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Early data from Covid-19 rheumatology Alliance shared

A new global alliance aimed at sharing and collecting information on Covid-19 in rheumatology patients has been developed, attendees at the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Autumn Meeting heard. More than 200 people tuned into the first ever virtual ISR meeting, held on September 24 and 25 last. Formed rapidly in response to the pandemic,…

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Doctors urged to increase awareness of food products and marketing

Greater understanding of the role played by food marketing and changes in food processes is required in order to help reduce the rise of overweight and obesity in Ireland, a leading professor in marketing has claimed. According to Dr Norah Campbell (Phd), Associate Professor of Marketing at Trinity Business School, intense marketing and lobbying efforts…

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Research on Covid-19 and hospitalisation of rheumatic patients wins Young Investigator Award

The ISR Young Investigator Award 2020 was presented to Dr Rachael Flood for her work on Covid-19 infection and hospitalisation rates in patients with rheumatic diseases. Dr Flood, who is in her fourth year of rheumatology specialist registrar training at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, presented data from the Trinity Rheumatology and Covid-19 registry (TRACR) study,…

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Delegates hear about ‘cytokine storm’ and its association with Covid-19

Consultant Rheumatologist at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Dr John Stack presented clinical cases and targeted therapies in dealing with ‘cytokine storm’. The topic was of particular interest to many, considering its increasingly recognised association with Covid-19. Dr Stack began by explaining the significance of cytokine storm, stating that it is a syndrome of severe,…

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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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Children with Down’s syndrome at greater risk of juvenile arthritis

An oral scientific presentation entitled, “Increased T-cell responses, metabolic activity and invasive capacity of fibroblasts in children with Down’s syndrome associated arthritis (DA) compared to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)”, was delivered to delegates at the ISR meeting by a Phd student in Trinity College Dublin (TCD, Ms Serena Foo. Ms Foo said that JIA is…

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Burden of musculoskeletal diseases in Ireland highlighted at autumn conference

Musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases represent the commonest cause of long-term pain and disability in the EU, attendees at the ISR Autumn Meeting heard. MSK disorders represent the largest illness group in Ireland, affecting up to 40 per cent of adults, according to a presentation by Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor of Rheumatology at the National University of…

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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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Together at a distance

The upcoming Irish Cardiac Society 71st Annual Scientific Meeting will give the virtual attendees access to a range of national and international experts in their fields. Ahead of the meeting, the Society’s President Prof Jim Crowley discusses how Irish cardiologists have had to adapt to the challenges presented by Covid-19 and the potential opportunities for…

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