disease. Here are 10 things you should know about this tickborne disease: 1. You can only get Lyme disease from a tick bite. There is no evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, according to the CDC. You also can’t get Lyme dis...


Saturday 8 August 2015

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Take precautions to avoid ticks and Lyme disease

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: In the summer, my kids play outdoors most of the day, and we have found ticks on their clothing. Is Lyme disease something I should be worried about? What are the early symptoms? Does bug spray keep ticks away? ANSWER: Lyme disease is the most common illness spread by ticks in the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Monday 3 August 2015

A Therapy That Rebuilds Your Defenses FAST

In ancient times, our ancestors had pure sources of the nutrients they needed to thrive. But they were limited in terms of how much they could get of any particular one. Organ meat gives you a wealth of nutrients, including protein, CoQ10, and a host of vitamins. But you can’t get really high doses of a nutrient or vitamin through food alone. That wasn’t a big issue for our ancestors because they had such a well-balanced environment. But it’s a big deal for you and me. In our toxic world, large doses of nutrients are sometimes necessary to balance or “straighten out” health concerns. This is a category of medicine I call “Ortho.” Ortho means, “to correct or straighten out.” If your basic needs for survival happen on a “Primal̶...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 30 July 2015

Stoke University Hospital patient wakes from hysterectomy operation to find teeth missing

Clare Jones, 47, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, woke to two teeth missing after her operation at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. An investigation has been launched to establish what happened. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Wednesday 29 July 2015

Learn the ABCs of Ticks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX-fDlBRQns More areas in the United States are seeing human cases of Lyme disease. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in geographic areas — as much as 320 percent in the Northeast — determined as high risk for contracting the tick-borne illness. The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Monday 27 July 2015

Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks

Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics when caught in early stages, if untreated, the illness can cause permanent and potentially devastating complications, from memory loss to chronic joint inflammation to heart arrhythmia. Know Your Risk While Lyme disease is the most famous illness ticks carry, it's far from the only one. Others include babesiosis, a disease caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells, ehrlichiosis, a general name for...


Tuesday 21 July 2015

Lyme disease threat in the U.S. has spiked 320 percent

The CDC says the high-risk area for lyme disease is spreading (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 20 July 2015

TGen and NAU developing accurate test to diagnose debilitating Lyme disease

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Focus On Lyme, an initiative sponsored by the Leadership Children's Foundation of Gilbert, Ariz., has donated $75,000 to the Translational Genomics Research Institute to support research into the development of a quick, affordable and accurate method of diagnosing Lyme disease. The most common vector-borne illness in the US, Lyme disease affects an estimated 300,000 Americans annually. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 17 July 2015

The results are in: Inhalable Ebola vaccine, spread of Lyme disease

(Source: CNN.com - Health)


Friday 17 July 2015

Lyme Disease Cases Rising in Affected RegionsLyme Disease Cases Rising in Affected Regions

In a 20-year period, the number of high-incidence counties more than tripled in the northeastern states and more than doubled in north-central states. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)


Thursday 16 July 2015

U.S. High-Risk Areas for Lyme Disease Increasing

(Source: WebMD Health)



Thursday 16 July 2015

High-risk areas for Lyme disease growing, CDC says

Twice as many counties now have high Lyme disease risk, compared to a decade ago (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Wednesday 8 July 2015

Mass. Residents Warned To Protect Against Ticks, Lyme Disease

BOSTON (CBS) — The State Department of Public Health is advising the public on how to avoid Lyme disease at a time when it’s been declared an epidemic in parts of the state. Deer ticks are thriving in the warm weather, especially south of Boston, where the growing deer population has brought an increased risk of ticks that spread Lyme disease. That’s why the Department of Public Health is posting videos reminding people to use insect repellent and check for ticks. “Just like you put on sunscreen, make it a habit to use an EPA-approved repellent anytime you are outdoors,” the video says. Early signs of Lyme disease are a rash followed by fever, chills and body aches, which can escalate to severe joint pain and neurological damage. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens ...


Tuesday 7 July 2015

The Mystery of Chronic Lyme Disease

After being treated for Lyme disease, some patients continue to have severe symptoms of the tick-borne disease for years. Experts are divided on what causes this and how to treat it. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)


Monday 6 July 2015

How ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading to new regions in the US

(Wiley) Lyme disease is currently estimated to affect 300,000 people in the US every year, and blacklegged ticks, the disease's main vector, have recently flourished in areas previously thought to be devoid of this arachnid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Friday 3 July 2015

Another Tick Threat?

I understand that there's a new danger from tick bites that is worse than Lyme disease, and that a virus transmitted by these bites can actually kill you. Can you tell me where these ticks are and how to avoid them? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 30 June 2015

Morning Break: Ebola Back in Liberia, SCOTUS Redux, Lavigne's Lyme Lament

(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)


Tuesday 30 June 2015

Avril Lavigne 'doing a lot better' after Lyme disease treatment

(Source: CNN.com - Health)


Tuesday 30 June 2015

Tiny ticks could wreck your health for years says Lyme Disease Action

According to the NHS, in Britain around 3,000 people a year are diagnosed with Lyme disease. Six years ago, James, then aged ten, developed the condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 29 June 2015

'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease fight

When singer Avril Lavigne went missing from the music scene, there was tons of speculation. Was she pregnant? In rehab? Going through a split from her husband, Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger? (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Monday 29 June 2015

Avril Lavigne Breaks Down During Interview About Lyme Disease

Avril Lavigne made an emotional appearance on "Good Morning America" on Monday, as she opened up about her battle with Lyme disease. The 30-year-old singer broke down in tears as she revealed she was bedridden by the disease last October and frustrated as she saw specialist after specialist, each unable to properly diagnose her Lyme disease. "They would pull up their computer and be like, 'Chronic fatigue syndrome.' Or, 'Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?' It's like, 'Are you depressed?'" she explained to "GMA" special contributor Jesse Palmer. The singer added, "This is what they do to a lot of people who have Lyme disease. They don't have an answer for them so they tell them, like, 'You're crazy.'" The "Complicated" singer told "GMA" she's now abou...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 29 June 2015

This Is the Weirdest Habit-Breaking Strategy

(Photo: Pablo Saldivia Salgado / EyeEm/Getty Images) By Melissa Dahl The latest episode of Psych Crunch, a new podcast hosted by Science of Us pal Christian Jarrett, is all about habits, and it includes a reference to what is maybe the weirdest habit-breaking strategy ever: Imagine your brain, say psychologists Kim Jenkins and Katy Tapper, is a city bus. Related: Changing a Habit Can Mess With Your Sense of Self This city bus is filled with noisy weirdos, as city buses often are; think of the noisy weirdos as your craving for chocolate, or the urge to bite your nails -- whatever habit you're trying to break. And you, they continue, are the driver of said bus. You can't help hearing the loud passengers, but you don't have to take direction from them; you are the one driving the bus. You'll...


Friday 26 June 2015

Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Protecting the environment may reduce many diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile, a study finds. The tantalizing idea suggests that conservation and human health may be more connected than we thought.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Thursday 25 June 2015

Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease

Lyme disease diagnosed by alternative laboratory methods is indistinguishable by detailed clinical and laboratory evaluation from chronic fatigue syndrome, a case-control study suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Friday 12 June 2015

Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US

A new, and potentially more severe, infection transmitted by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease was much more common in the United States in 2013 than expected, especially in the Northeast. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Thursday 11 June 2015

Teenager discovers new planet during work experience - video report

A Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil has discovered a new planet while on a work placement. Tom Wagg, 17, was doing work experience with an astrophysics professor at Keele University when he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Two years later the large gas form in the southern constellation of Hydra was confirmed as a planet Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 11 June 2015

Schoolboy on work experience discovers planet

Newcastle-under-Lyme pupil Tom Wagg spotted dip in light which revealed existence of a planet while on placement at Keele University two years agoA schoolboy doing work experience with an astrophysics professor has discovered a new planet 1,000 light years from Earth.Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil Tom Wagg was 15 when he went for his work placement at Keele University, where he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)


Thursday 11 June 2015

Ticks can transmit a new Lyme-like disease

There are several good reasons to keep ticks off your body. One is that they are creepy and suck your blood. Another is that they can transmit 14 different diseases—not just Lyme disease. A report published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine describes the newest tick-borne disease in North America, which is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi. The microbe was first identified in Japan in 1995. The first report of it infecting humans came from Russia in 2011. Cases began appearing in the northeastern United States in 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is related to the one that causes Lyme disease, another tick-borne infection. Infection with Borrelia miyamotoi often causes a recurring fever, as well as headache, muscle aches,...


Thursday 11 June 2015

Ticked Off--What We Don't Know About Lyme Disease

I didn’t see the tiny danger lurking in my own yard. Yet for Lyme disease awareness month, just ended, it seems I am learning experientially. I’ve had Lyme at least once before, and found three attached deer ticks on me just in 10 days. I may have had Lyme a second time, last year, but diagnostic tests are so poor that we don’t know. Here’s some of what I learned from my experience and for caring for others in my infectious disease practice. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Tuesday 9 June 2015

The List Of Tick-Transmitted Diseases Is Growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that's easy to confuse with other illnesses. Monday's study suggests a kind of bacteria with an unwieldy name — Borrelia miyamotoi — should be on the radar when people in Lyme-endemic areas get otherwise unexplained summertime fevers. It's one of several recently discovered diseases linked to ticks in different parts of the country, a reminder to get tick-savvy no matter where you live. "People need to be aware of what tick-borne diseases are in their area," says Dr. Peter J. Krause of Yale University, a specialist who reviewed the research. "And they should know h...


Tuesday 9 June 2015

APHA Releases New Version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web

The American Public Health Association and Unbound Medicine have announced the release of an updated version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web that includes up-to-date information about the occurrence, transmission, resistance and control of communicable diseases. Free previews are available of chapters on Ebola, listeriosis, Lyme Disease, Rift Valley Fever and meningitis. (Source: PHPartners.org)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 9 June 2015

Alabama Lyme Disease Association Has Representation on Commission...

Alabama Lyme Disease Association representative to serve on commission to study Lyme disease, and other tick-borne illnesses in Alabama(PRWeb June 09, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12775051.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)


Tuesday 9 June 2015

Bay Area Lyme Foundation awards diagnostic grant to Harvard Medical School researchers

(DDC) Harvard Medical School research collaborators Nira Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., and John Branda, M.D. have just been awarded the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research. The $100,000 grant that accompanies this award will support research on a potential biomarker for Lyme disease, which may lead to the development of a novel urine test for early Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Tuesday 9 June 2015

Tick season health warning

Summer is peak season for ticks and the diseases they can spread. Lyme disease is the most well-known tick-borne illness, but it's not the only one to watch out for. Marlie Hall has more on what you need to know. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 9 June 2015

Lyme disease not the only reason to avoid ticks

Researchers say a newly identified tick-borne disease may be on the rise in the northeastern U.S. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 9 June 2015

New Tickborne Infection, More Common Than Once Believed, Circulating In Northeastern U.S.

While most of us are concerned about Lyme disease, a tickborne illness circulating during the spring and summertime in the Northeastern U.S, there is another, potentially more serious infection to be aware of as well. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 2 June 2015

Your NEJM Group Today: Disseminated Lyme Image, Sumatriptan & Migraine with Aura, Boston Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)

By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Check out … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Monday 1 June 2015

My Daughter's Mysterious Illness -- And My Own

For TueNight.com by Allison Czarnecki (Photos: Courtesy Allison Czarnecki. Photos from left to right: Allison and her daughter as a baby, Allison's daughter in the hospital getting tests, Allison's daughter now; Photo collage: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight.com) Exactly one year ago, my teenage daughter got sick. Really sick. One day, out of the blue, she woke up and couldn't get out of bed. Up to this point, my then 14-year-old daughter had been a wildly healthy, state-championship swimmer who played the cello in an honors orchestra, earned straight As in all her classes. She was heavily involved in leadership positions in our church and in an assortment of other extracurricular activities at school and in the community. She's beautiful, talented, smart, kind, friendly, and if you were to ...


Monday 1 June 2015

Researchers' discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

The bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease forms dor­mant per­sister cells, which are known to evade antibi­otics, researchers have discovered. This sig­nif­i­cant finding, they said, could help explain why it's so dif­fi­cult to treat the infec­tion in some patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 13 May 2015

First U.S. Center to Study Lyme Disease Launched at Johns Hopkins Medicine - 5/13/15

Fundamental research into the causes and cures of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome now has its first home base at a major U.S. medical research center with the launch of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 13 May 2015

Space agency targets 'tick disease'

The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Wednesday 13 May 2015

TICKED (Calendula Officinalis, Phytolacca Decandra, Borrelia Burgdorferi, Adrenalinum, Ledum Palustre, Aconitum Napellus, Arnica Montana,) Liquid [Apotheca Company]

Updated Date: May 13, 2015 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Wednesday 13 May 2015

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/13/15

In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams: Ticks: These disease-carrying parasites are responsible for more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayo Clinic parasitologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt offers tips on how to prevent tick bites and what to do in case one embeds into [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Monday 11 May 2015

Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks

Over nearly 15 years spent studying ticks, a new study has found southern Indiana to be an oasis free from Lyme disease, the condition most associated with ticks -- the second most common parasitic disease vector on Earth. This low-risk environment is changing, however, both in Indiana and in other regions of the U.S., the study suggests. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Saturday 9 May 2015

Toxic Turf? Movement Grows Against Synthetic Turf

The following story was reported by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent, nonprofit news center based at Boston University and WGBH News, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. NECIR trains the next generation of journalists in investigative reporting with summer high school workshops in Boston. Click here to learn more and apply today. Artificial turf fields, cushioned with recycled crushed tires and increasingly in demand for US athletic complexes, are getting some serious pushback. In Swampscott last week, town meeting members approved plans to install a new synthetic field with silica sand, a more expensive product touted as a nontoxic alternative to the small rubber pellets known as crumb rubber ubiquitous on thousands of syntheti...


Sunday 3 May 2015

Warmer Weather Increases Risk for Lyme Disease, Cautions Best Friends Animal Hospital

(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))


Friday 1 May 2015

Announcements: Lyme Disease Awareness Month — May 2015

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)


Monday 27 April 2015

Time to move Lyme Disease Awareness Month to April?

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The month of May brings many things, among them Mother's Day, tulips, and Lyme Disease Awareness campaigns. But according to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Thursday 23 April 2015

Big Tick Project to track rising threat of Lyme disease

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, the largest nationwide collection of ticks from dogs in a bid to help scientists, led by Professor Richard Wall at the University of Bristol, track what is feared to be a growing threat to people and their dogs from tick-borne zoonotic diseases such as Lyme disease (Borrelia). (Source: University of Bristol news)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 23 April 2015

Dog owners unaware their pets can transmit Lyme disease to them say vets

Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Thursday 16 April 2015

Harsh Northeast Winter No Hindrance To Hungry Ticks

http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_1604201522190500000AA.mp4 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a cozy quilt for baby blacklegged ticks that are now questing for blood as the weather warms up. And a researcher at New York’s Binghamton University said Lyme disease-infected ticks aren’t just in forests and fields. “We’re finding plenty of infected ticks in built environments, places like city parks, playgrounds, work campuses, college campuses,” said Ralph Garruto, head of the sc...


Thursday 16 April 2015

Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of Lyme disease

(Elsevier Health Sciences) About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that inflammation plays a causal role in the array of neurologic changes associated with Lyme disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pathology. The investigators at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center also showed that the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone prevents many of these reactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)




Monday 13 April 2015

Monday's Housecall

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition Going vegetarian means excluding certain foods. But you can still get the nutrients you need from other sources. Use this helpful guide. Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on prevention [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Friday 10 April 2015

Doctors warn about tick-borne Powassan virus

It's not as well known as Lyme disease, but the Powassan virus is also spread by ticks, and experts say it can be even more severe. WCBS's Tracee Carrasco reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Monday 6 April 2015

An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?

While Morgellons disease has sometimes been considered a delusional syndrome, this microscopic and molecular study suggests that it is an infectious illness associated with Borrelia spirochetes. BMC Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)


Thursday 2 April 2015

'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease

(Source: CNN.com - Health)


Wednesday 1 April 2015

Avril Lavigne and Lyme Disease: Your Questions Answered

Singer Avril Lavigne revealed in the latest issue of People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. (Source: ABC News: Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 29 March 2015

20 pupils violently ill after schoolgirl smoking addict, 12, passed round prescription nicotine spray

The dispenser was passed around a group of Year Seven and Eight pupils at Wolstanton High School, in Newcastle-under-Lyme (Source: Telegraph Health)


Thursday 26 March 2015

Mother left with a paralysed face and in crippling pain after being bitten on the HIP by a tick while gardening

Claire Dean, 43, from Castle Douglas, Scotland, developed Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick in her garden. She suffered pain so bad she had to quit her job and is still receiving physiotherapy for her face. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Monday 23 March 2015

Climate change 'might bring rise in UK mosquito-borne diseases'

Conclusion Overall, this review provides insights into how climate change might lead to the transmission of tropical diseases in what are currently temperate parts of the world, such as the UK. Predicting what may happen in the future can help countries make sure they are prepared for such an eventuality. This review was informed by a search for relevant literature, but may not have captured or included all relevant studies. Most of the studies were modelling studies, which are reliant on various assumptions that may or may not turn out to be correct. It's not possible to say with any certainty what will occur in the future. The authors also note that climate change is not the only factor affecting vector-borne diseases. Many other factors are equally important, such as socioeconomic de...


Friday 6 March 2015

Lyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in TeenagerLyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in Teenager

Lyme neuroborreliosis can mimic stroke or epilepsy and should be ruled out in some cases of sudden-onset meningoencephalitis with neuropsychiatric symptoms, researchers reported. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Monday 2 March 2015

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease

(American College of Emergency Physicians) A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. The highly unusual case presentation was published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 27 February 2015

In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier

Warming trend could affect the spread of Lyme disease, research suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Climate Change, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 25 February 2015

Many California bird species host Lyme disease bacteria, study finds

Ticks carrying the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease are infesting Northern California’s birds and may be hitching rides on them into suburban settings, according to a new UC Berkeley study. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)


Tuesday 24 February 2015

Your NEJM Group Today: Groin Hernia in Adults, Late Lyme & Fatigue, Wisconsin IM Opportunities (FREE)

By The Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Wednesday 18 February 2015

In a warmer world, ticks that spread disease are arriving earlier, expanding their ranges

In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 12 February 2015

BORRELIA BABESIA REMEDY (Babesia Microti, Borrelia Burgdorferi Nosode) Liquid [Deseret Biologicals, Inc.]

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2015 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Friday 6 February 2015

The high cost of Lyme disease

The U.S. spends more than a billion dollars caring for patients who contract this tick-borne illness (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Friday 6 February 2015

Lyme Disease More Serious, Costly Than Believed: Study

Prolonged illness in infected Americans costs up to $1.3 billion a year in treatments, researchers find (Source: WebMD Health)


Thursday 5 February 2015

Lyme Disease Costs Up to $1.3 Billion Per Year to Treat, Study Finds

New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that a prolonged illness associated with Lyme disease in some patients is more widespread and serious than previously understood. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)


Thursday 5 February 2015

Lyme disease costs up to $1. 3 billion per year to treat, study finds

New research suggests that a prolonged illness associated with Lyme disease is more widespread and serious in some patients than previously understood. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 5 February 2015

T2 Biosystems, Canon to develop Lyme disease test

T2 Biosystems and Canon U.S. Life Sciences team up to develop a diagnostic test panel for the rapid detection of Lyme disease. T2 Biosystems (NSDQ:TTOO) and Canon U.S. Life Sciences are teaming up to develop a diagnostic test panel for the rapid detection of Lyme disease. Canon, T2 Biosystems Inc.News Well, Diagnostics, Lyme diseaseread more (Source: Mass Device)


Thursday 5 February 2015

Lyme disease costs up to $1.3 billion per year to treat, study finds

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor's visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people. But new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that a prolonged illness associated with the disease in some patients is more widespread and serious than previously understood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 5 February 2015

T2 Biosystems And Canon U.S. Life Sciences Announce Joint Collaboration To Develop Novel Test Panel To Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease

T2 Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:TTOO) a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health today announced that the company has entered into a multi-year, strategic agreement with Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc. to jointly develop a novel diagnostic test panel to rapidly detect Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause chronic joint inflammation, neurological disorders and cognitive defects. (Source: Medical Design Online News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 26 January 2015

Strange New Tattoo Discovered On 'Ötzi The Iceman' Mummy

Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi's known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise. "We didn't expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs," Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email. (Story continues below image.) Ötzi's newly discovered tattoo, on the lower right side of the mummy's chest. Ötzi was discovered in 1991 by a pair of German hikers in the Otztal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy. Since then, re...


Monday 19 January 2015

Yolanda Foster Blogs About Her Battle With Lyme Disease: 'I Have Lost the Ability to Read'

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Foster spoke up about her struggle with Lyme disease in a new blog post on BravoTV.com. She used to post regularly on the site, but started this letter with an apology to fans: "I would like to apologize for my lousy participation in the blogging department at the moment. Although writing is usually my favorite thing to do, I unfortunately have lost the ability to do so in an intelligent matter at this time." She then described her struggle to do everyday tasks: "I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can't process information or any stimulation for that matter. It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it."...


Wednesday 14 January 2015

Lyme Disease Symptoms Can Mimic Bipolar Disorder

Lyme disease is one of several medical conditions with symptoms that can mimic those of bipolar disorder. Here's a story about one such incident. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)


Friday 9 January 2015

'My parents kicked me out when I was depressed. I thank them for it'

Deeply depressed in her early thirties, Porochista Khakpour regressed to a state of childlike helplessness - until her parents kicked her out (Source: Telegraph Health)


Monday 29 December 2014

Lyme disease enhances spread of emerging tick infection

Mice that are already infected with the pathogen that causes Lyme disease appear to facilitate the spread of a lesser-known but emerging disease, babesiosis, into new areas. The finding provides a possible answer as to why human babesiosis is only emerging in areas where Lyme disease is well established. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 24 December 2014

New Tick-Borne 'Bourbon Virus' Is Deadly And Unlike Anything Previously Seen In U.S.

Researchers have identified the cause of a Kansas farmer's mysterious death this summer as Bourbon virus. Thought to be transmitted by ticks, the virus "was fast-moving and severe, causing lung and kidney failure, and shock," The New York Times reported, killing the previously healthy man after only 10 days in the hospital. Together, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and University of Kansas Hospital researchers identified the virus as a thogotovirus, part of a larger type of viruses called orthomyxoviruses, Dana Hawkinson, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Hospital said in the video statement above. Bourbon virus, named after Bourbon County, Kansas, where the only known patient lived, is similar to viruses seen previously in Eastern Europ...


Wednesday 24 December 2014

BORRELIA BURGDORFERI (Borrelia Burgdorferi) Liquid [Newton Laboratories, Inc.]

Updated Date: Dec 24, 2014 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Thursday 18 December 2014

Ebola 3.0

By Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., and Jennifer Sherwood, M.P.H. The doctors, nurses and other health care workers who responded to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa were recently named Time magazine's "Person of the Year." The courageous individuals who dedicate their careers and risk their lives to help in times of global public health emergencies such as Ebola deserve this recognition. A new report shows that health care workers have more than 100 times the risk of being infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone as the general public there. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 622 health care workers have acquired the virus and 346 of them have died in the affected countries. The recent death of a physician in the United States, who had been working in Sierra Leone and had tested ne...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 15 December 2014

NY Governor Must Decide Today On Shielding Doctors Who Use Unproven Lyme Disease Treatments

NY legislators passed a law to protect doctors who treat "Chronic Lyme Disease," a non-existent condition that has spurred a raft of quack treatments. Some doctors have built their entire practices around offering expensive treatments to patients who are convinced they have Chronic Lyme. These patients and their doctors are lobbying for NY Governor Cuomo to sign the law, which he must sign or veto today, December 15. If this becomes law, doctors will be protected from any investigation into their questionable treatments. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Sunday 14 December 2014

Lyme Disease, Fibromylagia Link Evaporates

(MedPage Today) -- Earlier studies may have included patients who did not have Lyme disease. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)


Friday 28 November 2014

Update on Lyme Carditis and Associated Sudden Cardiac DeathUpdate on Lyme Carditis and Associated Sudden Cardiac Death

This report on Lyme carditis reminds clinicians that Lyme disease should be considered as a cause of cardiac symptoms in patients who live in or have visited a high-incidence Lyme disease region. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Monday 24 November 2014

Many animals steal defenses from bacteria: Microbe toxin genes have jumped to ticks, mites and other animals

Bacteria compete for resources in the environment by injecting deadly toxins into their rivals. Researcher have now discovered that many animals steal toxins from bacteria to fight unwanted microbes growing on them. Genes for these toxins have jumped from bacterial to animals. These genes are now permanently incorporated into the genomes of these animals. Deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, are one of the many diverse organisms in which toxin gene transfers from bacteria to animal has occurred. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 24 November 2014

Animals steal defenses from bacteria

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Bacteria compete for resources in the environment by injecting deadly toxins into their rivals. Researcher have now discovered that many animals steal toxins from bacteria to fight unwanted microbes growing on them. Genes for these toxins have jumped from bacterial to animals. These genes are now permanently incorporated into the genomes of these animals. Deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, are one of the many diverse organisms in which toxin gene transfers from bacteria to animal has occurred. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 20 November 2014

Willy Burgdorfer, Who Found Bacteria That Cause Lyme Disease, Is Dead at 89

Dr. Burgdorfer’s familiar finding while conducting tick surgery solved the mysteries of an ailment that had affected scores of people. (Source: NYT Health)


Tuesday 18 November 2014

Go for a walk – you could discover the meaning of life

If you have a burning question about yourself, the answer might be all around you – that’s the theory behind Street Wisdom“The street is an invisible university, if you know how to look.” I am intrigued. This is the promise of Street Wisdom, a walking group with a twist, who offer something pretty ambitious, if not downright mystical. It’s free to take part, the website advises, and all I’ll need are warm clothes and a question I want answering. Feeling curious and a bit confused, I book myself in to the next event.A week later, I join seven other people seeking exercise and answers, on a hill in the Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis. Leading the session is the founder Chris Baréz-Brown, a long-haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard. I greet him,...


Monday 10 November 2014

Skylar’s story: My heart surgery scar makes me appreciate life

About the blogger: Skylar Bayer, 28, is a PhD student at the University of Maine. When she was one day old, she had open-heart surgery for transposition of the great arteries, a congenital heart defect where the heart’s two main arteries are physically swapped. But her heart defect didn’t keep her from being a kid like any other and hasn’t stopped her from following her passions. If anything, it’s made her appreciate life all the more.  I can still recall being a five-year-old girl in the women’s locker room of the swim and tennis club my family attended in the summer. I’m peering around the room at all the other girls’ and women’s chests, and I notice for the first time that no one else has the same six-inch scar down the middle of their chests that ...


