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First multiplex test for tick-borne diseases
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens. Led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the research team report details on the new test in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study suggests expanded range for emerging tick-borne disease
New research led by the Yale School of Public Health suggests that Borrelia miyamotoi ’s geographic range is bicoastal, far larger than previously believed. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can&...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Lyme disease symptoms: Signs of tick-borne disease include stiff neck and FEVER
LYME DISEASE signs include a stiff neck and a fever - but it could also produce a red rash with a ring around the edge. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme disease symptoms: Suffering with a stiff neck could be sign of tick-borne illness
LYME DISEASE warning: tick season starts in March although you can suffer from bites at any time in the year. One Lyme disease symptom many miss is suffering with a stiff neck. Other signs of the life-altering tick-borne condition revealed here. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:January Disease Kills 2 000 Cattle
[The Herald] At least 2 000 cattle have died of January disease, also known as Theileriosis - a tick-borne disease common between December and March - with Government is urging farmers to intensify dipping of their livestock as a prevention measure. Government has also intensified awareness campaigns in affected areas that include Goromonzi, Bindura, Chegutu and Chivhu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Two Hundred Researchers Take Part in Science Advocacy Event
Science took center stage in recent interactions between researchers and policymakers. Across the nation, biological scientists and educators met with their lawmakers as part of the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event, an initiative organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). More than 200 scientists registered to participate in the event. This nationwide event provides a platform for meetings between scientists and their elected officials in their local area rather than in Washington, DC or a state capital, and allows lawmakers to learn first-hand about the science and research...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 23, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New Lyme disease tests could offer quicker, more accurate detection
(Rutgers University) New diagnostic methods offer a better chance for more accurate detection of the infection from the Lyme bacteria, the most common tick-borne infection in North America and Europe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections
December 7, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Members Appointed to New Tick-Borne Disease Working Group
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just announced the appointment of 14 members to the new Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. The Working Group was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One health researchers identify hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia
(George Mason University) Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and herders. George Mason University's Dr. Michael von Fricken and colleagues explored the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UMass Amherst tick testing lab receives grant to study new disease
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Taking advantage of its special expertise in identifying tick-borne, disease-causing pathogens, plus its access the thousands of people who send ticks to be tested each year, the LMZ at UMass Amherst will partner with with L2 Diagnostics of New Haven, a biotech company that has developed a human test for Borrelia miyamotoi, one of the latest tick pathogens to emerge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Boston scientists develop jab to prevent Lyme Disease
Scientists in the US have developed a new injection which offers promising hope to sufferers of the tick-borne condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A vaccination jab that can help to prevent Lyme Disease
Scientists in the US have developed a new injection which offers promising hope to sufferers of the tick-borne condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aggressive fear push on Lyme disease by the media just part of the plan to roll out a new Lyme vaccine
(Natural News) Lyme disease cases are on the rise in the Western world, and pharmaceutical companies are hoping to cash in on the illness with the help of a new vaccine. In the U.S., the number of confirmed cases of the tick-borne illness in 2015 was nearly 29,000, compared to 23,000 ten years earlier. Lyme... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virus hijacks cell's transportation system
(Hokkaido University) A deadly tick-borne virus uses the host neuron's transportation system to move their RNA, resulting in the local reproduction of the virus and severe neurological symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

