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Lyme Disease


  • Gene Signature Could Lead to a New Way of Diagnosing Lyme Disease
    Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene "signature" they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. Even though it is hard to diagnose, Lyme ...More
    February 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Duplicate DNA a Hallmark of Tick Genome
    Researchers have sequenced the genetic blueprint of one of the most prolific pathogen-transmitting agents on the planet -- the Lyme-disease-spreading tick (Ixodes scapularis) that bites humans. The findings could lead to advances in not only disrupting the tick's capacity ...More
    February 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Mayo Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease
    Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been ...More
    February 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Tick That Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease
    Blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are the primary vector of Lyme disease to humans, but researchers at Old Dominion University in Virginia are focusing on another tick, Ixodes affinis, even though it doesn't bite people. In their paper published in the Journal of ...More
    November 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Spontaneous Knee Effusion Could Be Early Sign of Lyme Disease
    Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as "water on the knee," can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a "bull's eye" rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of the ...More
    November 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in South London Parks
    Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical ...More
    September 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration
    Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. Scientists attribute the spread to the fact that populations of blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease, now flourish in areas once thought to ...More
    July 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers' Discovery May Explain Difficulty in Treating Lyme Disease
    Northeastern University researchers have found that the bacterium that causes Lyme disease forms dormant persister cells, which are known to evade antibiotics. This significant finding, they says, could help explain why it's so difficult to treat the infection in some ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Delayed Diagnosis of Lyme Disease Has Devastating Effect on Patients
    A nationwide survey by LymeDisease.org confirms that current methods used to diagnose and treat Lyme disease are often faulty and inadequate.  The overwhelming response rate – more than 6,000 respondents within six weeks – demonstrates the urgency of this ...More
    May 29, 2015 Posted in News
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