Sunday, 21 October 2012

RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NORWAY DIRECTOR ADMITS WE DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT TICK-BORNE DISEASES


Kristin Mehre, a director in the Research Council of Norway acknowledges that we don’t know enough about tick-borne disease. 

Kristin Mehre  in a TV interview link here  says 'Directorate of Health now recognizes that the tests taken in Norway to affect disease ticks, is uncertain.'    It is not enough to do a test. It must be tested and, in addition, there must be a thorough clinical evaluation, says Department of Health, Kristin Mehra to TV 2 We recognize that there are many who have chronic ailments. Also we do not know if it's a chronic Lyme disease because we do not know whether it is a bacteria or a reaction to the disease, says Kristin Mehra.

Directorate of Health admits that Norway knows too little about the long-term disease after tick bites.
- It's still not enough knowledge to be able to give a general recommendation for those with long-term ailments, said department director of the Health Directorate.
Comment from Lyme Disease Action Facebook page 
'If people would only read the small print, European guidelines said this 2 years ago: we don’t know the best drug, dose or duration. EFNS guidelines are based on what they call “good practice” ie habit - not evidence. Time this was more widely acknowledged.'

From Lyme disease Action website here 

EFNS (The European Federation of Neurological Societies)
November 2009 – EFNS guidelines on the diagnosis and management of European Lyme neuroborreliosis. Mygland A, Ljøstad U, Fingerle V, Rupprecht T, Schmutzhard E, Steiner I. Eur J Neurol. 2010;17:8-16.
Points to note:
  • Deals with neuroborreliosis only.
  • Contains recommendations on treatment but points out the lack of European treatment studies and controlled trials on treatment length.
  • Most recommendations are based on opinion because of the lack of evidence.
  • Recognises that studies show significant treatment failure rates, but makes no recommendation as to further treatment.

Link to European Federation of Neurological Societies  guidelines here 

 'Man has in a way not seen or realized, that chronic Lyme disease is a real problem, says Norwegian doctor at Lyme Center, Rolf Luneng.'

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