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Bloomberg News (http://tinyurl.com/global-warming-and-depression 11/20, Efstathiou) reports that “kidney stones, malaria, Lyme disease, depression and respiratory illness all may increase with global warming, researchers at Harvard Medical School said.” Bloomberg adds, “Climate change from the burning of fossil fuels will add to risks to public health, said Paul Epstein, associate director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in Boston.” Today, “the center and groups led by the American Medical Association are presenting data at a briefing…in Washington as a call for action to curb emissions.”

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AP reports that “leading disease specialists say there’s no convincing evidence linking” Lyme disease to “violent behavior.” Dr. Eugene Shapiro, a Lyme disease specialist at Yale University, said that while there are isolated reports of hallucinations and psychotic illness blamed on Lyme disease, these are controversial.” Dr. Shapiro noted that “these cases likely involve people with pre-existing mental problems or who were misdiagnosed and never had Lyme disease.” Dr. Paul Auwaerter, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins medical school, added that “mental illness is much more common than Lyme disease, and it would be ‘extraordinarily rare’ to develop a true psychosis from the disease.” Nonetheless, “some patient-advocacy groups use the term ‘Lyme rage’ to explain aggressive psychiatric symptoms.”
        FOX News (3/9, Pouliot) reported, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which normally lives in mice, squirrels, deer and other small animals. It is transmitted among these animals — and to humans — through the bites of certain species of ticks.” The Sydney Morning Herald (3/10) also covers the story.

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