Tags: Borrelia, choline, diet, Lyme, medicine, nutrition, pregnancy, tick-borne
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Choline (a nutrient found in beef liver, chicken liver, eggs, bacon and pork) status in pregnant moms has been found to affect cortisol levels in newborns. According to a study published by Jiang X, Yan et al., http://lib.bioinfo.pl/paper:22418088, these pregnant women were given either 930 or 480 mg/day of choline in their third trimester for 12 weeks.
Curious about Tick-borne Infections? 04/21/2012Posted by thetickthatbitme in TBI Facts.
Tags: Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia hermsii, diagnosis, facts, infection, Lyme, Lyme Disease, TBI, tick-borne, treatment, ugly stepsister
Happy Saturday, loyal readers!
I thought I’d point out that I’ve added a new section to the blog: Infection Fact Sheets. One of my goals with this blog is to give you, my readers, access to as much factual information about tick-borne infectious diseases–or TBIDs, as I like to abbreviate them–as possible.
Since you’ve stumbled upon this blog, I’m sure you’ve heard of Lyme Disease, but do you know the name of the bacterium that causes it? Are you familiar with the common and not-so-common symptoms? What about the different drugs that are used to treat this infection? Check out the fact sheet here.
And let’s not forget Borrelia hermsii, which I consider to be like Lyme’s neglected ugly stepsister. Nope, no press for Ms. B. hermsii… Take pity on her (or if not her, me, a hermsii survivor) and pay a visit to her fact sheet.
If I were truly going to put my teacher hat on and plan a lesson for you, I’d tell you to make a K-W-L chart and take notes!
Once you’re done with the Borrelia sisters, you’ll probably be hungering (or worrying?) for more TBID info. Here’s a list of what’s to come: Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis (WA-1), Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsia (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and more!
This Season’s Ticking Bomb – WSJ.com 04/19/2012Posted by thetickthatbitme in Media.
Tags: Borrelia, CDC, hiking, infection, Lyme, pets, prevention, tick, tick-borne, Wall Street Journal
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Looking forward to spring? I’ve really been enjoying the extra daylight and walks with my dog, Lucy, after dinner, and it was so nice on Easter to be able to wear a dress without my legs getting cold!
Nice weather, however, comes at a price. An article published last month in the Wall Street Journal explains how warming weather will contribute to an increase in tick population (and likely an increase in the number of tick-borne infections) this spring. You can (and should) read the full article here.
Here’s an interesting tidbit about a study the Centers for Disease Control are doing:
The CDC is conducting the first study of its kind to determine whether spraying the yard for ticks can not only kill pests, but also reduce human disease. Participating households agreed to be randomly assigned a single spray with a common pesticide, bifenthrin, or one that contained water, without knowing which they would receive.
Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity at CDC’s bacterial-illness branch, says preliminary results from about 1,500 households indicate that a spray reduced the tick population by 60%.
“But there was far less of a reduction in tick encounters and illness,” indicating that even a sharp drop in tick populations leaves infected ones behind. “We may have to completely wipe out ticks to get an effect on human illness,” he says. The CDC is enrolling households for a second arm of the study and expects final results late in the fall. Organic repellents such as Alaska cedar are also being tested in other studies.
The article includes an interactive graphic with some suggestions for how to avoid tick bites in your backyard:
- Store firewood and bird feeders (birds carry ticks too!) away from the house.
- Keep leaves raked and grass mown.
- Restrict use of plants that may attract deer.
- Keep pets away from wood (and woods) and use tick repellant.
- Use decks, tile, and gravel close to the house.
- Seal up any holes in stone walls that mice might want to nest in. (And make sure your house is rodent-free!)
- Shower immediately after spending time outdoors in possibly tick-infested areas.
- Wash and dry clothing worn for hiking or golfing at high temperatures.
I’ve been trying a natural, non-toxic flea and tick repellant on Lucy (and myself) that’s made from cedar oil. What will you be doing this spring to avoid ticks (and thereby tick bites)?