Lyme disease

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Natural Protection From Lyme May Be in Our Sweat
New Hope for Lyme Disease:
a Protein in Our Sweat

New Hope for Lyme Disease: a Protein in Our Sweat

Discovery could someday lead to a topical cream

(Newser) - A protein in human sweat might help people ward off tick-borne Lyme disease, a new study published in Nature Communications says. Live Science and NBC News break down the findings, which center around the discovery of a genetic variant of the protein that appears to make people more susceptible.
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We're Not Far From a Lyme Disease Vaccine

As cases rise, Pfizer and Moderna focus attention on fighting tick-borne bacteria

(Newser) - There hasn't been a human vaccine for Lyme disease on the market in the US for 20 years, but that could change in as little as two years. Pfizer and Valneva have begun late-stage clinical trials on their vaccine candidate, VLA15, and say it could be ready for approval...

A Tick in Delaware Doesn't Bode Well for Hikers

Tiny parasite showed up in February, weeks earlier than normal

(Newser) - In Delaware, ticks don't usually show up until early March. This year, however, Backpacker reports that state environmental scientist Wil Winter discovered a lone star tick on February 11, three weeks earlier than usual. Lone stars don't usually carry Lyme disease , one of the most commonly-known tick-borne...

Shania's Reference to 'Air' in New Song Is Revealing

Singer, 57, says in Netflix documentary it's about her life-threatening bout with COVID

(Newser) - A new Shania Twain documentary, Not Just a Girl, debuted over the summer on Netflix , and one portion is now gaining traction. The film tracks the 57-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter as she puts together her sixth album, and the BBC describes one of the songs on it—"What...

Researchers Say a Shot Might Prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme PrEP is currently in clinical trials

(Newser) - Lyme disease is becoming more and more common. Once a rare affliction found in just a few parts of the US, mainly in the Northeast and Great Lakes, it has now turned up in all 50 states. The ticks that carry it have spread farther south and west. Scientists have...

Ticks Have Invaded an Unlikely Place

Those that carry Lyme disease are just as likely to be found at the beach as in the woods

(Newser) - Love the outdoors but hate ticks? Well, a new study has unfortunate news for you: Even the beach is not safe, at least in the northwestern part of California where it was carried out. Researchers found that adult black-legged ticks carrying Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, were just as...

Amy Schumer: Can I Have Wine With My Lyme?
Amy Schumer:
I Have Lyme

Amy Schumer: I Have Lyme Disease

Comedian makes her reveal on Instagram

(Newser) - Can you drink wine if you have Lyme disease? Amy Schumer wants to know. That's because the 39-year-old actress and comedian says she recently found out she has the tick-borne illness, and it may not be from a recent tick bite. Schumer made the announcement in a Tuesday Instagram...

One State Is Easily the Worst for Lyme Disease

Sorry, Mainers

(Newser) - COVID-19 may be stealing all the headlines, but this is also prime season for Lyme disease. The tick-borne illness has been reported in every state, though it's far more prevalent in some places than others, notes 24/7 Wall Street in a new ranking. Maine earns the unwanted distinction of...

Justin Bieber Discloses Health Problems

Singer says he's been fighting Lyme Disease, chronic mono

(Newser) - Saying "it's been a rough couple years," Justin Bieber announced Wednesday that he has Lyme disease. The singer disclosed his health problems on Instagram , CNN reports, answering those who had said recently that he doesn't look well and might be using meth. In addition to fighting...

House Backs Probe of Whether Military Used Ticks to Spread Lyme Disease

Lawmaker hopes to push efforts for a cure

(Newser) - A measure in Congress calls for an investigation into whether the military tried to put pathogens into ticks so they could be used as biological weapons. Rep. Chris Smith hopes a probe could answer whether the chronic illness was spread in this country by a weapons program and possibly lead...

