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Portland, Maine: Despite drought, Lyme disease cases came roaring back this fall

[CanLyme Note: Due to the proximity to the Canadian border and the role of our friendly migratory birds in importing infected ticks into Canada in staggering numbers, ie, robins, wrens, etc., Atlantic Canada’s provincial governments must increase public awareness. It is their responsibility.] Dec. 12th, 2016 This summer’s drought failed to reduce the deer tick population – as some experts had hoped – Continues →

Bill to combat Lyme disease heads to Pres. Obama for signature

December 7th, 2016 WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature. If signed into law, it would ensure coordination among federal agencies and researchers, health care providers, and patient organizations in addressing tick-borne illnesses. “This is an important advancement to help combat the Continues →

Australia: A Senate inquiry has recommended urgent government funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia.

Nov. 30th, 2016 Inquiry calls for Lyme funding, research   A Senate committee has recommended the federal government urgently increase funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia and get to work on finding a treatment. Thousands of Australians claim to be suffering from tick-borne Lyme disease, but medical authorities insist it’s not possible to contract the disease in Australia. Continues →

Johns Hopkins receives $10M to expand research into Lyme disease cause, treatments

Grants from Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation support existing research on post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, new therapies, vulnerable populations   Johns Hopkins University has received a $10 million grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation to explore Lyme disease and develop potential new therapies to address the illness. The grant will be divided among three Johns Hopkins research teams Continues →

Dr. Nevena Zubcevik of the Harvard Medical School dispels some long held, over published myths about Lyme disease

Dispelling myths … “Dr. Nevena Zubcevik of the Harvard Medical School, and co-director of the Dean Center for Tick-Borne Illnesses, warned that the medical community is not keeping up with current findings. For example, “The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours is completely outdated,” she said, citing studies that show ticks can transmit disease in Continues →

Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News Monday, August 29th, 2016 While Alaskans have long endured dense mosquitoes and frigid air, we’ve always had the absence of venomous snakes and dog ticks. But the latter may be establishing themselves here. Ticks that infest red squirrels, snowshoe hares and a variety of birds have always been present in Alaska, but a team of biologists and veterinarians Continues →

Tick study gets ‘astonishing’ local response

John Ferro, Poughkeepsie Journal Photo by Sophia Raithel When the scientists behind an ambitious tick studybegan their work in April, they did not know how many Dutchess County families would be willing to grant access to their properties and personal health information. The subjects would have to let researchers onto their yards repeatedly to collect rodents, count ticks and deploy as many as two tick-killing Continues →

Massachusetts, USA: Insurance Coverage for Lyme Treatment Becomes Law

Alex Elvin, August 11, 2016 6:40 pm The state legislature has adopted a new bill requiring insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease, despite considerable pushback from the medical and health insurance communities, and from Gov. Charlie Baker, who twice remanded the bill in the final weeks before the legislative session closed in July. In covering the Continues →

USA: Government policy expert’s report, “CDC Evades Accountability in Lyme Epidemic”

Author info: Bio – Jenna Luché-Thayer’s expertise includes government transparency and accountability and the integration of marginalized groups. Luché-Thayer is informed by three decades of professional policy and grassroots experience in 40 countries. She has extensive experience in congressional relations, testimony and legislation. She has worked with governments, the United Nations, nonprofits and the corporate world and has over 65 Continues →

Fox 9 TV Minnesota: Tick bite proves fatal for Minnesota man

June 30th, 2016 (KMSP) – There’s yet another reason to protect yourself from tick bites this summer. Health officials are warning people about a disease that can stop your heart. Steve Stolz noticed something was wrong with his heart while he was walking up a hill. “It should be fine and something doesn’t feel right,” he remembered thinking. … Watch Continues →

Fox5 TV New York – LYME AND REASON: THE CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCE OF LYME DISEASE

June 30th, 2016 “LYME AND REASON: THE CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCE OF LYME DISEASE” presents an in-depth look at the cause and effect of Lyme disease, including the controversy over testing, the issues of misdiagnosis, and the personal struggles of medical professionals and patients contending with this life-changing illness. -Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory of Continues →