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  • Tick identification

    08/01/2017 1:31:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
  • POW! The tick virus far deadlier than Lyme

    05/08/2017 6:34:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 85 replies
    WND ^ | 5/08/17 | CDC or WND???
    WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control is warning of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease – one that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables the other 50 percent. It’s called POW for short, or Powassan, and it, like Lyme, is carried by deer. Recent cases have been noted in the Northeast U.S. and the Great Lakes states. The virus can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to death in 10 percent of cases and permanent disability in 50 percent of cases. Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting,...
  • 'Very bad tick year' expected for Alabama in 2017, and climate change a factor

    04/11/2017 6:29:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies ^ | April 11, 2017 | BY DENNIS PILLION
    2017 could be a record year for ticks and tick-borne illnesses according to one researcher who studies the arachnids in Alabama. "I would say this is going to be a very bad tick year because it was a very mild winter," said Tim Sellati, chair of Southern Research's Infectious Diseases Department. In addition, Sellati said a warming climate has let certain species of ticks expand their range and those changes are reflected in tick surveys in Alabama and other parts of the United States. "The winters are warmer and the ticks recognize this, they sense this change in their environment,"...
  • Moose-killing ticks thrive in shorter winters due to climate change

    03/03/2017 10:34:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies ^ | March 3, 2017 | By Stephanie Koons
    Moose calves across northern New England are dying at alarming rates, and scientists believe that deadly parasites benefiting from shorter winters are the primary culprits. Winter ticks have taken a toll on moose across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, killing about 70 percent of moose calves. Winter ticks attach themselves to a single moose by the tens of thousands. “It’s just off the charts; this should not happen with such frequency,” said Pete Pekins, chairman of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). “This is about a calf carrying 75,000 ticks that...
  • What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease

    06/15/2015 4:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2015 | Alexa Tsoulis-Reay
    In the '70s, a cluster of adults and children in Lyme, Old Lyme, and East Haddam, Connecticut, began to develop fevers, swollen joints, and, most mysterious, an angry rash, especially after playing or hiking near rivers. The cases were most prevalent in deer-heavy areas, and scientists quickly discovered a common link: black-legged ticks that jump from deer to humans. Lyme disease was first identified by a medical entomologist in 1982. Though recovery is usually speedy if you’re promptly treated with antibiotics, Lyme disease is a notoriously slippery condition to diagnose, especially outside the Midwest or Northeast, where it’s most common....
  • Discovery of Bourbon Virus Raises Many Questions

    12/26/2014 8:02:19 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 40 replies
    Medscape ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Robert Lowes
    The discovery of a new virus implicated in the death of a Kansas farmer this past June raises many questions about its host, prevalence, spectrum of disease, and ultimately its treatment and prevention, according to an infectious disease expert who treated the patient. Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the first known case of the so-called Bourbon virus, named after the Kansas county where the unidentified patient had lived. His symptoms — fever, low red and white blood cell counts, elevated liver enzymes, and loss of appetite — suggested a tick-borne illness such as ehrlichiosis or the...
  • Kansas says new virus found after resident's death

    12/23/2014 6:48:30 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 12/23 | John Hanna
    A new virus thought to be carried by ticks or other insects has been discovered following the death of a southeast Kansas resident during the summer, public health officials said Monday. The new virus is called Bourbon virus, after Bourbon County, home of the patient who died. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the patient's symptoms, including fever and fatigue, were similar to symptoms from other tick-borne diseases. The Kansas health department said testing by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the patient had a virus not previously identified. Health department spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow...
  • A tick bite can make you allergic to red meat

    08/09/2014 7:40:55 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 77 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 7, 2014
    A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick. This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions. Few patients seem aware of the risk, and even doctors are slow to...
  • Over 93% of EPA Employees Considered 'Non-Essential'

    10/02/2013 6:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    reuters via Brietbart ^ | 10/1/13 | Tony Lee
    More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown. Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential,"...
  • Rep. [Joe] Wilson Hospitalized After Possible Bout With Lyme Disease

    08/25/2011 9:03:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | 08/25/11
    U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina has gone to the hospital because of an extended fever. Wilson's office said in a short statement Wednesday that the Republican was admitted. He is best known for being rebuked by the House for shouting, "You lie!" at President Barack Obama in 2009. Wilson later apologized. The statement contained no other details, including when the congressman was admitted, if he remained in the hospital, or the name of the hospital. Wilson's office said last week that he was taking antibiotics to treat symptoms of Lyme disease. Previously a little-known lawmaker, after the remark,...
  • WEIRD and decidedly offbeat Medical research findings of 2009

