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National Health News New Lyme-disease-causing Bacteria Species Discovered

New Lyme-disease-causing Bacteria Species Discovered

enters for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America. Scientists […]

2/9/16 at 11:31 am     840      ,     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Local Health News Discounted Tick Testing Now Available

Discounted Tick Testing Now Available

Cod Cooperative Extension received a grant from Cape Cod Healthcare under their Community Benefits program for 2016.  The grant will subsidize tick testing by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.  Cape Cod residents will pay $15/test that normally costs $50.  The test results are intended to help doctors better diagnose tick-borne diseases like Lyme, […]

2/4/16 at 10:37 am     2393      , , , ,     Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
National Health News Backyard chickens harbor greater diversity of ticks, mites, and lice than farm-raised chickens

Backyard chickens harbor greater diversity of ticks, mites, and lice than farm-raised chickens

ard chickens may live a sweeter life than chickens on commercial poultry farms, but roaming green grass and scratching real dirt exposes these birds to a different suite of parasites than those found in most commercial facilities. A paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology by University of California, Riverside scientists […]

1/14/16 at 9:38 am     776      , , ,     Medical Xpress
National Health News Lyme Disease Research Now Has Home at Johns Hopkins

Lyme Disease Research Now Has Home at Johns Hopkins

large step for research on Lyme, the tick-borne disease that costs the U.S. economy up to $1.3 billion per year in treatment costs alone, the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center recently opened in Baltimore, as Johns Hopkins states here. The center is the first home base for Lyme research at a […]

6/25/15 at 1:11 pm     1058      , ,     Nature World News
National Health News Scientists to breed ticks to study how to slow spread of diseases

Scientists to breed ticks to study how to slow spread of diseases

st people, ticks are loathsome, disease-riddled little bloodsuckers. Best avoided. To Roman Ganta, they’re a scientific subject worthy of a life’s work. He’s setting up a breeding facility in Manhattan, Kan., just for ticks. Soon he’ll be rearing thousands of the tiny arachnids, trying to learn more about how they harbor and spread sickness […]

6/15/15 at 5:10 pm     921      , ,     Medical Xpress
National Health News As mosquito-borne illnesses threaten U.S., less money spent fighting them

As mosquito-borne illnesses threaten U.S., less money spent fighting them

ses spread by mosquitoes pose a growing threat to the health of Americans, with the risk at its greatest during these hot summer months. But you wouldn’t know that from the amount of money being spent to track West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya and other illnesses spread by pests like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, a […]

6/12/15 at 5:03 pm     721      , , ,     Medical Xpress
Local Health News This new Cape tick is Texas tough

This new Cape tick is Texas tough

e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it “We have a new tick in town and it’s a game changer,” reported county entomologist Larry Dapsis to the Barnstable County Assembly last week. The lone star tick has established a “beachhead” at Sandy Neck Beach Park, Dapsis said, […]

6/2/15 at 9:29 am     781      ,     Barnstable Patriot
National Health News Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers have found that the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease forms dor­mant per­sister cells, which are known to evade antibi­otics. This sig­nif­i­cant finding, they said, could help explain why it’s so dif­fi­cult to treat the infec­tion in some patients. “It hasn’t been entirely clear why it’s dif­fi­cult to treat the pathogen with antibi­otics […]

6/1/15 at 1:52 pm     765      ,     ScienceDaily