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     Research: Amber discovery indicates Lyme disease is older than human race

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    Amber discovery indicates Lyme disease is older than human race


    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years – long before any humans walked on Earth. 

    The findings were made by researchers from Oregon State University, who studied 15-20 million-year-old amber from the Dominican Republic that offer the oldest fossil evidence ever found of Borrelia, a type of spirochete-like bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. They were published in the journal Historical Biology.

    In a related study, published in Cretaceous Research, OSU scientists announced the first fossil record of Rickettsial-like cells, a bacteria that can cause various types of spotted fever. Those fossils from Myanmar were found in ticks about 100 million years old.

    As summer arrives and millions of people head for the outdoors, it's worth considering that these tick-borne diseases may be far more common than has been historically appreciated, and they've been around for a long, long time.

    "Ticks and the bacteria they carry are very opportunistic," said George Poinar, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology of the OSU College of Science, and one of the world's leading experts on plant and animal life forms found preserved in amber. "They are very efficient at maintaining populations of microbes in their tissues, and can infect mammals, birds, reptiles and other animals. 

    "In the United States, Europe and Asia, ticks are a more important insect vector of disease than mosquitos," Poinar said. "They can carry bacteria that cause a wide range of diseases, affect many different animal species, and often are not even understood or recognized by doctors.

     
    This tick trapped in ancient amber from the Dominican Republic can carry the type of bacteria that causes lyme disease. (Photo Credit: (Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University)

    "It's likely that many ailments in human history for which doctors had no explanation have been caused by tick-borne disease." 

    Lyme disease is a perfect example. It can cause problems with joints, the heart and central nervous system, but researchers didn't even know it existed until 1975. If recognized early and treated with antibiotics, it can be cured. But it's often mistaken for other health conditions. And surging deer populations in many areas are causing a rapid increase in Lyme disease – the confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia nearly tripled in 2013 over the previous year.

    The new research shows these problems with tick-borne disease have been around for millions of years.

    Bacteria are an ancient group that date back about 3.6 billion years, almost as old as the planet itself. As soft-bodied organisms they are rarely preserved in the fossil record, but an exception is amber, which begins as a free-flowing tree sap that traps and preserves material in exquisite detail as it slowly turns into a semi-precious mineral. 

    A series of four ticks from Dominican amber were analyzed in this study, revealing a large population of spirochete-like cells that most closely resemble those of the present-day Borrelia species. In a separate report, Poinar found cells that resemble Rickettsia bacteria, the cause of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and related illnesses. This is the oldest fossil evidence of ticks associated with such bacteria. 

    In 30 years of studying diseases revealed in the fossil record, Poinar has documented the ancient presence of such diseases as malaria, leishmania, and others. Evidence suggests that dinosaurs could have been infected with Rickettsial pathogens. 

    Humans have probably been getting diseases, including Lyme disease, from tick-borne bacteria as long as there have been humans, Poinar said. The oldest documented case is the Tyrolean iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found in a glacier in the Italian Alps.

    "Before he was frozen in the glacier, the iceman was probably already in misery from Lyme disease," Poinar said. "He had a lot of health problems and was really a mess."

     

    This group of spirochetes, the type that cause lyme disease, were identified in a tick preserved in amber. (Photo Credit: (Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University)


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     People with Lyme: Chronic Lyme: More Than a Naturally Occurring Disease?

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    Last week there was a protest in Arlington, Virginia where a group of  chronic Lyme Disease sufferers, along with many local news stations, gathered around the sidewalks in front of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) building. This was long expected following a publicized investigation in 2008 by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who discovered flaws in the IDSA diagnostic guidelines. An agreement was made to restructure a voting process and the examination of the diagnostic criteria, however, the IDSA allegedly violated the terms of this agreement. Other claims from the Lyme community have asserted and maintained that there is much more behind Lyme and chronic Lyme than a naturally occurring disease. Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont signed a bill this year that would give doctors vast latitude in treating long-term symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Advocacy groups claim this is one of the major flaws with the IDSA guidelines since it prevents or hinders doctors across the country from treating patients. It is said to specifically restrict physicians and insurance companies from working together to provide care and ... (Read More)


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     LymeBlog News: A bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease long-term In NY State

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    According to numerous reports the New York State Assembly has approved a bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease on a long-term basis.

    The bill (A.7558-a/S.5520-b), sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele, would protect licensed physicians who prescribe long-term antibiotics therapy to treat Lyme disease from being disciplined by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct.

    According to the bill, physicians in the Hudson Valley have received disciplinary actions from the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct for providing treatment to patients who have shown symptoms of Lyme Disease, but whose tests have come back negative.

    Read more "Assembly OK's bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease long-termBy TIFFANY BROOKS)



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     Please View VA Senate Fights for Lyme Patients

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    SB 971 passes the VA Senate and goes to the House of Delegates next week. Please view this video and show your support. We want to let legislators know that we are very interested in this bill passing the house. 

    SB 971 would require physicians to inform patients that simply because they test negative on a standard Lyme disease test it doesn't mean they don't have Lyme and they should consider retesting. 

    Please send this video to all those you you know will support our cause. 

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     LymeBlog News: Virginia State Health Commissioner Warns of Lyme Disease

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    For Virginia Health Professionals An important message for you from
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    Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP
    May 17, 2012 Dear Colleague, Wherever you practice in Virginia, you now have to assume that any patient exposed to ticks is at risk for Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. In 2011, there were 1,023 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease and as you can see in the map, cases were confirmed in all regions of the state. In preparation for what may be a busy tick season this year, I am writing to build upon last year's communication and to provide you with the most current information about Lyme disease and other clinically relevant tickborne diseases in Virginia. In addition, I want to be sure you have access to helpful tickborne disease resources and recommended prevention guidance to provide your patients. READ THE FULL MESSAGE HERE: The National Capital Lyme & Tick-borne Disease Association
    P.O. Box 8211 · McLean VA 22106-8211 · Phone & Fax 703-821-8822
    natcaplyme@natcaplyme.org            http://www.natcaplyme.org National Capital Lyme Disease Association | P.O. Box 8211 | McLean, VA 22106

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