    12/18/2009 4:59:10 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies · 1,066+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/18/09 | AAP
    Among the weird findings: Pulling a tick off the wrong way can lead to meat allergy. An Australian doctor found the link while studying rising cases of the allergy among people who live on Sydney's tick-prone northern beaches. "I now tell everybody I see who lives anywhere near ticks to use `Aerostart' (spray-on engine cleaner) or another high-alcohol substance," said Dr Sheryl van Nunen. "Stun the tick before you scrape it out and it can't inject what it injects." The first US case of "cannabinoid hyperemesis" was recorded in the medical literature. The syndrome was first described in 2004 in...
  • Lingering Bacteria Don't Indicate Chronic Lyme Disease

    04/03/2008 5:48:11 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 62+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-3-2008 | University of California - Davis
    Lingering Bacteria Don't Indicate Chronic Lyme Disease ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2008) — The bacteria that cause Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, can linger in mouse tissues long after a full round of antibiotic treatment is completed, report researchers from the University of California, Davis. The scientists caution that the discovery does not suggest the presence of chronic disease, nor does it support extended use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease in humans. Their findings are reported in the March issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. However, they say, the results of this...
  • Added Ticktock of the Clock Restarts Time Debate

    12/25/2005 8:52:00 PM PST · by indcons · 26 replies · 751+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 26, 2005 | Guy Gugliotta
    Time marches on, but Earth is falling behind. The solution again this year is to add a "leap second" as 2005 ticks away, so Earth can catch up with the atomic clocks that have defined time since their unerring accuracy trumped the heavens three decades ago. This will be the first leap second in seven years, and its arrival will be closely watched by physicists and astronomers enmeshed in a prolonged debate over the future of time in a world increasingly dominated by technology. Some experts think the leap second should be abolished because the periodic, but random, adjustment of...
  • What Makes Bombers Tick in ‘Paradise’?

    10/28/2005 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Jewish Journal ^ | 2005-10-28 | Marc Ballon
    In his riveting new film, “Paradise Now,” Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad paints an ugly picture of Israeli occupation and the harsh consequences he believes flow from it, namely suicide bombers. The movie, which won the Blue Angel Award for best European film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, explores the friendship between Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), and their transformation from unremarkable auto mechanics into would-be bombers. Underlying Abu-Assad’s movie is a chilling but powerful message: Decades of illegal and brutal Israeli rule, he argues, have wiped out hope among young Palestinians and created a growing pool of...
  • Roberts and Roe v. Wade

    09/13/2005 4:42:05 PM PDT · by Mike10542 · 11 replies · 305+ views
    September 13, 2005 | Michael Katz
    This is for all the naysayers on Roberts and others who like to read the misleading headlines of the AP about Roberts and his confirmation hearing so far. First off, he never said he actually respected Roe v. Wade or that it deserves respect or anything directly about Roe. What he did do was talk generally about stare decisis and the ideas of precedent. He said that any case (including Roe) that has been decided by the Supreme COurt deserves respect in that it is a precedent of the court. Being in my first year of law school, we have...
  • Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick (60 Minutes/Dan Rather investigation nears another anniversary)

    01/01/2005 8:59:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,887+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/30/04
    Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick Thu Dec 30, 7:00 PM ET Ibd It 's been nearly 3 1/2 months since former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief executive Louis D. Boccardi were named to an independent panel to investigate the "60 Minutes" story that used forged documents to allege Bush shirked his duties when in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s. The panel was named Sept. 22, 14 days after the story aired and two days after Rather finally stopped denying that the documents were bogus and admitted the story was a mistake....
  • Remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace Richard L. Armitage, DepSec Of State

    01/21/2003 4:01:25 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 35 replies · 550+ views
    Department of State ^ | 21 January 2003 | Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Sec of State
    Remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary Of State Washington, DC January 21, 2003 DEPUTY SECRETARY ARMITAGE: Richard, thank you very much. It's a great delight for me to be back with you. It's also a delight to see so many friends from the diplomatic community and friends from past assignments here today. However, having said that, I must say that this is a very different audience from one I addressed last week. Last week, I spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy. And while you are not a bad-looking crowd -- there is nothing quite...
  • PRESIDENT BUSH TO MEET WITH PRIME MINISTER BLAIR, 1/31/2003 (White House Press Release)

    01/15/2003 1:52:34 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 9 replies · 214+ views
    The White House ^ | 15 January 2003 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Statement by the Press Secretary PRESIDENT BUSH TO MEET WITH PRIME MINISTER BLAIR (White House Press Release) President Bush will welcome British Prime Minister Blair to Camp David on January 31, 2003. The United Kingdom is one of America's closest allies and a strong and valuable partner in the war on terrorism and the effort to eliminate Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. They will discuss a range of issues in a meeting and an informal working dinner.