USDA grants MU $460,000 to develop immunizations for tick-borne disease
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Anaplasmosis is an infectious blood disease in cattle caused by certain bacteria transmitted by ticks worldwide. The US Department of Agriculture recently awarded $460,000 to Bill Stich, professor of parasitology in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, to study a new approach to interfering with this pathogen in the tick vector. Building on existing research, he and his team are working to develop immunizations with extracts from tick tissues to fight the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Milford man dies of tick-borne illness in Connecticut
Michael Yoder, 55, died of liver and kidney failure after contracting babesiosis from a tick bite, according to the state's medical examiner. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick-borne disease research receives global boost
(University of Liverpool) A unique scientific resource for the study of ticks and tick-borne diseases has moved to the University of Liverpool with exciting plans for international expansion.The Tick Cell Biobank houses the world's largest collection of tick cell lines of medical and veterinary importance and enables scientists to carry out vital research into tick-borne diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists develop infection model for tick-borne flaviviruses
Researchers say the work will greatly increase knowledge about how flaviviruses infect ticks. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Scientists develop infection model for tickborne flaviviruses
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIH scientists have filled a research gap by developing a laboratory model to study ticks that transmit flaviviruses, such as Powassan virus. Powassan virus was implicated in the death of a New York man earlier this year. The unusual model involves culturing organs taken from Ixodes scapularis ticks and then infecting those organ cultures with flaviviruses, according to researchers at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, part of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New study offers hope for early Lyme disease diagnosis
Researchers differentiated Lyme disease from similar tick-borne illnesses. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Climate and Health Intervention Assessment: Evidence on Public Health Interventions to Prevent the Negative Health Effects of Climate Change
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health. 05/2017 This 96-page report outlines the findings of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Midwest/Southeast Collaborative on the evidence of effectiveness of various interventions for reducing the negative health impacts of climate change. The findings highlight a subset of potential interventions for select potential climate-related health impacts. Chapter topics include Heat-Related Illness, Mosquito-Borne Disease, Tick-Borne Disease, Drinking Water and Water-Borne Disease, and Wildfire Smoke. (PDF) (Source: Disaster ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Trilobites: Lyme Disease ’ s Worst Enemy? It Might Be Foxes
New data suggests the rise of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be tied to a scarcity of traditional mouse predators. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AMY HARMON Tags: Ticks (Insects) Lyme Disease Mice Foxes Hofmeester, Tim Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Journal) Source Type: news

Babesiosis Surveillance -- Wisconsin, 2001-2015 Babesiosis Surveillance -- Wisconsin, 2001-2015
Is the tickborne disease babesiosis on the rise in the upper Midwest?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

CDC Reports Tick-Borne Heartland Virus Spreads - AARP
1 day ago ... A newer virus believed to be spread by ticks has now surfaced in Indiana and Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - July 14, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Tamela Wilson dies of untreatable tick-borne virus
Tamela Wilson, 58, was at work in Missouri's Meramec State Park in May when she noticed two ticks lodged in her body. She died a month later of Bourbon virus, a rare tick-borne disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother-of-one dies of untreatable tick-borne virus
Tamela Wilson, 58, was at work in Missouri's Meramec State Park in May when she noticed two ticks lodged in her body. She died a month later of Bourbon virus, a rare tick-borne disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman dies after contracting rare tick-borne virus
Doctors say she's only the fifth confirmed case of the deadly Bourbon virus since it was first discovered in 2014 (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pet owners more likely to find ticks on themselves
Having a pet dog or cat more than doubles the odds that humans will find a tick on themselves, and that could raise the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases like Lyme, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FAQ: Tick-Borne Diseases
This article looks at diseases other than Lyme spread by ticks, such as Powassan virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Checkup: With a Tick Boom, It ’ s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Fear
Everybody knows about Lyme. But other tick-borne diseases, including the Powassan virus, can cause lasting damage. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Ticks (Insects) Lyme Disease Children and Childhood Summer (Season) Deet (Insect Repellent) Antibiotics Source Type: news

An Indiana Toddler Died From Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever — What To Know About This Tick-Borne Infection
By Jessica Migala It’s a heartbreaking story: an Indiana girl just shy of her third birthday has died of organ failure caused by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). Doctors didn’t realize Kenley Ratliff contracted the tick-borne illness until it was too late for the antibiotics to work. Now, her devastated family, along with health officials, are sounding the alarm about this sometimes lethal infection, which despite its name isn’t limited to the Rocky Mountains. “If we could save one child’s life then we will have done our job,” Jordan Clapp, Kenley’s aunt told Today. R...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cape Cod Man ‘ Lucky ’ To Recover From Tick-Borne Powassan Virus
BARNSTABLE (CBS) – Tucker Lane of Barnstable has been around ticks his entire life, but it was a bite from one during the summer of 2014 that almost killed him. “Woke up sweating, cold, shaking felt like I was going to puke,” said Lane. A few days later he fell into a coma for a week. “They kind of told my parents there’s nothing more we can really do,” said Lane. Tucker Lane (WBZ-TV) Doctors eventually diagnosed him with the tick-borne Powassan virus, which has no treatment. The virus attacks the brain causing inflammation leading to neurological problems and even death. “It&rsqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Mike LaCrosse powassan virus ticks Source Type: news

