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Managing asthma during pregnancy

Asthma is the most common respiratory disorder complicating pregnancy (affecting up to one-in-eight women), and is associated with a range of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. Poorly-controlled asthma may lead to complications for pregnant women, including pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, and is associated with a higher incidence of Caesarean delivery. Complications for babies may include…

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Getting to grips with over-reliance on reliever medication

The Asthma Society of Ireland has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on reliever medication by using a reliever more than twice a week, according to the Global Initiative for Asthma The Asthma Society of Ireland has released research carried out by hmR Ireland, which looks at the over-reliance on reliever inhaler medication by people…

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Management of allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or skin flakes from certain animals. Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Hay fever affects the nose, sinuses, throat and eyes. Hay fever usually occurs during the spring and summer months.…

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Neurology in the era of Covid-19

An outline of how the novel coronavirus will impact on neurological care The Covid-19 pandemic has radically altered the delivery of care for those with neurological conditions. In this new era, social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, and adjustments to how it is provided for the coming 12 months…

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Management of urogynaecological conditions during Covid-19

This article from the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) provides a framework for the management of women with common urogynaecological conditions during the current pandemic, which has resulted in a reduction in urogynaecological services This document provides guidance for contingency planning for individual healthcare practitioners to mitigate the effects of reductions in human interactions and physical…

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Prostate cancer: An overview

Prostate cancer incidence in Ireland is currently one of the highest rates in Europe Irish statistics show that one-in-seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men internationally. It accounts for 30 per cent of all newly-diagnosed cancers in…

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Stroke in Ireland: The new National Stroke Strategy 2020-2025

Prof Rónán Collins, Clinical Lead with the HSE National Stroke Clinical Programme, speaks to Priscilla Lynch about the new national stroke strategy and ongoing improvements in stroke outcomes in Ireland The new HSE National Stroke Strategy 2020-2025 is due to be published imminently, and includes a range of measures aimed at further improving stroke outcomes…

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Inflammatory bowel disease and Covid-19

Guidance for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) services relating to Covid-19 Background To help guide IBD services across the country during the Covid-19 outbreak, the National Clinical Programme in Gastroenterology and Hepatology has outlined information and advice below. In as much as is possible, we have linked to the most recent national guidance documents. Please check…

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Involuntary psychiatric admission in Ireland

A detailed overview of the involuntary psychiatric admission process in Ireland and the supporting legislation There were 17,000 psychiatric admissions in Ireland in 2018, of which 2,225 were on an involuntary basis, according to the Health Research Board. As a result, 13.1 per cent of all admissions and 13.7 per cent of first admissions were…

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