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Summary of ECCO Consensus Guidelines 2017 on Ulcerative Colitis

Medical Management of Active UC1 The treatment strategy for ulcerative colitis  (UC) is mainly based on the severity, distribution (proctitis, left-sided, extensive) and pattern of disease. The latter includes relapse frequency, disease course, response to previous medications, side effects of medication, and extra-intestinal manifestations. Age at onset, and disease duration are also important factors. It is important to distinguish patients ...

Lung Cancer – Epidemiology, Guideline, Treatment

EPIDEMIOLOGY The 2017 report of the National Cancer Registry summarised cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Ireland for the period 1994-2015, and provided projected estimates for incidence for the most recent three-year period, 2015-2017. For all invasive cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancers, lung cancer was the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in males (11.8%), and the 2nd most common cancer ...

Breast Cancer – Epidemiology, Guideline, Treatment

EPIDEMIOLOGY The National Cancer Registry 2017 report summarised cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Ireland during 1994-2015, and provided estimated incidence for the period 2015-2017. Breast cancer was the most commonly diagnosed invasive cancer in women (30.1%) from 2015-2017 (estimated incidence), excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. On average, 27 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland every year during this ...

Prostate Cancer – Epidemiology, Guideline, Treatment

EPIDEMIOLOGY The National Cancer Registry 2017 report summarised cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Ireland during 1994-2015, and provided estimated incidence for the period 2015-2017. Prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed invasive cancer in men (29.2%) from 2015-2017 (estimated annual average incidence), excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Deaths from prostate cancer accounted for 11.2% of all male cancer deaths during ...

Hypertension – ACC/AHA Guidelines 2017

New 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for High Blood Pressure in Adults1 The 2017 American guideline on hypertension is a comprehensive document that includes recommendations on a new blood pressure (BP) classification system and definition of hypertension, BP thresholds to initiate antihypertensive drug treatment that incorporate underlying cardiovascular risk, an aggressive new BP treatment target, the importance of accurate BP measurement to ...

Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Cardiovascular Benefits of the Newer Anti-hyperglycaemic Therapies for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes1 Type 2 diabetes accounts for approx. 90–95% of adults diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Type 2 diabetes patients have a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events compared with their non-diabetic counterparts. Deaths from ...

EULAR Guidelines on Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis – 2016 Update

Members of a steering committee and task force reviewed and updated the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) guidelines on the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The steering committee (7 rheumatologists, 1 patient representative, and 3 fellows) and task force (comprised of 50 individuals, including members from the committee and 3 patients, 2 health professionals, and ...

Biologic Treatment Options for Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Table 1. Biologic Agents Licensed in Ireland for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults *Some agents may have a loading dose, and some are taken as monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate (see individual product SPCs for more information). The above table was prepared from data available in February 2018. Prescribers should refer to product monographs in section 5.2 of ...

Asthma – Symptom Control, Risk Reduction, Action Plans and Medication Adherence

Asthma in Ireland – Facts and Figures There are 470,000 people with asthma in Ireland Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma globally 60% of people do not have their asthma under control, which means they are at risk of a serious and potentially fatal asthma attack 20,000 visits the Emergency Department every year are due to life-threatening asthma ...

COPD – Pharmaceutical Management and Comorbidities

  Pharmaceutical Management of COPD1 COPD and Comorbidities1 -COPD often coexists with other diseases (comorbidities) that may have a significant impact on prognosis. -Comorbidities are common at any severity of COPD and the differential diagnosis can often be difficult. -Although COPD is negatively impacted by multiple comorbid diseases, COPD itself is one of the most important comorbid conditions that adversely ...