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David Sparks Ph.d Ticks
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: June 25, 2018

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“The Beaty Butte Wild Horse Training Facility is a grass-roots non-profit organization started by local ranch families who have joined forces to help the Bureau of Land Management maintain sustainable numbers of wild horses on a local range called Beaty Butte by offering the horses for adoption through a locally-run training program. The upcoming First Annual Beaty Butte Mustang Adoption Event will be the program’s first offering of trained Beaty Butte Mustangs to the public. It also marks the official debut of this unprecedented team effort to keep a vast southern Oregon desert landscape thriving.” Those words emanate from a wonderful cowgirl named Andy Reiber. By her own admission, she has been handicapped by Lyme’s disease for years. She says it has seriously impaired her life. So a heads up to all of you outdoorsmen wandering around in the wilderness.

More than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, are diagnosed each year. But there may be hope. In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center reveals that despite the challenges to find a cure for this complex, debilitating disease, precision medicine and biotechnology are accelerating the discovery of new tools with which doctors will be able to diagnose it and treat patients. “Through rapid genetic sequencing, scientists can identify many different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi (causative agent of Lyme disease) as well as new tick-borne microbial infections. In the meantime hunters and fishermen, if you’re in the underbrush, where long sleeves and long pants and when you get out check for ticks.

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