Friday 7 November 2014

It's free! QB3 inks equipment donation deal for biomed startups

One of the lures of the University of California's QB3 incubator network for life sciences startups is access to the same core facilities — centralized sites with million-dollar pieces of equipment — used by top-flight medical researchers. Now QB3 and partner American Laboratory Trading Inc. believe they've found a way to help young biotech and medical device companies find more commonly used equipment without paying a penny more. It's part of a push by ALT, an East Lyme, Conn.-based pre-owned… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)


Thursday 6 November 2014

LYME PLUS (Not Applicable) Liquid [Deseret Biologicals, Inc.]

Updated Date: Nov 6, 2014 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 4 November 2014

That's Not Chronic Lyme, It's Cancer

(MedPage Today) -- Three case reports demonstrate the risks of "assuming that patients have chronic Lyme disease." (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)


Tuesday 4 November 2014

Lyme Misdiagnosis Can Divert Patients From Correct TreatmentLyme Misdiagnosis Can Divert Patients From Correct Treatment

In three cases Lyme misdiagnosis led to delayed diagnosis and treatment for cancers. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Monday 3 November 2014

New test shows promise in identifying new drugs to treat lyme disease

A test has been developed by researchers which they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 3 November 2014

New Test Shows Promise in Identifying New Drugs to Treat Lyme Disease

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a test they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: Public Health News Headlines from Johns Hopkins)


Monday 3 November 2014

New test shows promise in identifying new drugs to treat Lyme disease

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a test they say will allow them to test thousands of FDA-approved drugs to see if they will work against the bacteria that causes tick-borne Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 31 October 2014

Lyme Carditis Can Cause Sudden Cardiac Death Lyme Carditis Can Cause Sudden Cardiac Death

Lyme disease might be a cause of cardiac symptoms in patients living in or visiting high-incidence areas and might contribute to sudden cardiac death, the CDC has warned healthcare providers. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Friday 31 October 2014

CDC Reports Two New Suspected Cases of Sudden Death Linked to Lyme Carditis (FREE)

By Cara Adler Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS Lyme carditis occurs in about 1% of patients with Lyme disease and rarely is associated with death, according to an MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Wednesday 29 October 2014

LYME HP (Not Applicable) Liquid [Energique, Inc.]

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2014 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Sunday 26 October 2014

Neurological Complications of Lyme Disease

information page compiled by the National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). (Source: NINDS Disorders: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)


Sunday 19 October 2014

Lyme Disease Activists Protest at IDWeekLyme Disease Activists Protest at IDWeek

Lyme disease advocates registered as attendees at the infectious diseases conference are calling for physicians to update their guidelines. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Thursday 16 October 2014

Center For Salivary Diagnostics Could ‘Revolutionize’ Health Care Landscape

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – There was a ribbon cutting ceremony in Cambridge at the Forsyth Institute’s new Center for Salivary Diagnostics. WBZ NewsRadio’s Mary Blake reports the research there is cutting edge. Dr. Phil Stashenko, President and CEO of the Forsyth Institute, says the institute partnered with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, obtaining a $4.2 million development grant. He says over the past year, they have built out some core facilities and renovated space in their Cambridge research facility. He predicts the work there will be groundbreaking “We think that the center has the potential to revolutionize the health care landscape by creating new opportunities for early disease prevention and detection,” Dr. Stashenko said. “The mouth is the portal to the bod...


Friday 3 October 2014

Well: Think Like a Doctor: Mirror, Mirror Solved!

Readers solve the case of a 62-year-old man with fatigue, neck and arm pain, and a droopy face. (Source: NYT)


Saturday 27 September 2014

Generic Drug Prices On The Rise

BOSTON (CBS) — Generic drugs are the workhorses of health care. They are safe, effective, and affordable and they treat everything from migraines to life-threatening illnesses. But in the past few years, pharmacists and their patients have noticed a significant cost increase in some medicines. The prices are so high in some cases that patients are choosing to go without. Ron Nadir of Chelmsford takes 16 different medications for a number of different health issues. “Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and a few others,” he said. All those health problems make it impossible to work full time so he is happy he has Medicaid help to pay for his meds. “I’m grateful for that,” he said. But even with that help, Ron may have trouble covering the cost of his medications ...


Thursday 18 September 2014

Small, fast, and crowded: Mammal traits amplify tick-borne illness

In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease. In our struggle to manage the ever-growing list of tick-borne diseases, we need to understand which animals magnify human disease risk. New results suggest when generalist pathogens emerge, small mammals with large populations and a fast pace of life warrant careful monitoring. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 11 September 2014

Ticks that vector Lyme disease move west into North Dakota

Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick or deer tick -- is moving westward, and for the first time has been found to be established in North Dakota. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Friday 5 September 2014

Be Aware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

. To learn more, visit the MedlinePlus Lyme Disease health topic page. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 24 August 2014

Risk of Lyme Disease Anytime in Northwest California

Researchers from CDPH and UC-Berkeley publish findings in peer-review journal, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. (Source: Disabled World)


Wednesday 20 August 2014

Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study

(DDC) Ticks that carry Lyme disease are active throughout the year in Northwest California, making the threat of Lyme disease year-round, according to new research conducted by researchers at California Department of Public Health Vector-borne Disease Section and University of California, Berkeley. Data will be published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. More information about Lyme disease is available from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, www.bayarealyme.org. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Tuesday 19 August 2014

Scoop on Lyme disease and progress

(NaturalNews) On May 22 and May 23 members from the Lyme disease community held a protest at the headquarters of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Arlington, Virginia. Members from the chronic Lyme community held a sign of 722 names of those who wished to have been... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Wednesday 13 August 2014

UCSF Genomics Diagnostics Team Uses Next-Gen Sequencing as a ‘Laboratory-Developed Test’ to Reveal an Elusive Pathogen’s DNA and Save a Teen’s Life

It took UCSF physicians just 48 hours to identify the bacteria in cerebrospinal fluid that was causing fourteen-year-old Joshua Osborn’s hydrocephalus and status epilepticus There’s rich irony in the FDA’s  recent announcement that it would move forward with plans to regulate “laboratory-developed tests ” (LDTs) just weeks after the national media published stories about how innovative […] (Source: Dark Daily)


Saturday 9 August 2014

Repel ticks with this natural oil

(NaturalNews) With summer in full bloom and more and more cases of Lyme disease being reported, many are searching for ways to repel ticks without having to resort to harsh chemicals. Luckily, there is one sweet-smelling alternative that is proving to be quite powerful in the fight... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 14 July 2014

Culling Deer Herd Curbs Lyme Disease, Study Says

Title: Culling Deer Herd Curbs Lyme Disease, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/11/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/14/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)


Monday 7 July 2014

Veterinarian in Indiana Warns of Leptospirosis and Lyme Disease Dangers

(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))


Thursday 3 July 2014

One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections

In New York state study, 1 in 10 of the bugs carried both Lyme disease and babesiosis (Source: WebMD Health)


Wednesday 2 July 2014

Lyme disease "doesn't kill you, but it squeezes every drop of life from you"

Summer is a high-risk season for Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria transmitted by ticks. Dr. Bernard Raxlen of Lyme Resource Medical in New York explains what to watch out for and how to treat it. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 1 July 2014

Reducing deer populations may reduce risk of Lyme disease

(Entomological Society of America) After a 13-year study was conducted, researchers in Connecticut have found that reduced deer populations can lead to a reduction in Lyme disease cases. The results of their study are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 30 June 2014

Update: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is probably the most common tick-borne illness in the U.S., and the best understood. It's a regional disease, very common in some areas, vanishingly rare in others for reasons that aren't yet clear. There are about 35,000 cases reported yearly in the U.S., but this likely underestimates the true incidence as many people either don't seek help or are not properly diagnosed. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Friday 27 June 2014

UTSA and SwRI award $250,000 to advance clean emissions, explore antimicrobials

(University of Texas at San Antonio) Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio today announced funding for two new joint research projects to advance clean emission technologies and study novel antimicrobials targeting Lyme disease. Funding through the organizations' Connecting through Research Partnerships program has been granted for $250,000 through August 2015 -- $125,000 for each project. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Friday 20 June 2014

Single tick bite can pack double pathogen punch

People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time. "We found that ticks are almost twice as likely to be infected with two pathogens -- the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and the protozoan that causes babesiosis -- than we would have expected," said a professor of biology involved in a recent study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 17 June 2014

Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

Learn how chronic Lyme disease is diagnosed and what treatments can help. (Source: WebMD Health)


Tuesday 17 June 2014

Baby Boom for Ticks, Lyme Disease Carriers in New EnglandBaby Boom for Ticks, Lyme Disease Carriers in New England

Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Sunday 15 June 2014

Indianapolis Veterinarians Warn of Uptick in Lyme Disease in Pets

(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))


Saturday 14 June 2014

Baby boom for ticks, Lyme disease carriers, seen in New England

LOWELL Mass. (Reuters) - Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Friday 13 June 2014

Lyme disease mysteries and miseries persist

Summer is peak season for Lyme disease infections, and if it's not caught early it can lead to long-term health problems (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 6 June 2014

Lyme Disease

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)


Friday 6 June 2014

Many Lyme Tests Unnecessary, Experts SayMany Lyme Tests Unnecessary, Experts Say

Most Lyme disease serologic tests were done according to diagnostic recommendations, but only 288,000 of the 2.4 million patients tested were infected; the estimated testing cost was $492 million. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Wednesday 4 June 2014

Don't Get Bugged This Summer!

Don't get bugged this summer! Learn about insect bites and stings, Lyme disease, tick bites and West Nile virus. (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)


Friday 30 May 2014

Summer Insect Safety

Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Friday 30 May 2014

Ticks may have carried Lyme disease for more than 15 million years

A tiny tick trapped in a droplet of amber more than 15 million years ago appears to have been infected with a bacteria similar to the one that causes Lyme disease in humans, according to new research. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 29 May 2014

Amber discovery indicates Lyme disease is older than human race

Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years -- long before any humans walked on Earth. The findings were made by researchers who studied 15-20 million-year-old amber from the Dominican Republic that offer the oldest fossil evidence ever found of Borrelia, a type of spirochete-like bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 22 May 2014

Concerns Regarding a New Culture Method for B. burgdorferiConcerns Regarding a New Culture Method for B. burgdorferi

A novel, laboratory-developed test for Lyme disease has raised concerns about unacceptable numbers of false-positive results and is not approved by the FDA. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Tuesday 20 May 2014

Update on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases: An Alert for New Hampshire CliniciansUpdate on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases: An Alert for New Hampshire Clinicians

New Hampshire continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services provides recommendations for healthcare providers. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Monday 19 May 2014

What Causes Leg Pain?

Discussion “Growing pains” of the legs are a common complaint in children. Heterogeneous studies from 1928-2004 have found prevalence rates of 2.6-49.4% in children ages 4-19. The studies are heterogeneous because of time, location, and especially definition of growing pains. A study of 1445, 4-6 year olds in 2004 using a validated tool showed a prevalence rate of 36.9%. The definition of growing pains used by Peterson in the 2004 study is chronic “…intermittent (nonarticular) pains in both legs that generally occur late in the day or at night…” with a normal physical examination and laboratory testing (if any is done). The pain is in the thigh or calf muscles. The pain can occur over weeks or months. Patients should not have a history of trauma but bec...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 19 May 2014

Monday's Housecall

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on prevention and how to spot the telltale signs. Tips for dining in or out safely when you have food allergies Preparing meals carefully is vital when you or a family member [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Wednesday 14 May 2014

Study Finds Obesity Can Have Negative Effect On Young Breast Cancer Patients

BOSTON (CBS) — A new study says obesity can have a negative effect on young breast cancer patients. Karen Hackett has shed 30 pounds since being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. “I’ve made exercise become a priority,” she says. “It’s just part of my day. I try to go sometime around the lunchtime hour and if I don’t, I can go in the evening.” A new study finds obesity leads to poorer outcomes for women like Hackett who were pre- or peri-menopausal when they were diagnosed with hormone-sensitive breast cancer. “That’s the novel finding here, we used to think that this association was really seen primarily in older women, here it’s being seen in young women,” said Dr. Clifford Hudis of Memorial Sloan Kettering ...


Monday 12 May 2014

It's Spring – Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)


Sunday 11 May 2014

Harsh Winter Does Little To Ease Lyme Disease Woes

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The harsh winter did nothing to cull the nationwide tick population, and health officials are primed for a warm season that could see the number of Lyme disease cases rise. In northern New England, the increase in cases of Lyme correlates with a growing population of deer ticks, which transmit the disease, state epidemiologist Stephen Sears said. In Maine and elsewhere, heavy snow acted as an insulating blanket that protected ticks from winter’s cold, state entomologist Charlene Donahue said. Nationwide, the number of cases of Lyme disease has held relatively steady over the past few years, and advocacy groups and federal agencies say they expect this spring, summer and fall to be active seasons for ticks and Lyme. “Everybody’s picking them off th...


Saturday 10 May 2014

Doctors: More Young People Developing Osteoporosis

BOSTON (CBS) – Physicians often refer to osteoporosis as a “Silent Problem” because many patients don’t know they even have it until after they break or fracture a bone. Now an increasing number of young people are developing this bone loss disease. Dr. Nathanial Clark, an endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth, said, “Far more commonly what we are referring to are people generally say in the 40-60 year range, that are being looked at more carefully than previously, whereas before we looked mainly at people who were over the age of 65-70.” Faye Lakeman found out her bones were slowly deteriorating when she was in her early 50s. On a lark, she took part in a free bone screening at a grocery store. Faye’s husband Dan is also suffering from bone loss. “You ar...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 10 May 2014

NIH News in Health

Shedding Light on Health Research Helps People and Pets Veterinarians and scientists study diseases that affect both pets and people to improve medical care for humans and our 4-legged friends. Tick Talk Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease Tick-borne diseases are found in many areas across the country, and they’re on the rise. Do what […] (Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog)


Thursday 8 May 2014

Yale Researchers: New Tick-Borne Illness Common In Southern New England

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CBS) – A new study by Yale researchers suggests that a tick-borne infection similar to Lyme disease has become common in southern New England. Using a new antibody test, researchers found evidence that about 4-percent of people they checked showed evidence of previous Borrelia miyamotoi infection. The prevalence of Lyme disease is about 10 percent. “We expect this to be found wherever Lyme disease is found. It’s likely that that will be the case,” said Peter Krause, M.D., senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and lead author of the study. “The full health impact of this disease is really uncertain at this point. We just have to do more research to determine what the full spectrum of the disease will be.” Borrelia miyamotoi is ...


Wednesday 7 May 2014

Tufts Study: Shock Wave Therapy Could Be Answer For Rotator Cuff Injuries

BOSTON (CBS) — Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor and rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. While most cases are treated with rest, pain killers and physical therapy, a new study out of Tufts Medical Center shows shock wave therapy could be the answer for some. The therapy involves administering sound wave pulses on the outside of the body. It has been used for years to break up “kidney stones” and now doctors in Europe are using it to treat rotator cuff tendonitis. “We found that high energy shock wave therapy is very useful for patients with specifically calcific tendonitis of the shoulder,” said Dr. Raveendhara Bannuru of Tufts Medical. Bannuru looked at 28 studies using shock wave the...


Tuesday 6 May 2014

Harvard Study: Mass. Health Reform Law Lowered Death Rates

BOSTON (CBS) — Harvard researchers estimate that Massachusetts health reform law has prevented some 320 deaths per year or, one life saved for each 830 people gaining coverage. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Sterns reports  WBZ NewsRadio 1030WBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-1"); });   A new study that now appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine says in the first four years after Massachusetts instituted health care reform in 2006, the mortality rate decreased by 2.9-percent. That percentage is compared to similar populations in states that didn’t expand health coverage. The state’s health care reform law has served as a model for the national Affordable Care Act. Benjamin Sommers, assistant profe...


Tuesday 6 May 2014

It's Spring - Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 1 May 2014

May 2014

Shedding Light on Health: Research Helps People and Pets...Tick Talk: Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease...Exercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last...Paralyzed Men Regain Movement...Featured Web Site: Mental Health Topics (Source: NIH News in Health)


Saturday 26 April 2014

Avoiding tick-borne illnesses for people and pets

Paul Mead, M.D., and Liz Murphy, DVM, talk about tick-borne illnesses in humans and dogs. Tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are spread by the black-legged tick, or deer tick. Dr. Murphy and Dr.Mead join "Sound Medicine" to discuss how humans and dogs contract tick-borne illnesses disease and how people can reduce their risk for these diseases..... (Source: Sound Medicine)


Saturday 26 April 2014

Needham Couple Pushes To Ban Morcellation For Fibroids

BOSTON (CBS) – Uterine fibroids are one of the most common health problems women face. The treatment options have usually been considered pretty routine. Now there are new concerns about a widely used procedure for fibroids known as morcellation. The fear is it can spread cancer. Amy Reed of Needham is now going through chemotherapy because she has stage 4 leimyosocarcoma. “It was very hard initially,” she said. “The level of anxiety is horrible.” It is not the outcome she expected to face after going into Brigham and Women’s Hospital last October to have fibroids removed. Instead of full abdominal surgery, Amy’s doctor used a morcellator, which is a minimally invasive approach. The tumors are shredded into pieces and extracted thru a small tube. As Amy went into the hosp...


Thursday 24 April 2014

FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry. The agency said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don’t immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards. Any further rules “will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits,” FDA ...


Monday 21 April 2014

RheumShorts: Methotrexate, Basiliximab, and Norwegian Lyme (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Subcutaneous methotrexate can be given at higher doses than in the oral route, while maintaining bioavailability, which could make for better tolerance and better adherence to treatment guidelines, a new study suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 21 April 2014

The challenge of diagnosing Lyme disease

(Source: NaturalNews.com)


Friday 18 April 2014

New CDC/FDA Warning Against Unapproved Lyme Culture TestNew CDC/FDA Warning Against Unapproved Lyme Culture Test

Investigators from the CDC and FDA have issued a new warning about the use of unvalidated Lyme disease tests, sparked by inquiries to the CDC about a test marketed by Advanced Laboratory Services. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Friday 18 April 2014

Avoid New Lyme Culture Test, Say CDC and FDA

(MedPage Today) -- CDC and the FDA have again cautioned the public about the use of an unapproved test for diagnosing Lyme disease. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)


Friday 18 April 2014

CDC Warns Against Use of Unapproved Lyme Disease Test (FREE)

By Cara Adler An unapproved test that uses a new culture method for Borrelia burgdorferi could misdiagnose Lyme disease, CDC and FDA researchers warn in MMWR.The test … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Thursday 17 April 2014

Concerns Regarding a New Culture Method for Borrelia burgdorferi Not Approved for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 16 April 2014

Harvard Researchers: Feminine Girls, Masculine Boys Have Higher Cancer Risk

BOSTON (CBS) — Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have found that very feminine girls and strongly masculine boys are more likely to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks than their gender non-conforming peers. WBZ NewsRadio1030′s Diane Stern reports Feminine Girls, Masculine Boys And Cancer Risk BehaviorsWBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-3"); }); Scientists analyzed data from over 9,000 adolescents. The study compared cancer risk behaviors to the participants’ gender expressions. The study found that the most feminine girls were more likely to use tanning beds and be physically inactive. The most masculine boys were more likely to use chewing tobacco and smoke cigars. “Our findings indica...


Wednesday 16 April 2014

Local Company Instrumental In First Regenerated Esophagus

BOSTON (CBS) —- A local company is part of a second breakthrough in regeneration of human body parts. A research team led by Paolo Macchiarin at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has successfully transplanted a regenerated esophagus into a rat. The results were published in Nature Communications on Tuesday. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Stern reports  WBZ NewsRadio 1030WBZ NewsRadio 1030playpausejQuery(document).ready(function($) { cbs_audio_player_v2("audio-player-4"); });   Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology developed the bio-reactor that was essential in creating the esophagus. Last year, the same company regenerated a human trachea and transplanted it into a human. HART CEO David Green says the study is promising as it represents advancements toward the translation of ...


Wednesday 16 April 2014

Immune System Research May Help Doctors Predict Who Gets Long-Term Complications From Lyme Disease - 4/16/14

A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers has laid the groundwork for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many different outcomes of this bacterial infection seen in individual patients. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)


Sunday 13 April 2014

Prevent Tick Bites While Enjoying the Outdoors

With no vaccines for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, expert explains how to avoid infection Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Saturday 12 April 2014

The British bug that could paralyse you

Literary agent Ed Victor (pictured) who represents Nigella Lawson contracted Lyme disease after a crimson 'bull's eye mark' appeared on his leg. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 10 April 2014

Boston Reports Recent Spike In Flu Cases

BOSTON (CBS) – Flu season may appear to be over, but flu cases are on the rise again in Boston, city health officials said on Thursday. The Boston Public Health Commission reports that there were 116 newly reported cases of flu in Boston between March 30 and April 5. That brings this season’s total number of reported cases in the city to 1,237. More than 25 percent of these cases have resulted in hospitalization, and there have been 11 flu-related deaths. MORE HEALTH NEWS FROM CBS BOSTON Health Officials: MERS Patient Traveled Through BostonHarsh Winter Does Little To Ease Lyme Disease WoesDoctors: More Young People Developing OsteoporosisYale Researchers: New Tick-Borne Illness Common In Southern New England (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports...


Wednesday 9 April 2014

Beth Israel Doctors Using Google Glass In ER

BOSTON (CBS) — Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are the first in the country to be using Google Glass technology to save valuable seconds. Google introduced the Glass technology in 2013 and only a limited number of people have been able to try it. Beth Israel Deaconess is the first hospital in the world to use the high-tech classes for direct patient care. Dr. Steven Horng is an emergency room physician who spearheaded a program to bring the technology to the ER. What they do is project an image of the patient’s screens so information about the patient is obtained right away. Information like the patient’s name, their past medical history, even X-rays can all come up with Google Glass and could be life-saving, especially if a patient can’t communicat...


Monday 7 April 2014

Africa: World Health Day - Stop Disease-Carrying Pests

[State Department]Washington -Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other pests can carry diseases that sicken more than 1 billion people each year with malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, yellow fever and other dangerous conditions. Half the world -- 3.6 billion people -- live in areas where they risk exposure to what are known as vector-borne diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)


Monday 7 April 2014

World Health Day 2014

It's World Health Day and the focus this year is on vector-borne diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and water snails. Unfortunately, while the CDC states that "vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases," it is important to remember that there are no vaccines to help prevent most of them. These diseases include dengue, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Chagas disease, and malaria, which remains "one of the most severe public health problems worldwide."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)


Thursday 3 April 2014

Compositions and Methods for Improved Lyme Disease Diagnosis

(Source: OTT Infectious Diseases Bacterial Related Licensing Opportunities)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 2 April 2014

Harvard Study Raises Questions About Mammograms

BOSTON (CBS) –A recent study out of Harvard suggests that deciding when and how often to have a mammogram is not a black or white issue. Researchers looked at 50 years worth of data on the effectiveness of mammograms and concluded that the benefits of screening are often overstated and that the harms are often downplayed. They found mammograms decreased the risk of dying from breast cancer by only about 19-percent. The survival benefit was even less for women in their 40′s, but more for women in their 60′s, who are much more likely to get breast cancer. That said, among women in their 40′s and 50′s who get mammograms every year for 10 years, more than half of them will receive a false positive result. Mammograms involve small concentrated doses of radiation an...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 2 April 2014

Strain-specific Lyme disease immunity lasts for years

Lyme disease, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can become a lingering problem for those infected. But a new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has some brighter news: Once infected with a particular strain of the disease-causing bacteria, humans appear to develop immunity against that strain that can last six to nine years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 2 April 2014

World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases

2 April 2014 -- More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases. This World Health Day – 7 April – WHO is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan “Small bite, big threat”. (Source: WHO news)


Wednesday 2 April 2014

Strain-specific Lyme disease immunity lasts for years, Penn research finds

(University of Pennsylvania) A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania shows that humans appear to develop immunity against specific strains of the Lyme disease that can last six to nine years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 31 March 2014

A Better Way To Test Blood Pressure

BOSTON (CBS) – Have you ever had your blood pressure checked in both arms at your doctor’s office? Researchers at Mass General Hospital say you probably should. A small difference between the two arms is normal. But a larger one could mean you’re at risk for heart disease. Dr. Ido Weinberg, a vascular medicine specialist, and colleagues at MGH, looked at data on nearly 3,400 local residents over the age of 40 enrolled in the Framingham heart study. “Patients who have that difference between arms could end up developing heart and blood vessel disease,” Dr. Weinberg said. Researchers found that people with a systolic blood pressure difference of 10 points or more between their arms were 38% more likely to develop a blood vessel disorder like a heart attack, stro...


Wednesday 26 March 2014

FDA Allows NH Girl To Try Controversial Brain Tumor Drug

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — McKenzie Lowe is looking great and feeling well. “Sometimes I have little headaches but they’re really little. They don’t bother me that much,” she says. And now comes news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted her wish to allow her to try a controversial drug her family believes could help cure her inoperable brain tumor. “Oh I started crying,” says the girl’s grandfather Frank LaFountain. But the good news was quickly tempered because there’s a new fight for the family. They have to find a doctor willing to administer the unapproved drug and so far, no luck. “We need a doctor is what we basically need right now,” said LaFountain. “Anywhere in the country doesn’t matter where. We’re going to ...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 26 March 2014

Mice are reservoirs for tick-borne pathogens, amplify risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments

People living in northern and central parts of the U.S. are more likely to contract Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments when white-footed mice are abundant. Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. And, according to an in-press paper in the journal Ecology, these "super hosts" appear indifferent to larval tick infestations. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 25 March 2014

‘Diabetes Day’ Stresses Importance Of Prevention

BOSTON (CBS) — The American Diabetes Association is encouraging all Americans to find out if they’re at risk for developing Type Two diabetes. Tuesday is national “Diabetes Day.” Dr. Jorge Plutzky, Director of the Vascular Prevention Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says simple changes that make a world of difference when it comes to diabetes. WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Diane Stern reports play pause Diabetes Day Stresses Importance Of Prevention Diane Stern Although there is evidence that childhood obesity is going down, Plutzky sa...


