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Atopic eczema — more than an itchy rash

Atopic eczema is a life-long skin condition, so the main aim of treatment is to improve symptoms and achieve long-term control Atopic eczema (AE), also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, non-communicable, chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterised by intense itch and recurring eczematous lesions. AE is the most common inflammatory skin disorder in children…

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Skin deep: The effects of prolonged hand hygiene and PPE measures

A look at the impact of PPE and hand disinfection on the skin health of healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic Repeated and frequent exposure to water, soap, and alcohol hand gel and prolonged contact with personal protective equipment (PPE) can cause dry skin and irritant contact dermatitis. The skin may start to itch, become…

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Integration of ENT service delivery and Covid-19

Prof Camilla Carroll, Consultant Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), Dublin, National Clinical Programmes in Surgery Clinical Lead for ENT Education in Primary Care; Dr Eoin Murphy, Mid-Leinster GP Training Programme SHO, RVEEH; Dr Niall Vaughan, Mid-Leinster GP Training Programme SHO, RVEEH; and Dr Michael Keyes, North-East Dublin GP…

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Heart failure in 2020 — the latest advances

Prof Dermot McCaffrey Associate Professor and Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist, Beacon Hospital, Dublin Heart failure (HF) is a condition associated with ageing, so will become more prevalent in the decades to come as our life expectancy increases. HF is associated with many comorbidities which are also becoming more prevalent, namely hypertension, diabetes, obesity…

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Cardiometabolic risks: All that we see and all that we miss

Dr Paddy BarrettConsultant Cardiologist, My Heart Health – Blackrock Clinic – www.MyHeartHealth.ie Cardiometabolic diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, 80-90 per cent of the risk factors that are responsible for causing cardiometabolic disease are identifiable. Up to 80 per cent of premature cardiometabolic disease is preventable. Taken together, these three facts…

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A round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s ESC

PRISCILLA LYNCH Best of ESC Congress 2020 – a completely digital experience “ESC Congress 2020 was an event like no other – the best ground-breaking cardiovascular science in an entirely digital experience,” said Prof Marco Roffi, Chair of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress Programme Committee, following the four-day meeting’s successful conclusion on 1…

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The latest treatment approaches in diabetes

The Diabetes Federation of Ireland estimates that there are over 200,000 diabetics in Ireland and that over half of these have no idea they have diabetes. The aim of diabetes treatment is to do what the body once did automatically, which is to mimic the insulin pattern before diabetes and to keep blood sugar under…

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Returning diabetes and obesity services to the ‘new normal'

Hospital and community diabetes and obesity services are gradually resuming and scaling up delivery of care As health services continue to grapple with providing care in the ‘new normal’ caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is rising concern about missed opportunities and early warning signs being ignored in people with chronic diseases such as diabetes.…

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Diabetes and the new HSE chronic disease management programme

A comprehensive overview of the new chronic disease management programme in general practice “The way we currently care for (people with) chronic conditions is relatively ineffective, inefficient and ultimately unsustainable. Too many people end up needing hospital admission…too many depend on hospital OPD. We need a better way of caring for people with chronic diseases…affecting…

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Management of patients with multimorbidities during Covid-19

Promoting primary care services to mitigate undetected deterioration or a surge in the presentations of post-lockdown non-Covid-19 related morbidities should be a priority Encompassing forms of arthritis, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancers, a chronic disease is a health condition that is long-lasting and persistent. Approximately one million people in Ireland today…

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