Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease: The Patient Experience
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Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease: The Patient Experience

Published December 29, 2023 in Healthcare Authored by Jennifer L. Fagen, Jeremy A. Shelton, Jenna Luché-Thayer Abstract: Even though there are approximately half a million new cases of Lyme disease in the US annually, according to the CDC, it is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, which can result in a chronic, multisystemic condition. Lyme disease is…

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Whole genome sequencing of human Borrelia burgdorferi isolates reveals linked blocks of accessory genome elements located on plasmids and associated with human dissemination

Abstract Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in North America and Europe. The clinical manifestations of Lyme disease vary based on the genospecies of the infecting Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete, but the microbial genetic elements underlying these associations are not known. Here, we report the whole genome sequence (WGS) and analysis of 299 B. burgdorferi (Bb) isolates derived from…

Children are more than twice as likely to lose their detectable antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria
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Children are more than twice as likely to lose their detectable antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria

Background Lyme borreliosis (LB), caused by Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), is the most common tick-borne infection in Germany. Antibodies against Bb are prevalent in the general population but information on temporal changes of prevalence and estimates of seroconversion (seroincidence) and seroreversion are lacking, especially for children and adolescents. Aim We aimed at assessing antibodies against Bb and factors associated with seropositivity…

Lyme neuroborreliosis: A case report
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Lyme neuroborreliosis: A case report

Abstract Key Clinical Message Lyme neuroborreliosis is the manifestation of Lyme borreliosis that impacts the nervous system. It gives rise to various neurological and psychiatric conditions, and its diagnosis is challenging. The timely administration of antibiotics is effective. A male patient, aged 55, was admitted to the emergency department due to the sudden onset of…

6-year-old may need to relearn how to walk, talk after tick bite leads to ICU, mom says
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6-year-old may need to relearn how to walk, talk after tick bite leads to ICU, mom says

A bite from a tick left a 6-year-old Arkansas boy fighting for his life, his mother says, and he may not be the same when he wakes up. In late June, Aiden Debusk went on a short hike with his family, his mother, Laiken Debusk, told KTHV. She checked her kids for ticks when they…

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Female ticks (Ixodes scapularis) infected with Borrelia burgdorferi have increased overwintering survival, with implications for tick population growth

Abstract The tick, Ixodes scapularis, vectors pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Over the last few decades I. scapularis has expanded its range, introducing a novel health threat into these areas. Warming temperatures appear to be one cause of its range expansion to the north. However, other factors are also involved. We show that…

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Complete Remission in Paralytic Late Tick-Borne Neurological Disease Comprising Mixed Involvement of Borrelia, Babesia, Anaplasma, and Bartonella: Use of Long-Term Treatments with Antibiotics and Antiparasitics in a Series of 10 Cases

Abstract This study aimed to demonstrate that severe neurological motor deficits in the context of late tick-borne disease with mixed microorganism involvement are eligible for long-term combined antibiotic/antiparasitic treatments. The inclusion criteria were: 1. neurological limb paralysis with a disability score >4 according to the EDSS Kurtzke disability scale; 2. serological tests pointing to an…

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Primary Detection of the Establishment of Blacklegged Ticks, Ixodes scapularis, in British Columbia, Canada

Abstract Ticks transport and transmit microbial pathogens that inflict malevolent diseases on domestic and wildlife animals, and humans. We reveal the first-time record of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, in British Columbia (BC) and, concurrently, far western North America. We unveil the primary tick-host record of I. scapularis parasitizing a Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos. In…

Come and join with CanLyme in the screening of “The Quiet Epidemic”
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Come and join with CanLyme in the screening of “The Quiet Epidemic”

May 18th, 2023 May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and CanLyme is hosting an on-demand screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, The Quiet Epidemic during the week of May 19th. For the past two decades, CanLyme has been listening to the voices of people who have encountered ongoing roadblocks while trying to access adequate healthcare for Lyme…

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Murphy signs law requiring N.J. students to learn about tick-borne diseases

New Jersey students will be required to learn about tick-borne diseases starting next school year under a bipartisan law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Monday. The measure (S264) requires the state education commissioner, in collaboration with the state health commissioner, to create new curriculum guidelines that teach students how to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne…

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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise—And Climate Change Is To Blame

Chatelaine – by Zeahaa Rehman April 25th, 2023 “Maggie McColl first heard the joke about Lyme disease at a public talk about the illness in 2008. “The good news is, you’re not going to die,” she chuckles. “And the bad news is, you’re not going to die.” McColl, based in Nanaimo, B.C., first experienced symptoms of…

Survey for our Looking at Lyme listeners
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Survey for our Looking at Lyme listeners

Looking at Lyme is an educational podcast, designed to increase awareness and empower listeners with expert knowledge. We have a library of over 50 podcasts for you to increase your awareness on various perspectives about Lyme disease and its impact on human health. We have created a short survey to better understand the ongoing and…

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A Fatal Case of Late Stage Lyme Borreliosis and Substance Abuse

Abstract A recent study demonstrated a 1,100% (12-fold) increase in substance abuse after acquiring Lyme borreliosis. Lyme borreliosis and substance abuse have never been adequately studied and deserves greater attention. A fatal case of Lyme borreliosis and substance abuse is presented, compared to a database, relevant citations are reviewed, brain tussue is analyzed, and findings…

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USA: Tick-Borne Disease Working Group 2022 Report to Congress

Executive Summary In this third and final report of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, the committee applauds the progress that has been made during the past six years but recognizes the challenges that remain. The Working Group identified possible paths toward achieving its vision of “a nation free of tick-borne diseases where new infections are…