Tuesday 25 March 2014

Tips and tricks to stay safe from ticks

Jolyon Medlock, Medical Entomologist at Public Health England, explains why ticks are a health concern and outlines prevention tips for the public Related items from OnMedicaMosquitoes win battle of repellentEaster farm visit infection warningPublic warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease (Source: OnMedica Views)



Friday 7 March 2014

Lost first world war training battlefield discovered in Hampshire

Elaborate trench network was identified from old aerial photographs on land that is still owned by Ministry of DefenceA few suspiciously straight lines in a corner of a 1951 aerial photograph showing acres of featureless scrubby heath have led archaeologists to a lost first world war landscape.The mock battlefield, used for training soldiers before they were shipped across the Channel to confront the real thing, is complete with zig-zags of frontline, communication and reserve trenches, the enemy's front line, terrifyingly visible less than 200 yards away – and, a little further on, a holiday camp in Gosport, Hampshire.Browndown is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, but well used by local dog walkers, who knew there were humps, bumps and hollows into which a dog could annoyingly van...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 3 March 2014

Tick Test for Persistent Lyme Disease Tried in HumansTick Test for Persistent Lyme Disease Tried in Humans

A small experiment to see whether uninfected ticks could "diagnose" a lingering Lyme infection in people produced modest results, researchers say. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Friday 28 February 2014

Tick test for persistent Lyme disease tried in humans

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small experiment to see whether uninfected ticks could "diagnose" a lingering Lyme infection in people produced modest results, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ticks may cause double trouble, Stanford scientists find

(Stanford University) Stanford study finds ticks infected with Lyme disease and newly identified human pathogen are widespread in San Francisco Bay Area. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Saturday 15 February 2014

Schedule

Connecting to Our Roots The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present the 27th Annual Symposium: Connecting to Our Roots, to be held September 29 – October 3, 2016, at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The 27th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. Register here. Explore Herbal Horizons With the Professionals The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre and post-Symposium intensives, with sessions ranging from beginning to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students, and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels, and meet with some of the leading compan...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 15 February 2014

AHG Symposium

Connecting to Our Roots The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present the 27th Annual Symposium: Connecting to Our Roots, to be held September 29 – October 3, 2016, in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The 27th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. Register here. Explore Herbal Horizons With the Professionals The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre and post-Symposium intensives, with sessions ranging from beginning to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students, and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels, and meet with some of the leading companies in natural health at the Expo Hal...


Friday 14 February 2014

To Stop Lyme, Vaccinate...the Mice?To Stop Lyme, Vaccinate...the Mice?

A new oral vaccine to prevent Lyme disease in mice decreased infection rates in ticks and might help break the cycle of transmission to humans. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Wednesday 12 February 2014

Test for persistent Lyme infection using live ticks shown safe in clinical study

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In a first-of-its-kind study for Lyme disease, researchers have used live, disease-free ticks to see if Lyme disease bacteria can be detected in people who continue to experience symptoms such as fatigue or arthritis after completing antibiotic therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Saturday 8 February 2014

Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb

(Source: NaturalNews.com)


Wednesday 22 January 2014

BORRELIA REMEDY (Borrelia Burgdorferi,) Liquid [Apotheca Company]

Updated Date: Jan 22, 2014 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Monday 13 January 2014

Recognizing Lyme CarditisRecognizing Lyme Carditis

Three recent cases of sudden cardiac death from Lyme carditis point to the importance of recognizing and promptly treating this complication of Lyme disease. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 30 December 2013

A mathematical perspective of seasonal variations in Lyme disease transmission

Lyme disease is a common tick-borne illness caused by a bacterium, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The transmission dynamics of Lyme disease is dependent on a variety of factors, including the length of the tick's life cycle, availability of hosts, climatic conditions and seasonal influences, which are important to understand for control strategies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 19 December 2013

Essential factor for Lyme disease transmission identified

(Public Library of Science) Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, hitchhikes in ticks for dissemination to mammalian hosts--including humans. An article in the 19 Dec. issue of PLOS Pathogens identifies HrpA, an RNA helicase, as a crucial player in the transmission from ticks to mammals. George Chaconas and colleagues analyze the molecular function of the HrpA protein and further explore its role in the bacterium's complicated life cycle, in particular for transmission of the pathogen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Sunday 15 December 2013

Are Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms Due to Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is the number one vector borne spreading epidemic worldwide, and mimics common diseases such as Fibromyalgia (FM), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis), autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and MS, as well as psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)


Friday 13 December 2013

Three Sudden Cardiac Deaths Associated with Lyme Carditis — United States, November 2012–July 2013

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 13 December 2013

Three Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death Linked to Lyme Carditis (FREE)

By Cara Adler Three cases of sudden cardiac death associated with Lyme carditis were reported in 2012 and 2013 and are described in MMWR … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Thursday 12 December 2013

Sudden Cardiac Death in Untreated Lyme CarditisSudden Cardiac Death in Untreated Lyme Carditis

Three sudden cardiac deaths associated with undiagnosed and untreated Lyme carditis highlighted the need to check cardiac status in patients with Lyme disease and Lyme exposure in some heart patients. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Saturday 30 November 2013

Are My Anxiety and Depression Due to Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is known as “the great imitator” and is spreading worldwide in epidemic proportions, mimicking every known medical condition seen in a doctor’s office. read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)


Tuesday 19 November 2013

Lyme neuroborreliosis presenting with alexithymia and suicide attempts - Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM.

[Abstract unavailable] Language: Eng... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))


Tuesday 19 November 2013

New findings could help target the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and syphilis

(Cell Press) The bacterial pathogens that cause Lyme disease and syphilis are highly invasive. These pathogens, or spirochetes, can invade the central nervous system and, in the case of syphilis, enter the placenta, causing disease in the unborn child. In the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, researchers provide new insights into how these spirochetes penetrate tissue barriers. The findings might be used to develop new treatment strategies to help affected patients or even prevent infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 21 October 2013

Recurrent Lyme Disease: Old or New Infection?Recurrent Lyme Disease: Old or New Infection?

A teen presents with a second bull's-eye rash. What is going on? Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Sunday 13 October 2013

Climate change: a survivors' guide

As warnings of global climate change grow ever more dire, John Vidal offers 10 tips on how to prepare for an apocalyptic future1 Stay cool, dryBritain is expected to get more extremes of heat and rainfall, so prepare for more severe floods, longer droughts and more powerful storms. No one knows quite what the effect over time will be of a slowing Gulf stream, or the melting of arctic sea ice, but climate scientists confidently expect temperatures to rise up to 4C by 2100. That could mean big shifts in rainfall patterns and a more unpredictable climate. So clear your drains, fix your roof and move to Wales – or at least to somewhere with good water supply. The worst that could happen? Your grandchildren will inherit inexorably rising temperatures that render much of the Earth uninhab...


Thursday 19 September 2013

Stephen E. Malawista, Lyme Disease Researcher, Dies at 79

Dr. Malawista and his team were credited with defining an ailment that was causing distress in Connecticut.     (Source: NYT Health)


Thursday 19 September 2013

Op-Ed Contributor: Bring Back the Lyme Vaccine

How a marketing fiasco derailed an important medical development.     (Source: NYT Health)


Wednesday 18 September 2013

Bring Back the Lyme Vaccine [OPINION]

Each year there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But last month, the C.D.C. announced that the real number of annual infections was closer to 300,000. Shouldn’t there be a vaccine for such a prevalent and dangerous disease? (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 9 September 2013

Juice feasting can heal Lyme disease naturally

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the bacteria - Borrelia burgdorferi - and spread it when feeding. You're more likely to get Lyme disease if you live... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Tuesday 3 September 2013

Don’t Get Ticked Off Over Chronic Lyme Disease

An empathic health care provider will need to explain the problems with the theory of chronic Lyme disease, and do what should be done whenever a patient comes in for the evaluation of chronic pain and fatigue: provide support, embark on a thorough medical evaluation, and gently advise them that the proffering of cures when there are none can be dangerous.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)


Friday 30 August 2013

Two years of hell with Lyme

For most people it starts with a telltale, bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms. But what if you never get the rash? What if you blow off your symptoms as a bad case of the flu? (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Thursday 29 August 2013

Untreated Lyme disease: 2 years of hell

For most people it starts with a telltale, bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms. But what if you never get the rash? What if you blow off your symptoms as a bad case of the flu? (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Tuesday 27 August 2013

Rise in Diagnoses of Lyme Disease

New preliminary reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year—an estimate ten times higher than the yearly reported number of 30,000. These estimates are based on results from three ongoing studies by the CDC that use various methods to define the average number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease. From the CDC brief: The first project analyzes medical claims information for approximately 22 million insured people annually for six years, the second project is based on a survey of clinical laboratories and the third project analyzes self-reported Lyme disease cases from a survey of the general public. The high number of Americans diagnosed with this disease highlights the need for awaren...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 27 August 2013

Americans Diagnosed With Lyme Disease Annually

CDC Estimates Americans Diagnosed With Lyme Disease Annually (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)


Friday 23 August 2013

Lyme Disease is in the News

. To learn more, visit the MedlinePlus Lyme Disease health topic page. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)


Wednesday 21 August 2013

Lyme disease common in U.S.

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year with a bacterial illness. (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Wednesday 21 August 2013

CDC: Lyme disease more common than we thought

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans with a bacterial illness -- more often than experts previously thought. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)


Wednesday 21 August 2013

Lyme disease in the US is '10-times underreported'

The number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed in the US every year is around 300,000, according to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number is about 10 times higher than the number officially reported. CDC officials presented their new preliminary estimates in Boston on Sunday at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the US, where every year the CDC receives reports on 30,000 cases... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 20 August 2013

CDC: Lyme disease more common than we thought

The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year with a bacterial illness. (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Tuesday 20 August 2013

CDC: Why Is Lyme Disease Activity So Much Higher Than Predicted?

Upwards of 300,000 people may be affected by Lyme disease each year – 10 times more than previously estimated. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Tuesday 20 August 2013

U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDC

Title: U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/19/2013 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)


Tuesday 20 August 2013

New Tick-Borne Illness Being Diagnosed In Mass.

function cbs_video_wnplayer_9216288_start() { var WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288 = new WNVideoWidget("WNVideoCanvas", "WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288", "1"); //Playback options WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("widgetId", 9216288); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("addThisDivId", "WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288_addThis"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("incanvasAdDivId", "WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288_adDiv"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("clipId", "9216288"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("isMute", "false"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("isAutoStart", "false"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetVariable("controlsType", "fixed"); //AdRevenue settings WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetReportingKeywords("CBS.BOSTON"); WNVideoCanvas_vid9216288.SetAdvertisingZone("CBS...


Tuesday 20 August 2013

An Estimated 300,000 Americans Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Each Year (FREE)

By the Editors Over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, but the actual number of annual cases is roughly … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 20 August 2013

Actual U.S. Lyme disease about 300,000 cases a year

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to federal health officials, but U.S. researchers say the actual number is closer to 300,000. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Monday 19 August 2013

Video: Sequester cutting 57k kids out of Head Start

The CBS News Roundup: The White House says it continues to 'evaluate' the situation in Egypt, refusing once again to call the military takeover there a "coup"; Lyme disease is ten times more common than previously thought; Sequestration budget cuts will force more than 57,000 children out of Head Start -- all this and more. Nick Dietz reports on the news you need to know. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Monday 19 August 2013

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually ten times higher.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Monday 19 August 2013

New Lyme Culture Test Failed CDC AnalysisNew Lyme Culture Test Failed CDC Analysis

Most 'positive' patient samples reported were contaminated by laboratory strains used to develop the test method and were likely false-positives. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Monday 19 August 2013

Video: CDC: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported

New Lyme disease numbers from gov't health officials show about 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the tick-borne illness each year. Jericka Duncan reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 19 August 2013

CDC: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported

Typically up to 30,000 Lyme disease cases reported to CDC each year, but new report finds number closer to 300,000 infected (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Monday 19 August 2013

Lyme Disease Cases 10 Times Higher Than Previously Reported

ATLANTA (AP) — Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday. As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. Read: CDC report Usually, only 20,000 to 30,000 illnesses are reported each year. For many years, CDC officials have known that many doctors don’t report every case and that the true count was probably much higher. The new figure is the CDC’s most comprehensive attempt at a better estimate. The number comes from a survey of seven national laboratories, a national patient survey and a review of insurance information. “It’s giving us a fuller picture and it’s not a pleasing one,” said Dr. Paul Mead, who o...


Monday 19 August 2013

CDC Provides Estimate of Americans Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Each Year

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Monday 19 August 2013

Lyme Disease Far More Common than Previously Known

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)


Tuesday 30 July 2013

Lyme Disease DebateLyme Disease Debate

This new article gives an overview of how Lyme disease was discovered, and describes how it has become one of the most common vectorborne infections in North America and how it affects humans.  Environmental Health Perspectives (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 18 July 2013

How Do Tick-Borne Diseases Evade The Tick's Immune System?

Ticks, blood-sucking arthropods that occur across the world, can transmit viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that threaten the health of their vertebrate hosts. Dangerous diseases transmitted by ticks include Lyme disease, which attacks humans in Europe and the USA and is caused by Borrellia bacteria; babesiosis, caused by the protozoan Babesia (a relative of the malaria parasite) that infects pets, cattle, and sometimes humans; and anaplasmosis, caused by the Anaplasma bacterium, which can have serious effects on cattle... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 18 July 2013

Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks

It's summertime. We are supposed to get a break from getting sick this time of year, right? While that is mostly true, as we don't usually have any big outbreaks like we do during cold and flu season, it does seem like there is always something going around during the summer. This includes diseases  like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (tick-borne diseases), West Nile virus infections (from mosquitoes), and many viral infections that are more common during the summer months....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)


Thursday 18 July 2013

How to stay safe during bug season

Welcome to bug season, when mosquitoes, ticks and other creepy crawlers make even the bravest mom hesitant to let her kids go outside. Not only are insects annoying, they can carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)


Wednesday 17 July 2013

Startle Myoclonus Induced by Lyme NeuroborreliosisStartle Myoclonus Induced by Lyme Neuroborreliosis

Lyme neuroborreliosis can present in many unusual ways, but this patient may be the first to present with an exaggerated startle reflex. Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 17 July 2013

Encephalitis In New York State And Black-Legged Ticks Linked

The number of tick-borne illnesses reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the rise. Lyme disease leads the pack, with some 35,000 cases reported annually. In the Northeast, the black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) that spread Lyme disease also infect people with other maladies, among them anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and - as a new paper in the journal Parasites and Vectors reports - Powassan encephalitis. Powassan encephalitis is caused by Powassan virus and its variant, deer tick virus... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 15 July 2013

Letters: Pets and Lyme Disease (1 Letter)

A letter to the Editor.     (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 15 July 2013

Black-legged ticks linked to encephalitis in New York state

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Ostfeld concludes: "When patients present with encephalitis symptoms in areas with high levels of Lyme disease, especially during the summer, physicians need to consider Powassan encephalitis. While rare, it's associated with significant complications. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral therapy, the best strategy remains prevention." (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 12 July 2013

The Disease That Looks Like Lyme--But Isn't

A newly identified disease spread by deer ticks may be among one of the new summer illnesses to be on the lookout for if you spend time outside in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The disease is referred to as Borriela miyamotoi. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)


Monday 8 July 2013

Well: When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse.     (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 8 July 2013

Personal Health: When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse.     (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 5 July 2013

Keeping Bugs Away: 5 Things You Need To Know

The other day, as dusk fell on an afternoon outdoor party, my kids started swatting and itching. Oh, that’s right, I thought: it’s mosquito season. I remembered hearing about West Nile virus being found in some mosquitoes and kicked myself for not bringing bug spray. At the same party, a friend showed me a rash on her son’s leg. By the next day, it had turned into a classic Lyme disease rash. Definitely bug season. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get smart about preventing mosquito and tick bites. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The best protection against both mosquitoes and ticks is DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). This stuff really works (the smell of it keeps the bugs away). The higher the percentage of DEET, the longer it works: 10 percent works for a coup...


Tuesday 2 July 2013

Spillover Of Infectious Diseases Among Wildlife, Domestic Animals And People; Links Found Between Environment And Human Health

West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus. All are infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in these diseases? The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases will be highlighted at two symposia at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting, held from Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis, Minn. One symposium will address human influences on viral and bacterial diseases through alteration of landscapes and ecological processes... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 1 July 2013

Ten hyped highs, the poison squad, and Lyme disease: Weekly Web Review in Toxicology

Thefix.com interviews medical toxicologist Dr. Jeff Lapoint for a “Straight look at 10 Hyped Highs.” Topics include salvia, methoxetamine (“Mexxy”), Benzo Fury (6-APB), kratom, and Bromo Dragonfly. Worth reading. At Esquire, Bruce Watson writes about “The Poison Squad: An Incredible HIstory.” This piece tells the story of a project, run by Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley in the very early years of the twentieth century, to investigate the potential health hazards of various food additives. Officially called the “hygienic table trials”, the were quickly— and more accurately — dubbed the “poison squad”. Volunteers were fed increasings amounts of additives such as borax, sulfuric acid, saltpeter, formaldehyde, and copper sulfate. Wi...


Saturday 29 June 2013

Tick Safety Tips for Kids at Summer Camp

Experts describe steps to prevent Lyme disease, other illnesses Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Friday 28 June 2013

Interplay of ecology, infectious disease, wildlife and human health featured at annual conference

(National Science Foundation) West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus. All are infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in these diseases? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 27 June 2013

Dynamic interplay of ecology, infectious disease, and human life

(Ecological Society of America) Two symposia focusing on the ecological dynamics of infectious diseases such as avian influenza, Yellow Fever, and Lyme will take place during the Ecological Society of America's 98th Annual Meeting, held this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One will look at human influences on viral and bacterial diseases through our alteration of landscapes and ecological processes, while the other will focus on the emerging field of eco-epidemiology that seeks to integrate biomedical and ecological research approaches to address human health threats. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Wednesday 26 June 2013

'The Lyme Wars' That Tiny Ticks Have Wrought

Since Lyme disease was first identified in the late 1970s, it has become the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the country. Journalist Michael Specter talks about his New Yorker article on the disease and its controversial history.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Wednesday 26 June 2013

Protect Yourself against Tick-Borne Disease

Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 26 June 2013

Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease

The best known tick-borne diseases in the U.S. are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain fever, but scientists at the Food and Drug Administration found an increasing number of cases of babesiosis, a serious disease caused by a parasite carried by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease. Learn about these diseases and how to avoid them. (Source: FDA Consumer Updates)


Monday 17 June 2013

Mother diagnosed with MS and facing life in a wheelchair is cured - after she discovered her symptoms were due to a TICK BITE

After years of expensive drug therapy and injections for MS, a simple course of antibiotics has cleared Julia Marshall-Wessendorf, 37, from Bath, of all her symptoms. She believes she was suffering from Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 16 June 2013

Durham Veterinarian Warns of Summer Flea and Tick Season for Pets

DURHAM, N.C., June 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC is reminding pet owners about the dangers of summer flea and tick season. According to veterinarian Dr. Soren Windram, pets need medicated protection to prevent health problems including worms, flea dermatitis, and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme Disease, ehrlichia and babesia. The vet clinic is also reminding pet owners to regularly check their pets for fleas and ticks. Dr. Windram says that regular spot checks and medication are the best way to keep pets free from fleas and ticks this summer. (Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))


Thursday 13 June 2013

Nanotube sensor detects Lyme disease

Transistor-based device could rival traditional immunoassays (Source: PhysicsWeb News)


Thursday 13 June 2013

Nanotube transistors detect Lyme disease

Technique could rival traditional ELISA and Western blot immunoassays. (Source: Nanotechweb.org News)


Thursday 13 June 2013

Summer's Mystery Malady

Inside the Lyme epidemic. By Pamela Weintraub (Source: Psychology Today)


Tuesday 4 June 2013

The Dos and Don'ts of Summer Fun

The school year may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean you should adopt a school’s-out attitude when it comes to your health. Regardless of your plans, heed these simple dos and don’ts to ensure you get a passing grade. At the Park DO outsmart the bugs. Wear light-colored, breathable clothing—you’ll be less attractive to bees, which like bright colors. Light colors also make it easier to spot ticks. If you’re planning to be outside for an extended time, spray your clothes, not your skin, with a bug repellent that contains DEET. If you are stung or plagued with insect bites, ice the swollen area, says Meredith Barbour, MD, a family physician at Duke Primary Care Brier Creek. An over-the-counter antihistamine will help reduce the swelling and the itching. DON’T ignore your...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 3 June 2013

An insect bite on holiday put Sarah in a wheelchair. Africa? India? No, right here in Britain...

On a walking holiday in the UK, Sarah Bignell caught Lyme disease, an illness that caused her so much pain she was bedridden for weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Friday 31 May 2013

What's contributing to the spread of valley fever?

Valley fever, caused by soil fungus in Calif. and Ariz., has become a bigger threat than West Nile virus and Lyme disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Thursday 30 May 2013

Lyme Disease Update for Maine Healthcare Providers Lyme Disease Update for Maine Healthcare Providers

As the temperature increases, so does the number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Friday 24 May 2013

Video: Lyme disease: What you need to know about ticks

The number of Lyme disease cases have tripled in the past 20 years. Dr. Holly Phillips discusses why the number of cases has skyrocketed, how the disease is transmitted via ticks, and what myths and realities persist about the insects and the disease. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 14 May 2013

Potential Lyme Disease Vaccine Shows Promise

A vaccine for Lyme disease may be on its way, following a promising phase 1/2 clinical trial from investigators at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The finding was published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and revealed that the vaccine resulted in significant antibodies against all targeted species of Borrelia - the agent that causes Lyme disease in the United States and Europe... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 12 May 2013

Lyme disease ignorance 'costs lives'

'My long-term Lyme disease pain' (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Thursday 9 May 2013

Wisconsin Prepares for Another Active Season of Tickbourne Disease

Wisconsin’s warm spring weather will mean more blacklegged tick activity, and state officials are urging people to take precautions against tick bites when spending time outdoors. Infected blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)


Wednesday 8 May 2013

It's Spring--Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Tuesday 7 May 2013

The use of deer vehicle accidents as a proxy for measuring the degree of interaction between human and deer populations and its correlation with the incidence rate of Lyme disease - Wiznia DH, Christos PJ, LaBonte AM.

The study described in this article examined the relationship between the incidence rate of deer vehicle accidents (DVAs), a proxy for measuring the interaction between populations of humans and deer, and human Lyme disease incidence rate. The authors also... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))


Thursday 2 May 2013

No link found between autism and Lyme disease

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they found no link between autism spectrum disorders and biomarkers for Lyme disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 1 May 2013

Lyme Disease Alert for Maine Healthcare ProvidersLyme Disease Alert for Maine Healthcare Providers

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in Maine. Ticks are already out and we expect the number of Lyme disease cases to increase as the weather continues to get warmer. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Tuesday 30 April 2013

Study Debunks Lyme Disease-Autism Link

Children with autism no likelier than others to have signs of tick-borne infection (Source: WebMD Health)


Tuesday 30 April 2013

Lyme Disease, Autism Link Debunked

(MedPage Today) -- A new study has found no evidence of an association between Lyme disease and autism. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)


Friday 19 April 2013

Lyme Disease Rates Are Rising In Northern U.S.

The number of Lyme disease cases in northern U.S. states is rising, while southern states are experiencing a significant decrease in cases, according to a new study. The research was conducted by a team at the University of Toronto who used data on Lyme disease rates between 1992 and 2007 taken from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and was published in the journal CMAJ Open. The incidence of this tick-borne disease has risen by about 80% in the U.S., according to the experts, however, rates differ between states... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 19 April 2013

Climate change linked to US Lyme disease spread

Researchers have found that over the past 20 years, the incidence of Lyme disease has increased in the northern-most states of the USA, while declining in more southerly states. (Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases)


Thursday 18 April 2013

Lyme Disease Rate Increasing in the Northern United StatesLyme Disease Rate Increasing in the Northern United States

Lyme disease incidence increased in the northern-most states in the United States, perhaps because of a climate-change-associated movement of ticks from warmer areas into more northern latitudes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Monday 8 April 2013

Natural Protection Against Lyme borreliosis Found In Wild Mice

Springtime spells tick-time. Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-borne disease in Switzerland: around 10,000 people a year become infected with the pathogen. The actual hosts for Borrelia, however, are wild mice. Like in humans, the pathogen is also transmitted by ticks in mice. Interestingly, not all mice are equally susceptible to the bacterium and individual animals are immune to the pathogen. Scientists from the universities of Zurich and Lund headed by evolutionary biologist Barbara Tschirren reveal that the difference in vulnerability among the animals is genetic in origin... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Saturday 30 March 2013

Are you breathing?

Recently I have been learning about breathing. I know, it sounds crazy. I do already know how to breathe, and so do all of my clients. But one workshop with Dr. Richard Brown offers "breathing techniques to relieve stress and improve mood, mental focus, and cardiorespiratory health." I'd like to share this with my clients, but I'm a little hesitant.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 30 March 2013

Lyme Disease Antibodies Attached To Nanotubes, Paving Way For Diagnostic Device

Early diagnosis is critical in treating Lyme disease. However, nearly one quarter of Lyme disease patients are initially misdiagnosed because currently available serological tests have poor sensitivity and specificity during the early stages of infection. Misdiagnosed patients may go untreated and thus progress to late-stage Lyme disease, where they face longer and more invasive treatments, as well as persistent symptoms. Existing tests assess the presence of antibodies against bacterial proteins, which take weeks to form after the initial infection and persist after the infection is gone... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 28 March 2013

Federal Register: Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

The FDA is announcing the availability of the guidance entitled "Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi.' FDA is issuing this guidance to provide industry and... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)


Wednesday 27 March 2013

Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff - Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi

FDA is issuing this guidance to provide industry and agency staff with recommendations for studies to establish the analytical and clinical performance of in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) intended for the detection of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)


Tuesday 26 March 2013

Penn Researchers attach Lyme disease antibodies to nanotubes, paving way for diagnostic device

(University of Pennsylvania) Existing Lyme disease tests assess the presence of antibodies, which take weeks to form after the initial infection and persist after the infection is gone. Now, a nanotechnology-inspired technique developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may lead to diagnostics that can detect the organism itself. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Monday 25 March 2013

Southern Tick-Associated Rash IllnessSouthern Tick-Associated Rash Illness

Can you tell whether your patient has Lyme or STARI? CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 25 March 2013

Quirky Feature Of Lyme Disease Bacteria Revealed

Scientists have confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease - unlike any other known organism - can exist without iron, a metal that all other life needs to make proteins and enzymes. Instead of iron, the bacteria substitute manganese to make an essential enzyme, thus eluding immune system defenses that protect the body by starving pathogens of iron. To cause disease, Borrelia burgdorferi requires unusually high levels of manganese, scientists at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of Texas reported... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 1 March 2013

Rheumatologists Name 5 Tests to ReconsiderRheumatologists Name 5 Tests to Reconsider

The ACR's part of the Choosing Wisely campaign includes questions about ANA subserology and Lyme disease testing, peripheral joint MRIs, first-line biologics for RA, and frequent DXA scans. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 20 February 2013

Borrelia Miyamotoi - New Tick Transmitted Disease in North America

Hunterdon Medical Center Physician Successfully Treats First Confirmed Case of Borrelia Miyamotoi - Joseph Gugliotta, M.D.; Anne Felix; Anthony Suarez, MLT (ASCP), Senior Laboratory Technician at Hunterdon Medical Center; and Amy Kurynow, MLT (ASCP), Senior Laboratory Technician at Hunterdon Medical Center. Suarez and Kurynow called attention to the spirochetes during the analysis of the fluid sample from Ms. Felix. (Source: Disabled World)


Wednesday 20 February 2013

Septic Arthritis in Children Ruled Out by New Test Septic Arthritis in Children Ruled Out by New Test

Children with knee arthritis who are from Lyme-disease-endemic areas rarely have septic arthritis and can be spared invasive testing if they meet ANC and ESR criteria. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Thursday 7 February 2013

New study highlights Chagas disease as a growing health and socio-economic challenge

(Sabin Vaccine Institute) Today, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a new report that examines the global economic burden of Chagas disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers measured the health and economic impact of Chagas disease and found that the total economic burden of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 30 January 2013

Lyme Culture Test Causes UproarLyme Culture Test Causes Uproar

The aggressive marketing of an unvalidated culture test for Borrelia burgdorferi has raised red flags among infectious disease specialists and may lead to more restrictive regulation of such tests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 23 January 2013

Emerging tick-borne disease reaches USA

A new tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia miyamotoi that produces similar symptoms to Lyme disease has been confirmed in a small number of patients in the USA. (Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases)


Saturday 19 January 2013

New Tick-Borne Disease Found In The U.S.

