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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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Adolescent junior systemic erythematosus discussed

Consultant Rheumatologist at the Blackrock Clinic, Dublin, Dr Nicola Ambrose discussed cases of junior systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE), junior dermatomyositis (JDM) and associated difficulties experienced in “emerging adulthood” during her presentation at the ISR meeting. Dr Ambrose, in her presentation entitled, “Juvenile onset SLE and Dermatomyositis – A young adult experience”, highlighted cases treated during…

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Fatigue the key issue for patients with lupus

Fatigue is the most debilitating symptom in systemic lupus erythematosus but the current limited understanding of fatigue mechanisms means there is a lack of effective treatment for these patients, an expert in the field told the ISR 2019 Autumn Meeting. “Eighty-to-ninety per cent of patients with lupus report that fatigue is their most profound and…

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New insights into joint damage could help reduce need for joint replacements

New insights into the cellular events triggered by joint-associated particulates could mean the development of treatments that promote repair, thus negating the need for many joint replacements in the future, the 2019 ISR Autumn Meeting in Naas heard. Prof Aisling Dunne, Molecular Immunology Group Lead, Trinity College Dublin, gave a fascinating presentation titled ‘Disease-associated particulates and…

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ISR Bernard Connor Medal winner focuses on rare condition

The winner of the 2019 ISR Bernard Connor Medal was Tereza Florica, a Canadian third-year graduate entry medical student at University College Cork, whose project focuses on myocardial involvement of myositis. Ms Florica gave a well-received presentation at the 2019 ISR Autumn Meeting, where she revealed that during her rheumatology placement in Cork University Hospital, she came across…

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Arthritis Ireland launch book on living with RA

A new book featuring first-hand, personal accounts of living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects an estimated 45,000 people in Ireland, published by Arthritis Ireland, was showcased at the 2019 ISR Autumn Meeting. My RA Story: Personal accounts of living with rheumatoid arthritis is a collection of more than 40 stories written by people who…

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ISR Autumn Meeting deemed a great success

The 2019 Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Autumn Meeting, which was held in the Killashee Hotel, Naas, from 26-27 September, was deemed a great success, and featured cutting-edge presentations from leading specialist speakers from Ireland and the UK. A holistic approach to aspects of care was at the core of the meeting with pain in…

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Hand osteoarthritis improves with prednisolone

The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented at EULAR 2019 show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. Treatments are currently limited to topical and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain. However, studies have shown that synovial inflammation is…

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Disease control on tocilizumab

The results of a randomised controlled trial presented at EULAR 2019 demonstrate high levels of treatment success in approximately two-thirds of patients despite tapered glucocorticoid (GC) discontinuation, while a small loss of disease control was observed at the total study population level. “On the basis of our results, we believe that all patients achieving low…

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