A study on the incidence of new cases and the demographics of Lyme disease patients in the UK has just been published. Like the paper published by Cairns et al in the Summer of 2019, it provides evidence of increasing annual incidence of Lyme disease, and that the number of cases diagnosed in primary care … More New study finds UK Lyme disease cases diagnosed in primary care to be significantly higher than lab confirmed cases
In November 2019, a two day workshop was held in Liverpool by the NIHR’s Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic infections (HPRU EZI) to review the research that has taken place on tick-borne diseases in the last couple of years, and identify gaps in knowledge and areas of research for future focus. The … More Report from RIPL and HPRU on the Lyme disease research workshop
Over the last few months, there has been a number of reports, papers, and studies announced on research for improving diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. In this latest blog we’ll aim to give an overview of some of these studies. Disulfiram for treatment of persisting symptoms Figures from the U.S suggest around 10% – … More Round up on recent Lyme research news
Yesterday, Science Media Centre held a briefing for scientists and journalists to discuss the state of the evidence on the number of UK Lyme disease cases, and the controversy around the tests and diagnosis. The meeting was instigated following concerns around the accuracy of the study published back in July that found cases of Lyme … More Claims that “most Britons who think they have Lyme disease actually suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome” further prove the need for accurate testing
There can be a lot of misunderstanding around Lyme disease – such as what it is, and how it affects people, both in the short and long term. We recently asked our social media followers what they wish other people knew about Lyme disease, and we got a wide range of responses. Some wished for … More What you wish people knew about Lyme disease
It’s now been one week since the BMJ Open published a study based on the records from a GP medical database of 8.4 million people from between 2001 and 2012, that ultimately suggested a much higher number of annual cases of Lyme disease than in previous estimates. It’s likely that you saw the news and … More Reactions to the BMJ Open study on Lyme disease – and what’s next?
The NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease was published yesterday (10th July 2019). The quality standard covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease in people of all ages. It also includes raising public awareness about prevention. It aims to work alongside the NICE Guideline for Lyme disease, helping to improve care of Lyme patients and increase … More NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease now published
John Caudwell and Veronica Hughes visited Public Health England’s scientific campus at Porton Down in Wiltshire, including a tour of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL) where the specialist Lyme disease testing for England and Wales is carried out at the request of NHS doctors. We met Professor Derrick Crook, Director of PHE’s National … More A visit to the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory