Robot Invented to Kill Ticks!

tick robot

Engineers at the Virginia Military Institute have developed a robot that is able to lure in and kill ticks! The least successful trial wiped out 75% of ticks on a wildlife preserve trail, while more successful trials were able to wipe out ticks altogether. This is an exciting new way for pest control without spraying harsh and dangerous chemicals. The next they hope to achieve is to market the machine and sell it to companies for commercial use. Read how the machine actually works in the full article here!


New Nanotechnology to Detect Lyme Disease!

Researchers from the George Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) have been able to create a new technology that will be able to have earlier detection of Lyme Disease. This new technology is called a Nanotrap and will be able to reduce the number of false negatives in patients and lead to earlier treatment.

Rearchers along with their business partner Ceres Nanoscience have met up with Local Legislators to discuss the progress of these tests. Legislators and staff from both the Virginia House of Delegates and the U.S. House of Representatives have been pushing bills to bring awareness to patients about the weaknesses of current Lyme Disease testing. They have also pushed for more research and funding for Lyme Disease and have held forums to discuss this debilitating disease.

Clinical trials have begun for the Nanotrap Lyme Test and they are pushing to have this test commercially available by spring 2014.

The full article can be found here!

Is chronic illness in patients with Lyme disease caused by persistent infection?

tick mechanismDecades of research has been able to reveal mechanisms and proposed mechanisms of how the bacteria Borrelia is able to evade human immune defenses and aggressive antibiotic regimens. This research has been used to further look into the question of whether chronic illness in patients with Lyme Disease is due to persistent infection. No definitive evidence has been found, but research continues to grow and provide light on how Borrelia behaves in the human body.

This article has reviewed the research from previous decades and the evidence that points towards Borrelia‘s ability for immune evasion and persistent infection.

Rising Lyme Disease Rates in Northern US!


New studies have found that Lyme Disease rates in the U.S. are changing, as the rise in rates are occurring more often in Northern States. These states include Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The study has also found that dropping rates were found more in Southeast such as in Alabama and Georgia, but also in California, Oregon, and Wyoming.

Researchers are attributing these changing rates to the changing climate. It is believed that with warmer temperatures increasing North, it allows the ticks to migrate Northward to areas previously thought to be too cold. Along with warmer climate comes the migration of more lizards north into the southern states. The lizards are known to be “dead-end hosts” of the disease because it cannot be passed on to humans through lizards. This would be one of the reasons for the result of dropping rates of the disease in southern states.

For the full article, click here!



Organic and Chemical-Free Insect Repellent


Ticks-N-All provides an all natural and chemical free insect repellent using only organic ingredients! Their formula is great for sensitive skin and also rejuvenates and conditions your skin as well. If you love the outdoors, their product can allow you to keep enjoying nature!

They have two products which include their All Purpose repellent and their Lyme Guard repellent. Their All Purpose repellent has seven active organic ingredients:

  • Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Cedar Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Lemon Grass Oil,  Organic Geranium Oil. It is also  mixed with a rejuvenating blend of: Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Aloe, Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Citrus extract.

Their Lyme Guard repellent contains eight active organic ingredients:

  • Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Cedar Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Lemon Grass Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Oil, and Organic Geranium Oil. It is also mixed with a rejuvenating blend of: Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Aloe, Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Citrus extract.

You can visit the website for more information, and the products can be purchased directly from the site!

New Revelation about Lyme Disease Bacteria!


“Borrelia burgdorferi need manganese (blue dot), rather than iron, to serve as linchpins bonded into key enzymes.”
(Illustration by P. John Hart, University of Texas)

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Texas have revealed an interesting discovery that will allow further research into stopping this elusive pathogen that causes Lyme Disease.

It is known that all organisms require iron to make essential proteins and enzymes in order to survive. However, Borrelia burgdorferi has been discovered to not use iron at all! Instead, they require manganese where one would expect to find iron. Because of this, the Borrelia pathogens are able to go undetected by our immune systems. Our defense mechanism is to starve pathogens of iron, but with no need for iron, these pathogens can continue to grow unharmed in our bodies.

With this discovery, scientists can now focus on better ways to attack and destroy Borrelia burgdorferi by targeting manganese instead of iron!

For the complete article, click here.

To read the actual research article that was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, click here.