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…

What Lyme Patients Need To Know About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

For people with Lyme disease, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Each patient will have a unique treatment plan that will most likely change over time. The most common treatments are antibiotics and herbal protocols, but outside of that there are emerging therapies, such as IV nutrition/light therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). With…

Lyme disease cases in Illinois expected to continue to rise this year

An expert says Lyme disease cases in Illinois will likely continue to rise this year after having shown a gradual increase in recent years. Chris Stone, director of the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said Lyme disease has doubled over the last decade. Stone said there’s no definite way to forecast…

7 Unexpected Signs Of Lyme Disease, According To Experts.

There is no disease in the world like Lyme Disease. Few other illnesses have so many varied manifestations, are so difficult to test for, or take over your entire body like Lyme does. Many people with Lyme go undiagnosed because the symptoms of Lyme Disease can vary from person to person and overlap with symptoms of other…

5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Get Lyme Disease This Summer

Reports show growing new tick populations are spreading to new areas due to a changing climate. Humid conditions in the Northeast have led to ticks popping up in New York and New Jersey. It is not surprising then, that the number of new cases has skyrocketed to over 300,000 a year. A terrifying statistic when you…