This Is the Weirdest Habit-Breaking Strategy
(Photo: Pablo Saldivia Salgado / EyeEm/Getty Images) By Melissa Dahl The latest episode of Psych Crunch, a new podcast hosted by Science of Us pal Christian Jarrett, is all about habits, and it includes a reference to what is maybe the weirdest habit-breaking strategy ever: Imagine your brain, say psychologists Kim Jenkins and Katy Tapper, is a city bus. Related: Changing a Habit Can Mess With Your Sense of Self This city bus is filled with noisy weirdos, as city buses often are; think of the noisy weirdos as your craving for chocolate, or the urge to bite your nails -- whatever habit you're trying to break. And you, they...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?
Protecting the environment may reduce many diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile, a study finds. The tantalizing idea suggests that conservation and human health may be more connected than we thought.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessie Rack Source Type: news

Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease
Lyme disease diagnosed by alternative laboratory methods is indistinguishable by detailed clinical and laboratory evaluation from chronic fatigue syndrome, a case-control study suggests. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US
A new, and potentially more severe, infection transmitted by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease was much more common in the United States in 2013 than expected, especially in the Northeast. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - June 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Teenager discovers new planet during work experience - video report
A Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil has discovered a new planet while on a work placement. Tom Wagg, 17, was doing work experience with an astrophysics professor at Keele University when he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Two years later the large gas form in the southern constellation of Hydra was confirmed as a planet Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 11, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Astronomy Space Keele University Physics Science UK news Source Type: news

Schoolboy on work experience discovers planet
Newcastle-under-Lyme pupil Tom Wagg spotted dip in light which revealed existence of a planet while on placement at Keele University two years agoA schoolboy doing work experience with an astrophysics professor has discovered a new planet 1,000 light years from Earth.Newcastle-under-Lyme school pupil Tom Wagg was 15 when he went for his work placement at Keele University, where he spotted a minuscule dip in the light from a faraway star that he knew could be caused by a planet passing in front of it. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 11, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Elgot Tags: UK news Space Astronomy Physics Keele University Science Education Higher education Source Type: news

Ticks can transmit a new Lyme-like disease
There are several good reasons to keep ticks off your body. One is that they are creepy and suck your blood. Another is that they can transmit 14 different diseases—not just Lyme disease. A report published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine describes the newest tick-borne disease in North America, which is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi. The microbe was first identified in Japan in 1995. The first report of it infecting humans came from Russia in 2011. Cases began appearing in the northeastern United States in 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is r...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard LeWine, M.D. Tags: Health Prevention Borrelia miyamotoi Lyme disease ticks Source Type: news

Ticked Off--What We Don't Know About Lyme Disease
I didn’t see the tiny danger lurking in my own yard. Yet for Lyme disease awareness month, just ended, it seems I am learning experientially. I’ve had Lyme at least once before, and found three attached deer ticks on me just in 10 days. I may have had Lyme a second time, last year, but diagnostic tests are so poor that we don’t know. Here’s some of what I learned from my experience and for caring for others in my infectious disease practice. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 11, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

The List Of Tick-Transmitted Diseases Is Growing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that's easy to confuse with other illnesses. Monday's study suggests a kind of bacteria with an unwieldy name — Borrelia miyamotoi — should be on the radar when people in Lyme-endemic areas get otherwise unexplained summertime fevers. It's one of several recently discovered diseases linked to ticks in different parts of the country, a reminder to get tick-savvy no matter where you li...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

