Unprecedented Antitrust Investigation into the Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines Development Process

Read the Gonzaga Law Review on Lyme Disease and the investigation of antitrust laws!

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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!

Powassan Virus

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The Ixodes cookei tick that carries the POWV.

The Powassan virus is a tick-bourne encephalitis virus. It is commonly carried by the tick Ixodes cookei, but could also be carried by Ixodes scapulari. These ticks are mainly found in Northwest America, but can be spread in a wider geographic area. Because it is a virus, the Powassan virus cannot be treated with anitibiotics. Therefore, it is important to prevent tick bites!

The first death related to the Powassan virus occurred back in 2011 and was recorded in Minnesota. This article talks about the symptoms of Powassan encephalitis and other cases that have occurred from this virus.

Please read this article and keep yourself and your family safe and informed!

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!

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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!

 

 

Are You Taking A Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic?

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One of the possible adverse side effects of taking a fluoroquinolone.

A fluoroquinolone is a synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic usually prescribed when other antibiotics have failed to work. These antibiotics include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), and other similar medications. This family of antibiotics can have some minor to serious adverse side effects such as hypotension, diarrhea, seizures or hallucinations. Therefore, it is extremely important to observe how you feel while on this medication and report any unusual changes!

Please read more about the adverse side effects of fluoroquinolones in this article! There is also a table in the article that summarizes and highlights the side effects.

Stay informed of what medications you are taking!

Organic and Chemical-Free Insect Repellent

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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 Brain Imaging Technology!

Previous technology had only allowed scientists to view neural networks by thin slices of the brain at a time. This made constructing a complete image of the brain and its connections nearly impossible.

Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University have created a groundbreaking method of brain imaging that allows scientists to image the whole brain or large blocks of it. This new method is called CLARITY, and it enables detailed images from the outside to deep inside the brain.

Take a look at the video to see what CLARITY is able to achieve!

Click here to read the full article!

Click here to read the research paper!