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Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report. But it can transmit other diseases. The researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing more than 60 studies published over three decades. "The media coverage of Lyme disease might make many Americans think that a tick bite means only one thing: Lyme disease," ...

Don't Let the Tick Stick

Posted 24 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 24, 2017 – As tick populations and the threats they pose increase across the United States, people need to know how to deal with them, a skin doctor suggests. Ticks can cause serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome (a red meat allergy). "Although most ticks do not carry disease, it's important to be mindful of ...

How to Prevent, and Treat, Lyme Disease in People and Pets

Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 2, 2017 – If you're planning to be outdoors this holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to know that ticks are most active during the summer months. Campers, hikers and gardeners are among those at greatest risk of tick bites. Ticks are transported by deer and mice, which thrive in suburban and wooded areas, the agency warned. And, they hang around for ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Lyme Disease

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium B. burgdorferi, is transmitted by biting deer ticks that are quite small and may be difficult to see. Within 30 days of a deer tick bite, a circular red patch of about five inches' diameter often appears. The rash, if it shows up at all, commonly resembles a bull's eye, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Other symptoms may include: Muscle and ...

Many Americans Unaware of This Year's Heavy Tick Season: Poll

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Most Americans know that ticks can make them sick, and many take steps to avoid them. But few know that this summer could be a particularly bad one for tick bites, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. Scientists have predicted an upswing in the tick population this summer, which could potentially mean more tick-borne infections. Lyme disease is the most common of those ...

Health Tip: Preventing Tick Bites

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you. Here are suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Know where ticks are likely to gather, and try to avoid them. Steer clear of tall, thick vegetation. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and spray clothing with .5 ...

Don't Let Ticks Get Under Your Skin

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Just like people, ticks get more active as the weather gets warmer. So be sure to take steps to protect yourself against picking up an eight-legged hitchhiker when you're outdoors. "From now on until next winter what you should do is, when you go out – especially if you are going to walk a pet or go out for a hike anywhere where there is a little bit of vegetation – ...

US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. ...

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Planning a hiking trip in an eastern U.S. national park? Better pack tick repellent – a new study found these parks are home to ticks that carry Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks – also known as deer ticks – carrying Lyme disease were found in nine national parks: Acadia National Park in Maine; Catoctin Mountain Park and Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland; Fire ...

Study: El Nino Could Boost Lyme Disease in Western U.S.

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – The big shifts in rain and warmth caused by El Nino and La Nina conditions may boost Lyme disease and intestinal infections in parts of the United States, a new study suggests. Over four decades, more tick-borne disease in the West and more gastrointestinal disease in the Northeast were tied to the periodic swings in weather conditions, researchers said. They believe the ...

Drug Duo Cures a Tick-Borne Disease -- in Mice

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Babesiosis is a sometimes serious illness transmitted to humans by ticks. Now, researchers say a two-drug combo seems to have cured the illness in mice. Babesiosis – transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the bacteria behind Lyme disease – is caused by the B. microti parasite, which can develop resistance to current treatments. "This is the first radical cure ...

7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

Posted 22 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 – While only a few tick species infect people with diseases, the rising popularity of many outdoor activities and the spread of residential developments has upped the odds that one of those creepy parasites might latch on to you. "Luckily, ticks don't fly, jump or fall from the sky," vector-borne disease expert Stephen Wikel said. He's a professor emeritus of medical ...

Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – People with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease are unlikely to find relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy, according to a new Dutch study. Although antibiotics are the correct therapy to treat Lyme disease when it is diagnosed early, longer-term use appears ineffective against the symptoms linked to the tick-borne illness and may carry the risk of ...

Lyme Disease 'Biofilm' Eludes Antibiotics: Report

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – The bacteria that causes Lyme disease protects itself from antibiotics by forming a slime-like layer called a biofilm, a new study shows. In many cases, Lyme disease returns after a patient has completed antibiotic treatment, and this finding may help explain why that occurs, the researchers said. University of New Haven researchers determined that Lyme disease-causing ...

Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study

Posted 13 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 – A distinctive genetic signature in people with Lyme disease could lead to new ways to diagnose the illness, scientists report. This gene signature occurs in the white blood cells of people infected with the tick-borne bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine ...

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