A green fingered tick warning

Whether you’re tidying up the garden before winter kicks in, or sorting it out ready for spring, keep an eye out for ticks which, if infected, can cause Lyme disease.  You don’t need a sprawling rural garden to be at risk of Lyme disease, as ticks – tiny blood-sucking parasites (the size of a full [...]

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Statement by LDA Chair

Statement by LDA’s chair, Stella Huyshe-Shires – 10 September 2011 Recording on YouTube. Text for those who would rather read: We are all disappointed that the HPA will not be providing the expected speaker for our conference this coming week. I’m afraid that at Lyme Disease Action we find it inexplicable that an organisation which [...]

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LDA Comment on British Infection Association Position Statement

In March 2011 the British Infection Association published on-line a Position Statement on Lyme Disease. The full paper appeared in print in the May edition of the BIA’s journal, the Journal of Infection Lyme Disease Action sought a meeting with the BIA President, Dr Jane Stockley, to discuss what the charity felt were serious shortcomings [...]

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Sound thinking in the Netherlands

The editorial of the March 2011 edition of the Netherlands Journal of Medicine(1)gives a hint of an enlightened, scientific approach in the Netherlands revised guidelines due to be published later this year.These guidelines have been developed “according to the recommendations for evidence-based development of guidelines by a multidisciplinary committee, including the National Society for Lyme [...]

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From Lyme disease to a Grand Slam Final

Saturday’s French Open ladies tennis final will crown an incredible comeback from Lyme disease for Australian Sam Stosur. A late-blooming success, Stosur was struck down by the debilitating illness – which is caused by the bite of an infected tick and can affect the joints, the heart and the nervous system – for ten months [...]

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Lyme disease: hiding behind the panel

The Lyme disease review panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its long-awaited final report following an enforced review of the controversial 2006 Lyme disease guidelines, which are also used in the UK. The Department of Health (DoH) is focusing on the headline that these guidelines were upheld in order to [...]

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LDA submission to the IDSA Review Panel

April 2009 LDA provides evidence to the IDSA Review Panel that the 2006 IDSA Guidelines for The Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease are not applicable to the UK. LDA submission.

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LDA participates in Radio 4 Case Notes

LDA participates in Case Notes Lyme Disease Action trustee Stella Huyshe-Shires recently participated in an edition of BBC Radio 4’s Case Notes with Dr. Mark Porter. The programme was about insects and other arthropods in medicine and a section of the programme was devoted to tick-borne Lyme disease. We are grateful to Case Notes for [...]

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March of the countryside bug that can blind walkers

Lyme Disease Action supports the recent article in the Daily Mail about the dangers that infected tick bites pose to anyone out walking in the countryside. Graham Jukes, of the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, whilst not wishing to provoke paranoia, is urging the government to tackle the problems of prevention and greater awareness. Severe [...]

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IDSA Lyme Guidelines Panel acted improperly

May 2008 Lyme Disease Action welcomes Connecticut Attorney General’s Investigation of official guidelines on Lyme disease. Guidelines on Lyme disease published in 2006 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are taken by doctors in the UK to be best practice for treating patients with Lyme and are promoted by the UK’s Health Protection [...]

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