Monday, August 25, 2014

Roundup of the latest Lyme news:


High-throughout Screening of Tick-borne Pathogens in Europe  (Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology)

Decorin Binding Proteins A and B in the Serodiagnosis of Lyme Disease in North America 
(American Society for Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

The Use of Ivermectin to Kill Ixodes scapularis Ticks Feeding on Humans  (Wilderness & Environmental Medicine)

Detection of Bacterial Agents in Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) From Georgia, USA, and the Use of a Multiplex Assay to Differentiate Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii  (Journal of Medical Entomology)

Collection and Characterization of Samples for the Establishment of a Serum Repository for Lyme Disease Diagnostic Test Development and Evaluation (American Society for Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology)
Tick Surveillance for Relapsing Fever Spirochete Borrelia miyamotoi in Hokkaido, Japan  (PLOS ONE)

Seasonal Activity Patterns of the Western Black-legged Tick, Ixodes pacificus, in Relation to Onset of Human Lyme Disase in Northwestern California  (Science Direct)

Hypersomia (heightened sense of smell) in Lyme Disease (SciElo Brasil)
Tick-borne Pathogen - Reversed and Conventional Discovery of Disease (Frontiers in Public Health)

Serosurvey for Selected Pathogens in Free-Ranging American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) in Maryland, USA  (WDA Journal of Wildlife Diseases)

Evidence Assessments and Guideline Recommendations in Lyme disease: The Clinical Management of Known Tick Bites, Erythema migrans Rashes and Persistent Disease  (Informa Healthcare)


Three Letters to the Editor re Lyme Disease (New England Journal of Medicine)  (the article referred to:
Lyme Disease Drug:  Schumer Urges FDA to Act on Price Hikes (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Are Staunch Supporters of the IDSA Admitting They Might Have Been Wrong All Along?  (LymeMD Blog) and the journal article referred to: Identification of Novel Activity Against Borrelia burgdorferi Persisters Using an FDA Approved Drug Library  (Nature: Emerging Microbes & Infections)

FDA to Regulate Lyme, Other Diagnostic Tests  (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

Disease-borne Tick Population Studied in Eau Claire County (Wisconsin); Preliminary Results Troubling  (Leader-Telegram)

Lyme Disease Fundraiser Hosted in Langford September 9 (Goldstream News Gazette)

Dr Cleaveland:  Tick-borne Lyme Disease is Not Rare (

Early Antibiotics Change Gut Microbes, Fuel Obesity (National Geographic)
For New Research Directions, Look to the Kids  (
"The pain doesn't stop":  Belle River Woman Battles Lyme Disease Controversy  (Windsor Star)

New Brighton Woman Egged on Husband as He Shot Neighbor, Survivor Testifies (

Mold and Mycotoxins: Often Overlooked Factors in Chronic Lyme Disease  (Better Health Guy)

3Qs:  A New Path to Curing Chronic Lyme Disease (News @ Northeastern)

Doctors See Surge of Sudden Meat Allergies Caused by Ticks that are Spreading in the US  (The Province)

VIDEO - Beyond the Headlines:  Lyme Disease  (ABC News San Francisco)

Hartford State Capitol to Host First of its Kind Scientific Lyme Disease Symposium  (Digital Journal)

Oh Deer:  Are We Monitoring the Wrong Mammals?  (Global News)

Sticker Shock:  How Big Pharma Gouges the American Public (Bill Moyers)
Lyme Disease Antibiotic Cost Soars - for Pets and People (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Dogs, Horses Show High Rates of Lyme Disease - Anaplasmosis Cases Rise Rapidly  (Click on CHAPTERS) (Poughkeepsie Journal)

AUDIO - Informing Family Caregivers about Vector-Borne Illnesses such as Lyme disease (Jim Wilson interviewed by Dr Gordon Atherley)  (Voice of America)

Cases of Poorly Understood Lyme Disease Continue to Grow in Alberta (Calgary Sun)

There's a Way to Reduce Tick-borne Illnesses (Suffolk Times)

And some CARTOONS because we need to laugh:  (Click on the first cartoon thumbnail and then click on the right arrow to see more)


You are Not Alone: Helping Families in the Comox Valley, BC

Resources in Victoria One of our members put together a helpful list. Contact for a copy.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre

2014 ILADS Guidelines for Lyme (ILADS)  Contact for a copy.


Saturday, September 6:  Lyme Awareness booth at the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday, September 9:  Fundraiser for Sarah C. (with Elizabeth May) at Evedar's Bistro in Langford, 5 to 8 p.m. $50, includes dinner and live music.  Reservations are required. Call 250-391-8636 or email Fran at

Saturday, September 13:  Parksville Lyme Support Group Meeting, at the Parksville Pharmasave at 1:30 p.m. 

Sunday, September 14:  Informal Meeting, 'Turmeric' restaurant at 777 Goldstream Ave, Langford, 1 to 3 p.m. (ok to order a drink or a meal)

Sunday, September 28:  Victoria Lyme Support Group Meeting, 1454 Hillside Avenue, from 1 to 4 p.m.

October 10-12:  ILADS 15th Annual Scientific Conference: Neurological Spectrum (Washington DC)