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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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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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CPD Module- Rheumatology: diagnosis and treatment

2 CPD Hours Authors Donna Cosgrove, MPSI Reviewed By Margaret McCahill, Acting Chief Pharmacist, Bons Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Co Dublin This module focuses on some of the many disorders in rheumatology, their effect on the patient and implications for quality of life. On completion of this module, it is expected that the candidate will have…

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Rheumatologists responding to Covid-19

The specialty of rheumatology has established a registry of patients affected by Covid-19 to inform clinical practice, as doctors everywhere rapidly respond to the pandemic. Catherine Reilly reports Rheumatologists around the world have collaborated to establish the Covid-19 Global Rheumatology Registry, which will collect de-identified information on rheumatology patients who contract Covid-19 to inform clinical…

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Irish Society for Rheumatolgy Autumn Meeting

ISR meeting takes holistic approach In advance of the upcoming autumn meeting of the Irish Society for Rheumatology, President Dr Sinéad Harney spoke to Catherine Reilly about the varied topics that will be discussed and the manpower deficits that continue to impact on patient waiting times The Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) autumn meeting takes…

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Gout: Challenges and opportunities in diagnosis and management

Dr Rachel Cole and Prof Geraldine McCarthy discuss optimum gout management Case report A 72-year-old man was admitted to hospital in March 2019 with heart failure secondary to new onset atrial fibrillation. He had a past history of hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 3. He had had one episode of acute first metatarsophalangeal…

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Clinical update on the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Dr Catherine Sullivan outlines the latest treatment options in rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common inflammatory arthritis with a prevalence of 1 per cent worldwide. Left untreated it results in irreversible deformity and disability, there is also now ample evidence that delays in diagnosis and treatment results in poorer outcomes. The incidence of…

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