APHA Releases New Version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web
The American Public Health Association and Unbound Medicine have announced the release of an updated version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile and Web that includes up-to-date information about the occurrence, transmission, resistance and control of communicable diseases. Free previews are available of chapters on Ebola, listeriosis, Lyme Disease, Rift Valley Fever and meningitis. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Alabama Lyme Disease Association Has Representation on Commission...
Alabama Lyme Disease Association representative to serve on commission to study Lyme disease, and other tick-borne illnesses in Alabama(PRWeb June 09, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12775051.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 9, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Bay Area Lyme Foundation awards diagnostic grant to Harvard Medical School researchers
(DDC) Harvard Medical School research collaborators Nira Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., and John Branda, M.D. have just been awarded the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research. The $100,000 grant that accompanies this award will support research on a potential biomarker for Lyme disease, which may lead to the development of a novel urine test for early Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Tick season health warning
Summer is peak season for ticks and the diseases they can spread. Lyme disease is the most well-known tick-borne illness, but it's not the only one to watch out for. Marlie Hall has more on what you need to know. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme disease not the only reason to avoid ticks
Researchers say a newly identified tick-borne disease may be on the rise in the northeastern U.S. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Tickborne Infection, More Common Than Once Believed, Circulating In Northeastern U.S.
While most of us are concerned about Lyme disease, a tickborne illness circulating during the spring and summertime in the Northeastern U.S, there is another, potentially more serious infection to be aware of as well. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 9, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Disseminated Lyme Image, Sumatriptan & Migraine with Aura, Boston Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Check out … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 2, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

My Daughter's Mysterious Illness -- And My Own
For TueNight.com by Allison Czarnecki (Photos: Courtesy Allison Czarnecki. Photos from left to right: Allison and her daughter as a baby, Allison's daughter in the hospital getting tests, Allison's daughter now; Photo collage: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight.com) Exactly one year ago, my teenage daughter got sick. Really sick. One day, out of the blue, she woke up and couldn't get out of bed. Up to this point, my then 14-year-old daughter had been a wildly healthy, state-championship swimmer who played the cello in an honors orchestra, earned straight As in all her classes. She was heavily involved in leadership positions in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers' discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease
The bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease forms dor­mant per­sister cells, which are known to evade antibi­otics, researchers have discovered. This sig­nif­i­cant finding, they said, could help explain why it's so dif­fi­cult to treat the infec­tion in some patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Researchers' discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease
(Northeastern University) A research team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis present in a new paper that they've iden­ti­fied drug-tolerant per­sister cells in the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease. They also present a promising approach to poten­tially erad­i­cating this and other infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

First U.S. Center to Study Lyme Disease Launched at Johns Hopkins Medicine - 5/13/15
Fundamental research into the causes and cures of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome now has its first home base at a major U.S. medical research center with the launch of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - May 13, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

Space agency targets 'tick disease'
The European Space Agency gives financial backing to a Scottish project to use an app to map tick hotspots and tackle Lyme disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic News Network Headline 5/13/15
In today's Mayo Clinic News Network Headline with Vivien Williams: Ticks: These disease-carrying parasites are responsible for more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayo Clinic parasitologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt offers tips on how to prevent tick bites and what to do in case one embeds into [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks
Over nearly 15 years spent studying ticks, a new study has found southern Indiana to be an oasis free from Lyme disease, the condition most associated with ticks -- the second most common parasitic disease vector on Earth. This low-risk environment is changing, however, both in Indiana and in other regions of the U.S., the study suggests. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Long-term study on ticks reveals shifting migration patterns, disease risks
(Indiana University) Over nearly 15 years spent studying ticks, Indiana University's Keith Clay has found southern Indiana to be an oasis free from Lyme disease, the condition most associated with these arachnids that are the second most common parasitic disease vector on Earth. He has also seen signs that this low-risk environment is changing, both in Indiana and in other regions of the US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 11, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Toxic Turf? Movement Grows Against Synthetic Turf
The following story was reported by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent, nonprofit news center based at Boston University and WGBH News, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. NECIR trains the next generation of journalists in investigative reporting with summer high school workshops in Boston. Click here to learn more and apply today. Artificial turf fields, cushioned with recycled crushed tires and increasingly in demand for US athletic complexes, are getting some serious pushback. In Swampscott last week, town meeting members approved plans to install a new synthet...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Warmer Weather Increases Risk for Lyme Disease, Cautions Best Friends Animal Hospital
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Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - May 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Announcements: Lyme Disease Awareness Month — May 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 1, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Time to move Lyme Disease Awareness Month to April?
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) The month of May brings many things, among them Mother's Day, tulips, and Lyme Disease Awareness campaigns. But according to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Big Tick Project to track rising threat of Lyme disease
Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, the largest nationwide collection of ticks from dogs in a bid to help scientists, led by Professor Richard Wall at the University of Bristol, track what is feared to be a growing threat to people and their dogs from tick-borne zoonotic diseases such as Lyme disease (Borrelia). (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 23, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Biological Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Dog owners unaware their pets can transmit Lyme disease to them say vets
Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harsh Northeast Winter No Hindrance To Hungry Ticks
http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_1604201522190500000AA.mp4 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a cozy quilt for baby blacklegged ticks that are now questing for blood as the weather warms up. And a researcher at New York’s Binghamton University said Lyme disease-infected ticks aren’t just in forests and fields. “We&rs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Everyday Earth Health Local News LYME DISEASE tick season ticks Source Type: news

Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of Lyme disease
(Elsevier Health Sciences) About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that inflammation plays a causal role in the array of neurologic changes associated with Lyme disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Pathology. The investigators at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center also showed that the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone prevents many of these reactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious a...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Monday's Housecall
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition Going vegetarian means excluding certain foods. But you can still get the nutrients you need from other sources. Use this helpful guide. Lyme disease Grassy and heavily wooded areas can be home to ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Get tips on prevention [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Doctors warn about tick-borne Powassan virus
It's not as well known as Lyme disease, but the Powassan virus is also spread by ticks, and experts say it can be even more severe. WCBS's Tracee Carrasco reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?An Association Between Morgellons Disease and Lyme Disease?
While Morgellons disease has sometimes been considered a delusional syndrome, this microscopic and molecular study suggests that it is an infectious illness associated with Borrelia spirochetes. BMC Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - April 6, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

'I thought I was dying,' Avril Lavigne says of Lyme disease
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avril Lavigne and Lyme Disease: Your Questions Answered
Singer Avril Lavigne revealed in the latest issue of People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

20 pupils violently ill after schoolgirl smoking addict, 12, passed round prescription nicotine spray
The dispenser was passed around a group of Year Seven and Eight pupils at Wolstanton High School, in Newcastle-under-Lyme (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother left with a paralysed face and in crippling pain after being bitten on the HIP by a tick while gardening
Claire Dean, 43, from Castle Douglas, Scotland, developed Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick in her garden. She suffered pain so bad she had to quit her job and is still receiving physiotherapy for her face. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate change 'might bring rise in UK mosquito-borne diseases'
Conclusion Overall, this review provides insights into how climate change might lead to the transmission of tropical diseases in what are currently temperate parts of the world, such as the UK. Predicting what may happen in the future can help countries make sure they are prepared for such an eventuality. This review was informed by a search for relevant literature, but may not have captured or included all relevant studies. Most of the studies were modelling studies, which are reliant on various assumptions that may or may not turn out to be correct. It's not possible to say with any certainty what will occur in the fut...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Lyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in TeenagerLyme CNS Infection Mimics Stroke in Teenager
Lyme neuroborreliosis can mimic stroke or epilepsy and should be ruled out in some cases of sudden-onset meningoencephalitis with neuropsychiatric symptoms, researchers reported. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease
(American College of Emergency Physicians) A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. The highly unusual case presentation was published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 2, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier
Warming trend could affect the spread of Lyme disease, research suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Climate Change, Tick Bites (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many California bird species host Lyme disease bacteria, study finds
Ticks carrying the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease are infesting Northern California’s birds and may be hitching rides on them into suburban settings, according to a new UC Berkeley study. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Groin Hernia in Adults, Late Lyme & Fatigue, Wisconsin IM Opportunities (FREE)
By The Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 24, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

In a warmer world, ticks that spread disease are arriving earlier, expanding their ranges
In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In a warmer world, ticks that spread disease are arriving earlier, expanding their ranges
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The high cost of Lyme disease
The U.S. spends more than a billion dollars caring for patients who contract this tick-borne illness (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease More Serious, Costly Than Believed: Study
Prolonged illness in infected Americans costs up to $1.3 billion a year in treatments, researchers find (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease More Serious, Costly Than Believed: Study
Prolonged illness in infected Americans costs up to $1.3 billion a year in treatments, researchers find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Lyme Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news