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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. [continue reading…]


Lyme Disease in Poland – Blame the Boar, Deer?

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. [continue reading…]

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Lyme Disease in Italy

lyme disease in italyNew 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 of Borrelia bacteria in ticks in the region. [continue reading…]


Penguins and Lyme Disease

penguins and lyme diseaseBy 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. [continue reading…]


New Lyme Disease Vaccine Appears Effective and Safe

lyme disease vaccine in europeA 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 some infectious illnesses, a person who has had Lyme disease previously remains vulnerable to infection in the future. [continue reading…]


Lyme Disease in Egypt – An Emerging Zoonosis

lyme disease in egyptAccording 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 of these animals had antibodies to Borrelia burgdoerfi and further evidence of the bacteria in their blood. [continue reading…]


gwen barlee lyme disease clinic canada ccdp FOI request crowdfunding

Gwen Barlee, of the Wilderness Committee, successfully crowdfunded a project to obtain CCDP's medical records.

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 few hours to meet its goal of raising half of the required $2,160 fee to access files related to the centre’s operations and management, with a disenchanted physician, Doctor Liz Zubek, matching the amount raised so as to contribute the balance. [continue reading…]


Lyme Disease Bill Passes US House of Representatives, goes on to SenateH.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 called the Vector-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (HR 4701), but its name was amended after a 40 minute discussion and the bill is now to undergo consideration by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. [continue reading…]


Neurostimulation for Chronic Lyme Disease Pain

neurostimulation for lyme diseaseNeurostimulation 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 treatment options for those left with permanent pain after Lyme disease infection is successfully eradicated. [continue reading…]


miyamotoi infection with lyme diseaseCape 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 often overlap. [continue reading…]