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New York Times’ Story On Lyme Misses The Bull’s Eye

[CanLyme note: Very important in the article is recognition by the Infectious Disease physician author is that there is no good definition for Lyme disease, no good tests, and no biomarkers for B. burgdorferi or for PTLDS (post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome) which is a made-up term not based in science. No one knows when you have been effectively treated and there Continues →

The new draft of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines open for public comment for 45 days.

The IDSA has presented their draft guidelines which with a brief scan appear not much different then their old controversial poorly evidenced guidelines.  Much of the same old players and 3 token patients. Typical unequal representation. Public comments close August 10th. Take your time, make notes before you enter their controlled comment format process as you have to submit all Continues →

Avril Lavigne announces 1st tour since Lyme disease diagnosis

June 24th, 2019 “Lavigne says she wrote all of the songs sitting in her bed or on the couch while the effects of Lyme disease made her body feel like it was shutting down. “I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air,” she said last year in Continues →

‘Scary World’ of Generic Drug Manufacturing, Revealed

[CanLyme Note: This is very important for those being treated for Lyme disease who may not be responding to the treatment.  It may be bad medication. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist to possibly switch manufacturers. One wonders what Health Canada is doing about this serious problem.] Ellie Kincaid June 06, 2019 In 2008, investigative journalist Katherine Eban started digging into the generic Continues →

First US human bite from worrying longhorned tick noted

“The tick was found in the United States for the first time in 2017 on a sheep in New Jersey, and since then, the species has been found in at least 10 states, mainly in the eastern states but also Arkansas. It’s still not known how widespread Asian longhorned ticks are in the United States, but health officials are worried, Continues →

Breakthrough paves way for new Lyme disease treatment

published June 17th, 2019 A Virginia Tech biochemist has discovered the cellular component that contributes to Lyme arthritis, a debilitating and extremely painful condition that is the most common late stage symptom of Lyme disease, a press release said. According to the release from Virginia Tech, the biochemist, Brandon Jutras, found that as the Lyme-causing bacteria borrelia burgdorferi multiplies, it sheds a cellular component called peptidoglycan Continues →

Co-infection of bacteria and protozoan parasites in Ixodes ricinus nymphs collected in the Alsace region, France

[CanLyme Note: ‘No Tick is a Good Tick’ Canadian ticks are equally co-infected.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2019.06.001 Abstract Fifty nymphal Ixodes ricinus ticks collected in Alsace, France, identified by morphological criteria and using MALDI-TOF MS, were tested by PCR to detect tick-associated bacteria and protozoan parasites. Seventy percent (35/50) of ticks contained at least one microorganism; 26% (9/35) contained two or more species. Several human pathogens Continues →

Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment

[CanLyme Note: The title is a bit misleading.  The bacteria that causes Lyme disease is millions of years old according to research.  Why it spread so quickly in the past 60 years is the question, and climate change (warming) only accounts for some of that spread because countries with colder climates than Canada have had Lyme disease occurring for many years.] Continues →

There’s no evidence quick dose of antibiotics will stave off Lyme

[CanLyme Note: Canadians have got to beware of information produced by any members of the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network (CLyDRN) as their information does not serve you the public, but instead serves the for-profit medical industry and their many components while patients struggle with a lifetime of disability and multiple daily drugs not intended to fix the disease itself. They Continues →

The Scientist – Opinion: The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research

[CanLyme Note: This for profit money drive takes medical research away from cure to ‘a drug for every symptom’. In Canada, relative to Lyme disease, the private Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada (AMMI), is an extension of the ‘do not cure’ medical money machine. They offer opinion and poorly designed research to support the ‘do not treat Continues →