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Innovative bronchoscopic treatments for respiratory patients

Innovative bronchoscopic treatments for respiratory patients are continuing to evolve and can bring significant additional benefits for appropriate patients, the 2021 ITS Annual Scientific Meeting was told. Prof Dirk-Jan Slebos, Professor of Interventional Pulmonology, University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands, who has extensive knowledge and research in the area, gave a comprehensive overview of bronchoscopic interventions…

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Pulmonary rehabilitation should be more widely available

Pulmonary rehabilitation should be made more widely available for respiratory patients, the 2021 ITS ScientificMeeting heard. Noted expert in the area, Prof Thierry Troosters, Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, provided an update on pulmonary rehabilitation and its beneficial role in many respiratory conditions. He pointed out that pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown beyond…

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Lung cancer screening should be rolled out as a priority, ITS hears

Lung cancer screening with lowdose CT (LDCT) in high-risk populations has been proven to save lives, is cost effective and should be rolled out in Europe without further delay, the 2021 ITS Scientific Meeting heard from a renowned international expert in the area. Prof Harry de Koning, Professor of Public Health and Screening Evaluation, Erasmus…

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Diffuse cystic lung diseases underdiagnosed

Diffuse cystic lung diseases (DCLDs) are not as rare as commonly believed and are probablyunderdiagnosed in Ireland, thus increased clinician vigilance is needed, the 2021 Irish Thoracic Society(ITS) Scientific Meeting heard. Prof Cormac McCarthy, Consultant Respiratory Physician, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, who is an expert on DCLDs, spoke in detail on this diverse group…

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Supporting asthma patients during the pandemic

In late February 2020, the Asthma Society of Ireland’s team realised that an outbreak of Covid-19 was a very likely event in Ireland and we began to plan accordingly. We used initial Community Foundation funding to buy laptops to move our operations online, we adapted the working of our asthma adviceline so that all telephone…

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Remote home monitoring of Covid-19 patients

Irish Thoracic Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, 3-4 December 2020 This year’s Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, which took place virtually from 3 to 4 December, had a strong emphasis on Covid-19. Among the keynote speakers was Prof Stefano Nava from the University of Bologna, who addressed the meeting’s Covid-19 session, during which he shared…

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Persisting symptoms in Covid-19

Irish Thoracic Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, 3-4 December 2020 Dr Caoimhe Leneghan and Dr Jane O’Connor from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, presented their findings on persisting symptoms in Covid-19 patients to the audience. Dr Leneghan began the presentation by highlighting the current lack of knowledge surrounding the long-term health effects of the novel…

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Moving towards personalised therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea

Irish Thoracic Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, 3-4 December 2020 Prof Atul Malhotra from the University of California, San Diego, was a keynote speaker at the Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2020. He spoke about the need for personalised therapeutics in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and informed the audience on the current research surrounding this…

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Perioperative bronchoalveolar lavage in thoracic surgery decreases length of stay in hospital

Irish Thoracic Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, 3-4 December 2020 Dr Ghaith Qsous from St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, presented his findings on perioperative bronchoalveolar lavage in thoracic surgery. He began by explaining that chest infection after thoracic surgeries is considered one of the most common complications, accounting for 15-to-20 per cent. As a result, post-operative…

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