Map of Medicine care map for Lyme disease suspended

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. The reasons given by the production […]

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Lyme disease in the BMJ

The June 23rd edition of the BMJ had a large tick on the cover heralding a couple of articles inside in this week’s Practice section: Tick bite and early Lyme Borreliosis: a 10 minute consultation Lyme neuroborreliosis: a patient’s journey. The 10 minute consultation discussed what steps a doctor should take in investigating a rash […]

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Do repeat courses of antibiotics help?

For Diane in Cornwall, they were essential. Her story is featured in the July issue of Candis magazine, a family magazine that has nearly a quarter of a million paid up subscribers, so will get wide circulation. Diane, a nurse and keen horse rider, was bitten by a tick in April 2011 and developed a rash, […]

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Invitation to attend LDA conference July 21st

UK charity Lyme Disease Action  invites you to attend the 2012 Tick Borne Diseases Conference in Carlisle on July 21st 2012. Why should you attend? Lyme disease is little-known about amongst consumers or the medical profession, yet is prevalent in many areas of the UK – from countryside to urban parks and gardens. Difficult to […]

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Meeting with the HPA

The functions of the Health protection Agency (HPA) Lyme Borreliosis Unit are being transferred from Southampton to the Rare & Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL)* at HPA Porton which already has considerable experience in testing for other tick borne pathogens, in particular Rickettsia and Coxiella (Q fever). On May 1st two of LDA’s trustees spent a […]

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The challenge for patients

The Netherlands Journal of Medicine has been shining an interesting light on attitudes to Lyme disease: now you see reason; now you don’t. In March 2011 the Netherlands Journal of Medicine published a review (Tired of Lyme borreliosis. Coumou et al) which seemed intended to help Dutch physicians cope with the many people who believe they […]

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All Change

In anticipation of its incorporation into Public Health England, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been reviewing its microbiology services and management. As part of the resulting re-organisation the functions of the Lyme Borreliosis Unit are being moved to the Special Pathogens Reference Unit at Porton which already provides reference services for a number of […]

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Long lead summer release

Staying put for summer doesn’t always mean you’ll stay safe – Charity Lyme Disease Action warns UK holidaymakers to be aware of ticks this summer Even if you’re neither patriotic nor sporty, many of us will be tempted to spend parts of the summer in the UK, joining in with Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Olympic […]

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Be tick aware, even in England

If you’ve chosen to holiday in England, you may think you’re safe from unpleasant creepy crawlies. Without wanting to put you off enjoying everything our great nation has to offer, tick numbers are rising in the UK…and so should your awareness. Charity Lyme Disease Action advises on ways to stay safe and avoid tick-borne Lyme disease. […]

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A plea from across the pond for research into chronic Lyme

Chronic Lyme Disease: It’s Time to Solve the Medical Mystery Inside an Enigma. This well-written and moderate article from the US, seeking research into the unknown areas of optimum length of treatment, best drugs to use and so on, caught our eye precisely because it was so well written and moderate, despite the writer experiencing […]

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