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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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Baseline medication use is associated with Covid-19 severity 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 Two abstracts presented at EULAR 2021 show people taking rituximab or Janus kinase inhibitors (JAKi) have worse Covid-19 severity compared to people taking tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi). These data…

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Decline in excess risk of dementia and heart failure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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 released at the 2021 EULAR Congress show a substantial decline in the risk of both dementia and heart failure in people with RA onset in the 2000s as compared…

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Treatment with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors may slow disease progression in patients with axSpA

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 Sacroiliitis is linked to the disease axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and visible on X-ray. Observational cohort studies have shown that there is low, but still detectable progression in radiographic sacroiliitis, which…

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Passive smoking and air pollution – links to arthritis development and poor response to therapy

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 New data shared at the 2021 EULAR Congress highlighted the increasing evidence that environmental air pollution is associated with people developing inflammatory arthritis. A large population-based study of French women…

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Diabetes screening necessary in patients with GCA and polymyalgia rheumatica

Irish Society for Rheumatology Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 Dr Sarah Mackie, Consultant Rheumatologist and Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, presented to delegates at the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Spring Meeting, which was held virtually on 13 May, on the subject of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis (GCA). Dr Mackie…

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An overview of bone marrow oedema syndromes – diagnosis to treatment

Irish Society for Rheumatology Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 In his presentation at the ISR Spring Meeting titled ‘Primary bone marrow oedema syndromes’, Dr Sanjeev Patel, Consultant Rheumatologist at King’s College Hospital, London, provided a comprehensive overview of a topic whose significance has been under-appreciated in the past. Bone marrow oedema is a non-specific…

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CPD Module- Optimum Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr A J Morrow, Consultant in General Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology, Cork University Hospital 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. This module uses a typical patient case…

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Healthcare should be viewed as a ‘driver for innovation’ – Prof Ostwald

A novel perspective on the economic impact and societal value of health and medicines innovation is required, according to Chief Executive Officer and Head of Health Economics, WiFOR Institute, Germany, Prof Dennis A Ostwald (Phd). In his talk entitled ‘Attitudes to medicines innovation – A European perspective’, Prof Ostwald explained how he is seeking fundamental…

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Adults should take vitamin D supplements in Ireland – Prof Kenny

Emerging data on the health benefits of vitamin D support the case for a food fortification strategy to enhance levels among the public, a leading professor in gerontology has advised. According to Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Rose-Anne Kenny Irish people have deficient or insufficient vitamin D levels despite emerging evidence…

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