“Freeze, don’t squeeze: world to adopt our tick removal method.” By Lisa Offord in the August 2019 edition of Pittwater Life magazine.

Lisa Offord interviews Dr Andrew Ratchford (Director of Emergency Medicine at Northern Beaches Hospital) who is at the forefront of tick removal research and involved in a ground-breaking study to reduce the debilitating problems from a tick bite.

This follows on from Dr Andy Ratchford, Dr Benjamin Taylor, A/Prof Brian Burns and A/Prof Sheryl van Nunen (Mona Vale and Northern Beaches Hospitals) having completed the first published study looking at how to remove a tick correctly in humans. This ongoing research is expected to change clinical practice worldwide in dealing with tick bites and associated symptoms following.

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Melanie Burk