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Dogs Can Get Lyme Disease, Too

People worry about contracting Lyme disease from ticks, but they should be concerned for their furry friends as well, veterinarians say.

Dogs throughout the United States are increasingly vulnerable to the tick-borne illness, say experts from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Lyme disease was traditionally thought to be limited mostly to the nort...

Shelter Dogs Vulnerable to Diseases Spread by Ticks, Mosquitoes

Warming temperatures may be bringing a new risk for shelter dogs: the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne disease in a broader geographic area, according to a new study.

Bites from these pests can cause serious illness in dogs, including heartworm and Lyme disease.

The study, on shelter dogs in the eastern United States, shows that they may experience the brunt of warmer weather, but...

Bella Hadid Opens Up About Lyme Disease Battle

Top model Bella Hadid is talking about being "finally healthy" and feeling well after more than a decade of health issues, including Lyme disease.

Hadid shared her struggle on Instagram after what she described as "almost 15 years of invisib...

Tick Talk: Know Your Risks This Summer

Ticks can be a problem for people who love to spend the summer outdoors, especially in certain regions of the United States.

Ticks are responsible for the well-known Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, said Dr. David Ingram, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at Penn State Health...

Avoid Ticks (and Lyme Disease) This Summer

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to not get bitten by a tick, or to get it off your body within 24 hours.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the great outdoors. Experts from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston offer some tips for keeping ticks away.

“Lyme's manifestations can be perplexing,” professor of immunology

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  • 'Prescribed' Fires' Hidden Bonus: Fewer Ticks

    A tool used to restore forest ecosystems could also be key to the battle against tick-borne disease, researchers say.

    Forest managers and land owners use prescribed fire to combat invasive species, improve wildlife habitat and restore ecosystem health.

    A recent study suggests it could ...

    Deer Are Spreading Lyme Ticks in Suburban Backyards

    They look so cute, grazing quietly in your backyard. But the overpopulation of white-tailed deer across the Northeastern United States could help spread Lyme disease and another tick-borne illness, anaplasmosis, especially in suburban areas, a new study suggests.

    The research points out that these d...

    Farmers at High Risk of Tick-Borne Illness, But Awareness Lacking

    American farmers are at increased risk for tick bites, but new research shows they are doing little to defend themselves against the insects and the illnesses they cause.

    Tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Powassan virus, anaplasmosis, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, heartland virus and Alpha-...

    Gene Editing on Ticks Promises Insights Into Disease Prevention

    Scientists who conducted the first gene editing in ticks say this line of research could lead to new ways to reduce tick-borne diseases in humans.

    Ticks can transmit a wide number of diseases to people -- including Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever -- but genetic knowledge about ticks is cu...

    Animal Study Offers Hope for a Vaccine Against Lyme Disease

    An experimental Lyme disease vaccine shows promise in animal studies and could also help protect against other tick-borne diseases, researchers say.

    The vaccine -- which relies on the same mRNA technology used by some COVID-19 vaccines -- protected guinea pigs against infection by Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

    The vaccine doesn't trigger the ...

    Lyme Disease Often Spotted at Later Stage in Black Patients

    The tell-tale sign of Lyme disease is its bulls-eye rash, but that might be harder to spot in Black people, who are often diagnosed with more advanced disease than white people are, new research suggests.

    The first sign of Lyme disease looks different on darker skin, and these differences are not usually reflected in images found in medical textbooks, explained study author Dr. Dan Ly. He...

    Lyme Disease Can Wreak Havoc on Mental Health

    Lyme disease can exact a significant mental toll as well as a physical one on its sufferers, a new study confirms.

    Patients hospitalized for Lyme disease had a 28% higher incidence of mental disorders and were twice as likely to attempt suicide than people without Lyme, researchers report.

    "These findings highlight the need for greater awareness in the medical community that patien...

    It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

    When you're heading outdoors this summer, keep an eye out for ticks during and after your outing, health experts say.

    These common parasites can transmit Lyme disease, a potentially serious illness.

    Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also called a deer tick, explained Dr. Crystal Tank and Dr. Ashany Sundaram of Mountainside Medic...

    From Cedar Trees and Grapefruit Rinds Comes a New Bug Repellent

    Bugs beware: There's a powerful new insect repellent in town.

    Just approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and known as nootkatone, the citrus-scented ingredient repels mosquitoes, ticks, bedbugs and fleas.

    In high concentrations, it can kill these pesky insects and slow the spread of the diseases they can carry, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...

    Despite Threat of Lyme Disease, Tick Control Lags Across U.S.

    Tick monitoring and control is lacking in much of the United States despite a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, a new study finds.

    In the United States, tick-borne illnesses more than doubled between 2004 and 2018, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    For the new study, the researchers surveyed tick management progra...

    Venturing Out?  Guard Yourself Against Disease-Carrying Ticks

    As pandemic-related restrictions ease and people return to parks and other outdoor spaces, remember to protect yourself against another threat -- ticks.

    "With our latest mild winter, ticks have been active in much of the region on warmer days all winter long," said Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, an entomologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., who said it's too soon to predict populati...

    Raking Your Leaves to the Edge of Your Yard an Invitation to Ticks

    Where you put leaves raked from your yard last fall could affect your family's risk of bites from ticks that transmit Lyme disease-causing bacteria, a new study suggests.

    In areas where Lyme-causing ticks are prevalent, homes are often near forested areas, and ticks thrive in these habitats between lawn and woods.

    Raking or blowing leaves from your lawn just out to the fores...

    Lyme Disease Now a Threat in City Parks

    As deer populations have exploded across America, moving from forests to suburbs to urban parks, they have brought the threat of Lyme disease to millions of city dwellers, a new study finds.

    In fact, the deer tick that spreads Lyme disease is as prevalent in many New York City parks as it is in areas known to be endemic for the bacterial disease, such as Connecticut and other states i...

    Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

    With growing concern about mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, it's easy to let down your guard when it comes to ticks. But Lyme disease is still a danger, especially in the Northeast and upper Midwest. In fact, it has affected people in almost every state.

    Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected tick. Ticks can attach anywhere on the body, often in hard-to-see areas l...