Coal tar products increasingly difficult to source

22/06/2015

Why is this trusted mainstay treatment disappearing from pharmacy shelves On a recent visit to dermatology clinic I met Michael, a 37 year old teacher from Carlow, who had come in ask some advice; he was looking for an alternative to the coal tar pomade he usually gets from his pharmacist every few weeks “I just wanted to see if there is any information about coal tar; it’s been the main...

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Burden of psoriasis: report exposes the hidden burden of skin disease

06/05/2015

Survey reveals that more than half of people in Ireland with psoriasis have been the target of unpleasant comments about their skin A new report has exposed the hidden burden and impact of psoriasis in Ireland The report suggests that more than 73,000 people are affected by psoriasis in Ireland and that about 9,000 of those have a severe form of the disease Over half of people surveyed agreed...

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Department of Health announces welcome new restrictions on sunbeds

17/02/2015

The Irish Skin Foundation welcomes new restrictions on the use of sunbeds, including a ban on ‘happy hours’ promotions and a requirement to use protective eyewear, which will be introduced in March In an effort to protect skin health and reduce the risk of skin cancer Minister Varadkar has prohibited unlimited-use offers and free trials as means of promoting sunbed use to the...

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Wait to wait: Dermatology Services at Temple Street Children’s Hospital

28/01/2015

The ISF is extremely concerned that new GP patient referrals, seeking access to dermatology services at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, are now being added to an additional waiting list due to a lack of specialist medical capacity at the hospital Dermatology referrals into Temple Street now fall into one of three categories: urgent cases, cases on the waiting list with an appointment and...

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Newborns at risk of eczema could be identified by simple test

26/01/2015

A simple test measuring water evaporation from the skin of newborns could help identity those most at risk of developing eczema, according to a study Early identification of those at risk opens up the possibility of actually preventing eczema — through an act as simple as applying moisturiser during the first year of life — although those involved in the research said further studies are...

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Prompt diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis crucial

29/10/2014

October 29th 2014 is World Psoriasis Day, a global event that aims to give an international voice to the 125 million people with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis This year, the Irish Skin Foundation will launch the #SaySomething campaign to empower people with psoriasis to speak up and say something if their treatment isn’t working or their psoriasis is getting them down Through this campaign, the...

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New research to improve psoriasis treatment monitoring

02/09/2014

New research by Dr Paul Collins and colleagues in the Charles Clinic for dermatology at St Vincent’s University Hospital could provide alternative, pain-free monitoring of patients undergoing treatment with methotrexate Methotrexate is used frequently as a treatment for patients with severe psoriasis As methotrexate can cause liver damage, patients have regular blood tests to check liver...

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‘Celtic knot’ polymer research for skin applications

02/09/2014

UCD Charles Institute welcomes the arrival of Dr Wenxin Wang and his research group as they establish their research laboratory that will investigate how new synthetic materials can be used in the effort to treat diseases such as diabetic ulcers and Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) READ...

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New nerve protein target to treat chronic itch

02/09/2014

Chronic itch or pruritus is the most common symptom in dermatology yet less than 50% of patients will respond to treatment Much like chronic pain, pruritus is detrimental to patient well-being New research led by Professor Martin Steinhoff has identified a potential target to treat itch in patients who do not respond to anti-histamine drugs READ...

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