By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Warning: This Will Be a Bad Summer for Lyme Dise…

    This may be an especially bad summer for Lyme disease, according to disease ecologists. This disease is caused by a spirochete transmitted by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Why Will 2017 Be …

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Severe Anemia After Treatment of Babesiosis

    One tick-borne disease, babesiosis, has been increasing its range dramatically in recent years. The same ticks that carry Lyme disease (Ixodes scapularis) also transmit babesiosis. That is why we are…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 8 Comments
    A New Way to Prevent Lyme Disease

    Tick bites can transmit a variety of serious diseases, including Lyme disease. A specific germ causes this infection. It is a spirochete in the genus Borrelia. In the US, B. burgdorferi is usually r…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2015 4 Comments
    A New Tick-Borne Infection Causes Illness

    Scientists have found a new type of infection carried by the same ticks that spread Lyme disease. It is due to related bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoi and can cause a high fever, chills, severe he…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 11 Comments
    Why Lyme Disease Can Last So Long

    Scientists have found out why Lyme disease can sometimes linger long after the patient has finished antibiotic treatment that should have wiped it out. What Is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is caused by …

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 7 Comments
    Treated Clothing Repels Ticks

    When tick season arrives, it is important to use every means possible to prevent tick-borne disease. An initial step is to wear treated clothing to keep them off. Q. I enjoyed your article about tic…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 9 Comments
    How to Keep Ticks from Biting

    Considering the diseases that ticks can transmit, it makes sense to be as prudent as possible in avoiding tick bites. Q. I am phobic about ticks, having had Rocky Mountain spotted fever as a result of…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Bourbon Virus Is Transmitted by Tick Bites

    Add the Bourbon virus to the growing list of tick-borne infections. After the death of a man in Bourbon County, Kansas, last summer, doctors scrambled to identify the virus that killed him. It has nev…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2013 25 Comments
    CDC Admits Lyme Rate Is 1000% Higher Than Expect…

    The CDC is catching up with something that patients have known for a long time, ie, that Lyme disease is more common than most health professionals have realized. This week the Centers for Disease Con…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2013 10 Comments
    Take Care with Tick Removal

    Q. What is the best way to remove a tick that has attached itself to your skin? I have read on the Internet that you should put liquid soap on a cotton ball and dab it on the tick. In theory, this is …

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2013 8 Comments
    Joint Remedy Wards Off Fleas

     Q. I have always been the one in any crowd of people to whom bugs would flock for a meal. I always thought I just tasted good to them. After an automobile accident about a year ago I started takin…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2012 14 Comments
    Tick Bite Leads to Scary Allergy

    Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are quite frightening enough. Since the turn of the 21st century, doctors have begun to recognize a new hazard from tick bites. I…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2011 3 Comments
    New Bacteria Cause Tick Fever

    Researchers have found a new species, but it is no cause for celebration. The new, still unnamed species, is a germ transmitted by tick bites. In humans, it causes fever, headache, fatigue and muscle …

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2011 5 Comments
    Tick-Borne Disease More Common

    Add another serious disease to the list of tick-borne infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that babesiosis has become 20 times more common in the Lower Hudson V…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2010 5 Comments
    Don’t Trifle with Tick Fever

    Q. You have written about ways to remove ticks. My advice to anyone who pulls off a tick is to save it. If you have symptoms, remember to take it to your doctor or the ER. I forgot to take my saved ti…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2010 56 Comments
    Mouthwash Kills Ticks on Contact

    Q. Last summer I learned that antiseptic mouth rinse kills ticks immediately. When I found a tick, I used to remove it and put it into rubbing alcohol where it died after a minute or so. Once I had no…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2008 3 Comments
    Liquid Soap Won’t Scare Off Tick

    Q. My brother-in-law sent me an email about how to remove ticks. It was attributed to a school nurse who suggested applying a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and covering the tick with the cotton…