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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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‘Uncontrolled’ asthma- CPD Module

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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Scleroderma patients potential candidates for lung transplantation

Scleroderma patients potential candidates for lung transplantation Patients with pulmonary complications of scleroderma, who are failing medical therapy, are potential candidates for lung transplantation, the recent Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting heard. Dr Colin Rutherford of the Irish National Transplant Centre added that extensive pre-treatment screening is required to carefully select appropriate candidates most…

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Lack of ‘single candidate biomarker’ a challenge in ARDS

Prof John Laffey of NUI Galway presented a talk on acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), at the recent ITS scientific meeting at the Galmont Hotel, Galway. Histologically ARDS is an acute, inflammatory condition. “One big problem we have is it’s a syndrome diagnosis. It’s basically a constellation of findings,” said Prof…

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Significant gaps in workplace illness health data

Data on occupational diseases in Ireland is poor, fragmented, and inconsistent, the Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 of the Irish Thoracic Society heard. Better data is needed as occupational diseases are a heavy burden on both workers and employers, and represent an enormous cost to the economy. Presenting at the annual gathering, Research Assistant at the…

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Promoting respiratory lung health in Ireland

Ahead of the Irish Thoracic Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Galway, Sarah Gallagher spoke to Consultant Respiratory Physician and local organiser Prof Anthony O’Regan about the agenda and issues facing respiratory medicine The lung disciplines are very broad, so we represent a huge community of patients, their relatives, and obviously our clinical practitioners around the…

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