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Treatment with long-term, low-dose antibiotic could help people born with chronic lung condition

Taking a low dose of the antibiotic azithromycin for six months reduces symptoms for patients with the chronic lung condition primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), according to research presented at the 2019 European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress. PCD is a rare inherited disease that affects people from birth. It causes coughing, a build-up of mucus…

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Early diagnosis of COPD

The early diagnosis of COPD has a significant potential to benefit patients and reduce costs to the health service Perhaps unsurprisingly the best place to start a discussion on the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is with the definition of COPD from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive…

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Asthma Society launches new Action Plan

The Asthma Society of Ireland recently launched their newly updated asthma E-Learning programme and new ‘Asthma Action Plan’. The E-Learning programme, ‘Care of Adults and Children with Asthma E-Learning Education Programme’ will help healthcare professionals increase their knowledge in asthma care, while the Asthma Action Plan will allow patients and healthcare professionals to work together…

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GINA 2019: A paradigm shift

Dr Dermot Nolan provides an overview of the latest asthma treatment and management options,  focusing on the new 2019 GINA guidelines sthma remains a significant disease in Ireland with over 450,000 patients, and the fourth highest rate of asthma prevalence in the world. Despite advances in both understanding and in new medications, it continues to…

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Global warming and hay fever in Ireland

Dr Ranbir Kaulsay gives a comprehensive update on the management of allergic rhinitis This article’s headline certainly sounds like a medical apocalypse indeed. But it is an undeniable fact that climate change and global warming are a reality. The impact of such a change is wide and far-reaching and has even had an impact on…

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Cough, cough… who’s there?

Dr Nick Flynn provides a clinical overview of the various presentations of cough in the clinic November is a tough month in general practice. The summer is a distant memory, the annual flu vaccination campaign is in full flight and circulating cold and flu viruses are testing capacity in daytime and out-of-hours services. November does,…

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Focus on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) — Irish data, diagnosis and management

Prof Anthony O’Regan addresses the complexities of diagnosis and treatment in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a severe lung disease characterised by progressive distortion and destruction of the lung architecture by scar tissue. The cause and pathogenesis of the disease are poorly understood but there has been remarkable progress in our understanding…

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Documenting the respiratory health of the nation

Priscilla Lynch highlights the key findings of the Irish Thoracic Society’s recently-published Respiratory Health of the Nation 2018 report The Irish Thoracic Society recently called for the establishment of a national respiratory taskforce to address the rising tide of respiratory disease in Ireland. The call came at the launch of the Society’s major new report…

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Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 9-11 November 2017

All news reports by Paul Mulholland Emerging trends in occupational health identified Recent changes to the composition of paint and metal-working fluid pose a potential risk to people’s health, the Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2017, which was held in the Strand hotel, Limerick from 9-11 November, heard. In his talk on ‘Occupational Lung…

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Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 9 -11 November 2017, Limerick

Paul Mulholland previews the highlights and speakers of the upcoming 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Thoracic Society The Irish Thoracic Society (ITS) is the official society for the broad spectrum of healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with chronic or acute respiratory disease in Ireland. The Society’s membership consists of respiratory…

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