January 2015 Newsletter

January’s newsletter has just been published. There is news on- LDA’s 2015 conference Willy Burgdorfer’s obituary and Canada’s federal framework on Lyme disease UK tick collecting planned Other events coming up in the UK Negative Lyme disease serology – our concerns LDA help desk experience So what are we doing? Newsletters will now be published [...]

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Sian Thomas raises £712.50

As previously reported, Sian completed a series of long distance runs – 5km, 10km and culminating in the Cardiff half-marathon in October. Not only did she successfully complete the runs, despite being “not a natural runner”, but she surpassed the total she set and raised the fantastic sum of £584, increased to £712.50 with Gift [...]

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Just who is being anti-science?

Canada has been hit by political problems like the rest of us – their Lyme disease bill is being challenged. All Elizabeth May is saying is that climate change means ticks will be moving North (evidence exists) many people with Lyme disease are missing a diagnosis (evidence exists) and that Canada needs its own guidance drawn [...]

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Willy Burgdorfer 1925 – 2014

Willy Burgdofer died on 17th November at the age of 89. His name lives on in the bacterium he discovered – Borrelia burgdorferi. It was serendipity that led the young Swiss researcher from his study of the relapsing fever spirochaete and research in disease outbreaks in Switzerland to the outbreak of another disease in the [...]

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November Newsletter

LDA’s November newsletter is now available on the Information page, where you can access all previous newsletters. This quarter there is news on- The venue for LDA’s 2015 conference Christmas cards, including a new one RCGP elearning module on Lyme disease for all health professionals LDA review article on Lyme disease published in The Nursing [...]

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LDA/RCGP Training module for GPs

LDA has been working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to produce an on-line training module on Lyme disease. This is launched today – funded by LDA through donations. It is available free to all GPs and other health professionals, whether or not they are members of RCGP. The course is evidence-based, but acknowledges [...]

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Sian Thomas Long Runs!

Sian Thomas ran the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 5th October, and is also taking part in a number of other 10km runs. Sian says, “I’m not a natural runner, so this will be a challenge for me! I would love your help in reaching my fundraising goal and to help support LDA.” This is [...]

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Stewart Bint goes the extra mile… or four!

Author Stewart Bint from Desford in Leicestershire completed a 10km barefoot walk in Coventry on Sunday 20th July to help raise funds and awareness of Lyme disease in honour of an American friend who is suffering from it. Not only did Stewart spend the two months before the walk barefoot, it seems somebody misjudged the [...]

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Conversation on Hiblio TV

For the very first broadcast from this new service, Hiblio featured an interview with LDA’s medical director to raise awareness of ticks. The interview can still be watched, though it is destined for library archive. Hiblio LIVE is a new subscription free TV service from South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Hiblio will broadcast web television to [...]

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Suggested referral pathway for Lyme disease

UK guidance on Lyme disease will take some time to prepare and publish. A committee is being drawn together, literature has to be consulted and views gathered. Meanwhile ticks are out and about and coming into contact with the public and GPs in particular need some official help. Public Health England have therefore issued a suggested [...]

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