Fossilized tick found in amber indicates Lyme disease is older than human race

Original Source Tick larvae encased in a 15- to 20-million-year-old piece of amber contains oldest known ancestor of Borrelia burgdorferi. Veterinary professionals are no strangers to the stealthy spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi—but the discovery of spirochete-like cells in a 15-million-year-old amber-encased tick reveals that the bacteria have been lurking around long before humans walked the Earth. [...]

The Surprising Link Between Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease

If you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you know better than anyone the pain, frustration and anxiety associated with this difficult to define disease. Ask anyone what the worst part about fibromyalgia (FMS) is and they might list the numbness, pain, difficulty sleeping, irritable bowel syndrome and the persistent depression – or they might say the [...]

US National Guideline Clearinghouse posts first Lyme disease treatment guidelines

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lyme disease treatment guidelines developed by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) were posted today on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC). They are the first Lyme guidelines which comply with the Institute of Medicine's new standards for rigorous evidence assessment and patient engagement in the development [...]

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

Over nearly 15 years spent studying ticks, Indiana University's Keith Clay has found southern Indiana to be an oasis free from Lyme disease, the condition most associated with these arachnids that are the second most common parasitic disease vector on Earth.  He has also seen signs that this low-risk environment is changing, both in Indiana [...]

Loudoun students work to extinguish Lyme disease worldwide

Original Source   Summer vacation wasn’t filled with swimming pools and pick-up basketball for 23 students at Rock Ridge High School. It was spent working with bacteria and DNA under microscopes in a lab. The Rock Ridge High School International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition Team is working to create a living vaccine that will [...]

Lyme disease is vastly under-reported, CDC says

ORIGINAL SOURCE Lyme disease may be grossly under-reported in the United States. Government researchers say the tick-borne infection affects about 10 times as many Americans as previously indicated by confirmed case reports. About 329,000 cases of Lyme disease occur every year, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in their analysis [...]

The Real Deal: Limited Insurance Coverage of Lyme Disease

Original Source:     Updated: Thursday, August 6 2015, 05:13 PM EDT ALBANY—Lyme disease cases have soared, the CDC says there has been a 320% increase nationwide in the last twenty years.   The numbers are especially aggressive here in the Capital Region where there have been thousands of confirmed cases.  As the CDC [...]

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