A new infection causes by ticks that is extremely similar to Lyme disease has been found in 18 people in southern New England and upstate New York. The unnamed disease has been confirmed in humans for the first time by researchers from Yale University who published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report suggests that this new sickness could be infecting more than 4,300 Americans a year with flu-like symptoms and relapsing fevers. Luckily, one dosage of antibiotics seems capable of eliminating the disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 17 January 2013

U.S. Researchers Find New Disease Carried by Deer TicksU.S. Researchers Find New Disease Carried by Deer Ticks

U.S. scientists have discovered a new deer tick-borne disease in humans, with the viral-like illness sharing similarities both with Lyme disease and relapsing fever infections. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Wednesday 16 January 2013

Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat

Lyme disease is better known, but a different germ causes an infection that may lead to dementia Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dementia, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 16 January 2013

New Tickborne Pathogen Found in U.S. (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- An elderly immunocompromised woman who developed meningoencephalitis was most likely infected with Borrelia miyamotoi, which is related to the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, researchers said. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)


Wednesday 16 January 2013

Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat

People who go outdoors in several regions of the United States may have something else to worry about. Scientists report that there's another troublesome germ hiding in the deer tick that already harbors the Lyme disease bacterium. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)


Friday 11 January 2013

B. burgdorferi and Tick Proteins in the VectorB. burgdorferi and Tick Proteins in the Vector

A greater understanding of vector–pathogen interaction and the identification of tick proteins that are key for survival of B. burgdorferi will help develop effective management for Lyme disease. Future Microbiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Thursday 3 January 2013

Refractory Lyme Arthritis May Be Autoimmune (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Activated T- and B-cell responses to an autoantigen in synovial tissue may explain the development of resistant arthritis among a small number of patients with Lyme disease, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)


Thursday 27 December 2012

Year in Review: Pieces Added to the Lyme Puzzle

(MedPage Today) -- Final numbers for this year aren't in yet, so we don't know if predictions for the worst year ever for Lyme disease will bear out, but pieces of the larger puzzle continue to fall into place. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 27 December 2012

Year in Review: Worst Summer Yet for Lyme Disease?

(MedPage Today) -- The summer of 2012 was predicted to be the worst year ever for Lyme disease in the northeastern U.S., even as researchers made advances in the understanding and treatment of refractory cases. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)


Tuesday 18 December 2012

LYME HP (Baptisia Tinctoria, Echinacea, Hydrastis Canadensis, Lym D Nosode, Arsenicum Album, Bryonia, Chelidonium Majus) Liquid [Energique, Inc.]

Updated Date: Dec 18, 2012 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Monday 17 December 2012

One Last Chance For APA To Make DSM 5 Safer

The vigorous opposition to the American Psychiatric Association's approval of DSM-5 suggests that it will lack credibility and will not gain widespread approval. I suggest four ways that DSM-5 can be revised to make it less risky and more usable in clinical practice.read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)


Thursday 13 December 2012

Director's Comments: Lyme Disease Recurrence Is a New Infection – Not a Relapse

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Lyme Disease Recurrence Is a New Infection – Not a Relapse". The transcript is also available. Lyme disease’s recurrence is a new infection rather than a relapse, suggests research based on DNA sequencing recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)


Wednesday 5 December 2012

Baby makes miracle recovery after heart 'swelled to the size of a football'

The valves in Liam Dalgarno’s heart were so narrow that it caused severe pressure on the left side of his heart. The baby from Newcastle-under-Lyme needed risky surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 4 December 2012

Why some strains of Lyme disease bacteria are common and others are not

(American Society for Microbiology) New clues about the bacteria that cause Lyme disease could lead to a novel strategy to reduce infections, according to a study to be published in mBio on Dec. 4. The study reveals that the immune system of the white-footed mouse, a very common reservoir for the bacteria that causes the disease responds differently to different strains of the bacterium, a finding that will help scientists tweak the animals' immune systems to prevent spread of infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Friday 30 November 2012

Emerging vector-borne diseases create new public health challenges

(University of California - Santa Cruz) West Nile virus, Lyme disease, dengue fever, and plague are examples of "vector-borne zoonotic diseases," caused by pathogens that naturally infect wildlife and are transmitted to humans by vectors such as mosquitoes or ticks. Land-use change, globalization of trade and travel, and social upheaval are driving the emergence of such diseases in many regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 26 November 2012

Immunetics, Inc. Names John Yonkin as CEO

BOSTON, Nov. 26, 2012 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Immunetics, Inc., an innovative developer of state-of-the-art assay technology for infectious disease diagnosis and blood screening, today announced that the company's Board of Directors has appointed John Yonkin ... Diagnostics, PersonnelImmunetics, BacTx, Lyme disease, Babesiosis, Chagas disease (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)


Friday 16 November 2012

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup from Johns Hopkins (with audio)

(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include steroid injections for sciatica, fungal injection following steroid injection, probiotics for Clostridium difficile infection, and recurrent versus relapsing Lyme disease. (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)


Thursday 15 November 2012

Lyme Rash Reappearance Probably Signals New Infection, Study Says

Title: Lyme Rash Reappearance Probably Signals New Infection, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/14/2012 6:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/15/2012 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 15 November 2012

Second cases of Lyme rash are often reinfection

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When the bulls-eye-shaped rash of Lyme disease reappears many months after treatment, the source is almost certainly a new tick bite and not a resurgence of the original infection, according to a new analysis of 17 patients. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Thursday 15 November 2012

Recurring Lyme Disease Symptoms Caused by New Infection, Study Finds

Research comparing the genetic signatures of Lyme bacteria in people who had the disease more than once challenges the notion that it has a tendency to turn into a chronic illness. (Source: NYT Health)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Lyme Disease Recurrences May Be Reinfections, Not RelapsesLyme Disease Recurrences May Be Reinfections, Not Relapses

Repeat episodes of Lyme disease (erythema migrans) in antibiotic-treated patients result from reinfection and not relapse. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Second cases of Lyme rash are often reinfection

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When the bulls-eye-shaped rash of Lyme disease reappears many months after treatment, the source is almost certainly a new tick bite and not a resurgence of the original infection, according to a new analysis of 17 patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

New Infection, Not Relapse, Brings Back Symptoms of Lyme Disease, Study Finds

Research comparing the genetic signatures of Lyme bacteria in people who had the disease more than once challenges the notion that it has a tendency to turn into a chronic illness. (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Lyme Rash Reappearance Probably Signals New Infection, Study Says

It's even more likely when bull's-eye rash shows up on different part of body Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Repeat Lyme Is Reinfection, Not Relapse (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- All patients successfully treated for Lyme disease with antibiotics who then had another episode of erythema migrans had a reinfection rather than a relapse, a small study showed. (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Newly Emerging Tick-Borne Afflictions Challenge Scientists To Improve Diagnosis And Surveillance

An emerging tick-borne disease that causes symptoms similar to malaria is expanding its range in areas of the northeast where it has become well-established, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health reported that from 2000 to 2008, cases of babesiosis - which invades red blood cells and is carried by the same tick that causes Lyme disease - expanded from 30 to 85 towns in Connecticut... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Recurrent Lyme Disease Rash in Treated Patients Usually Due to Reinfection, Not Relapse

(Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Tuesday 13 November 2012

Tick-Borne Illnesses in U.S. Move Beyond Lyme Disease

Title: Tick-Borne Illnesses in U.S. Move Beyond Lyme DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/12/2012 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/13/2012 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 11 November 2012

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen – review

Killer organisms and viruses that jump from animal to human are tracked down in this forensic studyLet's not beat around the bush. This is an extraordinary book. David Quammen has woven a story of incredible complexity; a detective story with a difference, with a host of murderers – all of them real. They are viruses, bacteria and single-celled organisms which infect other animals, but every now and then make the jump – spill over – to our own species. Each chapter follows the quest to track down a new villain. An international team of detectives works on the cases, and Quammen follows them as they uncover the traces which will lead them to the killers.After an opening chapter about a horrific virus which lays low horses and humans, the Ebola virus emerges through a dark tale, with p...


Monday 5 November 2012

FDA warns Tennessee company that online product claims violate federal law

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a Warning Letter to The Avalon Effect Inc., a company based in Franklin, Tenn., for its marketing of a light therapy product that claims to cure or treat symptoms of fungal meningitis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), concussions, Lyme disease, and other diseases. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 2 November 2012

New Tick Disease In Switzerland

Until now, we knew that ticks primarily transmit two pathogens to humans in Switzerland: the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi - which causes borreliosis - and the early-summer-meningoencephalitis virus, which can cause cerebral inflammation. Now, microbiologists from the University of Zurich confirm the existence of another tick disease in Switzerland - neoehrlichiosis. The pathogenic bacteria Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis was first discovered in ticks and rodents in Europe and Asia in 1999... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 30 October 2012

New Technique Enables Scientists To Step Up Hunt For Bacterial Genes Tied To Lyme Disease

Investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have accelerated the search for the bacterial genes that make the Lyme disease bacterium so invasive and persistent. The discovery could advance the diagnosis and treatment of this disease, which affects an estimated 30,000 Americans each year. The researchers have developed a new technique that allowed them to test 15 times more bacterial genes than had been evaluated in the previous 30 years to ascertain their roles in infection... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 26 October 2012

Scientists step up hunt for bacterial genes tied to Lyme disease

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that affects tens of thousands. It can lead to abnormalities in the nervous system, heart and joints. New research into the bacterium's genetic makeup could advance the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of the disease. A preclinical study by scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston appears in the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Thursday 25 October 2012

Scientists step up hunt for bacterial genes tied to lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that affects tens of thousands. It can lead to abnormalities in the nervous system, heart and joints. New research into the bacterium’s genetic makeup could advance the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of the disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 22 October 2012

Are magazines at the dentist a health risk? Publications 'can spread germs and should be thrown out after a week'

An NHS infection control worker advised Monica Symes, a dentist in Lyme Regis, Dorset, to throw out or recycle magazines because they could spread germs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 4 October 2012

Lyme disease: How a little tick can make you ill

Lyme disease — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, complications of this tick-borne illness. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)


Thursday 27 September 2012

Controlling the spread of diseases among humans, other animals and the environment

(National Science Foundation) West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus are all infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in incidence of these diseases? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Tuesday 25 September 2012

Stop. Look up, look down. There are natural wonders on your doorstep | Ian Vince

You don't have to pedalo up the Congo for spectacle. As a new category of cloud is being called for, here are five more delightsIt seems to be the prevailing belief that there is little left of the world to explore; Antarctica, the north pole, the Himalayan peaks, various inpenetrable rainforests and raging rivers, all have been "discovered" or, at least, provided a picturesque backdrop to the achievements and glory of a rakish adventurer or two. Perilous challenges of exploration or – depending on your opinion – desperate howls for attention, now have to try that bit harder and skiing down K2 or swimming the 2,000 miles of the Volga have become the next adventures. After that we've only got an attempt to pedalo up the Congo, hang-glide around a hurricane or cartwheel across the Kalaha...


Monday 24 September 2012

HHS Federal Research Update on Lyme Disease Diagnostics Activities, September 24, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Food and Drug Administration are committed to helping advance research and application toward new and improved laboratory diagnostics for Lyme disease. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)


Wednesday 12 September 2012

Lyme Disease: The Culprit or Just Taking the Blame?Lyme Disease: The Culprit or Just Taking the Blame?

Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, describes new research that sheds some additional light on Lyme disease. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 11 September 2012

Precautions For Tick-Borne Disease Extend "Beyond Lyme"

This year's mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States. Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast. While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, new research results emphasize that it is not the greatest cause for concern in most Southeastern states. The findings were published recently in a paper in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 10 September 2012

Video: Climate may be behind increase in bug-borne illness

West Nile virus has killed 87 Americans so far this year. Dr. William Schaffner, past President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, tells Gayle King and Charlie Rose why the weather may be causing an uptick in cases of West Nile, Lyme Disease and even the bubonic plague. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Friday 7 September 2012

Lyme Disease is Not the Only Tick-Borne Disease to Watch Out For

Precautions for Tick-Borne Disease Extend Beyond Lyme - Save the tick that bites you: it may not be the one you think. This year's mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States. Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast. (Source: Disabled World)


Friday 7 September 2012

Precautions for tick-borne disease extend 'beyond Lyme'

This year's mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States. Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast. While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, new research results emphasize that it is not the greatest cause for concern in most Southeastern states. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 5 September 2012

New Virus Tied to Ticks Poses Puzzle for Doctors

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention think [two men in Missouri] were infected by lone star ticks, meaning that there may be a frightening new addition to the list of tick-borne dangers that includes Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)


Monday 3 September 2012

New Tick-Borne Heartland Virus Has Scientists Puzzled

The so-called Heartland virus, never seen before, is the apparent cause of severe illness in two Missouri men who were bitten by ticks. (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 3 September 2012

Guidance For Retreatment Of Lyme Disease May Be Flawed

A new statistical review calls into question studies that have been taken as proof that antibiotic retreatment for chronic Lyme disease is futile. That misunderstanding has led to medical guidance that discourages retreatment and insurance coverage for it. Instead, the authors of the review suggest, the proper reading of the studies and their data is that they prove nothing. Most doctors treat Lyme disease with antibiotics for two to four weeks after diagnosis, but if symptoms persist after that, medical guidelines recommend against antibiotic retreatment... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 3 September 2012

Guidelines Advising Against Retreating Persistent Lyme Disease Questioned

(Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)


Thursday 30 August 2012

Lyme retreatment guidance may be flawed

A new statistical review calls into question studies that have been taken as proof that antibiotic retreatment for chronic Lyme disease is futile. That misunderstanding has led to medical guidance that discourages retreatment and insurance coverage for it. Instead, the authors of the review suggest, the proper reading of the studies and their data is that they prove nothing. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 28 August 2012

Insect bite in the park left me in agony for SIX years

Rebecca Lane had Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread to humans by ticks — tiny spider-like insects found in woodland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Friday 10 August 2012

Well: Think Like a Doctor: A Peculiar Heartbeat Solved!

Readers solve the mystery of a 31-year-old woman with thyroid disease who drives herself to the emergency room because of palpitations and a very slow heartbeat. (Source: NYT Health)


Monday 6 August 2012

Insect spread illnesses on the rise: how to protect your family

By  Carolyn Moriarty If you’ve been watching the news recently, you’re probably aware that mosquitos carrying eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been found in various areas across the country, including Massachusetts. EEE—and its less-dangerous counterpart, West Nile Virus—are two diseases that are spread to people by the bites of infected mosquitos. EEE is considered to be one of the most serious mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States. Inflammation of the brain, or encephalitis, is a frequent and life-threatening complication of EEE that may also lead to permanent neurological damage or coma. West Nile Virus is a much milder infection characterized by flu-like symptoms that generally go away on their own. There are things that area and state governments are doing to r...


Tuesday 31 July 2012

Top 10 Dorset seafood restaurants

Dorset deserves a gold medal for its fish and seafood restaurants. Nick Fisher, co-author of The River Cottage Fish Book, chooses 10 of the best family-friendly places, many overlooking the water from where their catch originatedCrab House Café, Wyke RegisI've known the Crab House since it first opened, serving fresh shucked oysters picked from its own oyster beds just outside the restaurant's front door. Oysters – in fact seafood of all sorts – is a passion of Nigel Bloxham the owner and chef, and the cafe is perfectly situated to buy fish fresh from the Portland and Weymouth day boats. On a sunny day there is almost Caribbean/Floridian feel to The Crab House. Portland harbour is home of some stunning wild shell fish too, and the special, of razor clams with chorizo and young sweet b...


Tuesday 31 July 2012

Lyme Disease - Test Your Knowledge About Lyme Disease

How much do you know about Lyme disease?: arthritis screening quiz osteoporosis screening lyme disease juvenile arthritis test your knowledge (Source: About.com Eating Disorders)


Monday 30 July 2012

Personal Health: Babesiosis May One Day Rival Lyme Disease

Babesiosis, which causes flulike symptoms and can be fatal, could eventually rival Lyme disease as the most common tick-borne ailment in the United States. (Source: NYT)


Monday 30 July 2012

Well: Babesiosis May One Day Rival Lyme Disease

Babesiosis, which causes flulike symptoms and can be fatal, could eventually rival Lyme disease as the most common tick-borne ailment in the United States. (Source: NYT Health)


Tuesday 24 July 2012

Lyme Disease Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

Title: Lyme Disease Quiz: Test Your Medical IQCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 6/15/2010 12:55:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/24/2012 6:39:59 PM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)


Friday 20 July 2012

Health Tip: Check Yourself for Ticks

Use a mirror to check hard-to-see places Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Thursday 19 July 2012

Opinionator | Townies: I'll Cover You

When government and insurance fell short, a community stepped in. (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 15 July 2012

News Analysis: Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

A developing model of infectious disease shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease — are a result of things people do to nature. (Source: NYT Health)


Friday 13 July 2012

CDC warns of tick-borne disease babesiosis

ATLANTA, July 13 (UPI) -- The tick that spreads Lyme disease also spreads babesiosis, a malaria-like parasitic disease reported in 1,100 cases in 2011, U.S. health officials say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Monday 2 July 2012

Lyme disease support group expects more to attend this year

Organizer expects more to attend support group's monthly meetings as spread of Lyme disease is on the rise. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)


Wednesday 27 June 2012

In Lyme Disease, Inflammatory Bacterial Deposits Remain After Antibiotic Treatment

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete B. burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through tick bites. The disease typically begins with a skin rash and is followed by fever, joint pain, and other flu-like symptoms. If diagnosed early, Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics; however, up to 25% of patients experience arthritis-like symptoms after treatment. The cause of this condition, termed antibiotic refractory Lyme arthritis, is currently unknown. In the current issue of the JCI, researchers led by Dr... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 25 June 2012

Inflammatory bacterial deposits remain after antibiotic treatment

(Journal of Clinical Investigation) To investigate antibiotic-refractory arthritis associated with Lyme disease, Dr. Linda Bockenstedt at Yale University and colleagues reported on a fluorescent form of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease to determine what happens to the bacteria during and after antibiotic treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Sunday 24 June 2012

Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease spread

MILLBROOK, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- A decline in foxes, not an increase in the deer population, may be responsible for the explosion of Lyme disease in parts of the United States, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Thursday 21 June 2012

Lyme disease experts fear disease explosion

A warming climate has health officials worried that tick populations are already spreading, bringing with them the germs that can lead to Lyme disease. (Source: CTV Health)


Monday 18 June 2012

Worst Summer Yet for Lyme Disease? (CME/CE, with video)

(MedPage Today) -- The summer of 2012 may turn out to be the worst ever for Lyme disease in the northeastern United States because of recent shifts in the acorn and white-footed mouse populations, despite advances in treatment, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 18 June 2012

UC Santa Cruz researchers find increase in Lyme disease mirrors drop in red fox numbers

(University of California - Santa Cruz) A continued increase of Lyme disease in the United States, once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, UC Santa Cruz researchers suggest in a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Tuesday 29 May 2012

New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise

In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks. Public health officials say that numbers of reported cases of diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are not yet alarming and have not yet shown a definitive trend upward from a national perspective. But they do worry that more ticks means more of a risk that those diseases will spike. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)


Friday 25 May 2012

Tick Talk: Lyme Disease Under The Microscope

Banking giant JPMorgan's multibillion-dollar trading loss is blamed on an executive's absence due to Lyme disease. And a mild winter has some scientists predicting a busy tick season ahead. A panel of experts discuss how the infection is contracted, why it's often misdiagnosed and the most effective treatment options.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Thursday 24 May 2012

MyViewPoints: Sharing information, connecting communities

Adrienne found online communities helpful when recovering from Lyme disease About two years ago I became very sick. After dealing with illness for a number of months I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. Suddenly I had an explanation for all the symptoms I was feeling: aches and pains, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, memory loss, upset stomachs, anxiety, depression. I was lucky to find a great local doctor and have a supportive network of friends and family to lean on. I took my prescribed antibiotics and felt better. I took time off from work and gave my body time to heal. Both played into my eventual recovery, as did the support network I found online. By connecting with an online Lyme disease community I learned what hurdles other people like me were facing, and how they bea...


Thursday 24 May 2012

New test shows potential for detecting active cases of Lyme disease

(George Mason University) George Mason University researchers can find out if a tick bite means Lyme disease well before the bite victim begins to show symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 14 May 2012

BORRELIA REMEDY (Borrelia Burgdorferi,) Liquid [Deseret Biologicals, Inc.]

Updated Date: May 14, 2012 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Wednesday 2 May 2012

Ötzi the Iceman scientists find 5,000-year-old blood sample

Oldest blood sample ever retrieved sheds new light on Ötzi's death and may help improve understanding of blood agingAs cold cases go, it does not get much colder than Ötzi the Iceman, whose body was found frozen solid in the Italian Alps 5,300 years after he died from an arrow wound.Since he was discovered by trekkers in 1991, scientists have mapped his DNA and figured out everything from what ailments he suffered from (Lyme disease and a weak heart) to the last meal he ate (venison and ibex) before he was shot in the back, probably by an enemy tribesman.Now, using advanced nanotechnology, they have located traces of Ötzi's blood, the oldest blood sample ever retrieved. The discovery sheds new light on his death and may change the way police study blood found at modern crime scenes."Up ...


Wednesday 2 May 2012

Ötzi the Iceman: scientists find 5,000-year-old blood sample

Oldest blood sample ever retrieved sheds new light on Ötzi's death and may help improve understanding of blood agingAs cold cases go, it does not get much colder than Ötzi the Iceman, whose body was found frozen solid in the Italian Alps 5,300 years after he died from an arrow wound.Since he was discovered by trekkers in 1991, scientists have mapped his DNA and figured out everything from what ailments he suffered from (Lyme disease and a weak heart) to the last meal he ate (venison and ibex) before he was shot in the back, probably by an enemy tribesman.Now, using advanced nanotechnology, they have located traces of Ötzi's blood, the oldest blood sample ever retrieved. The discovery sheds new light on his death and may change the way police study blood found at modern crime scenes."Up ...


Thursday 26 April 2012

Reinventing the Reel Presentation (Alan Lyme MSW)

Seattle Conference presentation material for facilitators/teachers of Motivational Interviewing skills. (Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded)


Tuesday 24 April 2012

Worried It Might be Lyme Disease? Consumers Can Go to Virtuwell.com for Online Diagnosis, Treatment

MINNEAPOLIS, April 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With an early start to the tick season, consumers can go to virtuwell.com to get a diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness. More than 900 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year in Minnesota according to the Minnesota Department of Health. (Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 19 April 2012

More bugs and bites? Protect your child from ticks and mosquitoes this season

We’re not the only ones who enjoyed the record-setting mild winter—ticks and mosquitoes have too. While normal winters produce hard freezes that kill off these pests or make them dormant, unseasonably warm temperatures allowed adult mosquitoes and ticks to live through it, creating early arrival and a potential population boom for some types of bugs. So how can you prepare your family for the early onslaught of ticks and mosquitoes? “Prevention is key,” says Catherine Lachenauer, MD, director of Infectious Diseases Outpatient Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Avoid areas at the edge of the woods with long grasses. Also, wearing long, light-colored clothing helps keep ticks from getting on the skin and makes it easier to recognize one on your body.” Ticks: An early ...


Tuesday 17 April 2012

FDA to rule on testing of Lyme disease drug

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to soon decide whether VGV-L, a drug candidate from Viral Genetics targeting chronic Lyme disease, can move to human trials. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Monday 16 April 2012

Surprising Study Results: More Cattle Means Less Lyme Disease

The abundance of cattle is the primary influence on the prevalence of two tick-borne pathogens, according to a paper in the April Applied and Environmental Microbiology. One of these, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis, and the other, Borrelia burgdorferi, causes Lyme disease. Read more... (Source: American Society for Microbiology)


Monday 16 April 2012

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

(American Society for Microbiology) In this month's issue: "More Cattle Means Less Lyme Disease;" "Texas Girl Loses Leg to Rare Thai Fungus;" "Gut Microbes of Cockroaches and Termites Compared;" and "Cyanobacterium Demonstrates Promise for Biotechnology Feedstock Production." (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 5 April 2012

Well: Think Like a Doctor: A Crooked Walk

Can you solve a medical mystery involving a 27-year-old woman with an odd gait and progressive weakness in her hips and legs? (Source: NYT)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 28 March 2012

INC Research to Close and Lay Off Most Employees

Old Lyme Company to Close and Lay Off Most Employees [the Day, New London, Conn.] From Day, The (New London, CT) (March 27, 2012) March 27--OLD LYME -- INC Research LLC, which announced the acquisition of Kendle International Inc. last spring, is... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)


Wednesday 28 March 2012

Health experts warn of hidden spread of Lyme disease

The number of Lyme disease cases in England and Wales has almost trebled since 2002 with experts warning the true number of people affected by the infection from ticks could be much higher. (Source: Telegraph Health)


Monday 26 March 2012

HPA advises public to be 'tick aware' to reduce the risk of Lyme disease

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is reminding people to be ‘tick aware’ this year and take sensible precautions to reduce their risk of Lyme disease, as Tick Bite Prevention Week (26 March – 1 April) begins. (Source: Health Protection Agency)


Monday 26 March 2012

Effect of Surveillance on Characteristics of Lyme DiseaseEffect of Surveillance on Characteristics of Lyme Disease

The epidemiology of Lyme disease may be subject to variation by surveillance method. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Wednesday 21 March 2012

Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: Expert

Title: Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: ExpertCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/20/2012 6:06:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 3/21/2012 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 20 March 2012

Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease

The reason is a steep drop in mouse populations, a tick's preferred host Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Tuesday 20 March 2012

Boom-And-Bust Acorn Crops And A Decline In Mice Leave Humans Vulnerable To Lyme Disease Infected Ticks

The northeastern U.S. should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter. So reports Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. What do acorns have to do with illness? Acorn crops vary from year-to-year, with boom-and-bust cycles influencing the winter survival and breeding success of white-footed mice... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 19 March 2012

Health roundup: Lyme season may be early

Ticks carrying Lyme disease may be out early, thanks to mild winter. Also: students play dangerous choking game, gyms stay open all night. (Source: USATODAY.com Health)


Monday 19 March 2012

A Mild Winter Means a Longer Tick Season

Entomologists say that an explosion of the tick population is unlikely, but just like humans and dogs, ticks appear to be enjoying the great outdoors a little earlier this year. (Source: NYT Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 18 March 2012

Surge in Lyme Disease Predicted for Northeastern U.S.

