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Chronic Lyme disease: How one tick bite can ruin your health for ever

Chronic Lyme disease: How one tick bite can ruin your health for ever

×BARELY a summer day went by that I didn’t hear someone talking about Lyme disease. In the four years I lived on Long Island in New York, checking for ticks became second nature. After a walk in the woods. After a stroll in the marshy grasses by the beach. After a backyard barbecue.I remember the first one I found : a lone star tick, its distinctive white dot almost shining up at me from the crook of my elbow. I panicked until I found out that lone stars don’t transmit Lyme disease.The first time I found the kind of tick that does spread the disease burrowing into my leg, I retched, then...

June 6, 2020
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Does the drop in US drug deaths mean the opioid crisis is ending?

Does the drop in US drug deaths mean the opioid crisis is ending?

×For the first time since 1990, the number of annual drug overdose deaths in the US has declined. The 5 per cent fall reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is almost entirely due to a drop in deaths from prescription opioid painkillers. Does this mean the opioid crisis has peaked?The early data predicts that there were 68,500 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2018, down from 72,000 the previous year. “The preliminary CDC data showing a drop in overdose deaths is certainly encouraging, but it is too early to determine whether this represents a true shift in...

July 20, 2019
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