Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb
(Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) After a decade-long research effort the genome of the deer tick has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Studying the tick genome sheds light on how ticks function and will help to develop novel tick control programs by interfering with the processes of disease transmission.
LYME disease symptoms include a rash, headaches and joint pain. But, adding this cheap spice to your diet could prevent signs of the bacterial infection, that ’s caused by tick bites.
Jacob R. Greenmyer, Robert A. Gaultney, Catherine A. Brissette, John A. Watt
The current diagnostic marker of Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB), the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato antibody index (AI) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), has insufficient sensitivity in the early phase of LNB. We aimed to elucidate the diagnostic value of PCR for B. burgdorferi sensu lato in CSF from children with symptoms suggestive of LNB and to explore B. burgdorferi sensu lato genotypes associated with LNB in children. Children were prospectively included in predefined groups with a high or low likelihood of LNB based on diagnostic guidelines (LNB symptoms, CSF pleocytosis, and B. burgdorferi sensu lato antibodies) or th...
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In this study, we report reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) findings in a case of ACA. RCM examination revealed a flattened surface with broadened skin folds, a flattened dermoepidermal junction with few papillae and less bright basal cells and multiple small bright reflecting spots in the dermis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first description of the RCM findings in this disorder.
Conditions: Lyme Disease; Pediatric Infectious Disorder; Erythema Migrans Intervention: Sponsors: Stony Brook University; Karius, Inc. Not yet recruiting
Children with Lyme meningitis are often treated with intravenous ceftriaxone, although oral doxycycline may be effective. Parents were surveyed after observing a video describing a hypothetical Lyme meningitis treatment trial. Eighty-four of 102 (82%) would consent to their child participating. Parents would accept 2 additional days of symptoms (noninferiority margin) with doxycycline even if ceftriaxone hastened symptom resolution.
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