The northeastern U.S. should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter. So reports Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. (Source: Disabled World)


Friday 16 March 2012

Lyme disease surge predicted for Northeastern US: Due to acorns and mice, not mild winter

The northeastern US should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Friday 16 March 2012

Lyme disease surge predicted for the northeastern US

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The northeastern US should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter. So reports Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Thursday 15 March 2012

Tickborne Relapsing Fever in a Mother and Baby

Few people have likely heard of tickborne relapsing fever. Once they do, most will likely hope that they never get it. Tickborne relapsing fever, like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms of tickborne relapsing fever can include one to four recurring episodes of three day intervals of fever (which can get up to 106.7°F by the end of the episode), joint aches, muscle pain, headache, and nausea. The affected person is then free of symptoms for up to seven days before they have another symptomatic episode or "crisis."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)


Wednesday 7 March 2012

Viral Genetics Submits Pre-IND Document For Lyme Disease Drug Candidate To FDA

Viral Genetics announced recently that it has submitted a pre-IND briefing document to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Lyme Disease drug candidate, VGV-L, marking important milestones for both the Company and its supporters in the Lyme community. (Source: Pharmaceutical Online News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 7 March 2012

Predicting The Spread Of Lyme Disease Carrying Ticks Across Canada

Researchers are watching as ticks that carry Lyme disease colonize Canada, but their research aims to predict the communities most likely to be hit by this sickness. "Our findings will help community groups and government agencies to alert the Canadians who may be at risk of picking up Lyme disease - those of us who like to visit the outdoors in spring and summer, when nymphal ticks are active but difficult to spot because of their size," said lead author Patrick Leighton of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 6 March 2012

Woman reverses Lyme disease with raw milk fasting

A woman reports that she has reversed Lyme disease by fasting with raw milk. This is not a suggestion for Lyme disease suffers, but a confirmation that raw milk from grass fed cows does have health-promoting properties. Most Lyme disease sufferers clamor for antibiotics... (Source: NaturalNews.com)


Tuesday 6 March 2012

Predicting the spread of ticks across Canada

Researchers are watching as ticks that carry Lyme disease colonize Canada, but their research aims to predict the communities most likely to be hit by this sickness. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 5 March 2012

Testing for Lyme Disease: Follow the StepsTesting for Lyme Disease: Follow the Steps

When faced with a patient with potential Lyme disease, following the correct testing procedures will avoid false-negative and false-positive results. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape PublicHealth Headlines)


Wednesday 29 February 2012

Iceman Was a Medical Mess

Five-thousand-three-hundred-year-old "Ötzi" was at risk for heart disease, carried Lyme disease (Source: ScienceNOW)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 22 February 2012

Doctors Warn About Booming Tick Population

BOSTON (CBS) – They’re here. The mild winter temperatures we’re enjoying mean the danger from ticks and Lyme disease has arrived early. Normally at this time of year cold weather causes ticks to go dormant, but not this winter. We went to a park in Needham Tuesday with entomologist Dr. Richard Pollack to see how easy it is to find the ticks. He dragged a small piece of fabric along the vegetation and after a couple of passes, there were deer ticks on the cloth. WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports var videoCanvas = new WNVideoWidget("WNVideoCanvas", "wnVideo_6768210");videoCanvas.SetWidth(320);videoCanvas.SetHeight(240);videoCanvas.SetVariable("clipId", "6768210");videoCanvas.SetReportingKeywords("CBS.BOSTON");videoCanvas.SetAdvertisingZone("CBS.BOSTON/worldnowplayer");v...


Tuesday 7 February 2012

Lyme disease map pinpoints high-risk areas: Do you live in one?

Researchers from Yale School of Public Health collected ticks for three years to determine high-risk areas in order to bolster prevention (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 7 February 2012

New map pinpoints eastern U.S. Lyme disease risk areas

Researchers who spent three years dragging sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map they claim could improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. (Source: CTV Health)


Monday 6 February 2012

Map Shows Where in U.S. to Beware of Lyme Disease

Title: Map Shows Where in U.S. to Beware of Lyme DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/3/2012 6:06:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/6/2012 (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)


Monday 6 February 2012

What Is Chronic Lyme Disease?

: What Is Chronic Lyme Disease? There are two camps when it comes to discussing chronic Lyme disease (Source: About.com Eating Disorders)


Sunday 5 February 2012

Map Shows Where in U.S. to Beware of Lyme Disease

Northeast and parts of the Midwest are hotbeds of the tick-borne disease (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections)


Saturday 4 February 2012

Map pinpoints areas of Lyme disease

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A tick survey shows a risk of Lyme disease in the Northeast from Maine to Virginia, but most of the South free of Lyme disease-carrying ticks, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Friday 3 February 2012

Lyme Disease Ticks Endemic in Northeast, Northern MidwestLyme Disease Ticks Endemic in Northeast, Northern Midwest

Field researchers have generated a detailed map that they hope will guide appropriate diagnosis and more targeted treatment for patients suspected of having Lyme disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Friday 3 February 2012

New map pinpoints Lyme disease risk areas

Researchers who spent three years dragging sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map they claim could improve ... (Source: USATODAY.com Health)


Friday 3 February 2012

Areas Of Highest Human Risk For Lyme Disease In Eastern United States Detailed On New Map

A new map pinpoints well-defined areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases in North America, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of the most extensive Lyme-related field study ever undertaken, researchers found high infection risk confined mainly to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest and low risk in the South. The results were published in the February issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Wednesday 1 February 2012

Tick Tally Reveals Lyme Disease Risk

Researchers counted more than 5,000 ticks to calculate the risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S. Turns out the risk is high in the Northeast and nearly zero in the South.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)


Wednesday 1 February 2012

New map pinpoints areas of highest human risk for lyme disease in eastern United States

(Burness Communications) A new map pinpoints well-defined areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases in North America, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 25 January 2012

Study Of Pet Dogs Shows Lyme Disease Risk In UK Bigger Than Previously Thought

The risk of a person living in the UK becoming infected with Lyme disease is much greater than previously thought, according to a study from Bristol University that surveyed pet dogs to find out how many of them harboured the ticks that transmit the disease. The researchers, from Bristol University, reported their findings earlier this month in the journal Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Wednesday 25 January 2012

Dogs 'higher Lyme disease risk'

Ticks that can transmit Lyme disease may be more prevalent in the UK than realised, say researchers who have found out how many pet dogs harbour them. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Wednesday 25 January 2012

Survey of pet dogs indicates Lyme disease risk much greater than previous estimates suggest

Ticks infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease may be considerably more prevalent in the UK than expected, according to new research from the University of Bristol that used pet dogs as ‘sentinels’ for human disease risk. (Source: University of Bristol news)


Friday 6 January 2012

Cognitive decline can start at 45, research suggests

Brain deterioration starts earlier than previously thoughtRelated items from OnMedicaPublic warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme diseaseMulti-organisation launches new drive on dementiaNew tool "Sweet 16" reliably spots cognitive impairmentMRI can predict brain activity Vaccine linked to earlier onset of seizures in Dravet syndrome (Source: OnMedica Latest News)


Wednesday 4 January 2012

How can Lyme disease be prevented and controlled?

A new article assesses the potential reasons for the continued lack of success in prevention and control of Lyme disease and identifies areas where additional knowledge could be used to improve Lyme disease prevention and control strategies. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 21 December 2011

Lyme meningitis prediction rule validated

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A retrospective study confirms that the "Rule of 7's" tool can accurately identify children at low risk for Lyme meningitis. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Monday 19 December 2011

"Rule of 7s" Shows Accuracy in Lyme Meningitis Prediction"Rule of 7s" Shows Accuracy in Lyme Meningitis Prediction

The tool showed high reliability and simplicity in predicting a low risk for Lyme meningitis in children in a large multicenter cohort. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Monday 19 December 2011

First Aid for Lyme Disease After a Tick Bite

They come out in the spring, and each year they spread further – the ticks. Thirty percent of them transmit borrelia pathogens, the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis that can damage joints and organs. The disease often goes undetected. In the future, a new type of gel is intended to prevent an infection – if applied after a tick bite. (Source: Disabled World)


Monday 19 December 2011

First aid after tick bites

They come out in the spring, and each year they spread further – the ticks. Thirty percent of them transmit borrelia pathogens, the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis that can damage joints and organs. The disease often goes undetected. In the future, a new type of gel is intended to prevent an infection – if applied after a tick bite. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 15 December 2011

Compounding for Lyme disease

Lyme disease may be the most rewarding compounding niche that most pharmacists have never considered. (Source: Drug Topics - Top News)


Monday 12 December 2011

Ticks with bacteria that may cause Lyme disease found in N.S.

A community in southwestern Nova Scotia has been added to a list of places where ticks have been found to carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. (Source: CTV Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 8 December 2011

Video: HealthPop: Blemish barriers, ticking timebomb, resting rumps

CBS News.com's Nick Dietz cracks the facts on facial scars' impact on job interviews; also, a record year for Lyme disease; and sitting around a lot gives you a big butt. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Saturday 3 December 2011

Boom and Bust in Acorns Will Affect Many Creatures, Including Humans

A dearth this year of the familiar autumn seeds will probably lead to a steep drop in the population of field mice, and a particularly dangerous season for Lyme disease. (Source: NYT Health)


Sunday 23 October 2011

Alessandra Luchini: nanoparticle traps detect diseases before our bodies do

A brilliant molecular-level test for signs of cancers developed by Alessandra Luchini promises far-reaching applicationsAlessandra Luchini is an engineer at George Mason University, Washington DC. Enabled by a grant from the Italian health service, she travelled to the US to study the molecular signs that some cancers release into the bloodstream. She was recently named in Popular Science's 'Brilliant 10' – an award for the achievements of scientists under 30.Why did you choose this line of research? We know that cancers have biomarkers that exist in the blood and body fluid in very low concentration, but they are volatile and degrade very quickly. So we were looking for something that current technology did not allow us to seek. We needed to figure out some kind of answer to that.Why di...


Friday 14 October 2011

Chronic Lyme Disease: The Controversies and the ScienceChronic Lyme Disease: The Controversies and the Science

Chronic lyme disease lacks an accepted clinical definition and objective evidence of the infection, yet patients are still seeking treatment. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Sunday 25 September 2011

The job: Head of biodevelopment

Frank Milward has developed a number of vaccines, including one to control Lyme disease in dogs, and is working on several others (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 19 September 2011

New Tick-Borne Disease, Distantly Related to Lyme, Is Found

The disease is caused by a spirochete bacterium called Borrelia miyamotoi, which is distantly related to Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease. (Source: NYT Health)


Friday 16 September 2011

When Ticks Transmit Dangerous Pathogens Local Antibiotic Therapy Stops Lyme Disease

Blood-sucking ticks are not just a nuisance, they can also transmit dangerous diseases. One of them is Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia, and requires a course of treatment with antibiotics lasting several weeks. LMU researchers have come up with a quicker alternative. Lyme disease is a dangerous disease which is transmitted by ticks. Blood-sucking ticks ingest the agents that cause the disease bacteria of the species Borrelia burgdorferi and its relatives during a blood meal, and subsequently transmit them to the next victim they feast on, often a person... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 15 September 2011

When ticks transmit dangerous pathogens

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Blood-sucking ticks are not just a nuisance, they can also transmit dangerous diseases. One of them is Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia, and requires a course of treatment with antibiotics lasting several weeks. LMU researchers have come up with a quicker alternative. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Thursday 8 September 2011

Chronic pain: Watch out before accepting diagnosis and treatment

Experts argue that patients should be diligent in demanding proof of safety and benefit before beginning chronic pain treatment, as some medications have little evidence that they alleviate conditions for which they are prescribed. The experts dispel myths surrounding chronic Lyme disease, using it as an example of why patients ensure that diagnostic and treatment tools are approved by the FDA and not just recommended by other patients and physicians. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 24 August 2011

Why Our Thoughts Keep Us Lost

Two weeks after I move to Westchester, I meet a suburban mom who tells me about an amazing meditation teacher in town I just have to meet.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 17 August 2011

BORRELIA REMEDY (Borrelia Burgdorferi,) Liquid [Apotheca Company]

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2011 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Thursday 11 August 2011

The Jurassic coastline of Lyme Regis – in pictures

Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson travels to Lyme Regis in Dorset to photograph the Jurassic coastGraeme Robertson (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)


Thursday 11 August 2011

Tracking Lyme Disease in Dogs May Help Protect Humans

Title: Tracking Lyme Disease in Dogs May Help Protect HumansCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/10/2011 2:06:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/11/2011 (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)


Sunday 7 August 2011

Lyme Disease Research - More Aggressive Treatments

Lyme Disease Research, Legislation Allows More Aggressive Treatments for Sufferers. (Source: Disabled World)


Wednesday 3 August 2011

New Tick-Borne Illness Infects Midwesterners

Experts expect ehrlichiosis, like Lyme disease, will spread across U.S. (Source: Primary Care News - Doctors Lounge)


Wednesday 3 August 2011

New Strain of Tick-Borne Disease Discovered

A new strain of ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease, is being spread by deer ticks, the same ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. (Source: WebMD Health)


Wednesday 3 August 2011

New Tick-Borne Illness Infects Midwesterners

Experts expect ehrlichiosis, like Lyme disease, will spread across U.S. Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 3 August 2011

New Strain of Tick-Borne Disease Discovered

A new strain of ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease, is being spread by deer ticks, the same ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. (Source: WebMD Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 29 July 2011

Video: Dr. Ashton answers viewer health questions

CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton answers viewer health questions on issues like high blood pressure, hydrating in the heat, lyme disease and food allergies. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Tuesday 26 July 2011

LYME (Baptisia Tinctoria, Echinacea, Hydrastis Canadensis, Arsenicum Album, Bryonia, Chelidonium Majus, Colchicum Autumnale Kalmia Latifolia,) Liquid [Apotheca Company]

Updated Date: Jul 26, 2011 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))


Tuesday 19 July 2011

Lyme disease detected in the province

Albertans should take precautions against Lyme disease as ticks carrying the disease have been identified in the province. So far this year, 5 ticks have tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The ticks were found on 4 dogs and a cat. These pets live in the Calgary and Edmonton areas and the ticks were submitted by veterinarians to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) for testing. A bite by an infected tick can cause illness in people, wildlife and domestic animals if the tick remains attached for longer than 24 hours. (Source: Alberta.ca from- Health and Wellness)


Wednesday 13 July 2011

Lyme doctor with troubled past offers controversial treatment

Banned from surgery, ex-Illinois physician now specializes in disease that's doubted by key medical groupsWhen Dr. Jeffrey Piccirillo moved to Grinnell, Iowa, the surgeon had been sued multiple times over allegations of malpractice, personal injury and negligence. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)


Monday 11 July 2011

Clue to What Makes Lyme Bacteria Tick

Mice infected with the Lyme bacteria exhibited an unusual immune response that may explain why Lyme disease recurs in some people, researchers found. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 11 July 2011

Heads Up For Lyme Disease This Season And Ways To Defend

Watch out for ticks! The Tick is a cartoon, a square-jawed, muscular, bright blue-costumed figure with antennae sticking up from his head, but we are actually talking about the bugs which happen to be the leading cause of lyme disease (LD). LD manifests itself as a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, LD is almost always readily cured... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 11 July 2011

Lyme disease on rise in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, July 10 (UPI) -- With the infection rate of Lyme disease climbing, some Wisconsin residents say doctors in the state need to step up their game when it comes to treatment. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Friday 8 July 2011

A deadly new reason to avoid deer ticks

Move over, Lyme disease: Another tick-borne illness is on the rise in various parts of the country, and this one can kill. (Source: USATODAY.com Health)


Wednesday 6 July 2011

A Deadly New Reason to Avoid Deer Ticks

A little-known illness they're spreading can be fatal, especially to people with a weak immune system Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 29 June 2011

Video: Babesiosis: Illness ticks spread on the rise

Debbye Turner Bell reports on the dangerous blood disease Babesiosis, spread by the same ticks that cause Lyme Disease, and gives some important information on how at-risk patients can protect themselves. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Monday 27 June 2011

Lyme disease symptoms? Bull's-eye rash isn't whole story

Residents in high-risk areas should look for symptoms that start as flu-like but may turn into serious complications (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Friday 24 June 2011

Lyme disease self-defense? It's more than bug spray

Lyme disease cases have tripled since 1995, 95 percent of cases occur in 12 states (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)


Friday 24 June 2011

Borrelia infection in ticks in Norway

The most common tick-borne disease in humans is Lyme borreliosis. Extensive field and laboratory tests have revealed that the Borrelia bacterium is present in a larger proportion of ticks than has been shown by earlier studies. Another finding is that migratory birds play an important role in the spreading of ticks and pathogenic agents borne by ticks. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 23 June 2011

Adaptation By Lyme Disease Tick

A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously appreciated. Led by researchers at the University of Illinois, the study gives an up-close view of one region affected by the steady march of deer ticks across the upper Midwest. Their advance began in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is moving at a pace of up to two counties a year in Illinois and Indiana... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

Well: A New Worry About Tick Bites

A potentially devastating infection caused by tick bites is showing up on the East Coast, government researchers have found. (Source: NYT Health)


Tuesday 21 June 2011

Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairie

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously appreciated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Monday 20 June 2011

Once Rare, Infection by Tick Bites Spreads

Another infection caused by tick bites is spreading in the Lower Hudson Valley, and in other parts of the Northeast and the Upper Midwest. (Source: NYT Health)


Friday 17 June 2011

Lyme Disease Bacteria Take Cover In Lymph Nodes

The bacteria that cause Lyme disease, one of the most important emerging diseases in the United States, appear to hide out in the lymph nodes, triggering a significant immune response, but one that is not strong enough to rout the infection, report researchers at the University of California, Davis. Results from this groundbreaking study involving mice may explain why some people experience repeated infections of Lyme disease. The study appears online in the journal Public Library of Science Biology.... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 17 June 2011

Lyme disease bacteria take cover in lymph nodes

The bacteria that cause Lyme disease appear to hide out in the lymph nodes, triggering a significant immune response, but one that is not strong enough to rout the infection, report researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 6 June 2011

Tracking outbreaks online

flickr/warrentedarrest Are you looking to read reviews about the new Greek restaurant that opened up down the street? Google it. In an argument about who drove in the final runs in the Red Sox’s 2004 world series run? Google is right there to let you know it was Trot Nixon. While most of us use Google for seemingly trivial purposes, (I know Sox fans, ’04 was anything BUT trivial in your eyes) researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston are using the powerful search engine to fight disease. John Brownstein, PhD A team from the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), led by John Brownstein, PhD, put their heads together with people from Google and found that web-based search data is a great info sharing source for citizens and public health officials alike. With this in m...


Wednesday 1 June 2011

Ticked Off

DR. WILKOFF practices general pediatrics in a multispecialty group practice in Brunswick, Maine. I recently surveyed my partners and learned that over the last 5 years, they have lost only two patients to “chronic Lyme disease.” Considering that we've got droves of ticks, we should be proud of that statistic – but when I say “lost,” I'm not referring to mortality. Although we have seen plenty of Lyme disease and one young man ended up in the ICU with heart block, we haven't had any deaths that could be attributed to the disease. The losses I am referring to are patients who found their ways to other physicians and were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. (Source: Pediatric News)


Wednesday 25 May 2011

Lyme disease lies - and truths

Lyme disease season is just around the corner. Do you know how to protect your family? (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 24 May 2011

VIDEO: Top tips for avoiding ticks

Jolyon Medlock from the Health Protection Agency's tick surveillance project explains how we can catch Lyme disease from ticks and what we can do to protect ourselves. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Tuesday 24 May 2011

VIDEO: Tick attack

What is Lyme disease and how do you protect yourself? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Saturday 21 May 2011

Lyme disease tripled from 1992 to 2009

ATLANTA, May 21 (UPI) -- The reported annual number of U.S. Lyme disease cases tripled from 1992 to 2009, with children most at risk for the disease, federal health officials say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Saturday 21 May 2011

Barnstable Lyme Disease Program Has New Tool To Fight Deer Ticks

Researchers on the Cape are hoping a plastic contraption called the Four Poster Deer Feeding Station is part of the solution to a growing threat of Lyme disease. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 20 May 2011

CDC Observes Lyme Disease Awareness Month

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds Americans to learn about this common tickborne disease and take steps to protect themselves if they live in or visit areas with Lyme disease activity. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness (or disease transmitted to humans by ticks, mosquitoes or fleas) in the United States, with nearly 30,000 confirmed cases reported in 2009... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 17 May 2011

PCR Not a Reliable Test for Active Lyme Arthritis

Patients who still have arthritis after 2 to 3 months of oral and intravenous antibiotics are unlikely to harbor live Borrelia burgdorferi in synovial fluid or tissue and should receive DMARDs. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Tuesday 17 May 2011

Deer Tick Bacteria DNA In Joint Fluid Not Reliable Marker Of Active Lyme Arthritis

New research shows that polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Borrelia burgdorferi DNA-the spirochetal bacteria transmitted by deer ticks-in joint fluid may confirm the diagnosis of Lyme arthritis, but is not a reliable indicator for active joint infection in patients whose arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy. Findings of this study are published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Lyme disease is caused by the B... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 17 May 2011

Deer tick bacteria DNA in joint fluid not reliable marker of active lyme arthritis

(Wiley-Blackwell) New research shows that polymerase chain reaction testing for Borrelia burgdorferi DNA -- the spirochetal bacteria transmitted by deer ticks -- in joint fluid may confirm the diagnosis of Lyme arthritis, but is not a reliable indicator for active joint infection in patients whose arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy. Findings of this study are published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Monday 16 May 2011

What Causes Vertigo in Children?

Discussion Dizziness is an abnormal sensation relative to position and space which is often vague. It includes imbalance, motion intolerance, light-headedness, unsteadiness, floating or tilting sensations. Dizziness can be caused by cardiovascular, CNS or systemic diseases. Vertigo is a subtype of dizziness that has a rotary or spinning sensation. Objects rotate around the patient or the patient rotates around the objects. Vertigo is usually categorized into peripheral or central causes. Central vertigo emanates from a CNS location, and may have other CNS symptoms such as headaches, aura, motor, sensory or visual symptoms such as tinnitis or hearing loss. Symptoms usually last longer and may increase in number, frequency or intensity. Peripheral vertigo emanates from a non-CNS location an...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 13 May 2011

Deadly Lyme disease on increase as more of us spend time outdoors

Why a tick bite could ruin your summer if you develop Lyme Disease (Source: Telegraph Health)


Monday 9 May 2011

The Tick: May Is Heads Up For Lyme Disease Month

Watch out for ticks! The Tick is a cartoon, a square-jawed, muscular, bright blue-costumed figure with antennae sticking up from his head, but we are actually talking about the bugs which happen to be the leading cause of lyme disease (LD). LD is a real thing and this month happens to be LD Awareness Month. LD manifests itself as a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Sunday 8 May 2011

Lyme Disease Cases Rose 21% In Minnesota, Human Anaplasmosis Rate Rose Rapidly

A record number of people in Minnesota were infected with tick-borne diseases in 2010. With the arrival of the 2011 tick season, authorities are urging people to be especially careful to protect themselves from the black-legged tick. The black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick, carries the three most common tick-born diseases, and some others. According to MDH (Minnesota Department of Health), the total number of reported cases in 2010 in the state were: Babesiosis - 31 cases in 2009... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 5 May 2011

State Activates Dead Bird Reporting Hotline to Track West Nile Virus

Lyme disease cases increased 35 percent in 2010, and state health officials are urging people to take precautions against tick bites as warm spring weather triggers more "blacklegged" or "deer" tick activity. Infected blacklegged ticks can carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases including anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)


Thursday 5 May 2011

Lyme Disease Remains a Health Threat in Wisconsin

Lyme disease cases increased 35 percent in 2010, and state health officials are urging people to take precautions against tick bites as warm spring weather triggers more "blacklegged" or "deer" tick activity. Infected blacklegged ticks can carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases including anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 14 April 2011

Tick Lyme Disease Off Your Holiday List

The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease. Latest provisional figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there were 953 laboratory-confirmed cases of Lyme disease reported in England and Wales in 2010. The majority of these cases were acquired in the UK rather than overseas, with two-thirds of cases identified among residents in the South of England... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 14 April 2011

Tick Lyme disease off your holiday list

The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease. (Source: Health Protection Agency)


Monday 11 April 2011

Lyme Disease-Bearing Ticks Spread Into the Area

The infection, once located primarily in New England and the mid-Atlantic and north-central states, is moving westward through Pennsylvania. In 2009, according to a state-by-state report issued by the CDC, Pennsylvania had 4,950 confirmed cases plus 772 probable ones. That's up from 3,985 cases in 2004. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)


Wednesday 6 April 2011

Health Tip: Help Prevent Lyme Disease

Things you can do to ward off infected ticks (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections)


Thursday 31 March 2011

B.C. announces $2M to study Lyme, chronic fatigue

Health officials in British Columbia announced $2 million for a study and new centre that will focus on screening, diagnoses and treatment of patients with fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. (Source: CTV Health)


Wednesday 23 March 2011

Pass notes, No 2,947: European meadow tick

Keep a careful eye on your pet - these little parasites have jumped the Channel and could be living in a wood or field near you, loaded with nasty diseasesAge: Hard to tell. Unlike most Europeans, they don't carry documentation.Appearance: Anchored to the flesh of your beloved canine companion.Poor Fido. Still, dogs are always getting ticks. 'Tis the way of things. But not quite like this. The European meadow tick – or Dermacentor reticulates – is a recent interloper.You mean it's a foreign bloodsucker? Has someone called the Daily Mail? They could really go places with this. A study by veterinary parasitologists at the University of Bristol has discovered the non-native species on dogs in south-east England and west Wales.Those things can really jump, can't they? That's not quite how ...


Wednesday 23 March 2011

What’s New in Lyme Disease?

