May 11th, 2015

NMTC Science Café: People, Ticks, and Lyme Disease

Deer tickI was chatting with a patron recently about an investigative report on how little is spent on Lyme disease prevention and research.

This is an important topic to me as I have been treated for Lyme disease after finding the bull’s eye bite plus the flu-like symptoms and severe headache. When I started to search for facts about Lyme disease, I found some eye opening information.

Ron Hamlen, PhD., Vice-chair, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA, Inc., sent me some information compiled by Dr. Daniel Cameron, a researcher and expert on tick-borne diseases.

Here a few quick facts about the seriousness of Lyme disease:

 

– Ticks have been around for 15,000,000 years and the first case was described 5300 years ago.

– CDC reports 300,000 new cases/year, that’s 822 cases/week

– It is the fastest growing disease over HIV, Breast Cancer, Hepatitis and Colon Cancer

– Research funding is only $21 million compared to Hepatitis ($200 million), Colon Cancer ($288 million), Breast Cancer ($674 million) and HIV (3005 Million)

– The Elisa test used is only 35-50% accurate, the disease is usually misdiagnosed because it exhibits symptoms similar to other diseases. Fewer than 50% people remember being bitten by a tick or even noticing a rash.

– 40% of Lyme patients end up with long-term health problems. If left untreated, 60% patients have arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling

– Some Lyme disease patients are as disabled as people with Congestive Heart Failure and have as much pain as post-operative patients

If you want to learn about Lyme disease, come to our NMTC Science Café: People, Ticks and Lyme Disease with Ron Hamlen, PhD, Lyme Disease Assoc. of Southeastern PA. We will have an informal discussion led by Dr. Hamlen, May 19, 7:00 pm at the Elkton Central Library.
If you can’t come to the program but are still interested in this topic, go to NIH, MDHM or CDC (as per links below)

Did you know dogs can contract Lyme disease, too?


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May 4th, 2015

Plant Swaps @ the library

SeedlingOne thing gardeners all have in common is their generosity. Whether they’re trying to give away plant divisions, extra seedlings, or a plant that just won’t work for them, if you garden or have a friend who gardens you know they’re always happy to share. As a gardener myself I know that I’d rather pass on an extra plant and give it a new home than, heaven forbid, throw it away! But there are only so many plants your friends and neighbors are willing to take; so what’s a gardener to do!?

Three years ago the Elkton Library hosted its first plant swap to great success, now we’d like to offer a plant exchange at the Perryville Library. We will be hosting our First Annual Plant Exchange on Wednesday, May 13th @ 7 pm, and if you can’t make it to Perryville, Elkton will have its 3rd Annual Plant Swap on Tuesday, May 26th @ 6 pm. We hope you can make it! This will be a wonderful opportunity to give your plants a new home, refresh your garden with new plants and share experiences with other gardeners.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or someone who is just starting out you want to make the most of your garden.  At CCPL we have an extensive collection of gardening books and magazines, but if you’re looking for the latest, most up-to-date information you might want to check out our collection of on-line magazines through Zinio where you can download home and garden magazines like Mother Earth News, Country Gardens and Organic Gardening. In addition, our Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture database contains magazine and journal articles for everyone from the novice gardener to the professional.


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