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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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A review of studies in the use of tocilizumab in treating Covid-19

Irish Society for Rheumatology Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Prof A V Ramanan, is currently leading clinical trials of tocilizumab, a biologic usually associated with the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, for the treatment of Covid-19. Prof Ramanan…

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Shining a light on rheumatology

Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR), Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 Irish Society for Rheumatology President Prof Geraldine McCarthy speaks to Catherine Reilly about the Society’s upcoming Spring Meeting and the challenges faced by the specialty in Ireland Last year, the Irish Society for Rheumatology’s (ISR) Spring Meeting was cancelled as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded.…

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Doctors urged to increase awareness of food products and marketing

Greater understanding of the role played by food marketing and changes in food processes is required in order to help reduce the rise of overweight and obesity in Ireland, a leading professor in marketing has claimed. According to Dr Norah Campbell (Phd), Associate Professor of Marketing at Trinity Business School, intense marketing and lobbying efforts…

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Delegates hear about ‘cytokine storm’ and its association with Covid-19

Consultant Rheumatologist at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Dr John Stack presented clinical cases and targeted therapies in dealing with ‘cytokine storm’. The topic was of particular interest to many, considering its increasingly recognised association with Covid-19. Dr Stack began by explaining the significance of cytokine storm, stating that it is a syndrome of severe,…

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Children with Down’s syndrome at greater risk of juvenile arthritis

An oral scientific presentation entitled, “Increased T-cell responses, metabolic activity and invasive capacity of fibroblasts in children with Down’s syndrome associated arthritis (DA) compared to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)”, was delivered to delegates at the ISR meeting by a Phd student in Trinity College Dublin (TCD, Ms Serena Foo. Ms Foo said that JIA is…

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Burden of musculoskeletal diseases in Ireland highlighted at autumn conference

Musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases represent the commonest cause of long-term pain and disability in the EU, attendees at the ISR Autumn Meeting heard. MSK disorders represent the largest illness group in Ireland, affecting up to 40 per cent of adults, according to a presentation by Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor of Rheumatology at the National University of…

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