In the next few minutes, nationally recognized expert, Dr Robert Schoen, will discuss the latest findings Lyme disease. (Source: Consultant Live)


Wednesday 23 March 2011

Ticks from Europe found in British dogs

Conclusion Ticks are known to carry various diseases, including Lyme disease, which can affect humans as well as other animals. The value of this study lies in the fact that it used a large randomised sample of dogs from across the UK to assess tick infestation. However, it is not certain whether the prevalence of ticks among dogs seen in veterinary practices is representative of the prevalence in the dog population as a whole. It is possible that dogs taken to the vet are more likely to have ticks and to be showing symptoms. Also, as the researchers note, data from 43 practices was removed from the analysis of prevalence because there was a possibility that veterinary staff had misunderstood the protocol. The researchers consider 43 to be a small number of practices, but they represent al...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Sunday 13 March 2011

Warning as ticks carry disease south

DOCTORS are warning that debilitating tick-borne Lyme disease appears to be moving from its traditional Highland heartlands and spiralling in other parts of the country. (Source: Scotsman.com News - Health)


Thursday 10 March 2011

Under-the-Radar Tick Diseases Spreading Across the U.S.

All of these non-Lyme tick diseases attack victims in a similar way, bringing on fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain — making it easy to misdiagnose them as anything from flu to meningitis, Dr. Wormser says. If the patient remembers finding a tick, or develops a rash, that's a big clue. If not, "it is somewhat common for these to be missed. The symptoms resemble so many other common viral infections," says Gregory A. Storch, M.D., a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, which created a multidisciplinary tickborne-disease research team because cases have surged there. This lack of awareness can be deadly. Tickborne infections cause only minor or no symptoms in some people but become dire in others. Rocky Mountain spotted fever,...


Friday 4 March 2011

Personal Health Transformation Video Contest won with story of healing Lyme Disease

(NaturalNews) The latest video contest on NaturalNews.TV -- the Personal Health Transformation Video Contest -- just wrapped up earlier this week. The contest invited participants to post their true video stories of how they've used natural healing therapies to overcome serious health challenges.The contest was sponsored by YogaBody (www.YogaBodyNaturals.com), Healthforce Nutritionals (www.Healthforce.com) and Purest Colloids (www.PurestColloids.com), all of which pledged valuable products to the top three winners. In addition, NaturalNews.TV is awarding $500 to the first place winner, and $250 to each of the 2nd and 3rd place winners.The official winners are:1st place: My Natural Recovery from Lyme and Vaccine Damage (by Alix) - 1,083 votes http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=48B2719E75E7528DB4...


Wednesday 2 March 2011

Infrared Saunas: Can They Relieve Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Infrared saunas have developed a strong following because they offer so many benefits. (Source: Disabled World)


Wednesday 2 March 2011

TV review: Horizon: Are We Still Evolving? and Neighbourhood Watched

Are we still evolving? is not really a yes-or-no question. How irritatingI had a strong urge to skip to the end of Horizon: Are We Still Evolving? (BBC2) to find out the answer. In fact, for me the ideal programme on the subject would be 30 seconds long and called Are We Still Evolving – Yes Or No? I might even let them string it out to a minute, just in case the explanation is a bit complicated.What we got from this Horizon was more or less what I expected: an hour-long seesaw ride, with scientists supporting the "No, we've stopped evolving" case alternating with those whose work supports the other view. In real life, I doubt these scientists actually disagree on anything as basic as this question. It's not really a yes-or-no question at all. How irritating.I do like presenter Alice Rob...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 25 February 2011

Lyme disease misdiagnosed in Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Two dozen Canadians who were told they tested negatively for Lyme disease were in fact ill with the tick-borne illness, health officials said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Friday 25 February 2011

24 Lyme disease tests gave incorrect results

The Public Health Agency of Canada says a review of its Lyme disease testing methods has turned up 24 patients in five provinces who received false-negative test results. (Source: CTV Health)


Friday 25 February 2011

Fighting Malaria, Lyme & Other Diseases With Transgenic Fungi

New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists indicate that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tool for combating malaria, at a time when the effectiveness of current pesticides against malaria mosquitoes is declining... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 25 February 2011

Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Title: Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue SyndromeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/24/2011 4:05:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/25/2011 (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 25 February 2011

Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteomes Differentiate Diseases

Neurologic post-treatment Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can be differentiated by group-specific and individual cerebrospinal fluid protein complements, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in PLoS ONE. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Thursday 24 February 2011

Spinal Fluids Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Lyme Disease Patients Have Distinct Protein "Fingerprints"

This study now questions that assumption... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 24 February 2011

Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Strong evidence suggests that the central nervous system is involved in both conditions Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Thursday 24 February 2011

Chronic fatigue, Lyme patients have unique differences: study

Scientists have discovered proteins in spinal fluid that can distinguish people with two mysterious illnesses that mimic each other -- chronic fatigue syndrome and a kind of chronic Lyme disease. (Source: CTV Health)


Thursday 24 February 2011

Spinal Fluid Proteins Distinguish Lyme Disease From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Patients who suffer from Neurologic Post Treatment Lyme disease (nPTLS) and those with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome report similar symptoms. However unique proteins discovered in spinal fluid can distinguish those two groups from one another and also from people in normal health, according to new research conducted by a team led by Steven E. Schutzer, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Jersey Medical School, and Richard D. Smith, Ph.D., of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 24 February 2011

Spinal Fluid May Hold Clues to Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Strong evidence suggests that the central nervous system is involved in both conditions (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Neurology)


Monday 21 February 2011

What Causes Rhabdomyolysis?

Discussion Rhabdomyolysis was first described in 1881, and in 1941 a case series of crush victims from the Battle of Britain described rhabdomyolysis and subsequent acute renal failure. Injury to the skeletal muscle that results in leakage of the intracellular content into the plasma defines rhabdomyolysis or literally the dissolution of the skeletal muscle. Causes of the initial injury are numerous (see below). Rhabdomyolysis in adults is classically described by muscle weakness, myalgia and dark urine. But this triad is not common in children. In a 2005 study of 210 children, 45% had myalgia, 38% had muscle weakness, and 3.6% had dark urine. Only 1 patient had all 3 symptoms. Other signs and symptoms include fever, nausea, emesis, abdominal tenderness and decreased reflexes. Laborator...


Thursday 17 February 2011

Drawing with dinosaurs: in praise of the artist's impression

It doesn't matter if they look unrealistic – we've always longed to imagine the creatures of lost worldsArt is not only for artists. Painting and drawing have uses that go way beyond the needs of art galleries – like portraying dinosaurs, for example. A while ago at the Natural History Museum in London I heard a great talk by a palaeontologist – I wish I had made a note of his name – about his specialism, which is creating pictures of extinct animals based on their fossil remains. How can you reconstruct, from the evidence of a spiralling stone shell, the soft, living body of an Ammonite? He showed how comparison with a modern animal, the Nautilus, can help, and challenged the audience to sketch our own idea of an Ammonite.Books on dinosaurs and other ancient life forms are full of...


Thursday 17 February 2011

Decreased Lyme Disease Risk To Humans As Tick Population Plummets In Absence Of Lizard Hosts

The Western fence lizard's reputation for helping to reduce the threat of Lyme disease is in jeopardy. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that areas where the lizard had been removed saw a subsequent drop in the population of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. "Our expectation going into this study was that removing the lizards would increase the risk of Lyme disease, so we were surprised by these findings," said study lead author Andrea Swei, who conducted the study while she was a Ph.D. student in integrative biology at UC Berkeley... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Wednesday 16 February 2011

Viral Genetics’ Researcher and Advisor Set To Share Award

Time for Lyme Will Honor Dr. M. Karen Newell Rogers and Mr. Richard Gerstner(PRWeb February 15, 2011)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/02/prweb5072004.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 15 February 2011

Tick population plummets in absence of lizard hosts

(University of California - Berkeley) The Western fence lizard's reputation for helping to reduce the threat of Lyme disease is in jeopardy. A new study led by UC Berkeley researchers found that areas where the lizard had been removed saw a subsequent drop in the population of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. The decline in tick numbers suggests a decreased risk of human exposure to Lyme disease when the lizard is gone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)


Monday 14 February 2011

Joint Effusions Signal Possible Lyme Arthritis

Children with joint effusions in a Lyme-endemic area of the Northeastern United States may have Lyme arthritis, especially if there is knee involvement, according to a study published in the Feb. 2 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Tuesday 8 February 2011

Country diary: Yeo Valley, Somerset

I went down to Mudford in the Yeo valley to meet a friend who really knows his natural surroundings, especially insects and plants. His regular route of four miles or so takes him beside the Yeo to the secluded village of Trent and back across the fields, but this time we stayed inside, under the thatch and out of the wind and rain, talking of things that had struck him in these past, exceptionally cold weeks.A sign of life on Christmas Day, defying the ice outside, had been a moth on the window. This was, he said, the unimaginatively named winter moth, which has its own equivalent of an anti-freeze system and can thus be on the wing when others are hibernating. He had also seen fieldfares foraging in his garden. Conditions have brought small groups into village gardens from the open field...


Wednesday 2 February 2011

Physicians, veterinarians learn from each other at first-ever 'Zoobiquity' conference

A second grader and a Shih Tzu dog can both experience separation anxiety when their caregivers leave. A dangerous brain tumor manifests itself similarly in an alpaca and a school principal. West Nile virus attacks a flamingo in the same way it assails a nursing-home resident.     Behind the skin, fur and feathers, humans and animals are profoundly alike; they carry vastly similar genetics and have tremendous overlap in their health and disease. Yet while veterinary and human medicine come together periodically to address topics such as food safety and emerging infections, the two fields mostly operate separately. But because they are often confronted with similar clinical challenges, experts say both fields will benefit from more cross-disciplinary interaction. &n...


Wednesday 2 February 2011

Effective treatment of Lyme-disease-related arthritis depends on proper diagnosis

(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Early, correct diagnosis is the best way to prevent the development of Lyme arthritis in individuals with the tick-borne illness, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons . In patients who do develop the condition, most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics, the review found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 1 February 2011

How will research on neurologic Lyme disease need to change to identify better treatments?

DR. HALPERIN is a professor of neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and is medical director of the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and chair of the department of neurosciences at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He has served as an expert witness defending physicians accused of failure to diagnose nervous system Lyme disease. (Source: Clinical Neurology News)


Wednesday 19 January 2011

The Role of Vertebrate Hosts in Tick-Borne Infections

Abstract: Ticks require vertebrate hosts for survival and reproduction and can acquire pathogens when they ingest blood. Reservoir competency, however, varies greatly. Some rodents, such as white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus), are efficient reservoirs for Borrelia burgdorferi infections and infect attached larval and nymphal Ixodes scapularis ticks. Although white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) probably do not efficiently pass Lyme disease spirochetes to ticks when these ectoparasites feed, they are reservoirs for Ehrlichia chaffeensis (the agent for human monocytic ehrlichiosis). Deer are important hosts for I. scapularis and Amblyomma americanum adults, and as the number of deer has increased over the past four decades, there has been a corresponding sharp rise in abundanc...


Tuesday 18 January 2011

ADHD is not FRED-PG13

These postings are organized around the theme of time- and goal-management.  One of the more common disorders which impacts effective budgeting of time is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   And for those who diagnose and treat ADHD, an important clinical issue is distinguishing ADHD from Bipolar Disorder.  Bipolar disorder is less common among children than is ADHD but the clinical presentation - at least in the one-time office visit - can be frustratingly similar.Bipolar Disorder and Its VariantsSome estimates suggest that bipolar disorder occurs in about 1% of the population, with perhaps 4-6% of the population meeting the criteria for a "soft spectrum" bipolar variant. Almost certainly, the uptick we've noticed in bipolar diagnoses over the past sever...


Saturday 15 January 2011

'Essential benefits' a complex question in new health-care law

Should health insurers have to cover treatment of Lyme disease? What about speech therapy for autistic children? Or infertility treatments? (Source: Wash Post Health)


Thursday 13 January 2011

TICKED (Calendula Officinalis, Phytolacca Decandra, Borrelia Burgdorferi, Adrenalinum, Ledum Palustre, Aconitum Napellus, Arnica Montana,) Liquid [Apotheca Company]

Updated Date: Jan 13, 2011 EST (Source: DailyMed Drug Label Updates for the last seven days (since May 20, 2007 EST))

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 7 January 2011

Lyme Disease a Rare Cause of Death: Study

While controversy still brews over the long-term effects of Lyme disease, a new U.S. study concludes that the tick-borne illness rarely causes death. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Thursday 6 January 2011

Lyme disease a rare cause of death: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While controversy still brews over the long-term effects of Lyme disease, a new government study concludes that the tick-borne illness is rarely a cause of death in the U.S. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Wednesday 5 January 2011

Federal Register: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia Burgdorferi; Availability

FDA is issuing this draft guidance to provide industry and agency staff with recommendations for studies to establish the analytical and clinical performance of in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) intended for the detection of antibodies to Borrelia... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)


Wednesday 5 January 2011

Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff - Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection of Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi

FDA is issuing this draft guidance to provide industry and agency staff with recommendations for studies to establish the analytical and clinical performance of in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) intended for the detection of antibodies to Borrelia... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)


Monday 27 December 2010

On the front lines of chronic Lyme disease

Dr. Bernard Raxlen arrived at Manhattan's glamorous Gotham Hall on a cool autumn night in 2008 to receive a humanitarian award. With a lime-green advocacy ribbon pinned to his dapper black suit, Raxlen joined partygoers sipping martinis below a stained-... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 9 December 2010

Chronic Lyme disease scams dangerous in many ways

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune included a long feature story by reporters Patricia Callahan and Trine Tsouderos on a nationwide scare over a non-existent malady called chronic Lyme disease. (Source: Health Facts and Fears)


Wednesday 8 December 2010

Chronic Lyme disease: A dubious diagnosis

Dr. Bernard Raxlen arrived at Manhattan's glamorous Gotham Hall on a cool autumn night in 2008 to receive a humanitarian award. With a lime-green Lyme disease advocacy ribbon pinned to his dapper black suit, Raxlen joined partygoers sipping martinis... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)


Tuesday 7 December 2010

A dubious diagnosis

There's little good evidence that 'chronic Lyme disease' exists. Yet doctors are treating it with drugs that put patients and the public at risk. Dr. Bernard Raxlen arrived at Manhattan's glamorous Gotham Hall on a cool autumn night in 2008 to receive... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)


Tuesday 7 December 2010

Also In Global Health News: Infectious Disease; Aid Money Needed For Afghanistan, Haiti; Increasing Rice Production; Family Planning In Rwanda

Species Extinction Could Lead Humans To Become More Vulnerable To Infectious Diseases "[T]he loss of biodiversity may make humans more vulnerable to infectious diseases," according to a review article published Thursday in the journal Nature, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 12/6). "The review analyses studies of 12 diseases, including West Nile fever and Lyme disease, in ecosystems around the world," Nature News reports. "In every study, the diseases became more prevalent as biodiversity was lost... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 1 December 2010

New Lyme Disease Cookbook and Recipes

New Lyme Disease Cookbook Provides Delicious Recipes and Encouraging Inspiration for Doctor's Healing Diet. (Source: Disabled World)


Wednesday 1 December 2010

Dwindling biodiversity raises disease risk in humans, study finds

First species to go extinct in an ecosystem tend to be those that reduce disease transmission, research suggestsDwindling biodiversity could cause more humans to contract infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, according to scientists who have reviewed the results of 24 separate studies.Biodiversity hotspots must be protected to prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases from increasing, they warn.According to the review of research published since 2005, loss of species from a range of ecosystems, including forests, savannahs and coral reefs, leads to a boost in the transmission of infectious diseases. "What we're finding out is that the protection of human health is one of many major ecosystem services provided by biodiversity," said lead author Prof Felicia Kees...


Friday 26 November 2010

Docs Organize to Promote Unproven Therapies They Believe In

(MedPage Today) -- Physicians who offer controversial therapies for Lyme disease, autism, and incurable degenerative diseases are no longer hiding in the shadows, but have begun to organize to gain respect among their peers or at least win backing from state governing bodies. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)


Wednesday 3 November 2010

Book by Cary Institute scientist offers comprehensive assessment of Lyme disease risk and management

(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has studied the ecology of tick-borne diseases for more than twenty years. His new book, "Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System," presents an assessment of this emerging disease as well as the factors that contribute to its expanding range. Ostfeld argues that an overly simplistic view of Lyme disease ecology and risk has caused us to focus on the wrong culprit -- deer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Friday 22 October 2010

Few docs recognize "chronic" Lyme disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite lots of media attention, "chronic" Lyme disease is only recognized by a small group of doctors in Connecticut, where the tick-borne infection was first discovered. (Source: Reuters: Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 22 October 2010

Few Docs Recognize "Chronic" Lyme Disease

Despite lots of media attention, "chronic" Lyme disease is only recognized by a small group of doctors in Connecticut, where the tick-borne infection was first discovered.Source: Reuters Health Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Occupations, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Wednesday 20 October 2010

Genomes Of Lyme Disease Bacteria Sequenced By NIH-Funded Scientists

WHAT: Scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have determined the complete genetic blueprints for 13 different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The achievement should lead to a better understanding of how genetic variations among strains may result in different courses of illness in people with Lyme disease, the most common tickborne disease in North America. The wealth of new genetic data will also help scientists develop improved ways to diagnose, treat and prevent Lyme disease. The first genome of a strain of B... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 19 October 2010

VIDEO: Survey finds Lyme disease under-reported

A survey of doctors suggests that Lyme disease is more common in B.C. than is officially reported, the CBC's Deborah Goble reports. (Source: CBC | Health)


Monday 18 October 2010

NIH-funded scientists sequence genomes of lyme disease bacteria

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health have determined the complete genetic blueprints for 13 different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The achievement should lead to a better understanding of how genetic variations among strains may result in different courses of illness in people with Lyme disease, the most common tickborne disease in North America. The wealth of new genetic data will also help scientists develop improved ways to diagnose, treat and prevent Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Wednesday 13 October 2010

Scientists Identify Molecular Blueprint for Lyme Disease

Title: Scientists Identify Molecular Blueprint for Lyme DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/12/2010 6:10:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 10/13/2010 (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 11 October 2010

Debate dogs Lyme meeting

Conflicting views over a chronic form of the disease cause some advocacy groups to withdraw from key workshop (Source: The Scientist)


Sunday 10 October 2010

Researchers Determine The Genetic Blueprint Of The Lyme Disease Microbe

Researchers Dr. Steven E. Schutzer of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett of the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland, and their collaborators have made a major achievement toward better understanding Lyme disease, by determining the complete genetic structures of 13 strains of the bacteria that cause the disease. These new discoveries may accelerate research efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat the disease, which can affect the nervous system, heart, skin and joints... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 1 October 2010

Lyme Prophylaxis Risk Often Outweighs Benefit

VAIL, COLO. — A patient arrives at the clinic with a recognized tick bite. To use prophylaxis for Lyme disease or not? “This is actually a fairly common call to our infectious diseases division in the summertime: ‘I had a child come into the office. We've got the tick. What do we do?’” Dr. Sean O'Leary said at the annual conference on pediatric infectious diseases sponsored by the Children's Hospital, Denver. (Source: Family Practice News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 15 September 2010

Termination Of Benefits Based On Mental Illness Cap Was Proper, 1st Circuit Holds

BOSTON - A disability insurer properly terminated disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act pursuant to a mental illness limitation, even though the claimant argued that her continued disability was caused by Lyme disease, where the laboratory tests did not support a diagnosis of Lyme disease and the claimant had history of depression, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed July 12 (Barbara Gent v. CUNA Mutual Insurance Society, No. 09-1703, 1st Cir.; 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 14189). Full story on lexis.com (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)


Sunday 12 September 2010

Land-use expert brings satellite data down to Earth

By integrating remote satellite imagery with revelations from door-to-door interviews, geographers are exploring the complex conditions that give rise to a broad range of land-use challenges -- from the reforestation of Vietnam to the spread of Lyme disease in Belgium. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 8 September 2010

Stanford land-use expert brings satellite data down to Earth

(Stanford University) By integrating remote satellite imagery with revelations from door-to-door interviews, Stanford University geographer Eric Lambin and his colleagues are exploring the complex conditions that give rise to a broad range of land-use challenges -- from the reforestation of Vietnam to the spread of Lyme disease in Belgium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Tuesday 7 September 2010

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

Discussion Peripheral neuropathy is simply a disease of the peripheral nerves. They can be acute (30%) or chronic (about 67%). About 70% of chronic neuropathy in children is hereditary, 20% is indeterminant and 10% is acquired. Peripheral neuropathies are often present with predominantly distal involvement that is bilateral and symmetric. Sensory symptoms can include numbness, dysesthesia or ataxia. Motor symptoms often include weakness. The autonomic nervous system can also be affected with arrhythmias, hypotension, bowel or bladder problems or abnormal sweating. Learning Point The differential diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy includes: Neurologic Abetaliporteinemia Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Dejerine-Sottas Giant Axonal Neuropathy Gu...


Tuesday 7 September 2010

Chronic Lyme disease: How often is it diagnosed and treated?

The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Many doctors are concerned with the potential dangers associated with the prolonged and intensive use of oral and intravenous antibiotics (the recommended treatment for chronic Lyme disease), such as blood clots and life threatening infections. A new study attempts to determine how often chronic Lyme disease is actually being diagnosed and treated. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 6 September 2010

Chronic Lyme Disease: Does It Even Exist?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Lyme disease is no laughing matter. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)


Saturday 4 September 2010

Chronic Lyme Disease, How Often Is It Diagnosed And Treated?

Cincinnati, OH, September 2, 2010 The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Some health care workers who call themselves "Lyme literate" insist that chronic Lyme disease is frequently diagnosed and treated by primary care physicians. Others, however, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, state that there is no convincing biological evidence that chronic Lyme disease exists... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 3 September 2010

Chronic Lyme Disease: How Often Is It Diagnosed And Treated?

The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Some health care workers who call themselves "Lyme literate" insist that chronic Lyme disease is frequently diagnosed and treated by primary care physicians. Others, however, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, state that there is no convincing biological evidence that chronic Lyme disease exists... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 3 September 2010

MD: No antibiotic for chronic Lyme disease

FARMINGTON, Conn., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says he is against using antibiotics long-term or intravenously for chronic Lyme disease. Lyme disease - Infectious disease - Health - Conditions and Diseases - United States (Source: Health News - UPI.com)


Thursday 2 September 2010

Chronic Lyme Disease - Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic Lyme disease: How often is it diagnosed and treated? (Source: Disabled World)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 2 September 2010

Few Conn. Physicians Treat Chronic Lyme Disease

(MedPage Today) -- Only a very small number of physicians in Connecticut -- the epicenter of Lyme disease -- diagnose and treat patients with the controversial chronic form of this tick-borne infection, a survey found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)


Thursday 2 September 2010

Chronic Lyme disease: How often is it diagnosed and treated?

(Elsevier Health Sciences) The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Many doctors are concerned with the potential dangers associated with the prolonged and intensive use of oral and intravenous antibiotics (the recommended treatment for chronic Lyme disease), such as blood clots and life threatening infections. A study soon to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics attempts to determine how often chronic Lyme disease is actually being diagnosed and treated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Thursday 2 September 2010

Few Connecticut Doctors Treat Chronic Lyme Disease

Relatively few Connecticut primary care physicians are diagnosing and treating chronic Lyme disease, compared to a much larger number who are undecided on the existence of the condition or don't believe it exists, according to research published online Sept. 2 in the Journal of Pediatrics. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Wednesday 1 September 2010

Lyme Prophylaxis Risk Often Outweighs Benefit: In a study involving prophylaxis with doxycycline, 30% of patients had adverse events.

VAIL, COLO. — Antimicrobial prophylaxis for Lyme disease should not be used when a patient arrives at the clinic with a recognized tick bite, according to Dr. Sean O'Leary. “This is actually a fairly common call to our infectious diseases division in the summertime: ‘I had a child come into the office. We've got the tick. What do we do?’” he said at the conference sponsored by the Children's Hospital, Denver. (Source: Pediatric News)


Monday 23 August 2010

Lyme disease spreading in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Tick-borne Lyme disease is being reported in areas of Massachusetts where cases were considered rare 10 years ago, health officials said. Lyme disease - Infectious disease - Health - Conditions and Diseases - Spirochetal (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 23 August 2010

Lyme Disease Spreading In Mass.

Public health officials say more Massachusetts residents are being diagnosed with Lyme disease, and many of them are picking up the tick-borne ailment in areas of the state where it was relatively rare a decade ago. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)


Monday 23 August 2010

Arthritis link to Alzheimer’s protection

Synthetic arthritis protein could be used to treat degenerative brain diseaseRelated items from OnMedicaSupport for GPs to pick up dementia fasterPublic warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme diseaseExercise in middle years brings healthy old ageNew osteoporosis risk scores highly effectiveFears over addiction with use of morphine patches (Source: OnMedica Latest News)


Wednesday 18 August 2010

Lyme Disease

Title: Lyme DiseaseCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997Last Editorial Review: 8/18/2010 (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)


Tuesday 10 August 2010

Blacklegged ticks spread to Pictou County

Blacklegged ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, have been found in Nova Scotia's Pictou County. (Source: CBC | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 10 August 2010

Acute Lyme Infection Presenting With Amyopathic Dermatomyositis and Rapidly Fatal Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Report

This unusual case illustrates the potential for lyme disease to produce clinical syndromes indistinguishable from those of primary connective tissue diseases. Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines)


Sunday 8 August 2010

DR ELLIE CANNON: If you go down to the woods today...then mind the tick bites

Lyme disease – borreliosis – is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by ticks. It causes a rash but can also lead to pain, paralysis and, in extreme cases, death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)


Friday 30 July 2010

Infectious Disease Specialists See Increase In Babesiosis Cases In Lower Hudson Valley

Babesiosis, a rare and occasionally fatal tick-borne disease caused by microscopic parasites known as Babesia which infect red blood cells, is on the rise in the Lower Hudson Valley according to the NYS DOH, including the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Rockland. Babesiosis is a malaria-like disease most commonly transmitted by infected deer ticks. It is transmitted in the same way as Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis and may occur in conjunction with these other diseases. It can also be transmitted by blood transfusions... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 29 July 2010

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publishes Findings By Viral Genetics' Lead Scientist

Research co-authored by Viral Genetics, Inc., (Pink Sheets: VRAL) lead scientist Dr. M. Karen Newell has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Leukocyte Biology (JLB). Newell's article identifies a potential mechanism that promotes chronic inflammation, a characteristic of most autoimmune diseases. Viral Genetics has been pursing treatments for Lyme Disease and HIV/AIDS. Articles published in the JLB undergo rigorous screening to ensure proof of concept as well as high research standards... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 27 July 2010

Blood-sucking mites at root of Lyme disease

MEDICAL MATTERS:If you’re exposed to ticks, do a daily tick check, writesMUIRIS HOUSTON (Source: The Irish Times - Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 22 July 2010

Need For Protection Against Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease

Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors. University of Illinois graduate student Jennifer Rydzewski conducted a four-year survey of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks), their host animals, and their habitat preferences in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Piatt Counties. The survey confirmed the presence of ticks in all four counties and ticks carrying Lyme disease in Piatt County... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 22 July 2010

Need for protection against ticks that carry Lyme disease confirmed by new research

Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Wednesday 21 July 2010

Protection against ticks that carry Lyme disease

Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors. University of Illinois graduate student Jennifer Rydzewski conducted a four-year survey of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks), their host animals, and their habitat preferences in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Piatt Counties. The survey confirmed the presence of ticks in all four counties and ticks carrying Lyme disease in Piatt County. Higher numbers of ticks were found along the Des Plaines River corridor........ (Source: Medicineworld.org: New Article Alert)


Tuesday 20 July 2010

Dinosaur 'find of the century'

Originally published in the Guardian on 20 July 1983The 125-million-year-old skeleton of a flesh-eating dinosaur previously unknown to science has been unearthed after its gigantic clawbone, at least half as long again as the talon on the hind foot of the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, was found in a Surrey claypit. London's Natural History Museum, which announced the discovery, said it was probably the most important find in Britain in this century. The clawbone was found by Mr Bill Walker, an amateur fossil hunter who shattered it with a hammer as he tried to get it out of a rock, in January.But it was not until the end of May, when the mud began to dry, that Dr Alan Charig and a team of experts from the museum in South Kensington were able to begin excavating the ...


