188 results for author: Dr. Daniel Cameron
Over the past ten years, there have been 75 cases of Powassan virus reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Most cases have been confined to the Northeast and Great Lakes region. That, however, may change. As Lyme disease continues to spread throughout the country, so too may this potentially deadly virus.
Are pet owners more at risk of being bitten by a tick? Yes, according to a study in the journal Zoonoses Public Health.  The risk is significantly higher for both dog and cat owners. Jones and colleagues looked at 2,727 households in three Lyme disease-endemic states. More than half (56.7%) reported owning an indoor-outdoor pet, either a dog and/or cat.
Doctors have for many years recognized neuropsychiatric complications of Lyme disease with more than 340 journal articles addressing an association between psychiatric symptoms and Lyme and associated diseases. This study is, however, the first comprehensive assessment of suicidality, specifically, in patients with tick-borne illnesses.
Uveitis, or inflammatory eye disease that produces swelling and destroys tissue, remains an uncommon but serious complication of Lyme disease. In the British Medical Journal, Bernard and colleagues from Croix Rousse University Hospital, Lyon, France, describe seven cases of Lyme-associated uveitis. 
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a life-threatening illness in which the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. It's characterized by a rapid onset of muscle weakness which can lead to respiratory distress and death. The initial symptoms are typically tingling and weakness in the feet and legs. The exact cause is unknown, but GBS is usually preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or stomach flu. While many infections have been associated with GBS, Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen causing Lyme disease, has rarely been connected with the syndrome. According to a study by Patel and colleagues, only four cases have been reported in the literature. 
Surveillance data from Wisconsin published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) demonstrates the seriousness and warranted concern over the spread of the tick-borne disease, Babesia. In 1985, the first case of Babesiosis in Wisconsin was documented. The disease became officially reportable in the state in 2001. Since then, the number of individuals contracting the disease has soared.
A study by Toussaint and colleagues from Luther College, Iowa, aimed to identify the impact gratitude, or a positive attitude, can have on patients with fibromyalgia and the degree to which it can effect their quality of life. The authors define gratitude as “an orientation toward noticing and appreciating the positive in life.” 
Borrelia miyamotoi, first described in Japan in 1995, is a relapsing fever spirochete which can cause hard tick-borne relapsing fever (HTBRF), an emerging infectious disease. The infection is transmitted by the same blacklegged tick which carries the Lyme disease pathogen. In “Antimicrobial susceptibility of Borrelia miyamotoi,” researchers examine the effectiveness of several antibiotic regimes in the treatment of HTBRF.
Many doctors prefer the treatment approach for Lyme disease espoused by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), which recommends personalized care relying on clinical judgment when fixed antibiotic regimens fail.  That is in contrast with the guidelines put forth by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which calls for fixed antibiotic therapy of no more than 4 weeks unless the patient is presenting with Lyme arthritis. 
Thirty-one percent of Lyme disease patients presenting with an erythema migrans rash remained in severe pain after three weeks of treatment with doxycycline, according to a 2017 report published by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the journal Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.