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This week: Tick-borne diseases, medical simulation and a new literary journal

Deer ticks, known for transmitting the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, also carry similar bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoi. Upstate microbiologist and immunologist Saravanan Thangamani explains what is known about how the Borrelia miyamotoi disease is transmitted from ticks to humans on this week’s “HealthLink on Air.”

A larger percentage of deer ticks carry the Borrelia mayonii, which causes Lyme, than carry the Borrelia miyamotoi. Symptoms of the two diseases are similar, he notes, and the treatment is the same.

Also on the show this week, Erik Rufa, MD, and Darren Carboni explain how Upstate’s new simulation center uses high-tech mannequins for realistic medical training.

And, editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD, talks about the latest issue of “The Healing Muse,” Upstate’s literary and visual arts journal, now in its 19th year. Tune in this Sunday, October 27 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.