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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LDA at Primary Care Exhibition

LDA exhibited at the Primary Care conference which is held at the NEC each year. This was our second stand at this exhibition and is an element of the charity’s strategy to reach out to health professionals and provide them with good quality information on Lyme disease. It also gives LDA the opportunity of finding out the […]

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Lyme Neuroborreliosis booklet

LDA has produced a new leaflet on Lyme neuroborreliosis, based on currently available research papers. Aimed principally at health professionals, this addresses the symptoms,  diagnosis and treatment of Lyme neuroborreliosis: Lyme disease affecting the peripheral and central nervous system. Differences in the presentation in children and elderly patients are discussed as are the range of tests which […]

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BBC Health highlights Lyme disease

The BBC ran a well researched article following the UK demonstration in London for the Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest. This was picked up very quickly across the country and resulted in a surge of enquiries to LDA’s patient help email service. These included emails from patients who had seen the EM rash on themselves some years […]

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Newsletter for May 2013

Here is our latest update summarising our progress over the last year, potential new tests, changes to the Public Health England website, and more. Download your copy here.

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Borrelia miyamotoi – new or old?

On 17th January 2013 news from America announced the discovery of ‘a new tick-borne infection that shares many similarities with Lyme disease’. The bacteria, which is not new, is called Borrelia miyamotoi , a relative of those which cause Lyme disease. Genetically, it is more closely related to the relapsing fever group of spirochaetes. Borrelia […]

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Longer treatment: better outcome

‘Management of suspected Lyme borreliosis: experience from an outpatient antibiotic therapy service.’ White B, Seaton RA, Evans TJ. QJM 2013; 106:133–38. Lyme disease in a Glasgow ID Clinic This study looks at the ‘real world experience’ of an infectious diseases clinic in Glasgow using Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Treatment (OPAT), in the form of intravenous ceftriaxone, […]

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There are uncertainties

Lyme Disease Action has funded a process to discover some of the uncertainties in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment. Through a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership patients and clinicians contributed to a nationwide survey which resulted in 81 potential uncertainties. Following a search of systematic reviews an independent information specialist confirmed that: 7 questions […]

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Map of medicine for Lyme disease will be back!

Map of Medicine (MOM) is a collection of evidence-based, practice-informed care maps which connect all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition. A care map was produced for Lyme disease in January 2010 but at its review date in 2012 a decision was taken not to update it. LDA has had discussions with MOM […]

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BMJ publishes LDA letter

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a letter from LDA’s Medical Director, Dr Sandra Pearson, and Chairman Stella Huyshe-Shires. This letter was written in response to an article which was intended to provide advice to doctors when a patient presents with a tick bite, rash and concerns about Lyme disease. The original article was […]

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