Ticks and Lyme have spread across Massachusetts in the past 40 years to become one of the region’s most commonly reported infectious diseases, yet the state’s public health priorities have not kept pace. Two years ago, a special state Lyme commission suggested a modest investment of less than $300,000 for a public education program, yet no money has been set aside, and the commission’s other specific recommendations – from promoting more awareness in the medical community to better disease surveillance – have not been adopted.
That dogs are enormously susceptible to the ravages of ticks is no surprise, but there is uncertainty over just how many dogs that are bitten by ticks end up as sick as Dani, and why. Canine veterinarians and researchers who study Lyme disease in animals often cite the statistic that 95 percent of dogs exposed to Lyme never show symptoms, even though a screening test may turn up positive. Continue Reading
New screening tests are far better predictors of fetal genetic conditions compared with previous methods, a new study published April 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine notes, but other studies in the same issue underscore that the tests should never be considered diagnostic. Continue Reading