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Lyme Disease invades the body, but it also invades the family. It destroys Quality Of Life for both. This site is dedicated to those that face the daily challenges of Lyme Disease, without actually having a tick-borne illness.
Borrelia burgdorferi, the
Lyme Disease spirochete

Lyme Disease News

Below we are providing hand-selected links to news and information, related to Lyme Disease and tick-borne illness. If there is news you feel belongs on this page, please feel free to contact LymeSpouse.
June 30, 2016
Back Online
It's been a long road since our last news item... and today we're back online. It will be some time before we can start reporting news articles again, but the forums are open! Stay tuned.
March 4, 2012
Bug off! Will there be a bumper crop of biting insects?
Whether we have extreme winter weather or mild, it won’t make much difference come summertime to the bugs that sting, bite and harass us year after year.
January 10, 2012
Pilot Studies on LD, STARI and HGA Funded by National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases (NRFTD)
The National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases (NRFTD) today announced grant awards totaling $240,000 to four investigators in North America to study key aspects of Lyme disease, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA).
December 7, 2011
Lyme Time? A Single Scientist Proves Vermont's Tick Problem Is Growing
While Vermont sportsmen spend November and December hunting deer, Lyndon State College biology professor Alan Giese is busy hunting deer ticks. He tromps through the woods armed with a white flannel sheet, waving it like a flag over brush so the fabric picks up specimens.
December 7, 2011
Presence of blacklegged ticks in Gavelton area confirmed
South West Health is cautioning the public that testing has confirmed that blacklegged ticks have become established in the Gavelton area. This comes after prior testing that discovered the presence of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
December 7, 2011
Inbreeding Reason for Bedbug Spread, Study Says
It's that time of year when the bugs emerge to bug us. Some can pose real threats _ Lyme disease from tiny ticks, West Nile virus from mosquitoes, or life-threatening allergic reactions to bee stings. But most bug bites in this country are an itchy nuisance.
December 6, 2011
BC Women’s Hospital named new medical centre for Lyme, chronic fatigue and other complex diseases
The BC government pledged $2 million eight months ago for a new clinic where those with lyme disease and other complex, chronic diseases could go for help in managing their many symptoms. Today the clinic has a home but no opening date. That’s because experts and other stakeholders – including patients themselves – are still being consulted on how to deliver the services.
December 6, 2011
New tick-borne disease discovered in Gothenburg
esearchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a brand new tick-borne infection. Since the discovery, eight cases have been described around the world, three of them in the Gothenburg area.
December 6, 2011
Bancroft joins crusade against Lyme disease
Bancroft council has joined a growing list of municipalities that are petitioning the province to improve awareness, detection and treatment of Lyme disease in Ontario.
December 5, 2011
Girl with Lyme disease needs more intense treatment
Chelsey, 11, had been asked to write a letter to Santa in French for a class. The only thing she wanted for Christmas, she wrote, was to get better.
December 4, 2011
Lyme Disease sufferer wants to reach out to others with the illness
To look at Whitney Woodburn, you would never know that she's fought crippling illness for much of the last 12 years. And it all, she says, was from a tiny bug she never even saw.
December 3, 2011
The Irksome Ixodoidea
One of the best things about growing up in the country is being able to go outside anytime you want. One of the worst things is all the bugs you have to put up with especially ticks.
December 2, 2011
First aid after tick bites
They come out in the spring, and each year they spread further – the ticks. Thirty percent of them transmit borrelia pathogens, the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis that can damage joints and organs. The disease often goes undetected. In the future, a new type of gel is intended to prevent an infection – if applied after a tick bite.
December 2, 2011
After Lean Acorn Crop in Northeast, Even People May Feel the Effects
“We expect 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme disease risk ever...
December 1, 2011
Deer Hunters Encounter Increased Ticks This Season
Deer hunting season opened earlier this week, but some hunters said it's not the deer they're worried about -- it's the increased amount of ticks.
December 1, 2011
Researchers find quicker, more effective treatment for Lyme disease
Following a positive Lyme disease test, patients are generally prescribed a round of antibiotic treatment that may last for several weeks. However, a team of researchers recently reported that there may be a simpler way to treat the infection.
December 1, 2011
First aid after tick bites
They come out in the spring, and each year they spread further – the ticks. Thirty percent of them transmit borrelia pathogens, the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis that can damage joints and organs. The disease often goes undetected. In the future, a new type of gel is intended to prevent an infection – if applied after a tick bite.
