Irish Daily Mail – ‘Wonder Drug that’s Been Denied to Eczema Sufferers’

08/09/2020

This article written by Maeve Quigley was published in the Irish Daily Mail health supplement, 'Good Health', on Tuesday, 8th September 2020  It’s a drug that could change the lives of more than 500 eczema sufferers in Ireland and is made in a factory in Waterford And yet Ireland is one of just two countries in Europe not to have reimbursed the drug Dupilumab for the treatment of...

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Video – Dispelling Sun Protection Myths & Misconceptions

30/07/2020

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our movements have been restricted and 2020 has become the year of the balcony, back garden and staycation for many of us While spending time outdoors is important for our own and our family's physical and mental well-being, it is equally important to enjoy the sun safely and be SunSmart! Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland and...

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Call for Access to Game-Changing Eczema Treatment on RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy Show

22/07/2020

Listen to the full interview   Ray D'Arcy interviewed Paul Herriott, ISF Board Member, who has lived with eczema since childhood and Prof Alan Irvine, Consultant Dermatologist at St James' Hospital and Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin about the urgent need for access in Ireland to first-in-class drug (dupilumab), which has been available to patients elsewhere in Europe for over...

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ISF Calls for Access to Life-Changing Eczema Treatment

20/07/2020

Ireland among last countries in EU to make new drug available to patients Listen to Paul Herriott and Prof Alan Irvine being interviewed on The Ray D'Arcy Show, RTÉ Radio 1   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...

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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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