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Vector Borne Diseases (such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Bartonella, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.), are steadily increasing! Educate yourself!
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Frontiers | Robust B Cell Responses Predict Rapid Resolution of Lyme Disease | Immunology

Frontiers | Robust B Cell Responses Predict Rapid Resolution of Lyme Disease | Immunology | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi infection) is increasingly recognized as a significant source of morbidity world-wide. Here, we show that blood plasmablasts and CD27- memory B cells are elevated in untreated Lyme disease, with higher plasmablast levels associated with more rapid resolution of clinical symptoms. Stronger serum reactivity to surface proteins and peptides from B. burgdorferi was also associated with faster resolution of clinical symptoms. Through molecular identifier-enabled antibody heavy chain sequencing of bulk B cells and single-cell paired-chain antibody sequencing of blood plasmablasts, we characterized immunoglobulin gene usage patterns specific to B. burgdorferi infection. Recombinantly expressed antibodies from expanded lineages bound B. burgdorferi antigens, confirming that these clones are driven by the infection. Further, recombinant sequence-derived antibodies were functional, inhibiting growth of B. burgdorferi in vitro. Elevations and clonal expansion of blood plasmablasts were associated with rapid return to health, while poor plasmablast responses were associated with a longer duration of symptoms following treatment. Plasmablasts induced by B. burgdorferi infection showed preferential antibody gene segment usage, while bulk sequencing of total B cells revealed convergent CDR3 motifs specific to B. burgdorferi-infected patients. Our results show that robust plasmablast responses encoding Bb-static antibodies are associated with more rapi
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Video: UCF researchers find ways to battle Lyme disease

Video: UCF researchers find ways to battle Lyme disease | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Lyme disease cases have tripled in the United States in recent years. In this video, reporter Jorge Estevez shares about how researchers at UCF are studying ticks to find ways to stop Lyme disease. 
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FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions

FDA is requiring safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolones to strengthen the warnings about the risks of mental health side effects and serious blood sugar disturbances.
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Lone Star Tick Growing in Numbers in Connecticut

Lone Star Tick Growing in Numbers in Connecticut | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
It’s already a bad summer for ticks and state officials have more bad news – the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station report that a heav
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Delaware officials offer warnings of tick-borne illness

Delaware officials offer warnings of tick-borne illness | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
DOVER — Although ticks are active year-round, their life cycle and residents’ drive to enjoy the outdoors with ideal weather make spring and summer the peak season for the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the state. “With the tick’s life cycle, the nymphs usually hatch out in the early spring, but …
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BRIEF: People Mailed 16,000 Ticks to Track Lyme Disease and Other Illnesses

BRIEF: People Mailed 16,000 Ticks to Track Lyme Disease and Other Illnesses | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
(Inside Science) -- Few scientists anticipate receiving bloodsucking arthropods by post. But for a research group interested in learning more about human-tick encounters, expectations ran high. They hoped to receive 2,400 ticks in the mail. But people from around the United States sent 16,080. The insect deliveries were part of an initiative that asked citizen scientists to mail ticks removed from humans, dogs, cats, livestock and even wildlife.
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The Incidence of a Bull's Eye Rash in Children with Lyme and How It Affects Treatment Outcomes

The Incidence of a Bull's Eye Rash in Children with Lyme and How It Affects Treatment Outcomes | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
This study analyzes the incidence of bull's eye rashes in children with Lyme and how this affects treatment outcomes.
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As Lyme goes global, a new book sees it as 'first epidemic of climate change'

As Lyme goes global, a new book sees it as 'first epidemic of climate change' | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Ticks can, and sometimes do, deliver two, three, or four diseases in one bite. So resourceful are infected ticks that two feeding side by side on the same animal may pass pathogens one to the other and never infect the host. So clever is the Lyme pathogen that infected ticks are more efficient at finding prey than uninfected ticks.
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State Has First Fatality From Rare Disease Spread By Common Tick

