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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PHE Lyme disease conference 2013 – talks

The first PHE Lyme Disease Conference – 9 October 2013 The following are brief notes on what was said. See PDFs for speakers’ slides. Introduction: Countess of Mar Background of conflict & uncertainty creates difficulty for both patient & physician. Effectiveness of antibiotics. Co-operation and help of Porton, praise for Tim Brooks in organising the conference. […]

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PHE Lyme disease conference announced

The Public Health England Lyme disease conference programme has been announced and registration has opened. The conference is free to attend, but places are limited (to about 100) so early booking is advisable. Date: Oct 9th 2013, 10.00 – 16.00 Venue: Coin Street Conference Centre, London (near Waterloo) The aim of the day is to bring everyone up to […]

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NHS Lyme disease clinic Q&A

As announced at the LDA conference in Guildford last month, LDA had a meeting scheduled at PHE Porton. The meeting was with Dr Tim Brooks, who runs the specialist Lyme disease testing laboratory and also Dr Matthew Dryden who will be running the national Lyme disease referral clinic in Winchester, starting in November. A group […]

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Conference slides and feedback

Copies of the presentations from the 2013 LDA conference are available to download. This is not quite the same as being there – especially as a good part of the afternoon was given over to workshops with question and answer sessions. The 106 delegates (including 26 health and research professionals) all contributed to a very successful conference. The […]

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UK Lyme disease clinic announced

A new clinic for Lyme disease patients will start from September in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. The clinic will be run by Dr Matthew Dryden who has long had an interest in Lyme disease and has treated more than 500 patients over 20+ years. We hope that this will provide an opportunity for the national referral of […]

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PHE leaflet for GPs

Public Health England has issued an awareness leaflet for GPs: “Lyme disease, ticks and your patient’s health“. This is brief but has some useful features which can be drawn to the notice of GPs who may know very little about Lyme disease. The leaflet highlights: Many patients do not recall a bite or find a tick […]

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