Tuesday 20 July 2010

Research results confirm need for protection against ticks that carry Lyme disease

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 7 July 2010

Tick-Born Illness: What You Need to Know

Tiny ticks -- blood-sucking arachnids found in North Carolina and throughout the world -- can cause enormous health problems when their bite is undetected and untreated. Paul Lantos, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Duke, explains what you need to know about ticks and their bites, and recommends ways you can prevent common tick-borne illnesses. Know Your Ticks and Their Diseases Different ticks carry different diseases. Click through the slideshow to learn about different ticks and the diseases they carry. The deer tick carries bacteria in its gut that spread Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United St...


Tuesday 6 July 2010

Tick-Borne Illness: What You Need to Know

Tiny ticks -- blood-sucking arachnids found in North Carolina and throughout the world -- can cause enormous health problems when their bite is undetected and untreated. Paul Lantos, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Duke, explains what you need to know about ticks and their bites, and recommends ways you can prevent common tick-borne illnesses. Know Your Ticks and Their Diseases Different ticks carry different diseases. Click through the slideshow to learn about different ticks and the diseases they carry. The deer tick carries bacteria in its gut that spread Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United St...


Monday 28 June 2010

One patient’s story: caring for the caregiver

Dixie Coskie is the mother of a child who lived through both a traumatic brain injury and cancer. In this blog post, Dixie writes about the stress that comes from being the primary caregiver of a sick child and the importance of taking care of yourself. Click here to read more of Dixie’s writing, including excerpts from her book, Unthinkable! A Caregiver’s Companion. Dixie and her son, Paul No one is immune to getting that phone call—the one that tells you something bad has happened to your family. Be it a diagnosis of a life-threatening disease or an involvement in a horrific accident, you never expect it to happen to someone you love. When it does, most of us are totally unprepared for the constant caregiving that follows and how it can impact your life emotionally, spiritu...


Tuesday 22 June 2010

Don't Get Bugged This Summer!

Learn about: Insect Bites and Stings Lyme Disease Tick BitesWest Nile Virus (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)


Sunday 20 June 2010

New test may simply and rapidly detect Lyme disease

Researchers have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 18 June 2010

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

(American Society for Microbiology) The following are tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology: "Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic"; "New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease"; and "Oral Bacteria May Offer Probiotic Potential Against Upper Respiratory Infections." (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Wednesday 16 June 2010

Politics, Sound Science, and Lyme Disease: IDSA Guidelines Upheld

An independent panel recently upheld the IDSA guidelines on Lyme disease. Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA, comments on the evidence, politics, and need to work together to achieve common goals. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Tuesday 15 June 2010

Ticked off by danger of Lyme disease

Researchers are hoping to halt the spread of the fastest growing parasite-transmitted disease in the northern hemisphere by reducing tick numbers, writes MICHELLE McDONAGH (Source: The Irish Times - Health)


Monday 24 May 2010

Health Tip: Learn the Signs of Lyme Disease

It's spread by infected ticks (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections)


Monday 24 May 2010

Meta-analysis: antibiotic prophylaxis for Lyme disease

Source: J Antimicrob Chemotherapy Area: News Antibiotic prophylaxis for people at risk of Lyme disease is effective with a NNT of about 50, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.   Lyme disease, an infection contracted via a bite from an infected Ixodes tick, is the commonest vector-borne infection in the US, and it also occurs in the UK. Untreated, it can result in serious long-term morbidity. While primary prevention involves avoiding areas at risk, and appropriate clothing etc. in such areas, there is debate over the effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis in people bitten by a potentially infected tick. A previous meta-analysis (in 1996) lacked sufficient power to show benefit, however there has subsequently been a large trial showing possible benefit with a wide...


Friday 21 May 2010

Lyme disease-carrying ticks found in Alberta

Albertans are being told to be on the alert for ticks, after random testing found the kind of tick that can cause Lyme disease. (Source: CTV Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 21 May 2010

Simple, Quantitative Sensitive High-throughput Antibody Detection for Lyme Disease

This technology is for compositions and methods for diagnosis of Lyme disease. Currently, Lyme disease is diagnosed by clinical exam and a history of exposure to endemic regions. Although, laboratory tests may aid diagnosis, the best tests currently available are slow and labor intensive and require understanding of the test, and infection stage. A two-step antibody based test process is currently the recommended laboratory test. The first step is either an enzyme immunoassay (EIA), or an indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA). If the first step is positive, a “Western blot” test is then performed. Because early intervention is critical to prevent neurological, rheumatological and cardiac damage from advanced infection, more sensitive, specific, simpler, high-throughput format laborat...


Thursday 20 May 2010

Albertans warned to take precautions against Lyme disease

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising Albertans to take precautions against Lyme disease as ticks carrying the disease have been identified in three areas of the province. Three ticks have tested positive for Borrelia, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The ticks were found on dogs in the Calgary, High River and Ardrossan areas, and submitted for testing by veterinarians. Borrelia was first identified in Alberta in 2007, in ticks found on dogs in the Stony Plain area. A bite by an infected tick can cause illness in people, wildlife and domestic animals. (Source: Alberta.ca from- Health and Wellness)


Wednesday 19 May 2010

Notes and queries

The dangers of travelling faster than light; Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order? How cool is Shiraz Engineer?If I could travel faster than the speed of light, wouldn't I bump into things that I couldn't see? Yes, your eyeballs.Steve Vanstone, Purley, SurreyYes, although the phrase "bump into" probably fails to adequately describe the collision.Andrew Marston, Penryn, CornwallWell, Star Trek's USS Enterprise manages to avoid collisions while travelling at warp-factor-eight or whatever, much faster than the speed of light. How does it do that?Jack Johnson, BirminghamKind of, but there is a problem in your premise: if you were travelling faster than the speed of light you would outpace the light coming from behind you, so if you were to look over your shoulder you would effectively see...


Wednesday 19 May 2010

Dangers of breaking the light speed limit

The dangers of travelling faster than light; Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order? How cool is Shiraz Engineer?If I could travel faster than the speed of light, wouldn't I bump into things that I couldn't see? Yes, your eyeballs.Steve Vanstone, Purley, SurreyYes, although the phrase "bump into" probably fails to adequately describe the collision.Andrew Marston, Penryn, CornwallWell, Star Trek's USS Enterprise manages to avoid collisions while travelling at warp-factor-eight or whatever, much faster than the speed of light. How does it do that?Jack Johnson, BirminghamKind of, but there is a problem in your premise: if you were travelling faster than the speed of light you would outpace the light coming from behind you, so if you were to look over your shoulder you would effectively see...


Tuesday 18 May 2010

HPA issues tick warning

The Health Protection Agency has advised the public to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)


Friday 14 May 2010

Tick-Borne Illness: Watch For Symptoms, Seek Care Promptly

It's tick season, and the May issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers signs and symptoms associated with tick-related diseases. Although most tick bites are harmless, ticks can pass on infectious organisms that cause serious illnesses. As a general rule, it's important to seek prompt medical attention when symptoms occur after a tick bite. Symptoms may include rash, fever, muscle aches, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes or flulike symptoms. Lyme disease: This illness is transmitted by deer ticks, which are brown and smaller than wood ticks... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 7 May 2010

Paper round: Friday

Compensation from push chair maker, the Council of Dads, and moreRelated items from OnMedicaPresumed consent only way to get more organsHigh-stress jobs raise younger women’s heart riskPublic warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme diseaseDark chocolate may cut stroke damage to brainThe oddest GP of them all (Source: OnMedica Latest News)


Friday 7 May 2010

What Do We Do with Too Many White-tailed Deer?

Most people love the Bambi-like quality of white-tail deer, but deer overabundance is creating problems for people and wildlife management: Deer density increases encounters with humans, including car collisions. Deer cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year to agricultural crops, nurseries, and landscaping. They are responsible for damage or the disappearance of wild plant species in our natural areas Deer play a role in the transmission of tick-borne infections to humans, including Lyme disease. (Source: ActionBioscience)


Thursday 6 May 2010

Be Tick Aware When Visiting The Great Outdoors, UK

The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease. Late spring, early summer and autumn are peak times for tick bites and coincide with people venturing into the great outdoors for the warmer weather. One of the measures the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has taken this year to raise awareness of tick bites has been to provide advice to The Royal Parks for their leaflet on Lyme disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 6 May 2010

Public warned to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease

Health Protection Agency issues advice on reducing risk of Lyme diseaseRelated items from OnMedicaVaccine linked to earlier onset of seizures in Dravet syndromeSwine flu cases fall but jabs must continuePay more heed to parent concern over sick childrenTB cases still on the rise across most of the UKGovernment offers health workers swine flu vaccine (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 5 May 2010

Be tick aware when visiting the great outdoors

The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease. (Source: Health Protection Agency)


Tuesday 4 May 2010

Lyme Diesease Remains a Health Threat in Wisconsin

The warm spring in Wisconsin has triggered more deer tick activity than usual in many parts of the state, leading health officials to urge precautions against tick bites when outdoors. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)


Saturday 1 May 2010

Lyme disease: How a little tick spells big trouble

Lyme disease — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, complications of this tick-borne illness. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)


Friday 23 April 2010

Lyme Disease Guidelines Fine, IDSA Says

The Infectious Diseases Society of America says its controversial guidelines on Lyme disease will stand. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)


Friday 23 April 2010

Review Panel Leaves Controversial Lyme Disease Guidelines Unchanged

Title: Review Panel Leaves Controversial Lyme Disease Guidelines UnchangedCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/22/2010 4:10:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 4/23/2010 (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 23 April 2010

Health Buzz: Doctors Say They've Transplanted an Entire Face

Panel defends Lyme disease treatment guidelines; air pollution's health hazards (Source: U.S. News - Health)


Thursday 22 April 2010

Review Panel Leaves Controversial Lyme Disease Guidelines Unchanged

Experts dismiss need for long-term antibiotic therapy, but opponents call decision a 'rubber stamp' (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections)


Thursday 22 April 2010

Scientific Panel Upholds Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines

After more than a year of hearings and deliberations, a special review panel has unanimously concluded that no changes are warranted to the Infectious Diseases Society of America's 2006 Lyme disease treatment guidelines, which have been the subject of an antitrust investigation by Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Tuesday 20 April 2010

Ticked off, 'Lymies' challenge experts

Four years ago, after being bitten by a deer tick, Michelle Backes got treated immediately for Lyme disease. She thought she was safe until three months later, when her body started going numb. Then the onetime teacher from Minnesota, turned to a highly controversial therapy: more than a year's w... (Source: Wash Post Health)


Tuesday 13 April 2010

Lyme Time

Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Insect Bites and Stings, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 12 April 2010

Deer key to tick-fighting plan

The Halifax Regional Municipality is hoping to fight the spread of blacklegged ticks, and the Lyme disease they can carry, by using a pesticide on deer. (Source: CBC | Health)


Friday 9 April 2010

Key Gene Identified in Tick-Bite Lyme Disease Transmission

Deactivating a gene in Borrelia burgdorferi, the tick-borne bacterium that causes Lyme disease in humans, may prevent the transmission of the disease by a tick, according to a study of mice published online April 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Tuesday 6 April 2010

Genetic Engineering Raises Hope for Lyme Disease Vaccine

Title: Genetic Engineering Raises Hope for Lyme Disease VaccineCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/5/2010 4:10:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 4/6/2010 (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)


Tuesday 30 March 2010

Early Lyme Disease DNA Test Reported In Upcoming April Paper In American Journal Of Clinical Pathology

Many of the more than 30,000 people a year in the United States with suspected cases of Lyme disease spirochete (bacterial) infection can now take a DNA test developed by a Connecticut scientist/physician and his team that can quickly determine if they test positive for Lyme spirochetes in their blood. This is the first such early Lyme test available, and most insurance companies have already agreed to cover the cost for their members. The scientific medical paper about the advanced test will be printed in the April 2010 edition of the "American Journal of Clinical Pathology... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 29 March 2010

Watch Out for Lyme Disease

Title: Watch Out for Lyme DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/28/2010 10:10:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/29/2010 (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 15 March 2010

Pediatric Lyme Arthritis Twice as Common as Septic Arthritis in Endemic Areas of Lyme Disease

Pediatric joint effusions are more likely to be due to Lyme arthritis than septic arthritis in the Northeastern United States and other areas where Lyme disease is more prevalent. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Sunday 14 March 2010

Bee stings as therapy? Apitherapy can treat arthritis and more

(NaturalNews) A bee sting is an unpleasant experience that undoubtedly everyone would choose to avoid if given the choice. However a growing number of people are choosing to be stung by bees in an alternative form of illness treatment called apitherapy. Apitherapy contends that bee venom holds therapeutic value in treating serious illness and that it is a viable alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that often do not work and have harmful side effects.Apitherapy, a traditional folk remedy that has been used in many other countries for centuries, takes advantage of the healing power contained in honeybee venom which helps to alleviate serious conditions like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and lupus. According to 51-year-old Reyah Carlson of Vermont, a proponent of apitherapy, bee ve...


Saturday 6 March 2010

Zoonoses report : United Kingdom 2008

Published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2010, this 92-page Annual Report on Zoonoses in the United Kingdom presents a summary of the trends and sources of zoonotic infection in humans, animals, food and feedstuffs in the UK in 2008, and also includes data from early 2009. The contents include a preface, executive summary, introduction, sections on major foodborne and waterborne zoonoses, notifiable zoonotic diseases of animals, other zoonoses, and appendices. Organisms and diseases covered include Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptospridium, bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis, anthrax, rabies, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including BSE and CJD, avian influenza, West Nile virus, leptospirosis, listeriosis, Lyme borreliosis, Q fever, an...


Sunday 28 February 2010

Number of bugs in British soil up 50%

This article was amended on Monday 1 March. The headline incorrectly said the number of bugs had doubled. This has been corrected.InsectsWildlifeBiodiversityBiologyAgricultureJuliette Jowitguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)


Sunday 28 February 2010

Jurassic coast: Landscape of learning

Natural History Museum starts courses at Dorset heritage siteHilary Penrose, an artist from Oxfordshire, was feeling soggy but inspired. Soggy because she had misjudged a wave during a windy walk on Britain's Jurassic Coast. Inspired because she had been learning about the geology of the area from some of the world's leading experts.Penrose is one of the first students to attend a course at a new outreach centre opened by the Natural History Museum in Lyme Regis, Dorset.The museum may be best known for its stunning collections of all creatures great and small and its displays of dinosaur and whale skeletons, but the new Jurassic Coast Studies Centre is part of an attempt to spread its message farther and wider.Effectively, the pilot scheme is turning the 95 miles of coastline in Devon and ...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 26 February 2010

How family changes your views on the environment

By Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, physician in Medicine at Children’s and faculty, Center for Health and the Global Environment For many parents, having kids changes everything (or almost everything). Sleep schedules, meal choices, work routines and more may get revamped with the birth of a child. The transformation, though, often goes still deeper. More so than at any other point in life, new parents rethink their relationship with the environment and especially how it may affect the health of their child. Find a home with newly purchased water filters and air purifiers, hormone-free meat and milk, pesticide-free produce and whose inhabitants spend more time spent outdoors than most and you likely have found yourself the home of a family with young children. The appearance of so many new thi...


Monday 22 February 2010

Pet vaccinations no longer one-size-fits-all

When Linda Thomas of Frederick, Maryland, found out her 2-year old beagle, Henry, had Lyme disease, she was pretty upset. Her dog hardly went outside. But after his diagnosis, Henry's vet told Thomas that Lyme disease, which is transferred to pets by deer ticks, is fairly common in Maryland, and Henry probably should have been vaccinated for it. (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Monday 22 February 2010

Pet vaccinations are no longer one-size-fits-all

When Linda Thomas of Frederick, Maryland, found out her 2-year old beagle, Henry, had Lyme disease, she was pretty upset. Her dog hardly went outside. But after his diagnosis, Henry's vet told Thomas that Lyme disease, which is transferred to pets by deer ticks, is fairly common in Maryland, and Henry probably should have been vaccinated for it. (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Monday 22 February 2010

Pet shots no longer one-size-fits-all

When Linda Thomas of Frederick, Maryland, found out her 2-year old beagle, Henry, had Lyme disease, she was pretty upset. Her dog hardly went outside. But after his diagnosis, Henry's vet told Thomas that Lyme disease, which is transferred to pets by deer ticks, is fairly common in Maryland, and Henry probably should have been vaccinated for it. (Source: CNN.com - Health)


Wednesday 10 February 2010

Longer Treatment of Early Lyme Disease Not Better, Study Finds

Adding to the contentious debate about Lyme disease treatment, a new study finds that treatment failures are rare for short as well as long courses of antibiotics in early Lyme disease. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 5 February 2010

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Presenting as Soft Tissue Mass

For 3 months, a 9-year-old boy had swelling of the left upper arm. An MRI scan obtained at another facility 1 week after onset showed extensive edema of the soft tissue at the midhumeral level. Laboratory results, including complete blood cell (CBC) count and Lyme titer, were normal. (Source: Consultant Live)


Thursday 7 January 2010

Is There a Definitive Test for Lyme Disease?

Even in winter months, doctors diagnose the tick-borne illness. (Source: U.S. News - Health)


Tuesday 5 January 2010

Independent Examines Diseases That Jump From Animals To Humans

MedicalNewsToday.com - Looking at "five emerging and re-emerging diseases - malaria, lyme disease (spread by ticks), Hantavirus (spread by mice and rats), West Nile disease (spread by mosquitoes), and schistosomiasis (spread by freshwater snails). They argue that changes in land use, farming practices and climate lie behind the increasing number of outbreaks." http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/175091.php (Source: West Nile)


Monday 28 December 2009

What Causes Red Eyes?

Discussion Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis is an acute viral disease usually caused by adenovirus types 8, 19, and 37, but also other viruses such as echoviruses. The virus is spread by contaminated secretions directly or indirectly between humans with an incubation period of 4-10 days. It can be transmitted from symptom onset to 12 days later. It is usually associated with decreased visual acuity, watery discharge, pain, photophobia and erythema of the conjunctiva. It can occur unilaterally or bilaterally. Systemic complaints can also occur such as low grade fever, headache, lymphadenopathy and fatigue. Subcorneal infiltrates develop and may persist for up to 2 years and can cause permanent scarring. Learning Point Usually the common causes of red eyes can be managed by a primary care physi...


Saturday 21 November 2009

Lyme disease - the danger that can lie in wait on an innocent country walk

A bite from a tiny tick can lead to years of trauma and even paralysis if left undiagnosed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 20 November 2009

Yale Researchers Target Tick Saliva In Their Search For Lyme Disease

A protein found in the saliva of ticks helps protect mice from developing Lyme disease, Yale researchers have discovered. The findings, published in the November 19 issue of Cell Host & Microbe, may spur development of a new vaccine against infection from Lyme disease, which is spread through tick bites. Traditionally, vaccines have directly targeted specific pathogens. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 19 November 2009

On the trail of a vaccine for Lyme disease: Yale researchers target tick saliva

(Yale University) A protein found in the saliva of ticks helps protect mice from developing Lyme disease, Yale researchers have discovered. The findings, published in the Nov. 19 issue of Cell Host & Microbe, may spur development of a new vaccine against infection from Lyme disease, which is spread through tick bites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Tuesday 17 November 2009

Lyme Disease-Causing Microbes Seen Moving In Ticks

Lyme disease is caused by the microbe Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans from feeding ticks. Justin Radolf and colleagues, at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, have now visualized the microbe moving through the feeding tick and determined that it has a biphasic mode of dissemination. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 17 November 2009

How ticks transmit Lyme disease to humans: Imaging technique leads to better understanding

Using a powerful microscopic live imaging technique, researchers have discovered the way ticks transmit Lyme disease to humans is different than previously thought. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Monday 16 November 2009

Watching Lyme disease-causing microbes move in ticks

(Journal of Clinical Investigation) Lyme disease is caused by the microbe Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans from feeding ticks. Researchers have now visualized the microbe moving through the feeding tick and determined that it has a biphasic mode of dissemination. Information such as this is essential if new methods of preventing human infection with Borrelia burgdorferi are to be developed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 16 November 2009

JCI online early table of contents: Nov. 16, 2009

(Journal of Clinical Investigation) This release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers to be published online, Nov. 16 2009, in the JCI, including: New cause of osteoporosis: mutation in a miroRNA; Watching Lyme disease-causing microbes move in ticks; MIFfed about protection for the heart; Th22 immune cell subset: a therapeutic target in chronic inflammatory skin disorders?; Loop the loop: speeding up a serious blood vessel condition; and others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)


Saturday 14 November 2009

Low White Blood Cell Count Distinguishes Lyme Arthritis From Septic Arthritis

Children are more likely than adults to present with arthritis as the initial manifestation of Lyme disease; the leukocyte count can help differentiate between Lyme arthritis and septic arthritis. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)


Saturday 14 November 2009

UK travel news round up

The Bath Film festival, Santa's grotto deep underground and courses in fossil collectingIt's ancient history Those who don't know their ammonite from their belemnite can book a place at Lyme Regis's Jurassic Coast Centre next spring. In conjunction with London's Natural History Museum, it is to host short courses on palaeontology, botany, mineralogy and zoology throughout February and March. Accommodation is provided at Victoria House (non-residential guests also welcome). Prices from £210, shared occupancy.0845 345 4071, field-studies-council.org/2010/walkingandgeology/jurassiccoast.aspx.Hostel goes greenYouth hostels all over the country have been getting makeovers for a few years now, but this one must take the biscuit. The Lochranza Youth Hostel on the Isle of Arran has just been refu...

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 27 October 2009

Profit Driven Swine Flu Propaganda - Pump Up the Volume - Part Four

This article is part four in a six-part series. Be sure to read part three at http://www.naturalnews.com/027310_swine_flu_health_Tamiflu.htmlThose in control of the mainstream media have joined together with public health officials to provide the pharmaceutical industry with the best swine flu promotional campaign that money can buy.In an October 7, 2009, OpEd News article titled, "The Centers for Disease Control: The Best Vaccination PR Firm Taxes Can Buy," the makers of the documentaries, "Vaccine Nation," and "Autism: Made in the USA," Richard Gale and Dr Gary Null wrote: "If the flu season goes according to schedule, the vaccine industrial complex will be poised to join Wall Street for record year rip-off profits. We will also likely witness huge Pharma executive bonuses and perhaps go...


Tuesday 20 October 2009

One mother’s story: How strep throat attacked my child’s brain

Maura Heckmann and her son, Chris Eleven-year-old Chris Heckmann was healthy and in good spirits when his mother, Maura, left him with friends for the night. But when she returned, 24 hours later, her son was unrecognizable. Stricken with paranoia, he refused to eat and paced around the family room, fear in his eyes. At first, doctors thought Chris had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But he was ultimately diagnosed with PANDAS, a controversial neuropsychiatric disorder thought to be related to routine childhood strep infections. Here, Maura tells the story of her son’s rapid decent into illness, and his road to recovery. by Maura Heckmann My son had always been a healthy, happy, funny and articulate boy. He played sports, had lots of friends and never had any psychiatric issues. ...


Sunday 18 October 2009

How to Avoid Health Harming Parasites

(NaturalNews) Technically a parasite is any organism that lives off another organism, so this could include bacteria, fungi and viruses. However for the purposes of health, when talking about parasites we are referring to protozoa (single celled organisms), arthropods (insects) and worms that invade and feed off the host organism, often causing them harm. This can range from mild symptoms to serious illness, as well as chronic health issues.Parasites can range from microscopic single cell protozoa to worms that are 15 feet long. The most common protozoan parasites in humans are Giardia lamblia, Enteramoeba histolytica, Blastocystis hominis and Crytosporidium. These are mostly picked up from contaminated food and water supplies and poor personal hygiene. The most common arthropods, apart fr...


Thursday 8 October 2009

CMO Update 49

Source: CMO's Update Area: News The latest CMO Update includes the following topics: . Swine flu update . Making progress on revalidation . Brief advice to help smokers quit . Guidance for expert witnesses . Recording MRSA on death certificates . Testing for Lyme disease . Improving medicine safety . Safer pain management . Tackling alcohol-related harms . E-learning on venous thromboembolism (Source: NeLM - News)


Monday 21 September 2009

Lyme disease patients rally for better diagnostic tests

Canadian Lyme disease patients are calling for better doctor training and more accurate tests so sufferers can be diagnosed and treated quickly before their side effects become crippling and chronic. (Source: CTV Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 17 September 2009

Researchers To Probe Whether Lyme Disease Will Follow Spread Of Ticks Across U.S.

Potentially debilitating Lyme disease doesn't afflict people everywhere that the ticks harboring it are found. At least not yet. A five-university consortium led by a Michigan State University researcher wants to find out why. "These ticks are on the move... (Source: Body Aches News From Medical News Today)


Wednesday 16 September 2009

Researchers to probe whether Lyme disease will follow spread of ticks across US

(Michigan State University) Potentially debilitating Lyme disease doesn't afflict people everywhere that the ticks harboring it are found. At least not yet. A five-university consortium led by a Michigan State University researcher wants to find out why. "These ticks are on the move. As ticks expand into new areas, more people will likely become infected," said MSU fisheries and wildlife assistant professor Jean Tsao. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Wednesday 9 September 2009

Insect Repellants Dangerous?

