Press release – Lyme disease Guideline

Lyme disease Guideline – A step forward Leading Lyme disease charity, Lyme Disease Action (LDA), welcomes the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, published by NICE this week, as a small step in the right direction. The recommendations standardising on longer treatment duration are particularly welcome as they increase the chances of early [...]

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Significant rise in cases of Lyme disease

Public Health England (PHE) has published its latest figures for Common Animal Associated Infections in 2017.  The fourth quarter report (England and Wales) for 2017 shows a 35% rise in laboratory confirmed cases of Lyme disease over the numbers for 2016. PHE acknowledge that they do not know whether this is caused by better awareness, [...]

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Lyme disease conferences come to Cambridge

Two important conferences about Lyme Disease are to take place in Cambridge next month. The first, for health professionals and run by Public Health England (PHE), will be on Friday September 16th.    The PHE conference is suitable for all health professionals who wish to know more about Lyme disease.   The following day, Saturday 17th, the [...]

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Small charity achieves big changes

The 7 volunteers who are Lyme Disease Action (LDA) have changed the way the Department of Health and Public Health England view Lyme disease. Four years ago Lyme disease was considered easy to diagnose and easy to treat and the charity was considered to be making an unnecessary, unscientific fuss. Now the uncertainties in diagnosis [...]

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Watch out walkers; ticks about!

The warming weather is bringing the ticks out, and it’s not just pets that are at risk! Ticks are blood sucking members of the spider family and the stage that attaches to humans is very small – about the size of a poppy seed. Easy to miss clinging on behind your knee! Ticks can be [...]

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House of Lords debate supports 5-point action plan

This week (Thursday 22nd October), the House of Lords debated the topic of Lyme disease in the wake of much media attention following a range of celebrity* announcements on the relatively little-known and controversial infectious disease.  Lord Greaves, introducing the debate, asked the Minister, Lord Prior of Brampton, to follow up action points raised in [...]

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More flexible guidelines for Lyme disease

Despite rising cases of Lyme disease in the UK, there are no UK guidelines on diagnosis and treatment and there is no research in the UK to discover the true incidence, despite widespread acknowledgement that most cases go unrecorded. Heavy reliance has, until this new development (*see below), been placed on guidelines from the USA, [...]

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School Sports Day and Summer Holiday Alert For both teachers and parents – be tick aware!

With over 24,000 schools in the UK, many of which will be holding end-of-term Sports Days, the UK charity Lyme Disease Action urges school Head Teachers, their staff and all parents to watch out for ticks and tick bites when children take part in outdoor activities. Read on for key information on ticks, tick bites [...]

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Find out about Lyme disease

An invitation to attend Lyme Disease Action’s 2014 conference on Saturday 5 July 2014 at Surrey University UK charity Lyme Disease Action  invites the public, medical professionals and media alike to attend the 2014 Tick Borne Diseases Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford. This year’s conference will focus on advancing knowledge of UK uncertainties [...]

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Run tick-aware

- Advice for runners from Lyme Disease Action From veteran marathon runners to recreational joggers, from people who run in urban parks to those who prefer to take more extreme routes, charity Lyme Disease Action asks all runners to be tick-aware when out and about this spring and summer. Caused by the bite of an [...]

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