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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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What If You Became Ill and Treatment was Available But Your Health Insurance Denied Coverage of that Treatment?

Imagine this: you become very ill, debilitating so. For a long time, no one knows what is wrong with you. Your doctor finally discovers it is Lyme disease, and it has progressed into chronic Lyme. Your life has been interrupted … 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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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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Babesiosis in Central Massachusetts: A Danger to Dogs & Humans

Much of the discussion about tick-borne diseases in Central Massachusetts is centered around Lyme Disease. While Lyme is certainly a worthy subject, we would be remiss to not share with you important information about other dangerous tick-borne diseases which could … Continue reading

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Central Massachusetts Winters are NOT a Tick-Free Season

While we’ve recently enjoyed a few unseasonably warm days in Central Mass, I find myself thinking about the misconception that the ticks “are out”. The reality about ticks, specifically black-legged or deer ticks is that they don’t require the warmest … Continue reading

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Why are ticks in Central Mass so plentiful in the fall?

As the days shorten and the weather begins to cool you may start to see more ticks. While it seems fall may bring more ticks, you might be surprised to find out that there are not really MORE ticks. The … Continue reading

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Ticks in Massachusetts will do anything but jump to get their next blood meal

Deer ticks are fascinatingly smart about how they find their next food source. They don’t crawl into your Central Mass home, sneak into your bed and wait for you at night. They don’t climb above your swing set and jump … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease declared an epidemic by Massachusetts state health officials

Lyme Disease in Massachusetts has reached epic proportions. So much so that the state has declared it an epidemic. Sounds scary right? Well, it is, and it isn’t. In Massachusetts we’ve had the frequency of human cases go up over … Continue reading

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Preventing tick-borne disease saves lives and saves money

Often, when we think about the cost of Lyme Disease, we think about the cost of antibiotic treatments and the cost of doctor visits to get tested. We also know that the severe cases incur the cost of hospitalization. While … Continue reading

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