How are specific tests accredited?

When a new type of test is developed, the manufacturer effectively accredits it themselves. Reputable companies will then run trials to show how good the test is compared with other tests – how sensitive and how specific – and will publish the details of the test and the detail of the trials so that laboratories […]

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How are testing laboratories accredited?

A laboratory must be accredited to carry out testing so that it is reliable, and results can be reproduced. They must show that they meet high levels of cleanliness, keep good records, staff are appropriately trained and that they continuously strive to improve their processes. Laboratories are accredited by the International Organisation of Standardisation to […]

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How does Laboratory quality assurance work?

Quality assurance is a process that laboratories use to ensure the accuracy and proficiency in their testing methods. It involves continuous cycles of control, testing and improvement. This is achieved through written processes (Standard Operating Procedures), rigorous documentation, monitoring and evaluating where errors may be mitigated. When a laboratory has all this in place it […]

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What is a Rife machine, and is it helpful?

Rife machines were invented in 1920’s by Royal Raymond Rife. They deliver low electromagnetic waves, like radio waves, through the hands or feet. The suggestion is that all medical conditions have an electromagnetic frequency, and that this machine will deliver pulses at the same frequency, to disable diseased cells. Rife machines have not been scientifically […]

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Is disulfiram a useful treatment?

Disulfiram is a drug that is currently prescribed for chronic alcoholism. It has some very unpleasant side-effects, such as making you extremely sensitive to alcohol and causing mental health deterioration. [1,2] However, it is known to have properties that can kill microbes, such as bacteria, in a laboratory setting. Some people take disulfiram to treat […]

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Are any herbal treatments useful?

There is no evidence that herbal remedies are effective against the Lyme disease bacteria, though it is possible that some of them may help relieve symptoms: Cat’s Claw has some anti-inflammatory properties but is not without risk. It has an effect on the immune system and the importance of this in Lyme disease is not […]

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Are food supplements helpful during treatment?

On the whole, as long as you have a balanced diet, you should not need any supplements. They are cleverly marketed, but usually best avoided, particularly if you are taking any prescription medicines as things like magnesium might interact with doxycycline or other antibiotics. Vitamin D in the winter, or throughout the year for those […]

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What a clinic can do

This balanced report from the USA Lifespan Lyme Disease Clinic (LDC) has a description of difficulties faced by Lyme disease patients that many in the UK will recognise. The authors have looked back at records of patients who attended the clinic during 2018. It is fairly clear that most of the patients studied had come […]

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Facial palsy in children in endemic areas

High frequency of paediatric facial nerve palsy due to Lyme disease in a geographically endemic region. Munro A et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 132 (2020) This paper looks back at records of children presenting with a facial palsy at Southampton Hospital’s emergency department or paediatric assessment unit in the years 2010 – 2017. […]

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Coding Lyme disease on GP systems

Ever wondered what GPs type on the computer when they diagnose Lyme disease? GP Coding behaviour for non-specific clinical presentations: a pilot study. Tulloch J et al BJGP Open 2020; 4 (3) 2020 When a GP sees a patient, they record their consultation on their computer system, capturing symptoms, diagnoses and therapies. These can be […]

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