Paper published on decision making process of GPs in diagnosing Lyme disease

This week, a new paper was published following a study to help understand the decision making process of GPs when they are presented with cases of Lyme disease. Titled ’Understanding the decision-making process of general practitioners (GPs) presented with non-specific conditions’, the study saw eight GPs from the North West of the UK presented with … More Paper published on decision making process of GPs in diagnosing Lyme disease

New study finds UK Lyme disease cases diagnosed in primary care to be significantly higher than lab confirmed cases

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

Report from RIPL and HPRU on the Lyme disease research workshop

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

Claims that “most Britons who think they have Lyme disease actually suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome” further prove the need for accurate testing

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

Reactions to the BMJ Open study on Lyme disease – and what’s next?

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?

NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease now published

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

A visit to the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory

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