Netherlands study finds Lyme disease common in elderly

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is a treatable condition in the elderly, but little is known about the prevalence of the illness and pervasiveness of depressive symptoms among this age group. Now, a study by Zomer and colleagues takes a more in-depth look, examining the records of patients referred to a Lyme disease center in the Netherlands between 2008 and 2014. [1]

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Untreated Lyme disease triggers a stroke in 9-year-old boy

The authors of a retrospective study, published in the European Journal of Pediatric Neurology, examined the records of patients diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke and Lyme neuroborreliosis between 2000 and 2015. Participants were identified from the Swiss NeuroPaediatric Stroke Registry.

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Healthy people may be unaware they are infected with Babesia

A new study, “Transfusion-transmitted and community-acquired babesiosis in New York, 2004 to 2015,” reports a growing incidence of Babesia in New York state over a 12-year period. [1] Blood donors, unknowingly infected with the parasite, are contributing to spreading the disease. This is alarming, given that Babesia can be life-threatening and often times does not produce symptoms.

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Study finds hearing loss and tinnitus common in patients with tick-borne diseases

A new study finds that the majority of patients with tick-borne diseases admitted to an outpatient otolaryngological clinic in Poland suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus. In the article, “Otolaryngological symptoms in patients treated for tick-borne diseases,” Sowula and colleagues from Jagiellonian University in Krakow review the records of 216 patients, ages 18-55, who were evaluated in their clinic for tick-borne diseases between 2014 and 2016. [1]

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Hundreds of infected ticks found in one yard in Canada

Just how many infected ticks are in your yard? A citizen scientist initiative found hundreds of ticks in one backyard located in St. John, Canada as part of a larger tick surveillance study, writes Lewis from Mount Allison University in Canada. [1]

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How long does it take for an infected tick to transmit Lyme disease?

The risk that a deer tick may transmit Lyme disease rises the longer the tick is attached, according to a review by Eisen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the January 2018 journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. [1]

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Poor sleep quality in Lyme disease patients

A study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine finds that patients with early Lyme disease and those with “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS)” struggle with poor quality of sleep. Most early Lyme disease patients reported their sleep quality returning to normal after antibiotic treatment. But PTLDS patients did not, according to Weinstein, lead author of the study. [1]

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Most residents in Delaware are not worried about Lyme disease

Delaware is one of the top 10 states in the country with the highest incidence of Lyme disease. Yet, a newly published survey, which examines the effectiveness of state awareness campaigns and educational programs, found that Delaware residents have a limited understanding of tick-borne diseases and the potential risks ticks may present. Children were found to be at particular risk with a low number of families practicing tick bite prevention behaviors.

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Six cases of neuroinvasive Lyme disease

A cluster of six neuroinvasive Lyme disease cases is described by doctors from Mayo Clinic in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases. [1] Over a 3-week period between July and August of 2017, physicians from the Minnesota and Wisconsin campuses identified 6 patients with Lyme neuroborreliosis. Five of these cases presented with Bannwarth syndrome (BWS), an uncommon manifestation of neuroinvasive Lyme disease, which is typically seen in Europe, explains Shah and colleagues.

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Dental surgery triggers full body pain in patient with severe post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

In an article published in Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia, doctors describe the case of a 23-year-old woman who suffered from severe chronic pain for 9 years due to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Her pain intensified and became more difficult to manage after she underwent dental extractions and required hospitalization.

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