House of Lords Debate

On Thursday 22nd October, the Lords held a short debate on Lyme disease in Grand Committee. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. Prior to the debate LDA had issued a House of Lords Briefing, providing sections on basic facts on Lyme disease, what […]

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More flexible guidelines for Lyme disease

Despite rising cases of Lyme disease in the UK, there are no UK guidelines on diagnosis and treatment and there is no research in the UK to discover the true incidence, despite widespread acknowledgement that most cases go unrecorded. Heavy reliance has, until this new development (*see below), been placed on guidelines from the USA, […]

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LDA Conference – draft programme

We now have most speakers confirmed and the draft programme is available. We will look at the evidence for treatment failures and the real difficulties this causes to patients and doctors.  We will then switch to exploring the reasons for this and what we might be able to do about it. Borrelia persisters – what […]

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Flyer for RCGP e-learning module

As reported last year, LDA worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners to produce an on-line training module for GPs. This is available on the RCGP website and attracts 0.5 CPD points. It is currently available free to all health professionals. To help spread awareness, you could print either one or both pages of […]

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UK B. burgdorferi strains

Isolation and characterization of Borrelia burgdorferi strains from Ixodes ricinus ticks in southern England Sorouri R, Ramazani A, Karami A, Ranjbar R, Guy EC. Bioimpacts. 2015;5(2):71–8. Full text available from http://bi.tbzmed.ac.ir/JournalIssues/AllIssues/Volume5Issue2/2201552.aspx LDA was intrigued to come across this paper which was published in the current issue of the open access, multidisciplinary peer reviewed journal Bioimpacts, […]

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School Sports Day and Summer Holiday Alert For both teachers and parents – be tick aware!

With over 24,000 schools in the UK, many of which will be holding end-of-term Sports Days, the UK charity Lyme Disease Action urges school Head Teachers, their staff and all parents to watch out for ticks and tick bites when children take part in outdoor activities. Read on for key information on ticks, tick bites […]

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Ride London fundraisers

44 days to go – Graham and Sara will be taking part in Prudential Ride London to raise money for LDA. From the website, “a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. To capture it all, the best action is broadcast live on TV […]

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2015 conference

Just three months to go to this year’s conference, and some great speakers are lined up on the vital topic of treatment of Lyme disease. Our speakers are coming from far and wide, and we very much want to ensure that their voyages and the work they put into their presentations are worth their valuable […]

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May Newsletter

The May Newsletter is now available. It contains articles on – The LDA Conference: confirmation of some of the speakers Uptake of the RCGP e-learning module on Lyme disease which is freely available to all health professionals The Tick Activity Project under the University of Liverpool and PHE A better approach to serology LDA activity […]

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IDSA Guidelines

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) are jointly developing a systematic review and guideline on treatment of Lyme disease. The Project Plan has been open to public comment between March 9th and April 9th. Although these guidelines are intended for the […]

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