Annoying mosquitoes can ruin your evening around the campfire, but the painful aftermath of a bite can be hazardous, as more diseases are spread by mosquitoes than any other insect or animal. Lyme disease, transmitted by ticks, has been detected in 49... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 4 September 2009

WATCH: Lyme Disease Lessons

(Source: ABC News: Health)


Thursday 3 September 2009

Using Lyme Disease As A Model, MU Researchers Find Inflammatory Disease Treatments Will Improve Through The Use Of Lipidomics

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 46 million Americans have arthritis. Many of these people take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications that block production of certain molecules, known as bioactive lipids, to reduce pain and swelling. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 1 September 2009

Inflammatory Disease Treatments Will Improve Through the Use of Lipidomics

September 1, 2009 (EurekAlert) -According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 46 million Americans have arthritis. Many of these people take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications that block production of certain molecules, known as bioactive lipids, to reduce pain and swelling. Yet, the role of these lipids is not yet understood completely, and medications may have adverse side effects. Recently, University of Missouri researchers completed the first comprehensive analysis of bioactive lipids in an inflammatory response triggered by the Lyme disease agent, Borrelia burgdorferi. This analysis could shed light on the role bioactive lipids play in inflammatory diseases. "Many diseases, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes ...


Tuesday 1 September 2009

Woman fights for Lyme treatment after months of diagnosis denial

She wouldn't use the wheelchair. Anything but that. The bulky walker was bad enough, but at least she could retain a semblance of her former mobility. Yeah, Pamela O'Kane was determined -- stubbornly so -- to get back to normal life after another stay at... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)


Thursday 27 August 2009

Insect Repellants: Some of Our Favorite Products Can Carry Dangers of Their Own

Annoying mosquitoes can ruin your evening around the campfire, but the painful aftermath of a bite can be hazardous, as more diseases are spread by mosquitoes than any other insect or animal. Lyme disease, transmitted by ticks, has been detected in 49... (Source: OrlandoSentinel: Medical Research)


Monday 17 August 2009

Panel hears conflicting views on Lyme disease treatment

The board of eight physicians and a veterinarian is charged with deciding if one society's guidelines should be revised. (Source: American Medical News)


Tuesday 11 August 2009

Lyme Bacterium, Once Nearly Eradicated In U.S., Rebounded With Forests

In post-colonial America, Lyme disease was isolated to a few islands along the Northeast coast and pockets of Wisconsin and Minnesota. But a new genetic analysis of the Lyme bacterium by Yale University researchers shows that the tick-borne disease roared back after the reforestation of this part of the country. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 7 August 2009

Study Provides Greater Understanding of the Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

Source: American College of Rheumatology Related MedlinePlus Topic: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)


Thursday 6 August 2009

Court Of Appeals Affirms Workers' Comp Benefits For Lyme Disease Disability

RALEIGH, N.C. - A unanimous North Carolina Court of Appeals panel affirmed an award of workers' compensation benefits for Lyme disease caused by a tick to which the plaintiff was exposed while working; the opinion was entered July 7 (Donnie L. Lassiter v. Town of Selma, et al., No. 08-1148, N.C. App.; 2009 N.C. App. LEXIS 1118). Full story on lexis.com (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Thursday 30 July 2009

Can Lyme Disease Affect Your Personality?

Roaming ticks can carry disease linked to mental problems, some believe. (Source: ABC News: Health)


Thursday 30 July 2009

Lyme Disease Cases Rising in Area, Causing Alarm

A surge in reported cases of Lyme disease in Northern Virginia has prompted action from local and federal officials. (Source: Wash Post Health)


Tuesday 28 July 2009

Using Satellites To Study Lyme Disease

Six University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) students and two students from other universities are using satellite imagery to identify possible habitats in Alabama for the black-legged tick that carries and transmits Lyme disease. The students are interns with the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center DEVELOP Program. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 27 July 2009

Ten Clinical Pearls for the Diagnosis and Management of Lyme Disease

Don't miss these 10 tips on Lyme disease in a video blog from Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA. Topics include symptoms, diagnostic testing, the scientific evidence on long-term antibiotic use, and more. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape PublicHealth Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 27 July 2009

Lyme Disease: Issues and Controversies

In this video blog, Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA discusses the controversies related to Lyme disease and recommends care that is based on the evidence -- not allegations. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape PublicHealth Headlines)


Thursday 23 July 2009

Debate Over Lyme Disease Treatment Heats Up

It's a debilitating disease that can strike anyone at any time. Lyme disease is a growing epidemic, and a debate over how to treat lingering symptoms has created an unprecedented rift in the medical community. Now lawyers and lawmakers are weighing in on what doctors can and can't do to treat it. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)


Wednesday 15 July 2009

Lyme disease cases rise as West Nile virus falls

Delmarvanow.com -- Six years ago, West Nile virus sent a scare through Maryland as mosquito numbers soared and brought the cases of infected humans up with it. http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20090715/NEWS01/907150395 (Source: West Nile)


Monday 13 July 2009

Variety of B. burgdorferi Genotypes Seen in Joint Fluid

Most Borrelia burgdorferi genotypes were found in the joint fluid of a group of patients with Lyme arthritis, though some strains were seen most often in patients with antibiotic-refractory arthritis, according to research published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. (Source: Modern Medicine)


Sunday 5 July 2009

Strain Differences Associated with Refractory Lyme Arthritis (CME/CE)

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (MedPage Today) -- One strain of Borrelia burgdorferi appears to be more frequent in patients with antibiotic-refractory Lyme arthritis, researchers say. (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 4 July 2009

Childhood Arthritis: Common But Preventable Consequence Of Lyme Disease

When left untreated, children infected with Lyme disease can experience many severe complications as a result including arthritis, problems with the heart or central nervous system. Lyme disease in children is often overlooked in its earliest stages, leading to these complications later on, according to Emma Jane MacDermott, M.D. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 3 July 2009

Tick, Tick, Tick…Lyme Season Has Begun, Physician Warns

The persistent cool and damp weather in the Northeast this spring put many outdoor activities on hold. With the weather finally improving, many people will head outdoors, and when they do, they are likely to find a perennial pest has been lurking, ready to latch onto the next warm-blooded body that comes by. "And that could spell serious health trouble," warns Dr. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 2 July 2009

Study Provides Greater Understanding Of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tick-borne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints. About 60 percent of untreated individuals develop arthritis, which affects the knees in particular. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 30 June 2009

Study provides greater understanding of lyme disease-causing bacteria

(Wiley-Blackwell) Lyme disease in the US is caused by the tick-borne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)


Monday 29 June 2009

Lyme Disease

Title: Lyme DiseaseCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997Last Editorial Review: 6/29/2009 (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 22 June 2009

What Causes Photophobia?

Discussion Corneal abrasions are common problems in children that can be caused from a variety of trauma. Children’s fingernails and toys are frequent culprits along with dust particles particularly under windy circumstances. A review of treatment for corneal abrasions and a brief differential diagnosis of painful eyes can be found at: To Patch or Not to Patch, That is the Question Learning Point Photophobia is excessive light sensitivity and can be caused by a variety of entities. The differential diagnosis includes: Ophthalmological problems Glaucoma, congenital Retinitis pigmentosa Drugs Atropine Ethosuximide Mercury Infection Amoebic meningoencephalitis Aspergillosis Botulism Enrlichiosis Lyme Disease Lymphocytic Choriomeningitic Virus Measles Meningitis Onchocerciasis Parasi...


Monday 15 June 2009

Lyme Disease Spreading in Canada

Canadian researchers are warning that Lyme disease is emerging as a public health threat in their country, and they're urging doctors to keep a close eye on symptoms in patients of the potentially debilitating disease. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)


Tuesday 9 June 2009

Lyme Disease Is Spreading In Canada, And Physicians Are Crucial In Helping Minimize Its Impact

Lyme disease is emerging in Canada, and is expected to increase with climate change, but effective, enhanced surveillance and clinician awareness will be key to minimizing the impact of the disease, write researchers in a review in CMAJ . Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks which feed on animal or human hosts. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 9 June 2009

Canada Sees Spread Of Lyme Disease: Physicians Crucial In Helping Minimize Its Impact

Lyme disease is emerging in Canada, and is expected to increase with climate change, but effective, enhanced surveillance and clinician awareness will be key to minimizing the impact of the disease, write researchers in a review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks which feed on animal or human hosts. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Monday 8 June 2009

Lyme disease spreading in Canada, researchers find

A growing number of Canadians will have to start checking themselves thoroughly for ticks that spread Lyme disease if climate change enables the insects to survive a northern climate, researchers warned Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)


Monday 8 June 2009

Lyme disease spreading across Canada: report

Lyme disease is moving its way into new parts of Canada but the country is not doing enough to track it or to teach doctors how to diagnose it, says a new report. (Source: CTV Health)


Monday 8 June 2009

Lyme disease is spreading in Canada, and physicians are crucial in helping minimize its impact

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Lyme disease is emerging in Canada, and is expected to increase with climate change, but effective, enhanced surveillance and clinician awareness will be key to minimizing the impact of the disease, write researchers in a review in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 4 June 2009

Lyme disease: Tiny tick, big problem

Lyme disease was unknown in Canada up until the 1980s. Initially, it was identified only at Long Point and Point Pelee, Ont. - which is the farthest south you can get in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the ticks that carry Lyme disease have been found in other parts of southern Ontario as well as Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia. (Source: CBC | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 3 June 2009

Campers warned over tick bites as Lyme disease soars

CAMPERS planning to holiday in the Highlands have been warned about the risk of contracting serious illness from tick bites – after a dramatic rise in Lyme disease in Scotlan (Source: Scotsman.com News - Health)


Saturday 30 May 2009

Don't Get Bugged This Summer!

Learn about: Insect Bites and Stings Lyme Disease Tick BitesWest Nile Virus (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)


Thursday 28 May 2009

Climate health costs: bug-borne ills, killer heat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tree-munching beetles, malaria-carrying mosquitoes and deer ticks that spread Lyme disease are three living signs that climate change is likely to exact a heavy toll on human health. (Source: Reuters: Health)


Tuesday 26 May 2009

Lyme Disease Remains a Health Threat in Wisconsin

As warmer weather increases time spent outdoors, state health officials report that Lyme disease illnesses in Wisconsin remain at high levels. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 23 May 2009

Scientists Warn Of Deadly Deer Tick Virus

As much as we worry about Lyme disease local doctors are now on alert for a newly-confirmed deer tick virus that can be deadly. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)


Friday 22 May 2009

Planning A Trip Outdoors When The Weather Warms Up? England

If you intend to make the most of the great outdoors at home or abroad during late spring and summer make sure you go prepared and are aware of the risk of tick bites. According to provisional figures just released by the Health Protection Agency, there was a slight increase to 813 reported cases of Lyme disease in 2008, compared with 794 cases reported in England and Wales for 2007. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Thursday 21 May 2009

Ticking off for holidaymakers

A RISE in camping holidays in the north of Scotland could bring more cases of lyme disease, a city health specialist has warned. (Source: Scotsman.com News - Health)


Wednesday 20 May 2009

Planning a trip outdoors when the weather warms up?

Health Protection Agency publishes 2008 figures on Lyme disease (Source: Health Protection Agency)


Monday 18 May 2009

What Is Lyme Disease? What Are Symptoms Of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease was coined Lyme because it was first reported in three Connecticut towns, including Lyme and Old Lyme, in 1975. It was originally thought to be juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in these three towns. A study carried out by scientists from the Yale School of Public Health, USA and the University of Bath, England, revealed that "Lyme Disease In The U.S. Originated In Europe". (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 15 May 2009

Prediction Tool for Lyme Meningitis Validated

Clinical features that separate Lyme meningitis from other causes of aseptic meningitis in children include longer duration of headache, the presence of cranial nerve palsies, and cerebrospinal fluid mononuclear cell predominance, results from a single-center study in Rhode Island demonstrated. (Source: Family Practice News)


Friday 1 May 2009

Prediction Model for Lyme Meningitis Validated

Clinical features that separate Lyme meningitis from other causes of aseptic meningitis in children include longer duration of headache, the presence of cranial nerve palsies, and cerebrospinal fluid mononuclear cell predominance, results from a single-center study in Rhode Island demonstrated. (Source: Pediatric News)


Saturday 25 April 2009

Beware Of Rise In Lyme Disease

As summer weather settles in, experts are warning everyone to take precautions to protect themselves against Lyme disease. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)


Friday 24 April 2009

As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish

Title: As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could FlourishCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/24/2009 2:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/24/2009 (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)


Thursday 23 April 2009

The Season Of Ticks: Could Climate Change Worsen Lyme Disease?

In a finding that suggests how global warming could impact infectious disease, scientists from Yale University, in collaboration with other institutions, have determined that climate impacts the severity of Lyme Disease by influencing the feeding patterns of deer ticks that carry and transmit it. The paper appears in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Deer ticks live for two years and have three stages of life - larval, nymphal and adult. (Source: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News From Medical News Today)


Wednesday 22 April 2009

Just one tick away from Lyme disease as U.S. cases increase

Lyme disease is now the most common tick-borne infection in the USA, with 27,444 cases reported to the CDC in 2007, up from fewer ... (Source: USATODAY.com Health)


Sunday 19 April 2009

Viral Genetics Pursues Promising New Therapy For Lyme Disease With Grant From Time For Lyme, Inc.

Biotechnology company Viral Genetics (Other OTC:VRAL) is pursuing a promising new therapy for Lyme Disease with a $116,000 grant from Time for Lyme, Inc. "This grant is the second we have received in a month for our work in Lyme disease," said Haig Keledjian, CEO of Viral Genetics. "Obviously we could not be happier that the research is moving forward very rapidly and showing great promise. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 8 April 2009

Lyme Disease Numbers Soar in Washington Region

The black-legged tick nymphs that have caused Lyme disease reports in the Washington region to soar will emerge with the spring flowers this month, and one thing is certain: They are hungry. (Source: washingtonpost.com - Health)


Friday 20 March 2009

Viral Genetics Successfully Secures Grant For New Lyme Research Study

Viral Genetics, Inc. a biotechnology company that discovers and develops immune-based therapies, announced it has successfully secured $75,000 in grant funding from the Turn The Corner Foundation for an upcoming Lyme disease study. The study headed by Viral Genetics Head of Research, Dr. M. Karen Newell and her research group at the University of Colorado in collaboration with Dr. Steven Harris of Pacific Frontier Medical, Redwood City, California and Dr. (Source: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News From Medical News Today)


Wednesday 11 March 2009

Lyme Disease and Violence: No Link

Experts say Lyme disease cannot lead to violence or psychosis. WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines)


Monday 9 March 2009

Lyme Disease Linked To Illinois Church Shooting

A man was charged with murder Monday for allegedly shooting a southern Illinois pastor through the heart during Sunday services. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)


Tuesday 3 March 2009

Morgellons: Terrifying New Disease Reaching Pandemic Status

(NaturalNews) It sounds like something from a bad sci-fi movie. People report the sensation of creatures crawling under their skin, mysterious moving fibers appear, and finally bugs and worms pop out. Unfortunately, these terrifying symptoms are all too true. The people having them are experiencing Morgellons, the latest and scariest in the series of bizarre diseases appearing in the last few years, seemingly from nowhere. Morgellons is now reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. and abroad.Morgellons is a multi-dimensional diseaseMorgellons starts with relentless itching, stinging or biting sensations. Cotton-like balls may appear on the body with no reasonable explanation. Soon skin rash develops along with lesions that will not heal. Many sufferers report string-like fibers of varying...


Thursday 26 February 2009

Lyme Disease Epidemic Causing Healthcare Crisis

An ongoing battle over the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness, is pitting doctors against doctors, prompting health insurance companies to deny medical claims at an alarming rate, and leaving suffering patients stuck in the middle. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 24 February 2009

Structure Of Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease Detailed In 3D

They are borne by ticks and can cause acute and chronic symptoms in joints, muscles and the nervous system -- the bacteria that cause Lyme borreliosis. Researchers have now succeeded in identifying their structure more accurately. Using a cryo-tomography microscope, the previously unknown detailed structure of the spirochete bacteria can be shown in three dimensions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Monday 16 February 2009

First Image Using Cryo-Electron Tomography Of The Pathogens Causing Borreliosis / New Features Of Various Pathogen Types Identified

Tiny details in three dimensions They are borne by ticks and can cause acute and chronic symptoms in joints, muscles and the nervous system - the bacteria that cause Lyme borreliosis, which 80,000 people in Germany contract every year. Heidelberg researchers have now succeeded in identifying their structure more accurately. Using a cryo-tomography microscope, the previously unknown detailed structure of the spirochete bacteria can be shown in three dimensions. (Source: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News From Medical News Today)


Friday 13 February 2009

Lyme Borreliosis

Biological and Clinical Aspects (ISBN: 978-3-8055-9114-0) (Source: Karger Publishers)


Friday 13 February 2009

Tiny details in three dimensions

(University Hospital Heidelberg) They are borne by ticks and can cause acute and chronic symptoms in joints, muscles and the nervous system -- the bacteria that cause Lyme borreliosis, which 80,000 people in Germany contract every year. Heidelberg researchers have now succeeded in identifying their structure more accurately. Using a cryo-tomography microscope, the previously unknown detailed structure of the spirochete bacteria can be shown in three dimensions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Thursday 12 February 2009

Key to Lyme Disease Virulence Discovered

Title: Key to Lyme Disease Virulence DiscoveredCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/12/2009 2:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/12/2009 (Source: MedicineNet Rheumatoid Arthritis General)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Tuesday 10 February 2009

Scientists Identify Potential Key To Lyme Disease

Researchers have identified a protein that may help give Lyme disease its bite. Their findings suggest that the bacterial protein, which aids in transporting the metal manganese, is essential for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to become virulent. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Tuesday 10 February 2009

Potential Key To Lyme Disease Identified By UT Southwestern Scientists

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a protein that may help give Lyme disease its bite. The findings suggest that the bacterial protein, which aids in transporting the metal manganese, is essential for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to become virulent. "We believe our findings provide a foundation for further defining metal homeostasis in this human pathogen and may lead to new strategies for thwarting Lyme disease," said Dr. (Source: Biology / Biochemistry News From Medical News Today)


Monday 9 February 2009

UT Southwestern scientists identify potential key to Lyme disease

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a protein that may help give Lyme disease its bite. (Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center News)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 23 January 2009

Lyme Borreliosis, Erythema Migrans and Annular Skin Lesions

A 68-year-old female enters the ED complaining of three weeks of intermittent low grade temperature in addition to chills, myalgias, arthralgias, and rash. Can Lyme borreliosis be the problem? American Academy of Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)


Friday 2 January 2009

Most Children Recover From Lyme Neuroborreliosis Without Sequelae

Clinical recovery is usually satisfactory in children treated for Lyme neuroborreliosis, and subsequent fatigue or headache are not attributable to the condition, according to a report in the December issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)


Monday 29 December 2008

Chronic Lyme Disease Patients Often Have Comorbid Psychiatric Illness

Psychiatric comorbidity and other psychological factors distinguish chronic Lyme disease patients from other medical patients commonly seen in Lyme disease referral centers, researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)


Saturday 13 December 2008

Shelter Island: Getting Rid of Ticks Takes Time and Money

A promising study aiming to rid Shelter Island of disease-causing ticks may be threatened due to lack of financing. (Source: NYT > Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Friday 5 December 2008

Researchers Identify Cell Group Key To Lyme Disease Arthritis

A research team has illuminated the important role of natural killer T cells in Lyme disease, demonstrating that the once little understood white blood cells are central to clearing the bacterial infection and reducing the intensity and duration of arthritis associated with Lyme disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)


Thursday 4 December 2008

Researchers identify cell group key to Lyme disease arthritis

A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Albany Medical College has illuminated the important role of natural killer (NK) T cells in Lyme disease, demonstrating that the once little understood white blood cells are central to clearing the bacterial infection and reducing the intensity and duration of arthritis associated with Lyme disease. (Source: Huliq Health News)


Thursday 4 December 2008

Researchers From La Jolla Institute And Albany Medical College Identify Cell Group Key To Lyme Disease Arthritis

A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Albany Medical College has illuminated the important role of natural killer (NK) T cells in Lyme disease, demonstrating that the once little understood white blood cells are central to clearing the bacterial infection and reducing the intensity and duration of arthritis associated with Lyme disease. (Source: Arthritis News From Medical News Today)


Wednesday 3 December 2008

Researchers identify cell group key to Lyme disease arthritis

(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Albany Medical College has illuminated the important role of natural killer T cells in Lyme disease, demonstrating that the once little understood white blood cells are central to clearing the bacterial infection and reducing the intensity and duration of arthritis associated with Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Tuesday 18 November 2008

B.C. doctor urged to retire because of zealous approach to Lyme disease

A physician sought out by patients for his particular approach to treating Lyme disease is speaking out about a College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. investigation into his views and practices with regard to the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 8 November 2008

Lyme Disease

'I found my own diagnosis on the net' (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)


Monday 27 October 2008

ILADS President Calls For More Comprehensive Dialogue To Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease

During his closing remarks at the 2008 Scientific Meeting hosted by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), Dr. Daniel Cameron, ILADS president, stressed the need for more comprehensive dialogue between physicians and researchers regarding the prevention of chronic Lyme disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 24 October 2008

Free Videos Online: AIBS 2008 Annual Meeting Lectures

The AIBS Media Library contains plenary lectures by some of the world???s most eminent biologists recorded at AIBS annual meetings from 2000 onward. The free recordings offer synchronized video, audio, slides, transcripts, and MP3 podcast files of most presentations. The 2008 AIBS annual meeting addresses on ???Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases??? are now online at www.aibs.org/media-library. New content Terry L. Maple, Palm Beach Zoo, coauthor with Newt Gingrich of A Contract with the Earth James E. Hansen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration: ???Global Warming: The Threat to Life??? Durland Fish, Yale University: ???Environmental Determinants of Lyme Disease Risk??? (presentation and MP3 audio) Howard Frumkin, National Center for Environmental Health: ???The Public...


Wednesday 22 October 2008

Viral Genetics, Inc. Releases Initial Findings Of Lyme Disease Study

Viral Genetics, Inc. (OTC:VRAL), a biotechnology company that discovers and develops immune-based therapies, today unveiled to the general public initial findings of its ongoing Lyme Disease study. Viral Genetics initially unveiled its new model and early findings on Saturday, October 18th, at the 2008 International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) Scientific Session. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Tuesday 21 October 2008

Viral Genetics, Inc. Releases Initial Findings of Lyme Disease Study

SAN MARINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 21, 2008 - Viral Genetics, Inc. (OTC:VRAL), a biotechnology company that discovers and develops immune-based therapies, today unveiled to the general public initial findings of its ongoing Lyme Disease study.... (Source: Drugs.com - Clinical Trials)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Wednesday 8 October 2008

Viral Genetics, Inc. Invited to Present New Model, Initial Findings of Lyme Disease Study at Prestigious ILADS Conference

AZUSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 8, 2008 - Viral Genetics, Inc. (Other OTC:VRAL), a biotechnology company that discovers and develops immune-based therapies, today announced it has been invited to present and discuss its new Lyme Disease study... (Source: Drugs.com - Clinical Trials)



Wednesday 1 October 2008

International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) Announces Physician Training Program

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society officially launched a physicians training program with the goal of decreasing incidence of chronic Lyme disease. The training program intends to train more than one hundred physicians over the next five years. (Source: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses News From Medical News Today)


Thursday 18 September 2008

Free Videos Online: AIBS 2008 Annual Meeting Lectures

The AIBS Media Library contains plenary lectures by some of the world’s most eminent biologists recorded at AIBS annual meetings from 2000 onward. The free recordings offer synchronized video, audio, slides, transcripts, and MP3 podcast files of most presentations. The 2008 AIBS annual meeting addresses on “Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases” are now online at www.aibs.org/media-library. New content Terry L. Maple, Palm Beach Zoo, coauthor with Newt Gingrich of A Contract with the Earth James E. Hansen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration: “Global Warming: The Threat to Life” Durland Fish, Yale University: “Environmental Determinants of Lyme Disease Risk” (presentation and MP3 audio) Howard Frumkin, National Center for Environmental Health: “The Public...


Monday 18 August 2008

Lyme-Like Illness To Be Studied In Texas

Tao Lin, D.V.M., and Steven J. Norris, Ph.D., both with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, have been named grant recipients of the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (ARP) by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (Source: Genetics News From Medical News Today)

MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.


Saturday 16 August 2008

Two-Tier Serologic Testing Provides Good Specificity for Diagnosing Lyme Disease

The 2-tier serologic test for Lyme disease provides better specificity than the C6 peptide ELISA method, according to a report in the July 15th issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)


Friday 15 August 2008

Researchers to study lyme-like illness in Texas

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Tao Lin, D.V.M., and Steven J. Norris, Ph.D., both with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, have been named grant recipients of the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. They will receive $150,000 over two years to support their research into conflicting reports about the infectious nature and causative agent of Southern-Tick Associated Rash Illness in Texas and other southern states. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)


Monday 11 August 2008

Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator

A mystery malady in your backyard. (Source: Psychology Today)


Sunday 3 August 2008

Ground-Breaking Lyme Disease Research Funded By EPA

In the United States, Lyme disease is the most frequently reported disease that can be passed from animals to humans. These animal-borne diseases can make people very sick, and proper anticipation of disease outbreaks and effective intervention are crucial to protecting the public. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)


Friday 1 December 2000

Ixodes scapularis Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor

Ixodes scapularis is a blood-sucking tick and the principal vector of Lyme disease, a spirochetal illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and now the most common vector-borne infection in the United States; more than 50,000 cases have been reported during the last ten years. The salivary gland of I. scapularis has a number of pharmacologically active molecules that help the tick to successfully feed on blood, such as inhibitors of complement system, in addition to coagulation and platelet aggregation inhibitors. This invention describes Ixolaris, a protein that inhibits the initiation of blood coagulation by inhibition of components of the extrinsic pathway. Accordingly, Ixolaris blocks Factor X activation by Factor VIIa/TissueFactor, it attenuates Factor Xa production by the prothrombinase...


Friday 1 December 2000

Ixodes Salivary Anticomplement Protein

This invention describes Isac, a novel anticomplement protein that can be isolated and purified from I. scapularis (tick) saliva that may be useful as a peptide vaccine against Lyme disease. Because inactivation of Isac by antibodies will make transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi to humans more difficult, Isac is an ideal candidate for a Lyme disease vaccine. Isac disrupts the alternative complement pathway by inhibiting factors Bb and/or C3b, preventing cell lysis and anaphylatoxin production. The inventors have found no similarity to any protein in GenBank for Isac. Isac may also be used in situations where alternative complement activation is implicated such as in rheumatoid conditions such as lupus erythematosus or juvenile arthritis. IC: NIAIDNIH Ref. No.: E-207-2000/0TAB No...