December 1, 2011
Woodsmen, butchers say Maine moose and deer crawling with ticks
Moose and deer tick infestations this year are among the worst that woodsmen and big-game meat processors have seen.
December 1, 2011
If It's Not Freezing, We've Got Ticks
We know it's not June. We know it's not really the time when you're used to hearing about ticks. However, according to Deirdre Arvidson, a public health nurse for Barnstable County, “It is always the time to think about ticks.”
November 30, 2011
Lawmakers debate Lyme disease issues
Tick-borne illnesses impact hundreds of Tennesseeans each year, and after Lyme disease victims have said they're being ignored, lawmakers are stepping up to explore the issues and how to solve them.
November 30, 2011
Today: Tick Work, Counterfeit Military Gear, Kick The Bottled Water Habit
Although winter is fast approaching, disease-carrying deer ticks are still active and abundant in southern New England, where a University of Rhode Island researcher has been collecting adult deer ticks at a rate of more than 350 per hour while walking in the woods, along parkland paths, and even on local roadsides in recent weeks.
November 30, 2011
Pest Ticks Her Off During Walk
As late November temperatures soar to the 50s and 60s, Mother Nature gives us this gift, but she extracts her price: ticks. [ADMIN: "Post-Lyme disease syndrome is extremely rare." So says the CDC bullet-point. How insulting!]
November 30, 2011
Outdoor-lovers face tick onslaught
It's not just hunters who need to be wary of tick bites this season - incidents are steadily on the rise, and anybody is at risk of finding one of the tiny parasitic hitchhikers on their clothing or skin.
November 30, 2011
Eastern Shore hospice offers variety of services
tudies show that caregivers suffer from burnout and depression. Often, caregivers serve as the voice and decision maker for the patient. The caregiver's state of mind and physical capacity affects the care recipient, their health care choices, and the patient's health care team.
November 29, 2011
Hunters having to deal with pesky ticks during rifle season due to warm temperatures
Hunters have more to worry about this rifle season than bagging a big buck. In the unseasonably warm weather, ticks are everywhere.
November 28, 2011
Ticks are everywhere; blame warm weather, land-use changes
Change is good, they say. I agree, unless the change has eight legs and carries nasty diseases.
November 27, 2011
Pesky ticks are truly a hazard for the hunter
...A trip to Bradford County a couple weeks ago to hunt fall turkey turned up 10 ticks clinging to my pants when I exited the woods...
November 27, 2011
Lyme Disease - Cause, Symptoms and Treatment
A short time ago a close friend sent an email saying his daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease. He was very concerned about the effects on her, the treatments and the possible outcome. I wanted to learn more about the disease and thought this information might be useful to other Scouters- especially those who camp in the northeastern US.
November 26, 2011
Lyme disease scare: Hundreds of ticks now being tested
Following a substantial increase in the number of ticks submitted for testing this year, officials with the local health unit hope to draw a bulls-eye around the issue of Lyme disease in order to prevent a rash of new cases in 2012.
November 26, 2011
Letter: Lyme disease story helps shine light on serious problem
udos to Adam Young for getting it right in his article about the former Lubbock police detective’s fight to recover from previously undiagnosed Lyme disease.
November 26, 2011
Hunters beware: Ticks, Lyme disease on the rise
Unusually warm and wet weather means hunters may be bringing home more than deer trophies this season, which begins Monday. They could be bringing home deer ticks and possibly Lyme disease.
November 25, 2011
Lyme Disease. Super Sized.
The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society is running a powerful public awareness campaign to create greater understanding of the dangers of Lyme Disease, thanks to a special donation of advertising time on the CBS Jumbo Tron.
November 25, 2011
Awareness spreads on lyme disease
Awareness and action on lyme disease is starting to spread throughout York Region and the province.
November 25, 2011
PUBLIC HEALTH: Take the walk, not the ticks
“I’ll take precautions!” I told her. “I’ll wear permethrin-treated socks lifted over the bottom of my pants. My boots and jacket will also have permethrin sprayed onto them. When I get home, I’ll shake and comb my hair over the sink, I’ll put my jacket and scarf and hat in the dryer, and wash my permethrin-soaked pants and socks in a cold water wash. After a shower, I’ll check again for ticks.”
November 25, 2011
Hunters Beware: Deer Tick Population Growing in Minn., Wis.
An unwanted pest could be causing some problems for Wisconsin deer hunters this weekend. The deer tick population in Minnesota and Wisconsin is on the rise.
