Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Recent Lyme News, Research, Politics, Stories, and Resources

Here's the roundup of the latest news:

A Newly Established Real-Time PCR for Detection of Borrelia miyamotoi in Ixodes ricinus Ticks  (MIchael Reiter, Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases)

Accelerated Phenology of Blacklegged Ticks Under Climate Warming (Richard S Ostfeld, Royal SocietyPublishing)

Acute Lyme Neuroborreliosis with Transient Hemiparesis and Aphasia 
(Arseny A Sokolov, MD, et al, Annals of Emergency Medicine)

Bilateral Vocal Chord Paralysis Requiring Tracheostomy due to Neuroborreliosis  
(Chest Journal)

Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato Spirochetes in Wild Birds in Northwestern California:  Associations with Ecological Factors, Bird Behavior and Tick Infestation  (Erica A Newman et al, PLOS One)
and a news article about this study: Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Discovered on California Birds  (Environmental News Service)
Borrelia miyamotoi Infection in Nature and in Humans  (Peter J Krause, Clinical Microbiology and Infection)

Culture and Identification of Borrelia Spirochetes in Human Vaginal and Seminal Secretions (Revised) 
(Marianne J Middelveen, et al, F1000 Research)

Demographic Characteristics and Infectious Diseases of a Population of American Black Bears in Humboldt County, California  
Digital PCR for the Detection of Babesia microti and Babesia duncani  (

Distinct Plasma Immune Signatures in ME/CFS are Present Early in the Course of Illness 
(Mady Hornig, et al, Science Advances)
and a news article about this study:  Scientists Discover Robust Evidence that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a Biological Illness (Medical Xpress)

First Record of Ambylomma rotundatum (Acari: Ixodidae) Parasitizing a Bird Collected in Canada    
(John D Scott et al, Systematic and Applied Acarology Society)

Lyme Borreliosis:  A Review of Data on Transmission Time after Tick Attachment  (Michael J Cook, International Journal of General Medicine)

Multilocus Spacer Analysis Revealed Highly Homogeneous Genetic Background of Asian Type of Borrelia miyamotoi
 (Infection, Genetics and Evolution)

Novel Thogotovirus Species Associated with Febrile Illness and Death, United States, 2014 ('Bourbon Virus') (Olga I Kosoy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Lyme Disease Pathogen Has No Effect on Its Rodent Reservoir Host  
(Maarten J Voordouw, et al, PLOS One)

Repeat or Persistent Lyme Disease:  Persistence, Recrudescence, or Reinfection with Borrelia burgdorferi?  (Dr Eugene Shapiro, F1000 Prime)

(Senator) Serino to be New Chair of Tick Task Force  (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Federal Movement on Lyme Disease  
(Spruce Grove Examiner)


Doctors Infected with Tick-Borne Virus
  (Korea Times)

Dr Tiffany Griffiths, Part 1 - The Personal Side of Lyme 
(The Brighter Side Blog)

Equine Lyme Disease Doesn't (Officially) Exist in Australia - Here's How it Affected One NSW Horse 

Four Poster Tick Management Program May Come to East Hampton Town  (The East Hampton Press)

Headaches, Chills, Fever....and then the ER  (Dr Lucy Hornstein, Philadelphia inquirer)

If Naturopathic Medicine had the Rate of Adverse Reactions Found in Mainstream Care, We'd be in Jail  
(Dr Ingrid Pincott, ND, North Island Midweek, page four))
and the National Post article referred to:  Inside Canada's Secret World of Medical Errors: "There is a Lot of Lying, There's a Lot of Cover-Up"  (Tom Blackwell, National Post)

Insect Bite in Park Left Me in Agony for SIX Years (Daily Mail Online, UK)

Lyme Disease Challenge (donations to ILADS)

Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut (Charles Schmidt, Scientific American)

Officials Declare "Eating Healthy" a Mental Disorder  (Global Research)  (I didn't make this up)

Roanoke College Basketball Player Fought Lyme Disease  

Sick and Tired:  Institute of Medicine Proposes New Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  (CBC)

Southern Cross Boy Writes to PM Begging for Lyme Disease to be Recognized in Australia  
(ABC News, AUS)

Told He was Dying of ALS, California Man Turns it Around with Lyme Treatment  (


AUDIO:  The  Healing Power of  Plants and Herbs:  A Discussion with Stephen Buhner  (Feb 20, 2015, Voice of America)

Canada Revenue Agency
1)  Disability Tax Credits
4)  Child Disability Benefits

DRYPro PICC Protector 
(IV Comfy Covers)

Introduction to the Byron White Formulas and their Use in Lyme Disease   (Dr Wayne Anderson, Foundation for Alternative and  Integrative Medicine)

List of Disabilities Eligible for Disability Tax Credit

Lyme Disease Misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis 
(Lyme Info)

Methylation Problems Lead to 100's of Diseases  
(Suzy Cohen, RPh)

New Support Group for Parents of Kids with Lyme  (LymeParents Yahoo)

WEBINAR:  Conversations with Marty Ross, MD
February 25, 2015

March 8:  Informal Meeting, Victoria Lyme Support Group, 1-3 pm CANCELLED
Victoria Public Market (on the main floor of the old Bay store on Douglas near Fisgard)  Join us for coffee and conversation!

March 22:  Victoria Lyme Support Group Meeting 
near Hillside Mall, 1-4 pm email for location

April 10-11:  ILADS  "Tick-borne and other Chronic Infections, Research and Practice"  Drexel University, Philadelphia PA

May 2015:  Lyme Ribbons 2015

May 8-9:  International Lyme Disease Conference (ILADS) in Augsberg, Germany.
October 15:  ILADS Fundamentals Course, Fort Lauderdale
October 16-18:  ILADS Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale

October 17-18:  Neurovascular Connections - Vancouver 2015