Tag Archives: Lyme Disease Central MA

Misdiagnosed As Alzheimer’s: Kris Kristofferson Suffers from Lyme Disease

We still have a long way to go in testing, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and especially Chronic Lyme disease. A recently published Rolling Stones article about Kris Kristofferson reminds us of just that. The iconic songwriter, performer, and actor … 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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Deer Tick Genome Map: The Beginning of New Defenses Against Ticks & Tick-borne Diseases

For ten years entomologist, Catherine Hill at Purdue University and a team of 93 scientists from 46 institutions around the world have been studying ticks in effort to combat the dangerous tick-borne diseases that afflict thousands of people and animals … 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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