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 often overlap. [continue reading…]
Antibiotics 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. [continue reading…]
A 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. [continue reading…]
Doxycycline 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. [continue reading…]
Many 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. [continue reading…]
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. [continue reading…]
Lyme 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. [continue reading…]
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. [continue reading…]
The 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. [continue reading…]
The 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. [continue reading…]