• Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?

    Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?

    Sep 12, 2017 07:21 PM EDT

    ... JOHN YANG: But first: Lyme disease is on the rise. It's being spread by a growing tick population and has become a particular problem for the Massachusetts islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. But an MIT scientist thinks he might have a long-term solution, and it ...

  • 4 things you should know about ticks and Lyme disease this summer

    4 things you should know about ticks and Lyme disease this summer

    Jul 31, 2017 05:03 PM EDT

    Tick season is in full swing, and with it comes Lyme disease. More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease, a bacteria spread by a family of hard-bodied ticks such as the deer tick, are reported to the Centers for Disease Control every year, though two recent studies put ...

  • Dogs can get a Lyme disease vaccine. Why can’t humans?

    Dogs can get a Lyme disease vaccine. Why can’t humans?

    Jun 28, 2017 07:26 PM EDT

    ... samples from Lyme suffers. In 1975, Steere was the investigator who first connected the dots between a cluster of children with symptoms of arthritis in Lyme, Connecticut, and what came to be known as Lyme disease. DR. ALLEN STEERE, Massachusetts General Hospital: My career has largely been focused on the ...

  • Column: Can scientists predict a bad Lyme disease season?

    Column: Can scientists predict a bad Lyme disease season?

    Apr 07, 2017 01:06 PM EDT

    ... a reminder that spring follows winter, sure as can be. Good science aims to discern patterns that are less obvious, and one fascinating idea about Lyme disease is poised to be put to the test. Spring is always welcome, but to anyone who lives in this part of the country ...

  • Why finding a solution to control Lyme disease isn’t simple

    Why finding a solution to control Lyme disease isn’t simple

    Apr 05, 2017 07:20 PM EDT

    f the deer population in suburbia and the rapid rise of Lyme disease are warning signs of an ecosystem out of balance. The hunt for solutions won't be cheap, easy or fast. Miles O'Brien, the PBS NewsHour, Milton, Massachusetts.

  • Thousands of Lyme disease tests unproven and possibly inaccurate, NECIR reports

    Thousands of Lyme disease tests unproven and possibly inaccurate, NECIR reports

    Jun 18, 2014 02:17 PM EDT

    ... which tests to trust when it comes to Lyme disease testing, but as NECIR reports, the more people know about how the disease affects the body, the more accurate testing will become. To see if a tick in your area carries Lyme disease, you can send your photos to NECIR.

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    Dramatically Revised Lyme Disease Statistics Raise New Questions About Risk

    Aug 20, 2013 06:40 PM EDT

    A new report from the Center for Disease Control says 300,000 Americans contract Lyme Disease each year, 10 times the amount previously believed by health officials. To examine the significance of this finding Jeffrey Brown speaks with Beth Daley, who has been investigating the disease and its impact for ...

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    Why Lyme Disease Is 10 Times More Common Than Previously Thought

    Aug 20, 2013 04:51 PM EDT

    In 2011, 96 percent of Lyme disease cases were concentrated in 13 states. Map by the PBS NewsHour. Around 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday, 10 times more than previously thought. Using a trio ...

  • Self-cloning Asian tick causing worry in New Jersey

    Self-cloning Asian tick causing worry in New Jersey

    May 26, 2018 02:06 PM EDT

    ... witnessed the introduction of Zika and West Nile viruses in the U.S., Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Southwestern Europe, and the continuous emergence of Lyme disease throughout the Northeast of the U.S. and central Europe. Ticks are the most important vectors for infectious diseases in the Northern Hemisphere ...

  • The problem with overusing antibiotics

    The problem with overusing antibiotics

    Mar 29, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

    ... a death sentence. Then, in 1928, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, and soon, antibiotics were widely prescribed to treat everything from strep throat to Lyme disease. But less than a century later, the global overuse of antibiotics has led to a rise in resistance to the drugs, along with ...

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