PHE Lyme disease conference 2013 – talks

The first PHE Lyme Disease Conference – 9 October 2013 The following are brief notes on what was said. See PDFs for speakers’ slides. Introduction: Countess of Mar Background of conflict & uncertainty creates difficulty for both patient & physician. Effectiveness of antibiotics. Co-operation and help of Porton, praise for Tim Brooks in organising the conference. […]

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PHE Lyme disease conference announced

The Public Health England Lyme disease conference programme has been announced and registration has opened. The conference is free to attend, but places are limited (to about 100) so early booking is advisable. Date: Oct 9th 2013, 10.00 – 16.00 Venue: Coin Street Conference Centre, London (near Waterloo) The aim of the day is to bring everyone up to […]

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NHS Lyme disease clinic Q&A

As announced at the LDA conference in Guildford last month, LDA had a meeting scheduled at PHE Porton. The meeting was with Dr Tim Brooks, who runs the specialist Lyme disease testing laboratory and also Dr Matthew Dryden who will be running the national Lyme disease referral clinic in Winchester, starting in November. A group […]

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Conference slides and feedback

Copies of the presentations from the 2013 LDA conference are available to download. This is not quite the same as being there – especially as a good part of the afternoon was given over to workshops with question and answer sessions. The 106 delegates (including 26 health and research professionals) all contributed to a very successful conference. The […]

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UK Lyme disease clinic announced

A new clinic for Lyme disease patients will start from September in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. The clinic will be run by Dr Matthew Dryden who has long had an interest in Lyme disease and has treated more than 500 patients over 20+ years. We hope that this will provide an opportunity for the national referral of […]

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PHE leaflet for GPs

Public Health England has issued an awareness leaflet for GPs: “Lyme disease, ticks and your patient’s health“. This is brief but has some useful features which can be drawn to the notice of GPs who may know very little about Lyme disease. The leaflet highlights: Many patients do not recall a bite or find a tick […]

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The turn of a virus

I’ve heard lots of people talking about shingles over the years.  How nasty it is.  How debilitating.  I vaguely knew it was linked to chickenpox.  But I’d never seen it before. Until, that is, I managed to acquire shingles for myself. I confess that I became overtired and not a little stressed.  We are trying […]

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Alternative to A&E

It always happens at the wrong time. There I was trying to get all the lawns cut on the nice dry, sunny day before the rain came. I got to the end of one big lawn, lifted the cutter deck of the ride-on lawn mower and the lever came off in my hand with a […]

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LDA at Primary Care Exhibition

LDA exhibited at the Primary Care conference which is held at the NEC each year. This was our second stand at this exhibition and is an element of the charity’s strategy to reach out to health professionals and provide them with good quality information on Lyme disease. It also gives LDA the opportunity of finding out the […]

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Lyme Neuroborreliosis booklet

LDA has produced a new leaflet on Lyme neuroborreliosis, based on currently available research papers. Aimed principally at health professionals, this addresses the symptoms,  diagnosis and treatment of Lyme neuroborreliosis: Lyme disease affecting the peripheral and central nervous system. Differences in the presentation in children and elderly patients are discussed as are the range of tests which […]

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