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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UK & USA labs in talks

In a further move to foster international cooperation, LDA arranged for one of IGeneX directors, Dr Jyotsna Shah, to come to RIPL this week to discuss testing for Lyme disease. The meeting improved everyone’s understanding and established a good working relationship for the first time. IGeneX understand now that CDC criteria for the number of […]

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November newsletter

LDA’s latest newsletter is now available. This has news on Public Health England conference with links to presentations & comments Joint action plan for Lyme disease – coordinated by PHE Plans for official UK Guidance for Lyme disease Patient & Clinician support provided by LDA This is all newsworthy. We’re not sure what is most remarkable, […]

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Is persisting Bb infectious?

Cathy Rubin of the Huffington Post has interviewed Monica Embers about her team’s studies of Borrelia burgdorferi in rhesus macaque monkeys. This is a very good summary, with key references, of what we do and don’t know in this field. Monica Embers says: “While we have shown that intact Borrelia spirochetes can persist following a […]

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Parliamentary question – Oct 22nd

22nd October 2013 – Topical questions: Oral Answers to Questions on Health Duncan Hames (Chippenham, Liberal Democrat) said – A written answer from the former Minister, my hon. Friend Anna Soubry, to my recent parliamentary question has on this subject revealed that people living in the south-west of England are three times as likely to […]

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