Longer treatment: better outcome

‘Management of suspected Lyme borreliosis: experience from an outpatient antibiotic therapy service.’ White B, Seaton RA, Evans TJ. QJM 2013; 106:133–38. Lyme disease in a Glasgow ID Clinic This study looks at the ‘real world experience’ of an infectious diseases clinic in Glasgow using Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Treatment (OPAT), in the form of intravenous ceftriaxone, […]

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There are uncertainties

Lyme Disease Action has funded a process to discover some of the uncertainties in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment. Through a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership patients and clinicians contributed to a nationwide survey which resulted in 81 potential uncertainties. Following a search of systematic reviews an independent information specialist confirmed that: 7 questions […]

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Food and feasting

With most of the Christmas cooking and feasting under my belt, I was amused to read an article on the BBC web-site by the author Will Self, with the intriguing title, ‘The British Vomitorium’, exploring the our national obsession with food. Half-way through, I was stopped in my tracks by the phrase ‘You are what […]

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Research Priority Survey Launches

UK-registered charity Lyme Disease Action has launched a second survey, the next step in finding out what we do and don’t know about the treatment and diagnosis of often-misdiagnosed Lyme disease. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the James Lind Alliance has been working with the charity Lyme Disease Action to document the […]

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Map of medicine for Lyme disease will be back!

Map of Medicine (MOM) is a collection of evidence-based, practice-informed care maps which connect all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition. A care map was produced for Lyme disease in January 2010 but at its review date in 2012 a decision was taken not to update it. LDA has had discussions with MOM […]

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Watch out for ticks in these green and pleasant lands

– A warning from charity Lyme Disease Action to all country sports fans With the shooting season almost fully underway in the UK, country sports enthusiasts up and down the country will be getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors. Whatever the activity – be it shooting, fishing or riding – sporting aficionados are likely to […]

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Lyme disease in a British referral clinic

A paper published earlier this year has already become widely quoted and so it is worth a brief comment to put this in perspective. Lyme disease in a British referral clinic Cottle, Mekonnen, Beadsworth, Miller & Beeching. QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians June 2012 The paper describes the patterns of referral, investigation, […]

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BMJ publishes LDA letter

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a letter from LDA’s Medical Director, Dr Sandra Pearson, and Chairman Stella Huyshe-Shires. This letter was written in response to an article which was intended to provide advice to doctors when a patient presents with a tick bite, rash and concerns about Lyme disease. The original article was […]

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US Congressional hearing on Lyme disease

LDA participated in a US Congressional hearing on 18th July 2012 : “Global Challenges in Diagnosing and Managing Lyme Disease – Closing Knowledge Gaps”. Witnesses testifying were: Stephen W. Barthold, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Center of Comparative Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis Raphael Stricker, M.D., Vice President, ILADS […]

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2,200 signatures and counting

Lyme disease sufferer Denise Longman launched a petition in April 2010. This is still open and collecting signatures . You can read the detail of the petition and browse other people’s comments. In addition to the on-line signatures nearly 1,000 names have been collected on paper forms by people canvassing friends and relatives. A downloadable form is […]

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