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Diagnosing and managing painful small fibre neuropathy

Small fibre peripheral neuropathy (SFN) is recognised as an expanding public health problem with 40 million individuals identified in the US. Painful SFN is characterised by structural injury selectively affecting small diameter sensory and/or autonomic axons dominated by pain. Diabetic neuropathy is the most common peripheral neuropathy in the US and globally. With the prevalence…

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Pain management – over-the-counter (OTC) remedies

Pain management is one of the most common reasons for people to seek advice in general practice and the community pharmacy(1) with an estimated 47 per cent of EU consumers having used an over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic once per week in the last month.(2) The desired characteristics of a good analgesic for OTC use are: Good…

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The science behind air pollution and skin health

Attendees at UCD’s Charles Institute Seminar Series recently heard a presentation and evidence from Dr Jean Krutmann on the effects of air pollution on skin ageing and overall skin health The Charles Institute, Ireland’s national dermatology research and education centre, hosts a range of guest speakers who cover a variety of topics ranging from skin…

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Patient Blood Management (PBM)…towards equity of access for all patients in Irish Healthcare systems

Blood transfusion is ‘one of the most frequently used therapies worldwide and is associated with benefits, risks and costs’(Frankfurt PBM Consensus Conference, 2018). The World health Organisation (WHO), in March 2020, published an interim guidance on maintaining a safe and sustainable blood supply during the pandemic outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), noting the potential for reduction…

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Wound care and pressure sores

Eamonn Brady, MPSI, provides a clinical overview of wound care Pressure ulcers are lesions caused by unrelieved pressure that results in damage to the underlying tissue. Generally, these are the result of soft tissue compression between a bony prominence and an external surface for a prolonged period of time. Pressure ulcers are among the most…

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Melanoma from bench to bedside

Attendees at UCD’s Charles Institute Seminar Series recently heard a presentation from consultant surgeon and researcher Dr Shirley Potter on the complex challenges and advances involved in treating melanoma The Charles Institute, Ireland’s national dermatology research and education centre, hosts a range of guest speakers who cover a variety of topics ranging from skin cancer…

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Psoriasis in 2021

A comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology, presentation, classification and management of psoriasis Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin condition which affects approximately 1-to-3 per cent of the population. The Burden of Psoriasis Report estimated that there are 73,000 patients with the skin condition psoriasis in Ireland, suggesting a prevalence of 2 per cent and at least…

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Nutritional considerations in IBD

Diet has two major roles in IBD – adjuvant and primary therapy – and must be individually tailored Nutrition is high on the agenda for those with, and those treating, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Irish Society of Colitis and Crohn’s (ISCC) surveyed their members in 2015 and the results showed that 34 per cent…

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Asthma and food allergies during childhood associated with increased risk of IBS, new research finds

Asthma and food hypersensitivity at age 12 is associated with an increased risk of having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at 16, a new study presented at the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week Virtual 2020has found. The research, conducted at the University of Gothenburg and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, analysed the health of 2,770…

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An overview of Crohn’s disease

A detailed overview of the presentation, complications, and treatment of Crohn’s disease Crohn’s disease is one of the two main formsof inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the second being ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive system, and while it is due to an immune response, it does not appear to be an autoimmune…

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