How 11 Top NYC Doctors Missed My Lyme Disease
A July 2014 wedding on Long Beach Island, New Jersey was the start of my nightmare. It was a beautiful weekend filled with love for two of our dearest friends who were, after 14 years together, finally legally able to marry. There was lobster and champagne and a crazy Gordon Gekko-style house on the beach. I sang a few songs, made a toast, and cried happy tears. I woke up two days later, back home in NYC, with a crushing head and neck ache. It was weird, but I figured I would sleep it off and be better in the morning. It took a few days, but I recovered. That Saturday, I got out of the shower and saw a faint red circula...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Zika virus, a pathogen that was almost unknown a few months ago, is now rampant in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, it has already infected about 1.5 million people and caused nearly 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a severe birth defect. It is almost certain to spread to every country in the Americas, except Canada and Chile, which lack the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika. Zika is not the only virus that has come from the tropics to menace the United States. Dengue, an unpleasant and potentially fatal viral infection, has broken out in Texas, Florida and Hawaii in the past 10 ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Health Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?
Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens have emerged in the human population at a rate of about three each year. Why are we seeing such a surge in new pathogens? One could argue that some of the pathogens may not be new at all; they could have circulated among humans for centuries and are...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs
(Duke University) RNA sequencing is uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests cannot detect. Researchers used a technique called transcriptome sequencing to screen for blood-borne diseases in Madagascar's lemurs, distant primate cousins to humans. The animals were found to be carrying several previously unknown parasites similar to those that cause Lyme disease in humans. The approach could pave the way for earlier, more accurate detection of disease outbreaks that move between animals and people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 27, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Emma Horlock with Lyme disease forced to spend 22 HOURS a day in bed
Emma Horlock, 41, from Liverpool, thought she had MS when she found herself struggling to walk. But when tests came back negative, a laboratory in Germany found she had Lyme disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treat Lyme disease naturally without toxic antibiotic drugs
(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is a common, yet serious, problem for many regions of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented by state health departments each year, with countless others going undiagnosed and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in half of U.S. counties
Stephen FellerATLANTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ticks carrying Lyme disease can now be found in half of counties in the United States, a significant increase over the last two decades. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Ticks Reported in Nearly 50% of All US Counties
Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 19, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Ticks Reported in Nearly 50% of US Counties
Study reveals the blacklegged tick reported in more than 45% of U.S. counties, compared to 30% of counties in 1998 (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 19, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.
Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.
Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lyme Disease, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ticks carrying Lyme disease in almost half of U.S. counties
(Reuters Health) - Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties
Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Woman told for 12 YEARS her insomnia, tiredness and dizzy spells were due to depression discovers her body is ravaged with Lyme disease 
Vanessa Boyd, 28, of Dronfield, Derbyshire, began experiencing bizarre symptoms from the age of 16 and claims she saw at least 30 different health professionals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ticks that carry Lyme Disease live in almost half of US counties – study
Black-legged tick inhabits twice as many counties as in 1998, CDC reports, with 320% increase in number of north-eastern counties seen as high risk for diseaseTicks that can carry the debilitating illness Lyme disease have significantly spread across the US over the past 20 years and are now found in nearly half of all American counties, including areas where they’ve never previously been documented, a new analysis has found. The black-legged tick is now established in twice the number of counties it inhabited in 1998, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, and has expanded its range in the northeastern sta...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 18, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman Tags: US news Insects Health Infectious diseases Science Society Animals Environment World news Source Type: news

