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Lyme Disease

Landslide in Oso, Washington -- Don't Blame Nature and Acts of God for Reckless Logging

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The 300-acre landslide in Oso, Washington, which killed at least 30 people and destroyed the local community on March 22, 2014, reveals a consequence of a relatively unregulated and unseen industry: logging.

Lyme Disease Threat in Surprising Places

Jonathan Galland | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Galland

If you are living in Connecticut, upstate New York, or Long Island you may very well be aware of Lyme disease, from friends and family who have had Lyme or even news reports. But what if you live in California, the Midwest or Canada? While Lyme might be less well known in these areas, it is an emerging, documented threat.

The Global Search For Education: Ticks - Breaking the Transmission Cycle of Lyme Disease

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"We have the first solution, of which we are aware, that can reduce the amount of Lyme disease being transmitted." - Dr. Tom Monath What if we cou...

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

The Global Search for Education: Austria - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"In patients with persistent symptoms, I think the number with co-infections is almost 100%. I only have a few patients with classic Lyme." - Elke S...

Kathleen Hanna On Lyme Disease: 'Two Years Ago I Thought I Was Dying'

Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living

Kathleen Hanna, the original riot grrrl and current lead singer of the Julie Ruin, started experiencing seizures a couple of years ago and, according ...

The Global Search for Education: The 300,000 - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"We need to continue to understand the range of infections that may be passed along in a tick bite such as Babesia, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. I...

Families Find a New PAL in the Fight Against Lyme

John McCormick | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
John McCormick

At first, we questioned why Will had been so unfortunate. But we gradually discovered he was one of the lucky ones. Our doctors caught the disease before it had infected his nervous system. The antibiotic treatment worked, and today Will is leading the normal, healthy life of an active high school teenager.

The Global Search for Education: More Research - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

The take home for me from Katie Couric's recent report on Lyme disease is that there are still too many unanswered questions. We need more research to understand Lyme, which affects 300,000 victims each year because we don't have answers.

The Global Search for Education: The Guidelines - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.29.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"The current IDSA guidelines provide the best scientific, evidence-based medical practices for the treatment of Lyme disease including early and late...

The Global Search for Education: Prevention -- Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

As you will discover today in Part 11 of my global series, "Ticks," finding community-wide solutions to infected ticks is going to be challenging.

My Time With Lyme... So Far

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Davis Smith

What I do know with certainty is how little is known about Lyme. Tests are inadequate. Treatments are not well-defined. I've had four Lyme tests (so far). Two have come back positive and two have come back negative.

Dogs, Cats, Garden Snakes and Zebras: A Physician's Journey Into Health Fear

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

This experience underscored how scary it can be to get sick and that I may be a physician, but that I could turn into a patient at any time as I, like our patients at Visions, am human. But it also reminded me that, more often than not, everything is going to be just fine.

Chronic Illness and Lyme: What You're Not Being Told

Beth Greer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

The first place to start if you have a chronic illness is to become intimately aware of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you. Awareness can bring about change.

The Global Search for Education: Research - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Like HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s, the world of Lyme has had a small group of dedicated researchers and clinicians who have remained committed to advancing and understanding this disease better.

The Global Search for Education: France - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Chronic Lyme disease is due to the persistence of Borrelia within tissues but is also probably due to other micro-organisms responsible for co-infec...

The Global Search for Education: Germany - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"One of the first projects should be the improvement of the test sensitivity for chronic Lyme disease patients worldwide. The European Union has spen...

Feel Bad? It Could Be Lyme Unless Proven Otherwise

Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.

Most physicians agree that tick bites can transmit Lyme but many dismiss you unless a bullseye rash occurs at the site of the bite. But how silly (and potentially deadly) since only 50 percent of people ever get that rash and most people never even see a tick!

Of Lyme Disease, and Lemonade

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lyme is common, but no more so now than before this report -- this is simply recognition of what has been, not a portent of some new threat to come.

Lyme Disease Is Way More Common Than We Thought

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA -- Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday. As many as 300,000 Americans are actual...

The Global Search for Education: Norway - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Our method is based upon live blood microscopy. Bacteria become visible by optical changes involving refraction index, swelling and spreading of cel...

What are snakes good for? Fighting Lyme disease, for one

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthThe only good snake is a dead snake. At least, that's what my high school friend said the time we went backpacking and he chop...

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Solutions - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

In many countries, governments and doctors are not sufficiently knowledgeable about the disease. Even when doctors are reasonably informed, guidelines for treatment remain globally controversial.

Meredith Melnick

LOOK: What's Really Inside Your Bug Spray?

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Melnick | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living

It's the height of summer -- and if you've been spending more time outdoors lately, chances are you've got a few (or more) bug bites to show for your ...

The Global Search for Education: Canada - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Most researchers and Lyme experts agree that the number of people infected in the U.S. today is five to ten times higher than the CDC figures. Today, in the fifth article of my global series, "Ticks," I look at the situation in Canada.