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Nerve Damage Risk Doubled with Common Antibiotics

fluorquinolone side effects peripheral neuropathy lyme diseaseAntibiotics used to treat Lyme disease may double the risk of permanent nerve damage, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin are not the first line of attack for Lyme disease but shortages of doxycycline and rising prices of this popular drug may mean that more people than before are susceptible to this risk of neuropathy. [click to continue…]

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ticked off music fest lyme disease awareness raising marylandA music festival featuring artists who have been personally affected by Lyme disease is set to take place on August 28th, 2014, in Annapolis, Maryland. The Ticked Off Music Fest is raising funds for the benefit of the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association, a non-profit group offering educations and support for tick-borne disease sufferers. [click to continue…]

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doxycycline side effects lyme disease antibioticDoxycycline is a key antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease but a recent reduction in the number of manufacturers of this drug has led to increasing costs.

The side effects of doxycycline tend to be lower than with many other antibiotics, and doxycyline is considered the most effective treatment for most cases of Lyme disease, meaning that many people are now being priced out of getting safe and effective Lyme disease treatment. [click to continue…]

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doxycycline lyme disease treatment for horsesMany pets with Lyme disease are not getting adequate treatment because of a persistent, but unnecessary, doxycycline price hike. The US Food and Drug Administration declared a shortage of the Lyme disease antibiotic last year after a number of manufacturers were forced to cut production.

Those drugmakers with products still on the market took the chance to increase prices, some by over 6,000% but prices haven’t gone down now the shortage has ended, leaving dogs, cats, and other animals priced out of treatment. [click to continue…]

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alison bested lyme disease doctor canada bc ccdpDr. Alison Bested has become something of a heroic figure to Canadians with Lyme disease and other chronic health issues that remain underserved by traditional medical care.

Back in 2013 Dr. Bested oversaw the opening of BC Women’s Hospital’s Complex Chronic Diseases Program which promised to take on complicated cases including patients with Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and undiagnosed conditions that had caused years of suffering but which remained a mystery. Bested left the clinic abruptly in May, 2014, but has stayed silent about her departure until now. [click to continue…]

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Lyme disease in horses lameness diagnosisLyme disease is named after the town of Old Lyme in Connecticut where an outbreak in 1975 led researchers to identify Borrelia burgdorferi as the bacterial infection responsible for the disease. It wasn’t until 2000 though when veterinarians began to describe cases of Lyme disease in horses, suggesting that cases were becoming more common. [click to continue…]

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Tick Repellent Labels Updated - Will it Help You Protect Your Family Against Lyme Disease?The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled their new repellency awareness graphics produced in response to a need for clearer labelling of those products intended to protect users against ticks and mosquitoes. Many people fail to use bug repellents appropriately, giving them a false sense of security when it comes to Lyme disease and other vector-borne infections. [click to continue…]

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What to do if You’re Bitten by a Tick

remove a tick safelyThe sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah, and you’ve just discovered that there’s a tick lodged in the skin behind your knee. What you do next could mean the difference between contracting Lyme disease or enjoying the rest of your summer infection-free. [click to continue…]

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lyme light memoir natalie londonThe Lyme disease memoir, Lyme Light, is garnering significant praise following its release last month and with a new trailer narrated by Natasha Lyonne this ‘illness memoir’ is sure to get even more attention. [click to continue…]

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borrelia burgdorferi lyme disease spirochaete colony

Researchers in Texas are investigating novel ways of killing Lyme disease bacteria.

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and University of Texas, San Antonia (UTSA) are celebrating a successful bid for funding into clean emission technologies and novel antimicrobials targeting Lyme disease.

The organizations’ Connecting through Research Partnerships (“Connect”) program has been granted $125,000 for each project to see them through until August next year, with the hope that research will result in a new way to tackle Lyme disease. [click to continue…]

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