Ticks that transmit Lyme disease reported in nearly half of all US counties
(Entomological Society of America) Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Man Diagnosed With ALS Dies of Lyme Disease (Part 1 of 2)
Tara and David Geraghty On Dec. 22, three days before Christmas, 55-year-old David A. Geraghty died from complications of a supposedly rarely fatal infection: Lyme disease. As reported in The Valley Breeze, a Lincoln, R.I. newspaper, Geraghty and his family found out conclusively that he has had Lyme disease just one year ago, last December. As was the case for me and is not uncommon in other cases of Lyme disease diagnoses, it was Geraghty and his wife -- not his physicians -- who pushed for investigation into the cause of his illness and ultimately were responsible for discovering that Lyme disease was at the root. Gerag...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Christmas, Grief, and Moving Forward After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis
The last time my mother and I stood near a Christmas tree together was December 2012. She was in the middle of a long battle with Chronic Lyme Disease and we had recently found out that she also had Alzheimer's. This dynamic cocktail of ailments left her unable to function as she used to -- as an entertainer, caregiver, and a joker. My mother and I were very close, and when she began showing signs of her disease I became extremely protective of her. A little more than 10 years prior my mother was very protective of me as I successfully battled Stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease -- cancer. This created a unique bond that seems to h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ben Baddeley desperate to walk made Christmas cards with his FEET to pay for physio
Ben Baddeley, 11, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, is learning to walk unaided for the first time since having an operation to relieve muscle spasms caused by cerebral palsy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to beat Lyme disease and keep enjoying the great outdoors
A surge in cases of the tick-borne infection Lyme disease has made some people wary of the countryside. But there’s no need to worry, if you take care‘To be honest,” enthuses Dr Tim Brooks, “it’s a fascinating disease.” As head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens laboratory at Public Health England, trying to solve the growing problem of Lyme disease (and other bugs, such as ebola) is his vocation. Lyme disease – a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks – is a particularly complex puzzle, with little reliable data available so far. It can appear in numerous for...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 14, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Amy Fleming Tags: Health & wellbeing Life and style Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

This Scientist Says Your Fears About The Coming Genetic Engineering Revolution Are Overblown
This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are descending on Washington D.C. for a three-day summit on a new technique that has spurred a major genetic revolution. Thanks to a gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9, it is now not only possible, but easy, cheap and fast, to change, delete or replace genes in any plant or animal, including people. The range of hypothetical ways CRISPR could change our lives is staggering -- from creating wheat that is invulnerable to mildew to curing the world’s most intractable diseases. Anything that has DNA, which is to say, every living thing on earth, can now be mo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What are the Most Common Arbovirus in Children in the US?
Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and c...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What are the Most Common Arboviruses in Children in the US?
Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and c...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

My Open Letter to Lyme Disease
Dear Lyme disease, I'm not angry. But I admit you made me miserable. You sneakily rushed through my veins. Anonymous, without a name, you tortured me for months. I didn't know who you were or where you came from. I would stare bleakly out my freshman dorm window, my eyes dull and my head throbbing. I blamed my school. During my first quarter at Northwestern University, my boyfriend and I broke up, my grandfather died, and I couldn't get out of bed for my morning classes. I reluctantly dropped a course after meeting with an adviser who thought I was struggling to acclimate to college. I was 850 miles from home and started ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New, presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox
Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans, they warn. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers at the Vetmeduni Vienna are hot on the trail of pathogens carried by ticks. The parasitologists recently discovered a new form of the bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia in a red fox from Austrian. The pathogen might also be transmittable to humans. The results were published in the journal Parasites & Vectors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 27, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A tick that feeds on birds may increase the range of Lyme disease
(Entomological Society of America) A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Friends from New York to Mexico make video for friend with Lyme disease
Chantelle Lewis, 31, from Falmouth, Cornwall, caught Lyme disease while working on a superyacht in the Caribbean. She cried 'the happiest tears' after receiving the supportive video. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why FDA should oversee laboratory developed tests
By: Peter Lurie, M.D., M.P.H. Today FDA is issuing a report that illustrates the real and potential harms to patients and to public health from certain laboratory developed tests (LDTs) – tests that are designed, manufactured and used in a single laboratory. When FDA first began regulating medical devices under the Medical Device Amendments in the 1970s, we chose not to enforce applicable regulatory requirements for LDTs because they were relatively simple tests generally confined to local labs, and often used for rare conditions. But times have changed. LDTs have increased in complexity and availability and are now ...
Source: Mass Device - November 17, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blog FDA Source Type: news

Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith had live parasites in her blood
Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith, 21, from the New South Wales Hunter Region has flown to Germany to undergo controversial treatment where doctors found live parasites in her blood (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Three: A Caution to Gay Men
Note: This is the third and final entry in a series about how my life has been devastated by Lyme disease. With the advent of PrEP and effective medical interventions for HIV, I am truly disturbed that gay men -- first, younger generations, but increasingly people my age who lived through the plague of AIDS -- increasingly are rejecting the use of condoms and feeling invulnerable to potential sexually transmitted infections. Although the CDC claims absolutely that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted sexually, objective scientific research and anecdotes of those whose partners have Lyme argue otherwise. You do not want Lyme...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Model Jessica Bennett left bed bound after medics failed to diagnose Lyme disease
Jessica Bennett, 31, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, suffered seizures, speech problems, hair loss, chronic insomnia and severe bloating due to Lyme disease she caught from a tick. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to remove a tick
Around 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. Avoiding ticks and removing them when necessary are essential skills for anyone who likes to venture into nature. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease
Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review, early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Water on the Knee Can Be Sign of Lyme Disease
Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as "water on the knee," can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a "bull's eye" rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 1, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

Water on the Knee Can Be Sign of Lyme Disease
Even when patients do not exhibit a bulls eye rash water on the knee can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 1, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease
(American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic StrokesLyme Disease Presenting As Multiple Ischaemic Strokes
This unusual case highlights the need to consider CNS Lyme vasculitis in patients with cryptogenic strokes, particularly those who are younger and who come from areas where Lyme disease is endemic. Practical Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Is on the Rise
Title: Lyme Disease Is on the RiseCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 4/29/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - October 22, 2015 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

So what IS the truth about the Lyme disease 'epidemic'?
Phones 4u's John Caudwell, (pictured with daughters Rebekah and Rhiannon) believes Lyme disease is behind a host of health problems that his family suffers from. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The controversy over the chronic form of Lyme disease
(Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme disease jab is 'in sight' as MassBiologics scientists reveal breakthrough
Scientists at UMass Medical School MassBiologics have identified an antibody that could protect against the tick-borne disease afflicting Yolana Foster and her daughter Bella Hadid, 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Ticks and Lyme disease: how worried should we be?
With recent reports of a rise in Lyme disease cases, we try to find out just how worried should we be about the pesky bugs closely associated with the condition: ticks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Biology / Biochemistry Source Type: news

Concern about rise in UK Lyme disease cases
"Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease as cases spread from rural areas to the suburbs," the Daily Mail reports. The ongoing rise in Lyme disease cases in the UK – thought to be driven by climate change, leading to warmer winters – has been known by public health officials for some time. Reported cases in England and Wales rose from 268 in 2001 to 959 in 2011, but the true figure is thought be much higher. Current estimates put the actual figure at around 3,000 cases a year in England and Wales.It may also be the case that the disease is, as the Mail ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

The symptoms of Lyme disease are a lot like flu - which is perhaps why NHS treatment is so inadequate
It took four years for me to be diagnosed - doctors and patients alike need to know much more about this illness to prevent more lives being ruined (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: lyme disease how can you diagnose lyme disease? avril lavigne lyme disease john caduwell lyme disease Source Type: news

Lyme disease cases quadruples in 12 years with over 1,000 diagnosed in 2013 
Surging numbers of people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease, experts warn, as cases are spreading from rural areas to the suburbs. The debilitating disease is spread by tick bites. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in London
Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 10, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in London
Visitors to parks in South London at risk of contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 10, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Lyme Disease Source Type: news

Bella and Anwar Hadid both have Lyme disease, Yolanda Foster reveals
The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yolanda Foster reveals her model daughter Bella, 18, and son Anwar, 16, both also have Lyme disease at charity gala
The 51-year-old reality star was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday, and told the audience her children were diagnosed over three years ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news