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Systemic lupus erythematosus –diagnosis and management

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease characterised by the presence of autoantibodies, which can cause inflammation in various organs. It is more common in women and amongst non-Caucasian populations. Although children can be affected with SLE, it is less prevalent in this population and without the gender bias seen in adults. The…

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Osteoarthritis in focus

Evidence-based management of osteoarthritis needs to address the underutilisation of corerecommended treatments and over-reliance on surgery and pharmacological agents Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative joint disorder characterised by cartilage loss. It is a leading cause of pain and disability, affecting 3.3-to-3.6 per cent of the global population and is the most common form of arthritis…

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Challenges facing rheumatology

In advance of the Irish Society of Rheumatology’s Autumn Meeting, we speak to President of the SocietyProf Geraldine McCarthy about holding medical conferences during a pandemic and the challenges facing the specialty The Autumn Meeting of the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) will once again be held virtually because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. There…

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Pregnancy outcomes are affected by both maternal and paternal inflammatory disease

Priscilla Lynch provides a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s EULAR Congress, which took place virtually from 2-5 June Data presented at the 2021 EULAR Congress show women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially pre-term birth (PTB) and babies small for gestational…

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New data on Covid-19 morbidity and mortality in people with rheumatic diseases

Priscilla Lynch provides a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s EULAR Congress, which took place virtually from 2-5 June Population-based data from Spain presented at the 2021 EULAR Congress show individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had an increased risk of Covid-19 diagnosis and hospitalisation compared to the general population.…

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EULAR Congress 2021

Priscilla Lynch provides a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s EULAR Congress, which took place virtually from 2-5 June Older patients not at increased risk of serious infections with new disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs compared to conventional synthetic treatments The results of a new study presented at the 2021 EULAR…

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Optimum management of rheumatoid arthritis – a case study

About 1 per cent of the population have RA, with three million people living with RA in Europe, and about 45,000 people in Ireland Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory autoimmune condition with periods of exacerbation and remission, characterised by synovitis and joint destruction mediated by cytokines, chemokines, and metalloproteases.RA can affect any…

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Asthma and allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for asthma, with 10-to-40 per cent of people who have allergic rhinitis also having asthma symptoms Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, usually characterised by chronic airway inflammation defined by the history of respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough that vary over time and…

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Allergic rhinitis in focus

One of the most common autoimmune conditions, allergic rhinitis can significantly impact quality-of-life,but a range of effective treatments are available Allergic rhinitis (AR) is an inflammatory disorder of the nasal mucosa induced by immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated reactions to inhaled allergens. It is one of the most common chronic conditions globally causing a major health burden…

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Three ophthalmic imaging modalities and rheumatological case studies

Irish Society for Rheumatology Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 Dr Duncan Rogers, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospital, was the first speaker to present at an ISR Spring Meeting session on how ophthalmological imaging can assist in rheumatological diagnosis. Dr Rogers’ presentation spoke directly to the application of ocular imaging in rheumatic disease.…

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