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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that is spread by animals or insects and can cause flu-like symptoms. Learn about prevention, symptoms, treatments, and side effects of this disease.

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What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know

We spoke with an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Lyme disease, other tickborne illnesses, and tick bites. Here’s how to stay safe.

By Lauren Arcuri

The Latest

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9 Sneaky Conditions That Mimic RA

Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis takes some detective work, especially because so many health problems cause similar symptoms. Our guide helps you spot the clues so you can get the treatment you need.

By Sheila M. Eldred
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Protect Yourself From Tick-Borne Illness With These Tips

A bite from these common critters could land you in the hospital. Here’s what you need to know.

By Lara DeSanto
Hannah Olson, the brains behind Chronically Capable.

Chronically Capable: A Platform For Those With Chronic Conditions to Find Jobs

Finding a job while living with a chronic condition is no easy feat. But what if it was? This Lyme disease warrior is making it possible with a platform that connects those with chronic conditions to jobs that offer flexibility and understanding.

By Vera Gibbons
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Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Disease Rates Are on the Rise

Incidence of tickborne infections in the U.S. has risen significantly in the past 10 years, and it’s crucial to develop vaccines to prevent them.

By Diane Domina
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U.S. Bug-Bite Illness Rates Triple

The number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick, and flea bites in the United States rose from 27,388 cases in 2004 to more than 96,075 cases in 2016, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Diane Domina
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What You Need to Know: Lyme Disease

Helpful information on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

By Eileen Bailey
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The Best Way to Tackle a Tick

Which technique is best to remove a tick completely and reduce the risk of contracting a tick-transmitted illness like Lyme disease?

By HealthAfter50
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A Rash with Flu-Like Symptoms: What Could it Be?

Your rash may be a symptom of influenza or one of these other common medical conditions like shingles, lupus, or lyme disease.

By Eileen Bailey
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Lyme Disease and ADHD

Some research has shown a connection between chronic Lyme disease and ADHD. But the connection isn’t clear and chronic Lyme disease (CLD) is mired in controversy with doctors and other medical professionals disagreeing on the existence of CLD. Accord...

By Eileen Bailey
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What’s New in Lyme Disease Research

It is estimated that nearly one-quarter of all Lyme cases are initially misdiagnosed. Research from the University of Pennsylvania seems to have found a means to expedite the diagnosis process through the use of nanotechnology, injecting nanotubes lo...

By Chris Regal

Meet the Experts

Lauren Arcuri
Health Writer

Lauren Arcuri is a freelance writer in northern Vermont. She writes about health and medicine, including neuroscience, microbiology, and genetics.