ISF Calls for Access to Life-Changing Eczema Treatment

10/07/2020

Ireland among last countries in EU to make new drug available to patients The ISF is calling on HSE management to reimburse a first-in-class drug (dupilumab) to provide access to hundreds of people living with severe atopic eczema throughout Ireland In 2017, the European Medicines Agency approved dupilumab (brand name: Dupixent) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic eczema in adult...

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New Report Documents Sunburn, SunSmart Behaviours and Sunbed Use by Children in Ireland for the First Time

01/07/2020

A new report titled, Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – a risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, which was published on June 17th 2020, presents findings on children’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and sunbeds, UV skin protection behaviours, and sunburn High-risk groups: children and young people The report was developed by the Institute of...

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Protecting your family while out in the sunshine

28/05/2020

First published in June 2017, updated June 2020 Playing and spending time outdoors is such an important part of childhood but it is crucial that children are protected and safe in the sun Increased vulnerability Compared with adults, children’s skin is much more vulnerable to the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun Young children’s skin has lower concentrations...

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Long weekends and summer staycations: Be SunSmart whether on balconies, in back gardens or at the beach!

28/05/2020

2020 is the year of the staycation! So while jetting away to sunnier climes is not an option right now, still spare a thought for your vulnerable skin! Most people living in Ireland have skin type 1 or 2, which burns easily and tans poorly, so are particularly at risk from too much sun exposure Did you know that you can get sunburnt on a cloudy day and even under the water Or that too much...

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Being SunSmart: At a glance

28/05/2020

Why be SunSmart Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer You can reduce your risk by avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight or artificial sources eg sunbeds Reduce your risk, protect your skin: Be SunSmart UV cannot be seen or felt, so you need to defend yourself against...

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Is it true? Will sunlight really help my skin condition?

22/05/2020

During spells of good weather and throughout the summer months, our ‘Ask a Nurse’ team are often shyly asked: “So what about the sun – I’ve heard that it’s really good for clearing psoriasis [or eczema]” This is a fair question; who wouldn’t want to clear their skin in what appears to be a simple and cost-free way, without the mess and time involved in applying creams However,...

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New survey for psoriasis patients to self-report experiences of COVID-19

02/05/2020

PsoProtectMe is a new initiative by PsoProtect for psoriasis patients to self-report their COVID-19 experience The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to be a partner of PsoProtect, an international registry for health care providers to report outcomes of COVID-19 in individuals with psoriasis PsoProtect has released data from over 100 cases reported by clinicians globally, including from Italy,...

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The Importance of Emollient Treatment in Eczema

24/04/2020

Atopic eczema is a very common, non-contagious, chronic inflammatory skin condition While the exact cause is not known, certain factors are thought to be important in its development, these include an inherited predisposition to have a weakened skin barrier, as well as altered inflammatory and allergy responses Atopic eczema most frequently begins in infancy but may also develop for the...

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Covid-19 and Skin Conditions – Expert Q&A

03/04/2020

This video was recorded on 1st April 2020 with Professor Anne-Marie Tobin, Consultant Dermatologist at Tallaght University Hospital and HSE Clinical Lead for Dermatology, and Professor Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist at St Vincent's Hospital and a global expert on psoriasis, to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions that the ISF has received in recent weeks about Coronavirus...

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ISF to join Irish Cancer Prevention Network

02/04/2020

The Irish Skin Foundation is set to join the Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN), which brings together collaborative working between organisations with the aim to reduce cancer risk for the people of Ireland The network was established by the National Cancer Control Programme, Marie Keating Foundation, Irish Cancer Society and Breakthrough Cancer Research The ISF will join the group...

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International registry of outcomes for COVID-19 and people living with psoriasis

02/04/2020

ISF joins efforts to support a new international initiative, specific to psoriasis, has been set up as response to the COVID-19 pandemic PsoProtect is an international registry (ie a sophisticated database that will provide a real-world view health information like clinical practice, patient outcomes, safety, and comparative effectiveness) for health care providers to report outcomes of...

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Event Cancellation – Dermatology Study Day 2020

11/03/2020

The ISF have taken the decision to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus The ISF are conscious that as healthcare professionals, delegates have critical infrastructure roles in healthcare and have taken this decision to decrease any unnecessary risk to them or to their...

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