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Man in hospital bed with neurologic symptoms from Babesia.
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Neurologic complications of Babesia

In their study, “Neurologic Complications of Babesiosis,” the authors “sought to describe the type and frequency of neurologic complications of babesiosis in a group of hospitalized patients and assess risk factors that might predispose patients to neurologic complications.” They examined the medical records of 163 patients admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut […]

young woman in hospital with lyme disease and covid symptoms
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Case study: Lyme disease in patient with Long COVID

The authors cited the World Health Organizations definition of Long COVID as follows: definition of Post COVID-19 – “Post COVID-19 condition occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually 3 months from the onset of COVID-19 with symptoms that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained […]

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Investigators question the term “Australian Lyme”

The authors looked at patients admitted to their infectious disease clinic in Australia between 2014 – 2020. “Patients were included if they had debilitating symptoms suggested by either themselves or the referring clinician as being attributed to ticks.” They acknowledged that there are ill patients who have been seen at their infectious disease clinic who […]

Woman examining tick bite on young girl's leg.
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What parts of the body do ticks prefer to bite?

In their study, “Human attachment site preferences of ticks parasitizing in New York,” Hart and colleagues describe which body parts black-legged and lone star ticks prefer to bite.¹ They collected ticks, submitted between April and December 2020 from individuals living in New York State, along with online questionnaires indicating where the tick was attached. They […]

Man with Lyme disease affecting his brain is holding his head.
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Does Lyme disease affect the brain?

In their article entitled “Common Neurologic Features of Lyme Disease That May Present to a Rheumatologist,” Govil et al. describe the various ways that Lyme disease can affect the brain. The authors hope to make rheumatologists aware of the most common neurologic presentations of Lyme disease.1 It is particularly important, the authors write, for rheumatologists […]

Elderly man with dementia and Lyme disease hugging his wife.
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Lyme disease or dementia?

The authors describe a case in which an elderly man with dementia was referred to an Alzheimer’s Disease Care Unit but later tested positive for Lyme disease. The 75-year-old man reportedly had only mild memory loss but was admitted to the unit due to hallucinations, confusion and aggressive behavior. Two weeks earlier, he was diagnosed […]

elderly woman with lyme encephalitis laying in hospital bed
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Abnormal MRI leads to Lyme encephalitis diagnosis

In their article “Lyme neuroborreliosis with encephalitis: A rare case,” Rosendahl and colleagues describe a 74-year-old immunocompromised woman, who was admitted to the hospital with confusion, paranoid delusions, weight loss, back pains, and a history of fever and vomiting suspect of cancer and infection of unknown origin.¹ The woman had been hospitalized 4 times over […]

Man with a Borrelia infection checking thermometer reading.
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Borrelia miyamotoi infection: An emerging tick-borne disease in California

“Although B. miyamotoi has been identified in ticks in California for more than 20 years, locally acquired human cases within the western United States have not been described [in the literature],” according to Rubio et al. In this case report, the authors describe an immunocompromised man living in California diagnosed with Borrelia miyamotoi infection.¹ The […]

Lyme disease patient receiving IV SOT treatment.
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Is SOT an effective treatment for Lyme disease?

In their article “Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy (SOT) as a Potential Treatment for Viral Infections and Lyme Disease: Preliminary Results,” Apostolou and colleagues describe findings from a study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of SOT in 115 patients with either Epstein–Barr (EBV), Herpes Simplex Virus or Lyme Disease.¹ Oligonucleotide was administered intravenously to the participants and […]

Mouse with tick embedded on shrub branch.
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Tick control methods not effective in residential neighborhoods

In their study, “Impacts Over Time of Neighborhood-Scale Interventions to Control Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease Incidence,” Ostfeld and colleagues examined the effectiveness of tick control methods in 24 residential neighborhoods endemic for Lyme disease in New York.¹ The study, conducted over several years, assessed the impact of tick control system (TCS) bait boxes and Met52 […]

Man with Lyme carditis symptoms getting EEG test.
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Lyme carditis patients may require temporary permanent pacemaker

However, the authors of a new case report suggest that for some Lyme carditis patients, placement of a temporary permanent pacemaker (TPPM) may be an effective and safe alternative. In their article, “A Practical Ambulatory Approach to Atrioventricular Block Secondary to Lyme Carditis,” Aromin and colleagues describe the case of a 31-year-old man who presented […]

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Can skin color affect medical students’ ability to diagnose Lyme disease?

So, how prepared are medical students to properly diagnose patients of all races and ethnicities? Do they have the diagnostic ability and confidence in making a diagnosis, such as Lyme disease, for individuals with non-white skin color? In the study, “The impact of patient skin colour on diagnostic ability and confidence of medical students,” Dodd […]

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Alpha-gal syndrome: Foods to Avoid

Alpha-gal syndrome typically presents with abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. But it can also lead to swelling of the face or throat, voice changes, difficulty breathing, hives, or fainting, according to recent article “AGA Clinical Practice Update on Alpha-Gal Syndrome for the GI Clinician: Commentary,” by McGill and colleagues.¹ According to the authors, the […]

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Case report: Lyme disease causes inflammation of the spinal cord

In their article “Case report: Subacute transverse myelitis with gait preservation secondary to Lyme disease and a review of the literature,” Colot and colleagues describe a 10-year-old boy who suffered from neck pain with irradiation in the upper limbs for 13 days. Transverse myelitis (TM) is an inflammation of both sides of one section of […]

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Homicide, two assaults, and suicide in Lyme disease patient

The article entitled “A Fatal Case of Late Stage Lyme Borreliosis and Substance Abuse,”1 describes a patient exhibiting aggressiveness, violence, and homicidality. Like many Lyme disease patients, the man experienced a delay in diagnosis and treatment. (One study reports that subjects enrolling in a trial of Lyme encephalopathy were ill an average of two years […]