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Lyme disease in North America for 20,000 years

Lyme bacteria settled in North America far earlier than we thought While the Lyme disease outbreak in people dates back only about 40 years, the bacterium that causes this disease has called North America home for more than 20,000 years, according to a study published in August in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The epidemic began when a set of strange Continues →

New research shows risk for Lyme borreliosis in cities is much the same as in forested areas.

[CanLyme note: This should be done in Canadian cities] Published Nov. 21, 2017 Parasites and Vectors Ticks and the city – are there any differences between city parks and natural forests in terms of tick abundance and prevalence of spirochaetes? Abstract Background Ixodes ricinus ticks are commonly encountered in either natural or urban areas, contributing to Lyme disease agents Borreliella [(Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato)] spp. Continues →

Lyme Disease Patients File Federal Antitrust Suit Against Infectious Disease Specialists & Health Insurers

Nov 15th, Last Friday, 28 patients filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Infectious Diseases Society of America, eight health insurance companies, and seven medical doctors, Courthouse News reported yesterday, “because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured with a month of antibiotics.” Contrary to the often-reported claim that Lyme disease Continues →

Lyme bug stronger than antibiotics in animals and test tubes. Now study people.

[CanLyme note: This article supports the Canadian patient’s request of federal and provincial governments to stop blatantly endorsing the Infectious Disease Society of America and the United States Center for Disease Control. They refuse open discussion and evaluation of their policy while condemning tens of thousands to a lifetime of hell, or sadly, in too many cases needless death.] November 2nd, Continues →

Researcher says tick-borne disease Borrelia has grown exponentially in Finland

October 5th, 2017 New research finds that ticks are not only becoming more common in Finland but incidents of the tick-borne disease Borrelia – also known as Lyme disease – has grown exponentially in the past 20 years. A new study by a doctoral student found that one-in-six ticks in Finland now carry the disease. Read article

Popular Shrub Linked to Rising Rates of Lyme Disease in Ticks

[CanLyme note: Japanese barberry, an invasive plant, has been promoted as a decorative shrub for landscaping across Canada for many years, even in the dry Okanagan Valley region of BC In Canada, plant growers, retailers, and landscapers need to take this seriously and stop selling this product and similar products.  Offer your concerns to the Canadian Landscape Nursery Association. This is Continues →

The cost of Lyme borreliosis.

Eur J Public Health. 2017 Jun 1;27(3):538-547. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw269. Abstract BACKGROUND: Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most frequently reported tick-borne infection in Europe and North America. The aim of this study was to estimate the cost-of-illness of LB in the Netherlands. We used available incidence estimates from 2010 for tick bite consultations and three symptomatic LB outcomes: erythema migrans (EM), disseminated LB Continues →

Watch New York State Senate Public Hearing on Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases

LYME SCI: Re-cap of New York’s Lyme disease hearing On August 29, the New York State Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases held a public hearing, with participation from many stakeholders. Public health officials, scientists, patients, and doctors from IDSA and ILADS all addressed the committee hearing, which was streamed live to a national audience. Senator Sue Serino, Continues →

Stevia could offer cure for Lyme disease, researchers say

Published July 12th, 2017 Stevia, a common coffee sweetener, could be a possible cure for Lyme disease after tests conducted by a Connecticut professor and her students showed it was most effective in treating the tick-borne illness. Professor Eva Sapi, chairwoman of University of New Haven’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and her students have been testing the liquid, whole-leaf Continues →

Human Rights Violations of Relapsing Fever and Lyme Disease Patients Under International Investigation

[CanLyme Note: CanLyme was approached by Jenna Luché-Thayer early this year after her finding out that the World Health Organization (WHO) had held a meeting in November 2016 regarding updating the WHO International Classification of Diseases codes (ICD codes) relative to tick borne diseases. WHO is mandated to work with stakeholders yet no patient groups were asked to attend the Continues →

France: Chronic Lyme is real and treat with long term antibiotics.

Inside Europe: Lyme disease on the rise in France Lyme disease, which you get when bitten by an infected tick, has reached epidemic proportions in France. With 33,000 new officially confirmed cases last year, the government has launched an action plan to fight it. John Laurenson reports from the village of Feucherolles in central France on the spread of a Continues →

PGA Champion Jimmy Walker diagnosed with Lyme Disease

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 2:24 p.m. PGA Champion Jimmy Walker said he has felt fatigued since around Thanksgiving. After a long PGA Tour season, his first major championship title at Baltusrol and a scintillating Ryder Cup win at Hazeltine, most might think the late-year fatigue was normal. But lasting this long? Walker knew something wasn’t right. On Wednesday Continues →

Yet another United States state enacts a law to protect doctors who treat Lyme disease appropriately.

Unanimous legislative approval for bill on Lyme Disease treatment March 22nd, 2017 by O. Kay Henderson The Iowa legislature has voted to let Iowa doctors prescribe more aggressive treatment for Lyme Disease than is currently allowed by the state’s Board of Medicine, but the state’s medical community opposes the move. According to Representative Sandy Salmon of Janesville, the state Board Continues →