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Should Lyme disease be added to the causes of vocal cord paralysis?

Country singer Shania Twain will soon be back on tour after battling Lyme disease, which caused her to lose her voice for several years. The singer underwent two extensive operations to her throat in hopes of regaining her voice. She tells Prevention magazine, “I had to have an operation that was very intense and it’s an open-throat operation, very different from a vocal cord operation.” 

What does it take to be a “Lyme literate” doctor?

“A physician who is board certified in the specialty of infectious diseases surely is "Lyme literate" and should know how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease; the same is true for general practitioners in endemic areas with experience treating patients with Lyme disease,” writes Phillip J. Baker, PhD, executive director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, in the American Journal of Medicine. [1]

Bourbon virus: flu drug to treat the deadly disease?

The Bourbon virus (BRBV), believed to be transmitted through tick or insect bites, was first identified in a Kansas man in 2014, who eventually died due to complications from the disease. And while only a handful of people have reportedly developed the virus, two have died from it.

Prevalence of Borrelia infections and Powassan virus in Maine

The number of cases of Lyme disease in Maine have been growing over the past 3 decades with 1,848 patients diagnosed in 2017, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an increase of 23% since 2016. But other tick-borne diseases are causing concern, as well, including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi and the Powassan virus, which killed a Maine woman in 2013.

Relying on a negative Lyme disease test can prove deadly

In August of 2013, a 17-year-old boy died suddenly from cardiac arrest. Initially, health officials blamed the Powassan virus for his death. But a recent report in Cardiovascular Pathologist finds that the young man died instead from Lyme carditis.

Powassan virus infection causes polio-like illness

Evidence of a Powassan virus infection affecting the spinal cord has, until now, only been seen in mouse studies. But a new article describes the first known case of a 62-year-old man from Canada who developed a polio-like illness caused by the Powassan virus (POWV).

What blood type do ticks prefer?

Ever wonder why some people are more likely to be bitten by a tick than others? Researchers in the Czech Republic claim it may have to do with a person’s blood type. “The influence of blood groups on certain diseases such as malaria or some cancers has been already discussed and proved,” the authors point out. Type O blood has been linked to the slow progression of malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes. “This may suggest that there could be a similar relationship between tick-borne diseases and some blood group(s).”

The third rail of Lyme disease: how Borrelia bacteria persist

Under the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, academic and government scientists, physicians, along with patient advocates, came together and formed the Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group. The group's mission was to develop recommendations to combat the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Lyme disease consultations common in France

Concerned about the over diagnosis of Lyme disease in France, Haddad and colleagues respond to a recent article discussing the treatment of 478 patients consulted for presumed Lyme borreliosis (LB) at a center in Nancy, France. In a Letter to the Editor, Haddad includes two other French studies and reports on their results. [1]

6 cases of Babesia in early Lyme disease

In their article “Co-infections in early Lyme disease,” Wormser and colleagues describe 52 adult patients with erythema migran rashes who were evaluated for the presence of co-infections. (Patients with extracutaneous manifestations were excluded.)