Category Archives: Lyme Disease Central Mass

Lyme Disease is Ancient History Only Recently Spreading Rapidly with Help from Humans

Massachusetts residents are typically somewhat familiar with the recent history of Lyme disease. Named for its 1976 discovery in Lyme, Connecticut, the disease has rapidly spread across New England and the Midwest ever since. But, what if I told you … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Why are These Conditions so Difficult to Distinguish?

Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia can be tricky to differentiate. With some shared symptoms, difficult diagnostics, and the unfortunately shared trait of having a large population of doubters, people suffering from one or more of these conditions can … Continue reading

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New Findings For Lyme Disease Symptoms, Treatment and Long-term Effects Give Validation to Long Time Sufferers

A visiting physician to Martha’s Vineyard shared her findings of Lyme Disease, diagnosis, treatment and its effect to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians and members of the public. As research is conducted and results are studied, the doctor’s doing the work … Continue reading

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M.I.T. Biologist is Taking a New Approach in the Battle Against Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria is most often spread to humans by deer ticks, but the deer ticks first have to become infected. Typically the deer ticks pick up Borrelia burgdorferi from White-footed … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Did you Know Diagnosing Lyme Disease is a Complicated and Difficult Task?

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, a great opportunity to look a little deeper at the Central Massachusetts Lyme disease problem. Chronic Lyme disease is too often the progression of Lyme disease. Due to late diagnosis and treatment, patients can … Continue reading

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Ancient Bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi Continues to Multiply: Spreading Lyme Disease at A Rapid Pace

It is commonly thought that Lyme disease originated in Lyme, Connecticut as it was first recognized there in the early 1970’s. But actually, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) was found in a 5,300-year-old mummified person in the … Continue reading

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A New Lyme Bacteria Spread by Deer Ticks Found in the Upper Midwest

With millions of types of bacteria in the world, it is not a surprise to hear about a new Lyme-like pathogen being discovered in the upper Midwestern United States. Last year we reported on the discovery of Borrelia miyamotoi in … Continue reading

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If you live in Central Massachusetts, you should be aware of the tick-borne disease B. Miyamotoi

By now almost everyone has heard of Lyme Disease. With increased public knowledge of how you contract it, how to prevent it and what the symptoms of Lyme Disease are, we can lower everyone’s risk for getting it. While you … Continue reading

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They may be ugly, but opossums could be saving your life!

The opossum, often simply called possum, may look like a giant rat and may sometimes act like one, but it is a phenomenally special creature that is of great benefit to human kind. Does that sound a bit far-fetched? It … Continue reading

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Central Mass Ticks. What do deer have to do with it?

When Massachusetts residents talk about the perils of tick-borne Lyme Disease, they often focus on deer being part of the problem. It’s true that ticks will gladly hitch a ride on the first deer they bump up against to get … Continue reading

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