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Is there a connection between ALS and Lyme Disease? Special

In the U.S. cases of Lyme Disease appear to be rising. Some researchers have drawn a link between the tick-transmitted bacterial infection and the neurodegenerative condition ALS. Jo Ann Simon explains more.

Ticks have crept into Canada, sowing illness and confusion

`Reported cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease in Canada have increased more than six-fold between 2009 and 2016, yet even today, it is still a struggle for a patient to get diagnosed and treated.

Deadly fungus found in over 30 species of snakes in US and Canada

Fungal diseases are an emerging threat to animals worldwide, including bats, frogs, and salamanders. Now, at least 30 snake species in North America are being hit with a deadly fungal infection and scientists want to know why.

Warnings issued over deadly tick disease spreading across U.S.

Health officials are very worried about an emerging tick-borne virus that is spreading across the United States. The Powassen virus, or POW virus, is related to the West Nile virus, according to the CDC.

Lyme disease ticks detected in U.S. Eastern National Parks

Lyme disease is continuing to spread, via ticks, across the U.S. A sign of further potential disease transfer, a new study has discovered the ticks carrying the disease in eastern national parks.

Reverse aging? Eliminate disease? Bring back the Neanderthal? Special

New York - Why wait for evolution to act if genetic technology can accelerate the process, especially if it can give us longer and healthier lives? That’s the message the eminent Harvard geneticist George Church wants to get out.

Combination therapy tackles tick-borne illnesses

Washington - A new cure for an emerging tick-carried illness called babesiosis has been developed by medical researchers. The disease, it seems from the research, can be tackled by the use of combination drugs.

New, faster test for Lyme disease developed

A new method for the early detection of Lyme disease has been developed. Current tests for Lyme bacteria, close to the point of probable infection, are normally produce "false" negative results. The new method overcomes this problem.

CDC: New Lyme Disease bacteria discovered, and it's nasty

A new species of bacteria that causes Lyme Disease has been discovered. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacterial species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America.

New tick-borne illness discovered

A new, as yet unnamed, tick-transmitted illness has been discovered and it has close similarities with Lyme disease, including triggering fever.

Man who sold bleach as a miracle cure gets 51 months in jail

Spokane - It was hailed as a miracle cure for cancer, AIDS, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, Lyme disease and numerous other ailments, but it was actually industrial bleach, used for hydraulic fracking, wastewater treatment, and as a pesticide.

Lyme Disease: Avril Lavigne reveals illness and recovery story

When Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne tweeted in December that she had "health issues" and asked fans to keep her in their prayers, those fans didn't know what to think. Today Lavigne revealed the source of her illness was a bite from a tick.

Discoverer of Lyme disease dies

Willy Burgdorfer, the scientific entomologist who first identified the bacteria that cause Lyme disease has died at the age of 89. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Lyme disease immunity is possible

Philadelphia - A new study shows that, once infected with a particular strain of Lyme disease-causing bacteria, people can develop immunity against that strain that can last six to nine years.

New insight for tackling syphilis

The bacterial pathogens that cause Lyme disease and syphilis penetrate tissue barriers. By understanding this, researchers hop to develop new treatments.

Up to 300,000 people in the U.S. contract Lyme disease each year

Estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000.

Timber rattlesnakes keeps Lyme disease in check

The timber rattlesnake, common in parts of the U.S., should be conserved, according to a group of ecologists, because the snake eats mice, and mice are the major contributors of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease 'Undercounted and Underfunded' Special

A previous article on Digital Journal highlighted the increase in the number of cases of Lyme disease throughout the United States. As a result of the story Carl Tuttle of the New Hampshire Lyme Misdiagnosis website got in touch with me.

Lyme disease on the increase in the US Special

The number of confirmed cases of the tick-borne illness Lyme disease is on the rise in the United States and around the world. An upsurge in the amount of cases have been reported in recent times. An expert on the disease discusses why there's a surge.

New England Could See Spike in Lyme Disease Cases

The mild winter experienced by the New England region could result in a sharp increase in cases of Lyme Disease. Maine public health officials are already seeing a tripling of reported cases so far this year over previous years.

Is Autism Linked to Genetically Modified Foods?

The Lyme Induced Autism Foundation (LIA) has posted a press release urging doctors to prescribe diets free from genetically modified foods. According to the LIA, these foods could pose a health threat to people with chronic illnesses.

Gunman in Church Shooting Identified as Having Lyme Disease

The gunman who stormed into the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois, suffers from Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, but rarely causes erratic behavior.

President Bush Treated For Lyme Disease

In an annual report on the health of U.S. President George W. Bush, the White House disclosed that he was treated for symptoms of Lyme disease last August. Lyme disease can be transmitted through the bites of ticks that carry the disease.

Cases of Lyme Disease on the Rise

Elmira, NY -- This is the time of the year to become more concerned with exposure to ticks. In the last 15 years, cases of Lyme Disease has doubled, and New York and Pennsylvania are at the top of the list.
 

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Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Courtesy of the California Dept. of Public Health, SF
Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne performs in Brasilia in 2014.
Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne performs in Brasilia in 2014.
Photo by Breno Galtier
Erythematous rash in the pattern of a “bull’s-eye” from Lyme disease.
Erythematous rash in the pattern of a “bull’s-eye” from Lyme disease.
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Crotalus horridus (timber rattlesnake) at the Oxbow Zollman Zoo in Olmsted County  Minnesota
Crotalus horridus (timber rattlesnake) at the Oxbow Zollman Zoo in Olmsted County, Minnesota
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