Doctors warned to be vigilant for Lyme disease in Tennessee

Eastern Tennessee, which encompasses the Tennessee Valley, has long been considered a non-endemic region for Lyme disease. Before 2006, the blacklegged I. scapularis tick, was unreported in this area. [1] Several years later, this all changed.

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Lyme disease mimics autoimmune disorder in elderly woman

Dermatomyositis (DM) is a serious autoimmune condition typically requiring immunosuppressive therapy. In the journal Cureus, the authors describe the case of a 76-year-old-female with a DM-like presentation who responded to antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease. [1]

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Infectious disease clinician proposes changing the name of Lyme disease

In a commentary published in the American Journal of Medicine, Dr. Gary Wormser from New York Medical College proposes changing the name of Lyme disease to Borrelia burgdorferi Senso Lato (Bbsl). [1] Such a move, he says, would be in the best interest of patients and health care practitioners.

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When should you worry about ticks in your neighborhood?

Ever wonder if you should worry about ticks in your neighborhood? In a recent study, published in the journal Healthcare, researchers examined tick density and infection rates in residential areas located in the Southern Tier region of upstate New York. [1] They focused on specific areas, referred to as “built environments,” which included parks, gardens, playgrounds, school campuses and neighborhood backyards.

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Lyme disease causes vision loss in 46-year-old woman

There have been several case reports linking Lyme disease with eye problems, including a loss of vision. In a study by the Mayo Clinic, researchers concluded that "although ocular involvement can be self-limited, delays in diagnosis may result in vision impairment and even blindness." [1]

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Oppositional behavior in children with Lyme disease

Several studies have found that children and adolescents infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, can, in some instances, develop extreme neuropsychiatric symptoms, including sudden, abrupt mood swings, aggressiveness, explosive anger, depression, panic disorder, neuropathy and even homicidality. [1]

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Recommendations dismiss seriousness of Lyme disease in children

tired child with Lyme disease
A recent journal article examining the prevalence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in children with Lyme disease raises several concerns regarding clinicians understanding of the illness in this particular population and their level of empathy. “Unraveling Diagnostic Uncertainty Surrounding Lyme Disease in Children with Neuropsychiatric Illness,” puts forth several recommendations that would appear to do more harm than good.

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How concerned are people about tick bites and tick-borne diseases?

The authors of a recently published study, “Learning to live with ticks? The role of exposure and risk perceptions in protective behavior against tick-borne diseases,” analyze data from a national survey in Sweden to understand the level of concern among the general public about contracting Lyme borreliosis (LB) and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).

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Long-term problems for some Lyme neuroborreliosis patients

Long-term morbidity has been well documented for patients with Lyme disease, with numerous studies demonstrating poor treatment outcomes and higher than expected rates of disability. [1] Now, a study published by European researchers suggests things may not be as bad as they seem. [2]

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6 reasons for delayed treatment of Lyme disease

The key to killing Lyme disease bacteria successfully depends, in part, upon identifying the disease early on. Unfortunately, in all too many cases, individuals harboring the infection are not diagnosed early, which can lead to a delay in treatment and an increased risk of long-term complications.

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