This Is Not the Usual Lyme Disease Tale
This Is Not the Usual 
Lyme Disease Tale

This Is Not the Usual Lyme Disease Tale

What many don't realize: In most cases, the ailment is easily treatable

(Newser) - Horror stories about Lyme disease abound, as Apoorva Mandavilli discovered when she started telling people that her 9-year-old son had been diagnosed. Everybody seems to know someone, or knows somebody who knows someone, who is suffering awful symptoms that never seem to go away. But as Mandavilli writes in a...

Researchers Find Another Disease Carried by Ticks

In the US, there are at least 16

(Newser) - Researchers have identified a new disease carried by a tick in Inner Mongolia. In the US alone, at least 16 diseases have been identified that ticks can pass on to humans, NPR reports. The discovery, disclosed in a study in the New England Journal of Medicine , means that we don'...

Spray Your Clothes With This Chemical to Keep Ticks Away

The CDC says an insecticide called permethrin causes ticks to fall from clothing

(Newser) - In an especially nasty year for ticks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement about a possible method for preventing the spread of diseases carried by their bites, Live Science reports. By spraying clothing with an insecticide called permethrin, experts believe you can cause the...

A Mom's Natural Tick Spray Shows Promise in Tests
A Mom's Natural Tick Spray
Shows Promise in Tests
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A Mom's Natural Tick Spray Shows Promise in Tests

Lisa Ali's AtlanTick spray wards off most ticks in studies at Canadian university

(Newser) - The story begins in all-too-familiar fashion: A mom discovers that her two young sons were bitten by ticks and developed Lyme disease as a result. Then comes the not-so-typical twist: The same mom develops an all-natural tick spray that is showing promise in tests at a Canadian university. As the...

Tick, Mosquito Infections Have More Than Tripled

Bloodsucker season is getting longer, CDC warns

(Newser) - The number of Americans catching diseases from tiny bloodsucking creatures is going up at an alarming rate, federal authorities warn. According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported illnesses caused by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas more than tripled between 2004 and...

Lethal Tick Bite Claims Woman in Missouri

Tamela Wilson is fifth known person to have contracted the Bourbon virus

(Newser) - Tamela Wilson was no stranger to tick bites. The 58-year-old assistant superintendent at Meramec State Park in Missouri had worked at a state park for more than a decade and would pick the bugs off her skin routinely, reports CBS News . But in late May, just four days after she...

Alec Baldwin: I Thought Lyme Disease Was Going to Kill Me

Actor talks about his struggle at California benefit

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin had a busy weekend: Fresh off his latest turn as President Trump on Saturday Night Live, the actor was in California on Sunday at a Lyme disease benefit and talking about his own struggle with Lyme. After first getting bitten 17 years ago, he was bitten again a...

Deadly Tick Disease Makes Lyme Look Like Child's Play
Deadly Tick Disease Has
Experts Issuing Dire Warnings

Deadly Tick Disease Has Experts Issuing Dire Warnings

Expert says we should be 'very scared' about Powassan virus

(Newser) - There's an emerging tick-borne disease spreading across the US, and it has infectious disease experts sounding the alarm. The so-called Powassan virus, which the CDC reports is related to West Nile, is still very rare, with only about 75 cases reported in the past decade. But it is far...

Lyme Disease Ticks Spread to Half of All US Counties

Which is why cases have tripled since 1990s

(Newser) - Nearly half of all counties in the US are now home to ticks that carry Lyme disease, including areas where they'd never before been documented, researchers at the CDC report in the Journal of Medical Entomology . That's up from 30% of counties in 1998, with the Guardian reporting...

Bad News: Lyme Disease Is Spreading

It's no longer just the Northeast's problem

(Newser) - Lyme disease may be coming to a state near you. The debilitating and potentially deadly illness is spreading from the Northeast, with four times as many high-risk counties (182) than in 1993, NBC News reports. The center of infection has shifted from northern New Jersey to east-central Pennsylvania, and 15...

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