State Has First Fatality From Rare Disease Spread By Common Tick | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
A Wisconsin woman has died from a disease rarely seen in Wisconsin which is carried by a common pest: the American dog tick, also known as a wood tick.
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Central Oregon a hot spot for Colorado tick fever; Viral disease is unpleasant, but not fatal

Central Oregon a hot spot for Colorado tick fever; Viral disease is unpleasant, but not fatal | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
In just over a month, Central Oregon has seen at least four confirmed cases and one suspected case of Colorado tick fever, a sometimes painful but rarely fatal tick-borne virus usually diagnosed in only one or two Oregonians per year.According to the Oregon Health Authority, eight of the 11 confirmed cases of the condition statewide since 2011 have been Deschutes County residents.“I think that’s pretty good evidence that Deschutes County is kind of a hot
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Public Health – Ticks and Lyme Disease

Public Health – Ticks and Lyme Disease | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
The CDC recently reported that Wisconsin is the fourth-worst state in the U.S. for Lyme disease. Learn more about ticks and tickborne infections on today’s segment. Host Patty Peltekos talks with investigative reporter and author Mary Beth Pfeiffer about her new book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change. They discuss the rising tick population …
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New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire

New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
As a French company moves ahead with trials on a new medicine, advocacy groups raise concerns
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Donegal farmer highlights fallout from Lyme disease

Donegal farmer highlights fallout from Lyme disease | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
A Donegal farmer who suffered serious ill-health after contracting Lyme disease is urging others to be aware of its dangers. .
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This Self-Cloning Tick is Terrorizing More States | Mental Floss

This Self-Cloning Tick is Terrorizing More States | Mental Floss | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.
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The changing landscape of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases | Penn Today

The changing landscape of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases | Penn Today | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Zika, chikungunya, and dengue are among the vector-borne infections making headlines. Penn researchers shed light on what’s behind the spread and how to stay safe.
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Lyme disease: 'I became a shadow, housebound, a virtual recluse'

Lyme disease: 'I became a shadow, housebound, a virtual recluse' | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
“I thought about ending it all. I was worn out. Beat down. Broke. Defeated.”
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Lyme disease: Upstate doctor will answer your questions on Facebook

Lyme disease: Upstate doctor will answer your questions on Facebook | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Lyme disease cases are growing in Upstate New York.
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Ways to Avoid or Kill Deer Ticks

Controlling ticks that can cause diseases can be a matter of changes in behavior, changes in landscape practice, or application of chemicals.
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Tick-borne encephalitis cases increase in Switzerland

Tick-borne encephalitis cases increase in Switzerland | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
A significant increase in cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) has been reported by the Swiss health authorities this year.
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VIDEO: Updates in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme and Tick-Borne Disorders - Lecture

VIDEO: Updates in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme and Tick-Borne Disorders - Lecture | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
In this lecture given at the Southern Tier Lyme Support Lyme conference, Lyme-literate doctor Richard Horowitz, MD, shares the latest updates to his treatment protocol for Lyme disease and tick-borne disorders.
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Watch: A step-by-step guide to removing a tick safely

Watch: A step-by-step guide to removing a tick safely | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
Watch this video to learn how to safely remove a tick.
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ODU gets federal grant to study tick diseases and behaviors

ODU gets federal grant to study tick diseases and behaviors | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
NORFOLK — Climate change appears to be changing more than simply our climate: sea level rise, extreme weather events, and even tick populations are a few possible examples. Studying ticks and the…
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Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US: Predators, acorns, & fragmentation regulate numbers of infected ticks

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US: Predators, acorns, & fragmentation regulate numbers of infected ticks | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape.
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Maddiston man on his battle with Lyme disease: ‘It has eroded away my life’ - Falkirk Herald

Maddiston man on his battle with Lyme disease: ‘It has eroded away my life’ - Falkirk Herald | Lyme Disease & Other Vector Borne Diseases | Scoop.it
He has constant headaches and suffered dizziness for over a decade, and only now is Nic Broderick (48) getting to the bottom of the cause after being tested for Lyme disease.
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