Taking down Lyme disease

A new vaccine is in the final stages of clinical trials.
 
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IN a nutshell
Summer might be on its way out, but tick season is still alive and well (peak tick time usually runs from April-October). More ticks means higher risk of contracting Lyme disease, an infection most commonly caused by tick bites. Today we're examining a new weapon against Lyme disease, along with some other interesting health trends.
Here's what's coming up:
an exciting Lyme disease vaccine update
insect-repelling socks
more young people are getting vasectomies
other health stories you need
Be well,
Morgan Mandriota
Newsletter Editor, Healthline
 
 
  Written by Morgan Mandriota
September 19, 2022 • 4 min read
 
 
 
We're close to getting a vaccine for Lyme disease
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We're close to getting a vaccine for Lyme disease
Tick-borne illnesses are no joke – trust me, someone who's had both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Recap: Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is most commonly spread by tick bites. Symptoms include rash, fatigue, joint pain, headache, and fever, and while it can be treated with antibiotics, many experience long-term effects.

Cases of Lyme disease have been rapidly rising (up 350+ percent since 2007). But medical professionals are hopeful a new vaccine will soon be on the market to quell the spread.

Created by biotech companies Valneva and Pfizer, the VLA15 vaccine is finally in the third and final phase of human study. The results seem promising so far, but it could take years until it's approved for public use. According to Valneza and Pfizer, they are expecting to request official authorization in 2025.

Until you can get your hands on a Lyme disease vax, you can take other precautions to protect yourself from ticks. Try using insect repellant (scroll down for an innovative option!), wearing tall light colored socks when hiking, avoiding woodsy or grassy areas where ticks like to hang out, and protecting your fur babies with anti-tick meds. If you get bit? Follow these steps to remove the tick, pop the tick in a plastic bag (this can aid in diagnosing potential disease), and schedule a doctor's appointment if you notice any symptoms.

tl;dr: Ticks carry infectious diseases like Lyme disease, which has been on the rise over the last 15 years. The new Lyme disease vaccine VLA15 is in the third phase of a clinical trial among humans, but it could take until 2025 for us to see it on the market. In the meantime, protect yourself and your outdoor-loving pets with these tick repellent strategies or follow these steps after a tick bite.
 
 
 
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Insect Shield Lightweight Hiker Socks
Insect Shield Lightweight Hiker Socks
Next time you go for a hike or trek outside, protect yourself from creepy crawlers and dangerous diseases by slipping on some bug repellent socks from Insect Shield. This particular pair is the lightweight hiker sock, but there are a bunch of other permethrin-treated apparel options, too (kids' sport crew, traveler sock, shirts, etc.).
These comfy socks feature EPA-Registered technology that tells the following bugs to bug off: mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges. And unlike most bug sprays, Insect Shield socks are odorless and don't leave a sticky residue on your skin. The repellant even lasts for up to 70 washes!
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More young people are getting vasectomies
Monday Trend Watch
More young people are getting vasectomies
Just a decade ago, vasectomies were hush-hush. Today, the #vasectomy and #snipsniphooray hashtags on Instagram score millions of views and celebratory comments. Why? Well, the times are changing, the stigma is breaking, and more young folks are getting snipped as a result.

According to The New York Times, vasectomies are gaining popularity, especially among younger, child-free men. While urologists don't agree on a single reason, the theory is concerns over climate change, global violence, financial issues, and – most notably – the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and its impact on abortion and birth control access have inspired the increase in appointments.

Have you or a loved one been thinking about getting snipped? Or are you just curious about what this surgery entails? Check out our article all about vasectomies to learn more, including what the procedure is like, how effective it is, health perks, risks, how long it takes to recover, and more.
 
 
 
 
Health Hype
Are there any effective at-home acne treatments?
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Health Hype Answer
Are there any effective at-home acne treatments?
Yes!
You don't need to run to the dermatologist's office for a prescription whenever pimples pop up. There are tons of DIY remedies that work from the comfort of your own home. Depending on the type of acne you're dealing with and your unique skin type, you can try OTC ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, green tea extract, or tea tree oil. To learn more about the different types of acne and how you can treat 'em, check out our Definitive Guide to Acne.
 
 
 
 
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