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Good uptake of new haemochromatosis venesection service in general practice

Priscilla Lynch presents a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting The long-awaited roll-out of the HSE general practice venesection service for haemochromatosis patients has been very successful to date, with high up-take especially in more rural and peripheral areas, according to Prof Suzanne Norris, Consultant Hepatologist,…

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IBS patients do not have increased mortality risk

Priscilla Lynch presents a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting Having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) does not put one at increased risk of premature mortality, the ISG 2021 Summer Meeting heard. The last speaker of the day, Dr Kyle Staller, Gastroenterologist/Neurogastroenterologist Director, Gastrointestinal (GI) Motility Laboratory,…

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Management of pelvic radiation disease

Priscilla Lynch presents a round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting Pelvic radiation can cause significant gastrointestinal (GI) morbidity in patients who have recovered from gynaecological/urological/colorectal cancers, which can be poorly recognised and treated, but much can be done to help these patients, the ISG 2021 Summer…

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Virtual ISG Summer Meeting a great success

Irish Society of Gastroenterology Summer Meeting, virtual, 18 June 2021 The 2021 Irish Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) Summer Meeting was held virtually on 18 June, and featured a stellar line up of internationally renowned speakers from the US, Portugal, UK, and Ireland. Key themes included lower GI issues such as how to use faecal immunochemical…

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An overview of the process-based approach in neuropsychological assessments

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The Irish Neurology Association (INA) 57th Annual Meeting took place on 27 and 28 May on a virtual basis. In the first session of Friday morning, Dr Alberto Blanco-Campal, Neuropsychologist at the Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, was the guest lecturer in the…

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Understanding Tourette’s syndrome as a broad spectrum encompassing neurology and psychiatry

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The Noel Callaghan medallist and guest lecturer at this year’s INA Annual Meeting was Dr Jorge Juncos MD, Associate, Professor of Neurology, from Emory University, Atlanta, US. Dr Juncos was presented by Dr Donal Costigan, INA President and a former colleague of Dr Juncos at…

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A case of ictal speech in Irish is presented

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The first session to commence the INA Annual Meeting on Thursday 27 May was on epilepsy and Mr Michael Doyle, a research fellow in the RCSI StAR MD programme and at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, presented his case titled ‘An rud is annamh is iontach: A…

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Carpal tunnel syndrome marks early presentation of hATTR

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 In the neuromuscular and ataxia session of the INA meeting, Dr Murva Asad, Neurology Specialist Registrar, Cork University Hospital, presented on the topic of ‘Expanding the phenotype of a second Irish variant causing hereditary amyloidogenic transthyretin amyloidosis’. Hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) is a protein-misfolding disorder,…

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Neurologists need to be aware of rare CAAri, according to Northern Irish study

Irish Neurology Association 57th Annual Meeting, Virtual, 27-28 May 2021 The second session on the second day of the meeting was on the topic of cognitive and parkinson’s disease. During this session Dr Rachel Todd, Neurology Specialist Registrar, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, presentedher study of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAAri)-related inflammation in Northern Ireland. Dr Todd’s…

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INA President hails ‘high standard’ of research presented at meeting

The outgoing President of the INA Dr Donal Costigan expressed “gratitude to all the presenters who submitted papers of such a high standard” for the Association’s Annual Meeting. Dr Costigan also acknowledged the work presenters had undertaken due to the need to pre-record poster audio and platform presentations as a result of the virtual nature…

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