Charles Schumer Lyme disease billNew York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign into law a bill that would allow doctors to treat chronic Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics without falling foul of health regulations. Standard guidelines for Lyme disease treatment deem long-term antibiotics unnecessary and dangerous for the infection, dismissing the idea of ‘chronic Lyme disease’ and, instead, marking it out as a recurrrent infection or attributing symptoms to a different condition. [click to continue…]


Lyme Disease in Poland – Blame the Boar, Deer?

by lmatthews on October 31, 2014

lyme disease in poland wild boar deerLyme disease is increasingly common in Europe, with recent research finding it to be an emerging infectious disease in Scotland, regions of Italy, and also in Poland. The increase in numbers of cases of Lyme disease in Poland is largely focused on endemic areas such as Szczecin city and in the north-west of the country. Recent research published in the journal of Experimental and Applied Acarology details the presence of a range of bacteria in ticks taken from host animals in the Polish countryside and in forest parks. [click to continue…]

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Lyme Disease in Italy

October 20, 2014

New research published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health reports on the presence of Lyme disease bacteria in Italy and the potential for human infection. Specifically, following a handful of cases of Lyme disease in Ossola Valley, an area of Piemonte in north-west Italy, the scientists took it upon themselves to assess the presence […]

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Penguins and Lyme Disease

October 14, 2014

By now most people know that dogs and horses, and even cats can get Lyme disease, but new research published this month reveals that penguins in the southern hemisphere are also affected by Lyme disease bacteria.

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New Lyme Disease Vaccine Appears Effective and Safe

October 8, 2014

A new Lyme disease vaccine for humans is getting closer, following the publication of research indicating the safety and efficacy of a novel multivalent OspA vaccine in people previously affected by Lyme disease. The research involved people who had previously been infected with Lyme disease bacteria, including those who were symptomatic or asymptomatic. Unlike with […]

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Lyme Disease in Egypt – An Emerging Zoonosis

October 2, 2014

According to a paper published in late September, 2014, infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an emerging zoonosis in Egypt. Authors El-Helw et al., collected samples from almost 100 animals, many of whom were companion animals of humans with fever of unknown origin. What these researchers found was that many […]

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Crowdfunding Success for Freedom of Information Request at Controversial Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment Centre

September 26, 2014

The Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP) centre established in Vancouver, British Columbia, will have no choice but to be transparent about its activities now that a crowdfunding project has secured the money needed to pay for a Freedom of Information request into the centre’s failure to address patients’ needs. The crowdfunding project took just a […]

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Lyme Disease Bill Passes US House – But Will it Pass the Senate?

September 20, 2014

H.R. 4701: Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or the Lyme Disease Bill as it’s being called by some, was passed by a voice vote in the US House of Representatives on September 9th, 2014. Introduced by Chris Gibson (R-New York) on the 21st of May this year, the bill was originally […]

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Neurostimulation for Chronic Lyme Disease Pain

September 13, 2014

Neurostimulation is a tried and tested method of managing pain but one that is not being used to its full benefits, according to experts in the field. As Lyme disease can result in nerve damage and chronic pain in some people it is possible that improving physicians’ knowledge of neurostimulation devices could lead to increased […]

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Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Also Transmitting Miyamotoi in Cape Cod

September 6, 2014

Cape Codders are used to checking for ticks and watching for symptoms of Lyme disease but this year things are a little different as many people are being struck down with a novel tick-borne infection, miyamotoi. Cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis are also continuing to increase, causing confusion among many locals and physicians as symptoms […]

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