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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US Congressional hearing on Lyme disease

LDA participated in a US Congressional hearing on 18th July 2012 : “Global Challenges in Diagnosing and Managing Lyme Disease – Closing Knowledge Gaps”. Witnesses testifying were: Stephen W. Barthold, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Center of Comparative Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis Raphael Stricker, M.D., Vice President, ILADS […]

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2,200 signatures and counting

Lyme disease sufferer Denise Longman launched a petition in April 2010. This is still open and collecting signatures . You can read the detail of the petition and browse other people’s comments. In addition to the on-line signatures nearly 1,000 names have been collected on paper forms by people canvassing friends and relatives. A downloadable form is […]

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Map of Medicine care map for Lyme disease suspended

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. The reasons given by the production […]

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Lyme disease in the BMJ

The June 23rd edition of the BMJ had a large tick on the cover heralding a couple of articles inside in this week’s Practice section: Tick bite and early Lyme Borreliosis: a 10 minute consultation Lyme neuroborreliosis: a patient’s journey. The 10 minute consultation discussed what steps a doctor should take in investigating a rash […]

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Do repeat courses of antibiotics help?

For Diane in Cornwall, they were essential. Her story is featured in the July issue of Candis magazine, a family magazine that has nearly a quarter of a million paid up subscribers, so will get wide circulation. Diane, a nurse and keen horse rider, was bitten by a tick in April 2011 and developed a rash, […]

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Meeting with the HPA

The functions of the Health protection Agency (HPA) Lyme Borreliosis Unit are being transferred from Southampton to the Rare & Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL)* at HPA Porton which already has considerable experience in testing for other tick borne pathogens, in particular Rickettsia and Coxiella (Q fever). On May 1st two of LDA’s trustees spent a […]

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The challenge for patients

The Netherlands Journal of Medicine has been shining an interesting light on attitudes to Lyme disease: now you see reason; now you don’t. In March 2011 the Netherlands Journal of Medicine published a review (Tired of Lyme borreliosis. Coumou et al) which seemed intended to help Dutch physicians cope with the many people who believe they […]

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All Change

In anticipation of its incorporation into Public Health England, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been reviewing its microbiology services and management. As part of the resulting re-organisation the functions of the Lyme Borreliosis Unit are being moved to the Special Pathogens Reference Unit at Porton which already provides reference services for a number of […]

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