Babesiosis, a dangerous tick-borne infection that attacks red blood cells, appears to be a growing problem
The disease is most often caused by the tiny parasites and transmitted to humans in warmer months by deer ticks — the same ones that spread Lyme disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Alten Schwartz Source Type: news

Five herbal medicines potent against tick-borne disease babesiosis in lab, says new study
(TellMed Strategies) Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease research in the U.S., today announced the publication of new data finding that five herbal medicines had potent activity compared to commonly-used antibiotics in test tubes against Babesia duncani, a malaria-like parasite found on the West Coast of the U.S. that causes the disease babesiosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

YSPH scientist oversees new guidelines for emerging tick-borne disease
Yale ’s Dr. Peter Krause is among 14 medical and health professionals who have outlined diagnostic and treatment criteria for the emerging disease babesiosis. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - December 7, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Rise in Babesiosis Cases, Pennsylvania, USA, 2005-2018 Rise in Babesiosis Cases, Pennsylvania, USA, 2005-2018
In light of the emergence of babesiosis in the state of Pennsylvania, clinicians should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this zoonotic disease.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - August 12, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

First England case diagnosed of tick-borne babesiosis
Be 'tick alert' say health officials, following the diagnosis for the first time of a rare illness. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Found In More Than A Third Of Maine Deer Ticks
ORONO, Maine (AP) — More than a third of the deer ticks submitted to a Maine lab last year tested positive for Lyme disease, a surveillance report from the lab said. The report is from the University of Maine Tick Lab. The lab found that a smaller percentage of ticks tested positive for anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which are other tick-borne diseases. The tick lab’s manager, Griffin Dill, said the information will help authorities learn how fast the ticks are spreading in the state. The study is the first of its kind in Maine, the Bangor Daily news reported. The report found that just shy of 39% of deer ticks teste...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Deer Ticks LYME DISEASE Maine news Source Type: news

Maine Had Record Number Of Lyme Disease Cases In 2019
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine reported a record number of Lyme disease cases last year, and the number could rise as data continues to trickle in, officials said Thursday. There were at least 2,079 cases in 2019, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. It’s too early to say why the numbers grew last year. But the numbers underscore the importance of taking precautions to avoid tick bites, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC. Winter is a time of low ticket activity. But ticks can be active when the temperature climbs above 40, as it did last weekend in Maine. The state also experienced...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston LYME DISEASE Maine news ticks Source Type: news

Roche Packs New FDA-Approved Test in Its Arsenal
Roche has won a nod from FDA for a new diagnostic for individual blood donation testing. The Basel-Switzerland-based company’s cobas Babesia test is for use on the cobas 6800/8800 system. Cobas Babesia detects parasites that live in red blood cells. Roche said this test is an important advancement because the Babesia parasite cannot be detected in traditional plasma or serum samples. The test can detect the four-common species of Babesia and employs the new whole blood collection tube, which simplifies Babesia sample preparation by consolidating steps within the tube itself to provide an efficient solutio...
Source: MDDI - September 20, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

FDA approves cobas Babesia, Roche ’s first whole blood test for donor screening
Roche today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cobas Babesia test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems for individual blood donation testing. (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - September 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA approves cobas Babesia, Roche ’s first whole blood test for donor screening
Roche today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cobas Babesia test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems for individual blood donation testing. (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - September 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How an emerging tick-borne pathogen evades detection
Researchers have discovered how Babesia microti, one of the parasites that transmit the disease babesiosis, communicates with its host to export its antigens. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - June 19, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Babesiosis Surveillance - United States, 2011-2015
CDC summarizes babesiosis surveillance in the United States for 2011-2015. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 30, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Parasitic Diseases Source Type: news

Yale scientists develop new system to study emerging tickborne disease
Yale-led researchers have developed a novel system for studying the potentially fatal tickborne parasite Babesia duncani using human red blood cells. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - November 29, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Tickborne Diseases Hit Record Levels In U.S.
(CBS News) – New government research shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme disease continue to rise. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks. Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. The CDC said there were 59,349 confirmed cases of tickborne diseases in 2017, up from 48,610 in 2016. In past years, health officials have acknowl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CBS News LYME DISEASE ticks Source Type: news

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Who Tried to Lose Weight During the Past 12 Months, by Sex --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007--2008 to 2015--2016
From 2007-2008 to 2015-2016, the age-adjusted percentage of adults who tried to lose weight during the past 12 months increased from 43.3% to 49.3%. This increase was seen among both men (35.5% to 42.2%) and women (51.2% to 56.3%). The percentage of women who tried to lose weight in the past year was higher than men for each survey year from 2007-2008 to 2015-2016. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Nutrition Weight Management Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exerci Source Type: news