NICE Guideline – LDA’s reaction

Lyme Disease Action (LDA) broadly welcomes the NICE Guideline published this week. It is not the ‘game changer’ some may have been hoping for. But nor are any perceived shortcomings cause to demand their wholesale withdrawal, as is being suggested in some quarters. LDA feels now is not the time to “throw the baby out [...]

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Another rise in reported cases

In November we reported a rise in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease. This clearly wasn’t just a blip as figures for the last quarter of 2017 have just confirmed the trend. Public Health England (PHE) has published its latest figures for Common Animal Associated Infections in 2017. The fourth quarter report (England [...]

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APPG officers

Following its first meeting, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Lyme disease held its inaugural AGM on 28th November and appointed officers. APPGs are for groups of parliamentarians who have a specific interest, in this case Lyme disease, and provide a ‘safe’ place where MPs and members of the House of Lords can discuss [...]

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Rise in reported cases

Public Health England has now published provisional figures for Lyme disease for the third quarter of 2017 in the Health Protection Report , covering the period from January to September (weeks 0-39). As usual, this represents laboratory confirmed cases by the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), based on positive Lyme serology tests of samples [...]

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Response to NICE draft

A Missed Opportunity? For 15 years Lyme Disease Action (LDA) has been consistently advocating science, and robust evidence, in striving for the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. 5 years ago LDA funded research with the James Lind Alliance (JLA) to establish the top 10 ‘unknowns’ about Lyme disease in the UK which need research. [...]

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Preliminary response to draft guideline

LDA has been asked for comment by The Times and has provided the following preliminary statement for the press: ———————— We need time to look at the full documents in detail. The charity will be taking feedback from patients and healthcare professionals and will respond formally to NICE before the end of the consultation period in [...]

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Draft NICE guideline

NICE, the organisation responsible for clinical guidelines in England & Wales, has now published the Lyme disease draft guideline. This will remain on-line for a 6 week consultation period with the registered stakeholder organisations. If you would like to share any thoughts or concerns with us, please let us know via our email address document.write [...]

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Awareness raising among outdoor workers

We took a stand at a three day Arboricultural Association conference, attended by 400 people who either work outside or manage others who do. Awareness of ticks is key to avoiding Lyme disease and this is a health & safety issue  that needs to be high on many companies’ agendas. We had a very valuable [...]

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LDA 2017 Conference report

We gathered at Exeter University on 8th July for a full day of presentations at the 2017 LDA Conference. LDA’s Chair, Stella Huyshe-Shires, opened the proceedings with an overview of Lyme Disease in the UK, and its interactions and dependencies (both human and animal). Stella described the way ticks obtain and pass on infection to [...]

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Department of Health Reviews

In May 2016 the NHS Chief Scientist agreed with John Caudwell that he would commission 3 reviews and the Minister David Mowat said in parliament: “The Department of Health has commissioned three separate reviews on the diagnosis, treatment and transmission of Lyme disease. The work will be carried out by the epicentre of University College [...]

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