302 results for author: Dr. Daniel Cameron

Lyme borreliosis patients not receiving treatment, says infectious disease doctor

In an editorial entitled “Patients with Lyme borreliosis are failing to receive treatment,” an infectious disease specialist from Norway, P. Bjark, [1] raises serious concerns about the findings of a study published in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. [2]

Lyme disease forces 24-year-old army officer out of military

We often think of Lyme disease as a threat to the public engaging in enjoyable outdoor activities, like hiking, camping and gardening. But Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a constant threat to individuals serving in the military, who spend most of their time working in heavily forested or mountainous terrain.

Lyme disease manifests as autoimmune disorder, Sjögren’s syndrome

Lyme disease symptoms can mimic many other illnesses and have been linked to several autoimmune diseases including Sjögren’s syndrome [1], Dermatomyositis [2], and Guillain-Barre syndrome [3]. A case report by Smiyan entitled “Sjögren’s syndrome and lymphadenopathy unraveling the diagnosis of Lyme disease,” reflects the importance of a thorough clinical evaluation.

Study finds tiny larval ticks can transmit Borrelia miyamotoi

Nymphal and adult black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, harbor a growing number of pathogens. But researchers are now discovering that larval ticks, which are even smaller, may pose an equal threat to public safety as a new study describes larval ticks infected with the tick-borne bacteria Borrelia miyamotoi.

Will steroid injections help children with Lyme arthritis of the knee?

Clinicians have been reluctant to prescribe steroids to Lyme disease patients because it suppresses the immune system, giving the Borrelia bacteria an opportunity to multiply. And this, in turn, can make Lyme disease symptoms, including arthritis and joint pain, even worse.

Scientific community discounts Lyme disease patients

Every year, over 300,000 individuals in the USA alone are concerned that their acute Lyme disease symptoms will progress to chronic manifestations such as Lyme encephalopathy, chronic neurologic Lyme disease, neuropsychiatric Lyme disease, Lyme carditis, and Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. [1]

Are lone star ticks in your neighborhood?

Have you ever wondered what types of ticks are in your neighborhood? Researchers asked the public to submit ticks they encountered over an 11-year period. Surprisingly, they discovered that the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) actually outnumbered the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is known for transmitting Lyme disease.

Autonomic dysfunction, small fiber neuropathy and Lyme disease

A new study published in PLoS ONE by Novak and colleagues suggests that small fiber neuropathy (SFN) may be a viable biomarker of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), particularly for patients whose main symptoms involve sensory issues.

Northern ‘immigrant’ ticks causing concern in the South

Researchers have suggested that in the United States, northern I. scapularis ticks behave differently from their southern counterparts. In a 2015 pilot study, Arsnoe and colleagues reported that Wisconsin nymphal ticks were 12 times more likely to quest above leaf litter than nymphal ticks from North and South Carolina. [1]

Can Lyme disease trigger sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, typically the lungs and lymph glands. The exact cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. But some researchers believe it may be a type of autoimmune disease, involving an abnormal immune response. Several studies suggest that an “infection or exposure to something in the environment can trigger the immune system to overreact,” according to the American Lung Association. [1]