January 2015 Newsletter

January’s newsletter has just been published. There is news on- LDA’s 2015 conference Willy Burgdorfer’s obituary and Canada’s federal framework on Lyme disease UK tick collecting planned Other events coming up in the UK Negative Lyme disease serology – our concerns LDA help desk experience So what are we doing? Newsletters will now be published […]

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Just who is being anti-science?

Canada has been hit by political problems like the rest of us – their Lyme disease bill is being challenged. All Elizabeth May is saying is that climate change means ticks will be moving North (evidence exists) many people with Lyme disease are missing a diagnosis (evidence exists) and that Canada needs its own guidance drawn […]

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Willy Burgdorfer 1925 – 2014

Willy Burgdofer died on 17th November at the age of 89. His name lives on in the bacterium he discovered – Borrelia burgdorferi. It was serendipity that led the young Swiss researcher from his study of the relapsing fever spirochaete and research in disease outbreaks in Switzerland to the outbreak of another disease in the […]

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November Newsletter

LDA’s November newsletter is now available on the Information page, where you can access all previous newsletters. This quarter there is news on- The venue for LDA’s 2015 conference Christmas cards, including a new one RCGP elearning module on Lyme disease for all health professionals LDA review article on Lyme disease published in The Nursing […]

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How we brought the speakers from Heathrow to Guildford

Driving up to Guildford for the conference, coming from the West, we were delayed around Stonehenge. Hurriedly unloaded a car full of leaflets, exhibition stands etc and now the race to get to Heathrow, pick up the international speakers and get them back to Guildford in time for the conference dinner at 7pm. Packed Stephen […]

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Conversation on Hiblio TV

For the very first broadcast from this new service, Hiblio featured an interview with LDA’s medical director to raise awareness of ticks. The interview can still be watched, though it is destined for library archive. Hiblio LIVE is a new subscription free TV service from South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Hiblio will broadcast web television to […]

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Suggested referral pathway for Lyme disease

UK guidance on Lyme disease will take some time to prepare and publish. A committee is being drawn together, literature has to be consulted and views gathered. Meanwhile ticks are out and about and coming into contact with the public and GPs in particular need some official help. Public Health England have therefore issued a suggested […]

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NorTick 2014

Report of the NorTick 2014 Conference, held in Stavanger 5-6 February 2014. Approx 70 people, mostly Norwegians but a few from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany. 2 from the UK. ID consultants, neurologists, microbiologists, paediatricians, GPs, public health, researchers (microbiology, biology, ticks & ecology) and 3 patients, gathered to share knowledge on tick-borne diseases. Pål […]

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Another New Year

Where do we find ourselves at the start of 2014? On December 16th LDA had a meeting at the Department of Health. The purpose was to use cases documented through LDA’s help desk to highlight to the Department the  shortcomings in the current provision of care for Lyme disease patients. We have made them aware […]

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Poster at piExeter Conference

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) held a conference in Exeter in November – “New developments in public involvement in research“. LDA submitted an abstract for a presentation and was delighted to be given a slot for a poster presentation. Drafting of the abstract was back in […]

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