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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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No time to catch a breath for respiratory services

Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 3 – 4 December 2020 Paul Mulholland talks to President of the Irish Thoracic Society (ITS) Dr Aidan O’Brien about the Society’s upcoming annual meeting and the huge pressure Covid-19 is placing on the speciality Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory services in Ireland were under pressure. According to…

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CPD Module- ‘Uncontrolled’ asthma

1 CPD Hours Authors Dr Alexander Deegan, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and General Medicine, Blackrock Clinic, Co Dublin In this module Dr Alexander Deegan, Respiratory Consultant, Blackrock Clinic, answers questions posed by Dr Carthage Carroll. Dr Deegan addresses the best approach to defining severe asthma, common conditions that masquerade as severe asthma, current treatment, possible…

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Study on antibiotics and the microbiome in asthmatic patients

The airway physiology and the bacterial burden of the airways, skin and gastrointestinal tracts do not change meaningfully over time in asthmatic patients who are exposed to an antibiotic, the Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting was told. Presenting on antibiotics and the microbiome in asthmatic patients, Dr Orla O’Carroll from Connolly Hospital, Dublin, said…

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