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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Immune response develops in waves

How do we know how the immune response develops in untreated patients? It is generally said that after a tick bite, the IgM response develops first, followed by the IgG response. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) states “The chances of a positive test in early infection range from about 30% in the first two weeks [...]

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Trust in Healthcare

Swedish Patients’ experiences: a BMJ open access paper has just been published. Wessel M, Lynøe N, Juth N, et al. The tip of an iceberg? A cross-sectional study of the general public’s experiences of reporting healthcare complaints in Stockholm, Sweden. BMJ Open 2012;2:e000489. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2011-000489 Sweden has a Patients’ Advisory Committee, similar in function to [...]

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Guidelines matter

Medical science moves on; guidelines need updating because clinicians use them. No-one can believe it is a good thing for clinicians to apply guidelines that are known to be out of date. Because of this the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) in the USA requires that American guidelines are reviewed every 5 years. The IDSA guidelines of [...]

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Where your dog goes, so do you!

At the LDA 2011 conference Faith Smith told us about her research project at Bristol University surveying pet dogs to estimate the prevalence of Lyme disease infected ticks. Her paper has just been published. The random samples of ticks were from dogs inspected at veterinary surgeries across the UK. Samples positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that [...]

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Neurological care criticised by National Audit Office

The National Audit Office published its report into “Services for people with neurological conditions” just before Christmas. The study focussed on 3 neurological conditions (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease). However, the study found, through literature reviews and focus groups with charities, patients and carers, that there were similar issues for people with [...]

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2012 – We can hope

We look forward to this new year with the undiminished hope that entrenched positions will relax and we can all start moving forward. Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore [...]

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Concern about rise in Lyme disease cases

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns, has published his annual report covering 2010. In Chapter 6, on zoonoses, Sir Harry says “One concerning trend in zoonoses, i.e. diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, is that shown by the increase in Lyme disease, a tick-borne disorder. The rise cannot be accounted for [...]

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LDA – Officially accredited quality information

Lyme Disease Action has been certified as a provider of high quality health information by The Information Standard scheme. This scheme was developed by the Department of Health to help the public identify trustworthy health and social care information easily. At the heart of the scheme is the standard itself – a set of criteria that [...]

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