Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease
(Northeastern University) According to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, about 300,000 people are diag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease in the US each year. Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis, who leads the Lyme dis­ease research team, is now expanding that ther­a­peutic reach with the help of a $1.5 mil­lion grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 29, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

An Open Letter to the Boston Globe About Lyme Disease
Today, the Boston Globe editorial board spoke out against a bill "that would require insurers in Massachusetts to cover Lyme disease treatments for as long as a doctor says they're needed." The Globe writes: Lawmakers may have good intentions, but they don't possess the expertise to decide whether it's beneficial, cost-efficient, or safe, to keep using strong medicines to treat a condition the medical establishment doubts is real. Such questions should be resolved by a consensus of doctors and researchers -- and buttressed by convincing clinical date [sic] -- not determined by legislative mandate. Who among the B...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme: Fight Harder For Science and End This War
I just had a flashback. When I was diagnosed with Lyme, I knew little about it. I went to the first infectious disease doctor with my bullseye still present, asking lots of questions. Among them, are you sure this three weeks of doxycycline is enough. He smiled, and with his eyes fixed on his computer, he said, "Yes, it's more than enough. In fact, I could just tell you to take ten days but then you'd come back later if anything went haywire and ask why I didn't give you twenty-one." He looked up, "Call me if anything goes crazy." A month later, I called. I woke up with a very sore throat and fever two ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Antibiotics Side Effects on the Mitochondria
Science is just beginning to understand how important your mitochondria are to warding off the diseases of aging. And, as usual, mainstream medicine is lagging way behind. Along with your telomeres, the cellular time keepers at the ends of your chromosomes, your mitochondria are another key component of the anti-aging equation. You see, these tiny organelles in your cells are the power plants that turn fuel into energy for your body. Healthy mitochondria keep you young and energetic.  Research shows that damaged mitochondria can lead to: Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s d...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 25, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures Source Type: news

Nigeria: Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases - Call for Timely Public Health Response in Nigeria
[Guardian] At present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring a couple of infectious diseases, including: Ebola, Lassa fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Haemorrhagic fever, West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease. The rate of re-emergence of infectious disease has been on the increase. Diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis, Influenza (flu), hepatitis and staphylococcus infections thought to have been controlled are re-emerging. A majority of the agents (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Blog: Preparing for insect borne diseases
Ticks carrying the bacteria ‘Borrelia’ causing Lyme disease are endemic throughout the UK, and reports of Lyme disease have been steadily increasing with the infection acquired in woodlands, moorlands and parks Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 15, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Children ' s health Travel health Family health Dermatology Lifestyle Latest News Source Type: news

Sony musician Ren Gill to give up career amid Lyme disease battle
Ren Gill, 25, from Brighton, was first diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, then chronic fatigue syndrome but was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease at a clinic in Brussels. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme SpeciesWhat Clinicians Should Know About the New Lyme Species
Borrelia burgdorferi isn't the only bacterial species causing Lyme disease in the United States. Learn about emerging tickborne infections and how they differ from 'traditional' Lyme disease. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 1, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics
Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics: Report
Germ forms slimy layer that makes it up to 1,000 times more resistant than other bacteria, researchers say (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics: Report
THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 -- The bacteria that causes Lyme disease protects itself from antibiotics by forming a slime-like layer called a biofilm, a new study shows. In many cases, Lyme disease returns after a patient has completed antibiotic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes
.Follow me at @drClaire The news about the Zika virus possibly causing microcephaly in infants has everyone talking about — and worried about — mosquitoes. It’s not just the Zika virus that can be spread by mosquitoes; these insects also spread other illnesses, such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis. It should be said that most people who are bitten by mosquitoes don’t get sick with anything. But if you are living in or traveling to an area where these illnesses are prevalent, it’s important to know the four b...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Health Parenting Prevention Travel health Source Type: news

Tick management symposium to be held in Washington, DC in May
(Entomological Society of America) Ticks that transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens have been spreading geographically, and increased numbers of illnesses are being diagnosed. To address this issue, a symposium on Integrated Tick Management will be held May 16-17, 2016 in Washington, DC by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 23, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Genome reveals insights into tick that spreads Lyme disease
Researchers deciphered the genome of the blacklegged tick, which causes several diseases, including Lyme disease. The resource can aid development of new ways to control ticks. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IV Therapy “Cocktail” For a Cancer Patient
Today, I want to talk to you about my patient D.B. A key treatment I offer at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine turned her life around and boosted her chances of recovering from cancer. D.B had been a vivacious 47-year-old woman, who’d always led a healthy life. For years, she’d watched her diet carefully and exercised regularly. But then she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This is cancer of the inner lining of the uterus. When she came to my clinic, she’d already undergone a hysterectomy and chemotherapy. Unsurprisingly, she felt terrible. She was pale. She felt lethargic and she was ex...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - February 19, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Women's Health Cancer IV Therapy myers cocktail nutrients vitamins Source Type: news

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist
Last week, I mentioned the case of Dr. Neil Spector, whose long-undiagnosed Lyme Disease resulted in irreversible heart failure and ultimately, a heart transplant. Dr. Spector, author of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician's Search for True Healing, is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine. As the Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Duke Cancer Institute, he's a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, Dr. Spector share...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Bacterial Species Causes Lyme DiseaseNew Bacterial Species Causes Lyme Disease
U.S. researchers say they have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in humans. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - February 18, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A New Culprit in Lyme Disease
Researchers have discovered a second bacterium that may cause the condition. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KAREN WEINTRAUB Tags: Mayo Clinic Midwestern States (US) Lyme Disease Ticks (Insects) Minnesota Lancet, The (Journal) Bacteria Wisconsin Pritt, Bobbi Source Type: news

