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How to protect your mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic

In an extract from his new e-book, Prof Brendan Kelly advises on ways to cope with the psychological strain of these extraordinary times Coronavirus presents the world with two problems. The first problem is the illness caused by the new coronavirus itself, Covid-19. The second problem is the anxiety and panic that the virus triggers…

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Managing polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and a major cause of infertility  PCOS is common, affecting an estimated one-in-10 women. It can cause period problems, reduced fertility, excess hair growth and acne. Many women with PCOS are also overweight. The aetiology of PCOS remains unknown. Increased…

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New developments in sickle cell disease

An overview of the development of gene therapy for sickle cell disease Sickle cell disease affects 30,000 births internationally each year. The major cause of morbidity and mortality is attributed to vaso-occlusive events, particularly stroke and acute chest crisis. It is the result of inheriting two abnormal genes on the haemoglobin beta globin chain, which…

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American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting

Priscilla Lynch presents a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, US Encouraging results seen with novel approach to gene therapy for sickle cell disease Three adult patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are doing well after receiving…

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A rapidly changing landscape: Haemophilia update

Mr Brian O’Mahony, Chief Executive of the Irish Haemophilia Society gives an overview of the latest therapeutics being used by Irish haemophilia patients, including a ground-breaking gene therapy trial, which a small number of Irish patients are involved in For haemophilia A, there are now two alternative treatment options available in Ireland: 1. All haemophilia…

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Preventive cardiology in the community

An analysis of a pilot pharmacy project to detect hypertension and atrial fibrillation in the community, and separate Irish Heart Foundation initiatives on mobile blood pressure checks and CPR training The Sláintecare Report by the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare recommends the use of all available mechanisms and processes to ensure healthcare is…

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DOACs for atrial fibrillation in general practice

The ICGP has published a new document addressing the practical use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in atrial fibrillation in general practice. Priscilla Lynch reports Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia worldwide, occurring in approximately 1-to-2 per cent of the general population, and estimates suggest that as many as 40,000 people in…

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How diet and air pollution impact stroke risk and cardiovascular health

Priscilla Lynch reviews the findings of two new major studies published in European Society of Cardiology journals, which highlight the impact of diet and air pollution on stroke and cardiovascular health Study of 418,000 Europeans finds different foods linked to different types of stroke Different types of food are linked to risks of different types…

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Managing adolescent and adult asthma

Sublingual immunotherapy and other updates on adolescent and adult asthma The prevalence of asthma has been increasing internationally for several decades. Ireland has one of the highest prevalence figures for asthma in the world with estimates approaching half a million people affected. This is disappointing during a time when Ireland has made significant, slow but…

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Cystic fibrosis in 2020

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease, primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. This lifelong condition usually becomes more severe with age and affects both males and females in equal proportions. The symptoms and severity of CF vary from person to person, but the majority of people with the disease have both respiratory…

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