Tag Archives: Lyme Disease

Lyme in the maritimes: Health P.E.I. should re-evaluate efforts at prevention and diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

BY CHRIS ROBINSON [ – Chris Robinson is a health economist / epidemiologist, and former head of Evidence and Risk Assessment Division, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada. He is now retired and living in Cavendish ] January 9th, 2017 published by The Guardian There are no deer on P.E.I. Local public health officials have Continues →

Saskatoon women frustrated with provincial testing methods for Lyme disease

Erin Petrow, Saskatoon Starphoenix January 8th, 2018 When Danielle Briske started having severe migrating muscle pain and weakness, plus a variety of other symptoms, doctors kept telling her it was all in her head. As it turned out, Briske had contracted Lyme disease. The diagnosis took months and more than $8,000 to confirm. According to information on Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health Continues →

Legislative Package To Fight Lyme Disease Introduced In NY

December 29th, A package of state legislation aimed at fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being introduced ahead of the 2018 session by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), chairwoman of the Senate’s Lyme Task Force. She teamed up with Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Garden City), chairman of the Senate’s Health Committee, to introduce four bills that they hope will Continues →

CANADA, CASE REPORT: New-onset Bell palsy and Lyme disease

[Canlyme Note: It is important for physicians to be aware that treatment duration is to be determined by the clinical presentation not by preset limitations. The only recognized guidelines that meet the Institute of Medicine GRADE level criteria, which are the only Lyme disease guidelines published on the US government guideline website, are those published by the International Lyme and Associated Continues →

Spain has significant risk areas for contracting Lyme disease (borreliosis)

Molecular identification of Borrelia spirochetes in questing Ixodes ricinus from northwestern Spain Published online December 20th, 2107 Pablo Diaz et al ABSTRACT Background Ixodes ricinus, the predominant tick species in Europe, can transmit the causative agents of important human diseases such as Lyme borreliosis (LB), caused by Borrelia spirochetes. In northern Spain, LB is considered endemic; recently, a significant increase of the annual incidence of LB was Continues →

Nearly 50% of ticks test positive for Lyme bacteria in Onondaga County

[CanLyme Note: This area is only a short flight to Ontario and Quebec for the migratory birds such as robins, wrens, and finches who carry these infected ticks into your region in the millions each season. Canada is endemic for Lyme disease and our government needs to stop wasting money chasing ticks and start funding research to find out how many Continues →

Late Disseminated Lyme Disease: Associated Pathology and Spirochete Persistence Post-Treatment in Rhesus Macaques

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2017.11.005 Nicholas A. Crossland, Xavier Alvarez, Monica E. Embers Abstract Non-human primates currently serve as the best experimental model for Lyme disease due to their close genetic homology with humans and demonstration of all three phases of disease following infection with Borreliella (Borrelia) burgdorferi (Bb). We investigated the pathology associated with late disseminated Lyme disease (12 to 13 months following tick inoculation) Continues →

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 →

‘Every season is tick season’: Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk [bitten while xmas tree hunting]

[CanLyme Note: Ticks are active in temperatures of minus 4 degrees Celsius and above] November 22, 2017 by Marina von Stackelberg CBCNEWS People have ‘let their guard down’ and aren’t checking for ticks as weather cools, says zoologist   Laurenne Schiller loves taking her dog Cousteau for walks along Halifax trails as the weather cools. But even after the first dusting Continues →

Lawsuit: Insurance companies conspiring with physician members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

November 19th, 2017 Lynne LaRowe Texackana Gazette Major health insurance companies are accused of putting profits over patients suffering from Lyme disease in a lawsuit filed recently in a Texarkana, Texas, federal court. The suit alleges companies including Blue Cross, Kaiser and Aetna violated RICO and anti-trust laws when conspiring with physician members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 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 →

How does Lyme disease spread? The answer may lie in the hearts of grouse

University of New Brunswick forestry students ask hunters to collect bird hearts for disease study Shane Fowler, CBC News November 6th, 2017 A Fredericton lab is on the hunt for bird hearts. Contact Joe Nocera at UNB joe.nocera@unb.ca 1 506 447 3214. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are hoping hunters will bring in hearts of game birds that could allow Continues →