New Gene Discovery Could Lead To Earlier Lyme Test And Diagnosis
An experimental new test holds great promise for diagnosing Lyme disease soon after infection, well before current tests are able to detect infection. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

Big data and patient-powered research aim to solve complex diseases
(LymeDisease.org) Big data and patient-driven research networks have the power to accelerate our understanding of some of today's most complex diseases. Lorraine Johnson, CEO of Lymedisease.org, will give a presentation at the AAAS meeting on Feb. 13 on 'Big Data and Patient Powered Networks.' She will discuss how MyLymeData, the first and only national patient-powered research project on chronic Lyme disease, is being embraced by thousands of patients, anxious for answers that will improve their lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 13, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection
An experimental method developed by researchers appears capable of detecting the stealthy culprit Lyme bacteria at the earliest time of infection, when currently available tests are often still negative. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease
Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study
Researchers say patients have tell-tale genetic signatures, even after taking antibiotics (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study
FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 -- A distinctive genetic signature in people with Lyme disease could lead to new ways to diagnose the illness, scientists report. This gene signature occurs in the white blood cells of people infected with the tick-borne... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Team from NIST and Johns Hopkins suggests the novel approach might also be useful for early detection of other elusive bacterial infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme
(University of California - San Francisco) Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene 'signature' they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Borrelia mayonii is new cause of Lyme disease variant
A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis. Of 100,545 routine clinical specimens tested at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for Lyme borreliosis between 2003 and 2014, six clinical specimens –... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - February 11, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Borrelia mayonii is new cause of Lyme disease variant
A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis. Of 100,545 routine clinical specimens tested at the... (Source: Pediatric News)
Source: Pediatric News - February 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Borrelia mayonii is new cause of Lyme disease variant
A new species of Borrelia has been linked to a variant of Lyme disease with symptoms that differ somewhat from typical Lyme borreliosis. Of 100,545 routine clinical specimens tested at the... (Source: Clinical Neurology News)
Source: Clinical Neurology News - February 11, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

How Lyme disease is spread is revealed by unraveling tick's DNA
Scientists from Purdue University in Indiana found the genome of Lyme disease-spreading ticks is 'far more similar to mammals than insects' - and that the ticks' saliva allows them to feed off a host for days. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Evidence Supports Denial Of LTD Claim, Federal Judge Determines
PITTSBURGH - Because there is significant medical evidence supporting a disability plan's denial of a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits related to Lyme disease, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Feb. 1 denied the claimant's motion for summary judgment and granted the plan's motion for summary judgment (Elizabeth L. Ryan v. PNC Financial Services Group Inc., et al., No. 14-1048, W.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11518). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 10, 2016 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 10, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Lyme Disease Discovery
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing organism that is capable of creating more intense symptoms. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, about the new findings. Watch the Mayo Clinic Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TxQs4FIVs&feature=youtu.be Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 10, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease Discovered
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the CDC made the discovery. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New species of bacteria causes Lyme disease in humans, scientists warn
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a new bacteria also causes Lyme disease - with more severe symptoms, such as nausea and rash, than a previously found bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II
Recognizing the Breadth of the Problem and the Search for Answers Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration. There may be reason to believe that the secret to diagnosing a concussion could reside in our saliva, offering for the first time an avenue to quickly and accurately provide a definitive diagnosis. Developing a Spit Test Long regarded as the sole domain of the dentist, the medical community in recent years has begun to recognize the mouth as a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered: CDC
Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Discover New Bacteria Responsible For Lyme Disease
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans, a U.S. health agency said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, discovered the new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, the CDC said in a statement. Previously, only one bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was believed to cause human Lyme disease, which is transmitted through bites from by the blacklegged "deer" tick, the CDC statement said. The new bacteria has so far only been detected in the upper Midwest reg...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC
Infection may trigger nausea, vomiting and a more widespread rash, officials say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: New bacteria discovered that cause Lyme disease
Scientists have found new bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They produce symptoms similar to those of the known bacteria, but they also cause nausea, vomiting and diffuse rashes. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Scientists confirm second, more intense form of Lyme disease
Stephen FellerATLANTA, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The CDC and Mayo Clinic confirmed a second species of bacteria causing Lyme disease in the upper Midwest area of the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC
TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- A new Lyme disease-causing bacteria has been identified in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms, health officials said. Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacteria species believed to cause Lyme disease in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Scientists Found A New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease: Borrelia Mayonii
There’s a new Borrelia bacterium on the block, joining its cousin in causing Lyme disease. B. mayonii has recently been identified as a new cause of Lyme in the Midwest. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 9, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind
TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 -- Scientists who sequenced the genome, or genetic composition, of the Lyme disease-transmitting deer tick hope the achievement will lead to new ways to control the blood-sucking parasites. The decade-long effort involved an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Tick genome reveals inner workings of a resilient blood-guzzler
(Purdue University) An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 9, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lyme disease just got nastier
Until now, scientists thought only one species of bacteria was responsible for the tick-borne Lyme disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Bacteria Species that Causes Lyme Disease Discovered (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Scientists report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) in the upper Midwest of the U.S. that causes a unique presentation of Lyme disease. Their findings appear in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.Researchers screened … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 9, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease
A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mayo researchers identify new Borrelia species that causes Lyme disease
(Mayo Clinic) Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Mayo Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species that Causes Lyme Disease
Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News - February 8, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news