Conferences

EULAR 2019

Hand osteoarthritis improves with prednisolone By Priscilla Lynch | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented at EULAR 2019 show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. Treatments are currently limited to topical and oral…

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Hand osteoarthritis improves with prednisolone

The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented at EULAR 2019 show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. Treatments are currently limited to topical and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain. However, studies have shown that synovial inflammation is…

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Disease control on tocilizumab

The results of a randomised controlled trial presented at EULAR 2019 demonstrate high levels of treatment success in approximately two-thirds of patients despite tapered glucocorticoid (GC) discontinuation, while a small loss of disease control was observed at the total study population level. “On the basis of our results, we believe that all patients achieving low…

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Disease remission associated with 80% reduction in cardiovascular outcomes

Remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an 80 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular outcomes, the results of a study presented at EULAR 2019 show. “The heightened risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is in large part a consequence of uncontrolled inflammation. By demonstrating that remission of…

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Being overweight linked to psoriatic arthritis

The results of a study presented at EULAR 2019 demonstrate significant correlation between body mass index (BMI) and disease severity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Although PsA has been associated with an enhanced prevalence of obesity and being overweight, few studies have assessed the relationship between weight and the severity of disease in these patients. Results…

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Gout patients suffering in silence

The results of a 14 country pan-European survey presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest gout is being diagnosed late, is not well controlled, and is not regularly monitored. The survey included 1,100 patients with gout and found a quarter were not diagnosed until they had four or more flares. Furthermore,…

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4th Annual Trauma Conference 2019

Emergency Aeromedical Service has responded to over 3,700 tasks By Catherine Reilly | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), operated by the HSE and Irish Air Corps, has responded to over 3,700 tasks since commencing in June 2012,  the Mater Hospital’s 4th annual trauma conference heard. Commandant Jay O’Reilly, Squadron…

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Emergency Aeromedical Service has responded to over 3,700 tasks

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), operated by the HSE and Irish Air Corps, has responded to over 3,700 tasks since commencing in June 2012,  the Mater Hospital’s 4th annual trauma conference heard. Commandant Jay O’Reilly, Squadron Commander, 301 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Irish Air Corps, also told the conference that the top two receiving hospitals are…

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Trauma surgeon is ‘code red surgeon’, hears Mater conference

The question of who fulfils the role of trauma surgeon can be “difficult to answer”, a trauma and vascular surgeon told the 4th annual trauma conference at the Mater Hospital, Dublin.  Speaking on training the modern trauma surgeon, Mr Morgan McMonagle emphasised the crucial role of the trauma surgeon in identifying and controlling major haemorrhage.…

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Falls ‘epidemic’ requires Ministerial action – MTA Clinical Lead

Action is required at “Ministerial level” on the high incidence of major trauma arising from low falls, the Clinical Lead for the Major Trauma Audit (MTA) has told the Medical Independent (MI). Speaking at the Mater Hospital’s 4th annual trauma conference, Dr Conor Deasy said low falls were the most frequent cause of major trauma…

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