November 24, 2011
Deer Ticks On The Rise
An unwanted pest could cause some trouble for deer hunters in Wisconsin this weekend.
November 24, 2011
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC: A Long, Tangled Tale
[Admin: This is a LONG article, and it's about CFS. I feel it is of interest to the Lyme community because it further demonstrates the utter incompetence and dysfunction within the CDC. On that front, we're not alone.]
November 24, 2011
Clark off to busy start as Legislature returns to action
“I’m so pleased to be able to speak on behalf of those people suffering from this terrible disease...”
November 23, 2011
Expert urges people to be on guard against Lyme disease up until the winter
Just because winter is approaching does not mean that insects are completely inactive.
November 22, 2011
EDITORIAL: Humans take precedence over deer
In small lakefront communities along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the beauty of nature is a prime selling point. But residents' health must be a bigger concern than the welfare of wild animals.
November 20, 2011
Lyme Disease May Represent a Troubling Human Pandemic
...According to a non-publicized study conducted in 2003 by Diversified Medical Practices in Houston, Texas, you may very well need to throw everything that you think you know about Lyme disease out the window.
November 18, 2011
Wife's persistence aids in husband's Lyme disease diagnosis
A Lubbock Police Detective's wife watched her husband's health deteriorate, seeking dilligently for a diagnosis
November 18, 2011
When a health crisis strikes
The doctors' best guess is that I had a rare case of Lyme disease that resulted in a stroke, though they can't be sure. It's possible, no matter how unlikely, that the Lyme and the stroke were coincidental, and I'll never know
November 18, 2011
Lyme first aid: Azithromycin patch on bite could stop it cold
Application of the patch even up to 3 days after a bite eliminated B burgdorferi in this very promising animal trial
November 18, 2011
Ticks can infect you, even in winter
Despite falling temperatures, ticks and the diseases they carry remain a threat, the Dutchess County Department of Health says.
November 17, 2011
GUEST COMMENTARY: Town must face Lyme's disease head-on
Facing an outbreak of Lyme disease, the Ogden Dunes Town Council decided Nov. 7 to avail itself of a full menu of options to gain control of the situation -- including the right to have trained marksmen use firearms in a secluded park for the purpose of culling its large deer population.
November 17, 2011
Pesticide-laden pants protect against ticks
Can a pair of pants change your life? Could be, if they keep blood-hungry ticks from infecting you with Lyme disease.
November 16, 2011
Binghamton U. considers plan to shoot deer on campus
The growing deer population at Binghamton University is overwhelming the university's Nature Preserve, so administrators are considering a plan to hire sharpshooters to kill about 90 percent of them over the school's month-long winter break.
November 14, 2011
Ohio issues warning about ticks
A tick known to be infected with Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent in the state of Ohio, prompting officials to issue a warning to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to keep an eye out for it.
November 14, 2011
Lower Merion deer cull has begun
"...The township did see a drop in reported cases of Lyme disease, which can be transmitted by deer ticks. Reducing incidence of Lyme disease, in addition to reducing property damage by foraging deer, were other reasons the township wanted to thin the herd."
November 13, 2011
Why was she so sick? Their battle for answers
"On Dec. 5 she was OK; Dec. 6 she was at the hospital," said Lisa Ashdown, Tori's mother. "And we had no idea then that she was at the beginning of an awful road of continuing to get sick."
November 13, 2011
After more sightings of bug that spreads Lyme Disease, folks take precautions
Cases of Lyme disease have increased, perhaps because physicians and patients are paying more attention to the symptoms, but possibly due to an uptick in the insect that spreads the disease.
November 12, 2011
Warning: Lyme time in the GTA
What’s the size of a sesame seed, but can cause untold misery and enormous controversy?
November 12, 2011
Ticks and colder weather: We're not out of the wood
The days may be trending shorter and colder, but the clock's not ticking on Lyme disease.
November 12, 2011
State issues warning about tick species
A tick known to be infected with lyme disease is becoming more prevalent in the state of Ohio, prompting officials to issue a warning to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to keep an eye out for it.
November 11, 2011
Ticks still causing troubles thanks to warm temperatures
With warmer fall temperatures, people and their pets are taking full advantage of Maine's outdoors. But with those warmer temperatures also means an extended risk for ticks and the diseases that come with along with them.
November 11, 2011
Ticks carrying Lyme disease remain active
Hiking, hunting and raking leaves are autumn activities for thousands of Granite State residents but outdoors enthusiasts are urged to beware because bacteria-laden deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease remain on the prowl until temperatures dip well below 40 degrees.
