New tests for Lyme disease could allow doctors to identify the infection faster and more accurately than ever before, according to research published Thursday in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
With Lyme disease in the headlines as doctors in some areas of the country reporting more diagnoses, it’s a good idea to get refreshed on the basics of the illness and what to do if you think you may have had a tick bite.
Is it Lyme disease or not? That's one of the questions the University of Guelph hopes to be better able to answer with a new research lab dedicated to improving testing -- and eventually treatment -- for the tick-borne bacteria that is increasingly affecting Canadians country-wide.
Lyme disease conjures memories of checking for ticks at camp and fretting over bug bites after hikes in the woods. But far from a summertime nuisance, Lyme is a potentially debilitating disease - and the subject of a vigorous debate in modern medicine.