Lyme disease: An increase in reported cases in Quebec in 2019

MONTREAL — The number of reported cases of Lyme disease continued to rise in Quebec this year, reaching an annual high, according to recent data from the province’s Ministry of Health. The number of confirmed or probable cases sat at 371 from Jan. 1 to Nov. 5, compared to 304 for 2018. The worst year…

Arthritis, nerve pain and chronic fatigue: my life with Lyme disease.

Some medical experts claim that Lyme disease is worse than cancer. It’s not a competition, but I do know one thing: at least if you’ve got the Big C you get sympathy, understanding and prompt treatment. With Lyme you’re pretty much on your own. This isn’t a plea for public sympathy. I’ve had Lyme for…

Temperature Sensitivity in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS

When you’re exposed to heat, does it feel like you’re burning up? Does it seem impossible for you to cool off? Or maybe it’s cold that bothers you, chilling you to the bone, leaving you unable to warm up. Or are you one of those people with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) who is cold all the…

House orders Pentagon to review if it exposed Americans to weaponised ticks

A New Jersey lawmaker suggests the government turned ticks and insects into bioweapons to spread disease and possibly released them The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman…

Breakthrough paves way for new Lyme disease treatment

A deer tick (left), one of the species of tick that transmits the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. High resolution fluorescently tagged image of the bacteria B. burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease (right). Credit: Virginia Tech / Brandon Jutras Virginia Tech biochemist Brandon Jutras has discovered the cellular component that contributes to Lyme arthritis, a debilitating and…

Lyme Disease: A Study On The Speed Of Transmission By Infected Ticks

Ticks have three lifecycle stages that can bite humans – larva, nymph and adult –, but bacteria are usually transmitted through bites from nymphs, which are higher in density and often go unnoticed because of their small size. The amount of time a tick must remain attached to transmit bacteria to the vertebrate host is…

Help Evangeline Grace in her fight with Lyme Disease

Nothing wrenches the heart quite like seeing a vibrant young person battling a debilitating disease, especially when it’s part of our bluegrass family. We learned today about Evangeline Grace, the 18 year old banjo player with Resonating Grace, a family bluegrass and Gospel group from Greenbrier, AR. She’s the second oldest in this clan of 9…

Ticks are back; Eastern Connecticut is a Lyme disease hotspot

While most of Connecticut is busy staving off possibly deadly mosquitoes, lurking ahead is a familiar insect enemy: the deer tick. October and November are one of the peak seasons for adult deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease, said Goudarz Molaei, a research scientist and director of the Passive Tick Surveillance and Testing Program at…