Chronic post-concussion syndrome symptoms due to Lyme disease

Traumatic brain injury and Lyme disease are known to cause chronic illness with serious neurologic and cognitive impairments for some individuals. The clinical presentation is similar for both conditions. And while the majority of patients may recover from a concussion, others who continue to have persistent symptoms may be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS).

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Are military family members at risk for Lyme disease?

It is often suggested that military service members are at an increased risk for contracting Lyme disease, given that they frequently work outdoors in tick-habitats, surrounded by tall grass, brush, weeds and leaf litter. But what about their family members? Are they “safer”?

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Impact of environmental changes on tick-borne diseases in Canada

A new study examines the risk of tick-borne diseases (TBDs) in Canada in response to global warming and other environmental changes. Researchers already recognize that tick populations are spreading into new regions. Now, with temperatures rising the season for tick activity is lengthening, putting people at a greater risk.

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Impaired immunity increases risk of disseminated Lyme disease

Immune System and Lyme Disease
Does an individual with a compromised immune system have a greater chance of developing disseminated Lyme disease? Studies are limited in this area. But the authors of “Erythema Migrans: Course and Outcome in Patients Treated With Rituximab” have published a limited case review, examining patients diagnosed with Lyme borreliosis (LB), who were also receiving Rituximab, a medication known to impair immunity.

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Military dependent child contracts Lyme disease abroad?

In their article “Lyme Arthritis in a Military Dependent Child transferred from Japan,” Soloria and colleagues discuss the case of a 17-year-old male who relocated with his family from a U.S. military base in Japan to Virginia. [1]

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Reasons for patients not disclosing Lyme disease to their doctor?

After reading an article entitled “Assessment of Patient Nondisclosures to Clinicians of Experiencing Imminent Threats,” by Levy and colleagues, I began to wonder why some patients might not disclose they have Lyme disease to their primary care physician.

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Clinical judgment leads to successful Lyme disease treatment in young child

A 6-year-old child presented to her pediatrician with a circular rash on the left side of her face. The pediatrician initially assumed the rash was allergic dermatitis and prescribed topical steroids. But the rash did not improve, explains Banadyha and colleagues in their case report.

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Persistent Lyme infection or inflammatory immune response?

A new study by Jutras and colleagues describes a persistent antigen called peptidoglycan (PG) as a contributing factor in Lyme arthritis. “We show that B. burgdorferi has a chemically atypical PG (PGBb) that is not recycled during cell-wall turnover,” the authors write.

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Stopping the malaria epidemic: lessons for Lyme disease?

malaria, mosquito, vector-borne diseases
In their article “Malaria and Lyme disease - the largest vector-borne US epidemics in the last 100 years: success and failure of public health,” Rochlin et al. [1] compare various intervention strategies used to eradicate malaria with current initiatives to control the increasing incidence of tick-borne diseases.

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Ticks: transmitting multiple infectious agents

tick, deer tick, powassan virus, tick-borne disease
"Ticks are fascinating organisms, which can transmit an extremely high number of infectious agents to humans, livestock, pets, and wildlife," writes Benelli from the University of Pisa in Italy.

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