November 11, 2011
A ticking Lyme Disease bomb
Approximately three years ago I spent a frustrating and intermittently physically debilitated five months before being successfully diagnosed and treated for borreliosis infection, also referred to as Lyme Disease (LD). I recently went through mitral valve repair surgery. The possibility exists that the severe prolapse developed during the infection (if indeed it has been eradicated).
November 11, 2011
Hurt All Over
[Admin: Although the ultimate diagnosis was Celiac Disease, this article is of interest because (1) it highlights the importance of following through with a diagnosis a second time, and (2) how closely Lyme Disease mimics other illnesses.]
November 11, 2011
Is it Possible the Government Created Lyme Disease?
Even though Lyme Disease first officially became a disease labeled as such in the 1970s, it actually came from a bacterium that existed long before that first outbreak in Connecticut in 1975.
November 10, 2011
Lyme Disease Gives Pat Kessler A Reality Check
“I thought I was going to die...”
November 10, 2011
[Admin: A great article about how Bb can actually have so many different strains - some making us much more sick than others.]
November 10, 2011
Ticks spread more than just Lyme's Disease!!
[Admin: This article is about infections in animals... but notes, importantly, that ticks do not carry just one disease.]
November 10, 2011
Lyme ticks in Grand Manan
Ticks carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease are now breeding on Grand Manan(Canada), according to public health officials.
November 7, 2011
Ticks Take a Bigger Bite Out of Vermont
It used to be that hunters and hikers needn't worry about ticks or lyme disease in this region, but state entomologist Jon Turmel says things are changing.
November 6, 2011
Veterinary clinics see surge in deer ticks this season
Veterinarians are seeing more deer ticks in Michiana this season than ever before, and already people are contracting Lyme disease.
November 2, 2011
Experts uncover new tick-transmitted disease
A recent discovering of a new type of ehrlichiosis, a disease transferred by ticks and spread through blood cells, has catapulted Czech experts to the front pages of world's leading scientific journals.
November 1, 2011
Fédrigo puts illness behind him
Pierrick Fédrigo is hoping for better luck in his second season at FDJ after illness ruined most of his 2011 campaign. The Frenchman was stricken by Lyme disease and forced to miss the Tour de France, but he returned to action with a series of solid performances at the end of the summer.
October 27, 2011
Local Woman Contracts Lyme Disease
“They looked at it, spotted it and said immediately, “Doxycycline, you have Lyme’s disease,’ Christine said about the doctor at the ER. “She didn’t need to see the tick, she didn’t need to do any testing, because the bull’s eye was the sure sign.”
October 27, 2011
Lyme disease support group forms for young adults
Young adults, 15 years and older, with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may find friends, conversation and encouragement at a new monthly support group.
October 27, 2011
I’m housebound, my life has shrunk: judge
Wants Lyme disease treated like West Nile by health system
October 25, 2011
Fall Boutique benefits today Lyme disease organization
Time for Lyme (TFL), an organization that raises money to fund and promote research for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, will host the third annual Fall Boutique and Appraisal Day on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 to 4:30 at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 East Putnam Ave.
October 25, 2011
Hygiene can help halt zoonotic diseases
Many of these diseases can affect our pets and therefore also our families. However, there are some simple steps that can be taken to minimize the risk for pets and people.
October 22, 2011
Alessandra Luchini: nanoparticle traps detect diseases before our bodies do
...Lyme disease has a window of two to three weeks before seroconversion [production of antibodies in the host blood, indicating infection]. With our tests, we're able to detect it before seroconversion, because we're not looking for the antibodies, we just look for the spirochaete...
October 21, 2011
Tiny Lyme tick provokes huge controversy
Lyme disease experts head for Toronto; Region sweeps our forests
October 21, 2011
Tick disease emerging in Minnesota & Wisconsin
Ehrliciosis is a bacterial infection that attacks the white bloods cells in the infected individual, compromising the immune system and making it harder for the body to fight off infection.
October 19, 2011
Tick Trouble: Learning the Hard Way
Adult ticks are still active in autumn, so check your dog after jumping in those piles of leaves!
September 27, 2011
Doctors Find Link Between Lyme Disease, Autism
Although the mystery of autism continues to puzzle the medical community, some doctors are finding a link between autism and Lyme disease, which is called “Lyme-Induced Autism.”


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