December 19, 2011

Bull's-Eye!

1 First Aid Gel May Prevent Lyme Disease

A first aid gel, developed in Germany, may prevent Lyme borreliosis, a tick-borne infectious disease that, if not treated early can damage joints, muscles and nerves. After a tick bite, a characteristic bull’s-eye-shaped rash may appear around the bite area on some people who then seek medical help - but it doesn’t always show, making early diagnosis difficult. The gel, which contains azithromycin, kills the bacteria that causes Lyme disease - but it must be applied shortly after removing the tick to be effective. The gel is still in the clinical trial phase but is promising for not only preventing Lyme disease; it has few side effects and is easily tolerated. Additionally, unlike with other antibiotics, there is no known resistance of borrelia strains to azithromycin.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Not Many Doctors Treating Chronic Lyme Disease

Tags: Azithromycin, Infectious Disease, Joint Pain, Lyme Disease, Muscle Pain, Nerve Damage, Parasites, Bull's Eye Characteristic of Lyme Disease, Antibiotic

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Middle and High Classes at Risk

2 Work Stress Increases Stroke Risk for Men

Men in middle and high social classes are more likely to have a stroke if they experience psychological stress at work, say researchers. The men who felt stressed at work were 1.4 times more likely to have a stroke compared to men who didn't feel stressed. Researchers say that 10 percent of strokes for the group may be caused by work stress. Other strokes were attributed to risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. Researchers aren't sure why the stroke and work stress link was found only for men in higher social classes, but they speculate that high-status jobs involve more stress. The study involved almost 5,000 men living in Copenhagen. MSNBC reports that the men were followed for 30 years. Findings are available in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Positive Thinking Might Reduce Stroke Risk

Tags: Stroke Risk Factors Men, Stressful Job Increases Stroke, Stroke Risks Males, Dangers Stressful Work, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Psychological Stress Work

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