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Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

Posted 2 days ago by

-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet. offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home: Prune trees. Clear brush. Remove litter. Mow grass short, and let it dry thoroughly between waterings. Get rid of birdfeeders and birdbaths. Clear away woodpiles and leaf piles. Remove stone walls that offer ...

Health Tip: Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets

Posted 11 days ago by

-- People aren't the only ones who are vulnerable to Lyme disease. Fido or Fluffy also could contract the illness from an infected tick. The American Kennel Club says Lyme disease occurs the most often in the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and on the Pacific Coast. As is true with a human counterpart, a pet that contracts Lyme is most commonly treated with a round of antibiotics. The AKC suggests ...

Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Tickborne Illness

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

-- A dangerous tickborne illness may be difficult for doctors to diagnose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. So what can you do to protect yourself? Ticks are more active during the warmer months of April through September, so the CDC suggests avoiding areas that may be infested with ticks, treating clothing and exposed skin with insect repellent, and doing a thorough tick ...

Lyme Disease Striking More Americans in More States

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – There's been a sharp spike in Lyme disease cases in the United States, and the tick-borne illness has now spread to all 50 states, a new report shows. "Lyme disease is a bigger risk to more people in the United States than ever before," said Dr. Harvey Kaufman, senior medical director for Quest Diagnostics, which conducted the study. "Our data show that positive results ...

As Ticks Reach Record Numbers, Take Precautions

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – As the tick population surges across the United States this summer, one doctor says the best way to avoid being infected with the nasty illnesses the tiny bugs carry is to wear protective clothing and to check your body thoroughly after every trip into the woods. Just last week, a new study found that ticks have spread far and wide in recent years, and they are now being ...

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been recorded, a new study reports. All told, disease-carrying ticks were detected in 83 counties where ...

U.S. Illnesses Tied to Ticks, Mosquitoes Are Soaring

Posted 1 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Diseases transmitted by biting insects – ticks and mosquitoes in particular – have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows. These pests caused more than 96,000 cases of illness in 2016, up from roughly 27,388 in 2004 and part of a continuing increase in insect-borne diseases, CDC researchers said. "Zika, West ...

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

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by

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

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

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

-- 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

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

-- 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

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

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. ...

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