National Psoriasis Meet-up 2017

15/09/2017

We are thrilled to announce the programme details for the first ISF National Psoriasis Meet-Up which will take place in the Tower Hotel, Waterford on October 21st 2017 Click here! Register to let us know you’re coming!   This invaluable and completely free meeting will hear from people living with psoriasis, psoriasis experts and other guest speakers We are grateful to AbbVie and...

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20 questions about allergy and eczema answered by the experts at IFAN

12/09/2017

As part of Eczema Awareness Week 2017, we are delighted to publish new guidance from the Irish Food Allergy Network to explain the associations between food allergy and eczema Does food allergy cause eczema No! Eczema is a genetic skin problem caused by a defect in the skin barrier It is not an allergy Is there an association between food allergy and eczema Yes! But what does 'association'...

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Eczema Awareness Week 2017 – ISF hopes more people can live life symptom free

11/09/2017

1-in-5 children and 1-in-12 adults affected by eczema / atopic dermatitis Eczema Awareness Week (11-17 September) is an opportunity to raise awareness of what it's like to live with or to manage eczema; for the ISF it's also about getting the right information out there to help people with eczema live life as symptom free as possible Back to School Eczema Awareness Week also coincides...

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When should people with Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis (AD) be offered systemic therapy?

06/09/2017

New consensus framework to provide a structure for patients and caregivers to make a decision about systemic therapies Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as atopic eczema, is a common, itchy and unpleasant condition AD has significant well-established comorbidities (associated conditions) including food allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis, in addition to newly-recognised comorbidities...

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Hospitals need to be more sympathetic to our needs

31/08/2017

Calls to the ISF Helpline reveal what’s most on dermatology patient’s minds In the first of a a three-part blog series called "What Patients Want" we begin by taking a look at our hospitals and what you say about them Most skin conditions are managed by GPs, but a significant number of people need hospital care It isn’t possible to say exactly how many people are referred for a skin...

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Free sunscreen “for transplant recipients with GMS eligibility only”

30/08/2017

Organ transplant patients with medical cards may now be prescribed sunscreen by consultants The cost of certain sunscreen products can now be reimbursed by the HSE when prescribed to someone who has had an organ transplant - as long as they have a medical card (ie have GMS eligibility) The HSE's Medicines Management Programme (MMP) has clarified the position by publishing an advisory review...

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Eczema Expert: Advice for Life meeting for people living with or caring for eczema

30/08/2017

The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to announce the wonderful line- up for this year’s Eczema Expert meeting which will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, form 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Click here! Register to let us know you’re coming!   The Eczema Expert event is FREE and open to everyone, but make sure to book your place...

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Irish Skin Foundation welcomes new Chairperson and Trustees

25/08/2017

Consultant dermatologist Dr Marina O’Kane has been elected as Chairperson of the ISF and has paid tribute to outgoing Chairperson, Professor Eoin O’Brien, who steps down after over 6 years leading the charity, since it establishment in 2011 Dr O’Kane, who is based in Beaumont Hospital, said: "I am honoured to take over as Chairperson of the ISF Board at this time Our shared vision arose...

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Research Study: Eczema or Psoriasis

17/08/2017

Do you have eczema, psoriasis or "normal" skin   UCD Clinical Research Centre is conducting a research study on eczema/atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and comparing both with normal skin to gain more understanding on the mechanism of skin disease If you are interested in being part of this study, please call Kate Lynam-Loane UCD CRC, Dermatology Research Nurse on (01) 221-3024 Prof Brian...

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Research Study: Do you have outbreaks of big painful boils that heal with scars?

17/08/2017

Do you have outbreaks of big sore/painful nodules/boils that heal with scars If the answer is 'YES' and if they appear in your groin or armpit You may have a condition called: Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)  UCD Clinical Research Centre is running a study on HS If you think you may have this condition and are interested in being part of a study please call Kate Lynam-Loane UCD CRC,...

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DCU – Surgical Skills Module for Healthcare Practitioners

31/07/2017

School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University Who should apply Practitioners who are likely to utilise minor surgical procedures in a variety of settings including A&E, Dermatology, Theatres or Primary Care settings Candidates must be working in a relevant setting and have a clinical practice supervisor identified to support them in their learning Module aim: To develop and...

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Two important reports published in July highlight the rising incidence of skin cancer

19/07/2017

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland has just published a report on Cancer Trends (Cancer trends no 34 - skin cancer) today, July 19th The report highlights a sharp rise in incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers in Ireland This increase, along with the pattern of distribution (ie body sites affected), indicate that type of sun exposure is an important risk factor, and...

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