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Can Stem Cells Treat Lyme Disease?

Sep 10, 2018 10:12:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in stem cells, Lyme Disease, stem cell therapy

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Because many people with Lyme disease do not fully recover with antibiotics alone, many are seeking stem cell treatments as an option.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of blacklegged ticks (deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. A number of debilitating and long-lasting symptoms can include the development of a distinctive skin rash (erythema migrans), fever, fatigue, muscle pain, and headaches. Due to the nonspecific and diverse symptoms, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and can progress to serious conditions of the heart, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems.

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Unraveling the Mystery of Immune Response in Lyme Disease

Sep 19, 2016 4:31:13 PM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in CD8+ T cells, cytotoxic T cells, Lyme Disease

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Vector-borne diseases are caused by insects such as mosquitoes, flies and ticks, etc., and can gravely affect both humans and animals. Diseases such as Lyme’s disease are caused by bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) carried by ticks. However, ticks can carry other types of disease-causing organisms, and it is possible that an unlucky person can be affected by more than one of those. This type of situation can make an already challenging Lyme’s disease diagnosis more difficult, making effective treatment complicated.

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