CDC expecting severe tick season amid tick-borne disease "epidemic"
The CDC is warning of a particularly severe season for tick-borne diseases. The number of cases of Lyme diseases has spiked in recent years, and experts say the ticks that carry it are spreading to other areas of the country. Anna Werner reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick-Borne Illness Suspected in 2-Year-Old's Death
(Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 7 Injuries Doctors See Most On Summer Weekends
Warm weather and longer days will bring many Americans outdoors for cookouts, pool parties and more. But long weekends ― we’re looking at you, Memorial Day ― also lead to more trips to urgent care or even the emergency room, according to experts. In fact, a 2015 study from researchers at Brown University found that heat-related illness alone can ratchet emergency department visits in the summertime.  The risk for issues like drowning and sports injuries go up in the hotter seasons, according to Dr. Christopher M. McStay, chief of clinical operations and associate professor at the University of Colorado ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Officials Are Warning This Tick Season Could Be the Worst Yet
“This year, there are worse ticks than many of us have ever seen in our lives,” says Janet Foley, an epidemiologist at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Ticks are roaming American forests in greater numbers this year than any in recent memory leaving thousands of humans at risk for lyme disease, say public health officials. And things could get much worse through the summer if weather conditions remain humid, spelling trouble for the people who roam in their habitat. The prevalence of ticks—and the diseases they carry—has been on the rise in recent decades as reforest...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized animals Environment Source Type: news

CDC: More ticks, deadly new tick-borne disease coming this summer
There's a new tick-borne illness called Powassan, and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick population. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coming This Summer: More Ticks and a Deadly New Tick-Borne Disease
THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 -- Scientists have a double-shot of bad news about ticks: There's a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne illness called Powassan, and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Dangerous tick-borne viruses on the rise
Lyme disease is increasing in areas around the country, and researchers warn that's not the only tick-borne disease to watch out for. One called Powassan virus is rare but can be deadly. Dave Delozier of WISC-TV reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Could Be The Worst Tick Season In Years. Here's What You Need To Know.
Tick season is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a real doozy. Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the U.S. Ticks are thriving thanks to a recent explosion of the white-footed mice population, which carry Lyme disease, Powassan virus and other tick-borne illnesses. Meanwhile, warmer winters caused by climate change are allowing ticks to remain active longer and carry diseases into new regions of the U.S. Experts suggest people living in regions where these diseases are most prevalent ― the North...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

More Tick-Borne Powassan Disease Expected in U.S.
(Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Powassan Virus: The Rare, Deadly Tick-Borne Disease That ’ s Scaring Doctors
CBS Local – There are a few drawbacks to the calendar shifting to the summer months, like the influx of ticks and infections like Lyme Disease. Now doctors are cautioning of another, potentially fatal tick-borne disease: Powassan Virus. Powassan virus is even more serious than Lyme, as it causes inflammation to the brain. For the reported cases, 15 percent of those infected have died and another 50 percent have had some form of a neurological disability. As of right now, there’s no cure. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News powassan virus ticks Source Type: news

Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus
Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists uncover details on the rise of a tick-borne disease on Long Island
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report elevated levels of a pathogen responsible for the tick-borne disease babesiosis in Suffolk County, New York, where rates are the highest in the state. Results are published in the journal mSphere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

I Suppressed My Periods To Save My Health
This piece by Michelle Marie Wallace originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. “Maybe I should stop my periods.” It wasn’t something I had ever before considered and I had, in fact, wondered if there could be potential, unknown, long-term ramifications when friends of mine stopped theirs. I had never considered my periods an inconvenience or gross or annoying; in fact, I had liked the rhythm of them. The times I had been on birth control I resented how it made me feel divorced from my body. When I asked this question, I was sitting in...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Cases Are Rising In The Midwest
Cases of Lyme disease in Michigan have risen dramatically in recent years, and a new study links that trend to larger and more widespread tick populations. Researchers collected data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on 1,057 Lyme disease cases diagnosed between 2000 and 2014, and aligned them with a new analysis of tick distribution across the state. Results showed that not only did the number of yearly infections in the state increase significantly over the 15-year period, but so did the number of counties where ticks had been seen, or found to be established. And the number of infected people may...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news