In my first few months working as a rheumatologist a referral letter arrived from a local doctor about a lady with rheumatoid arthritis. She had recently moved to the West of Ireland from the UK, where her original diagnosis had been made. Her GP had originally referred her to a general physician in a small …Read the Rest
1. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) was first described by an Irish man Kerry physician, Bernard Connor first described the condition in 1693 in a skeleton from a church graveyard. If you look carefully at the above illustration from that skeleton you can see how the spine is fused. 2. It takes an average of 8 years to diagnose …Read the Rest
What is it like to Have Gout? Gout, for anyone has experienced it, is one of the most painful joint conditions that you can get. It typically causes intense pain, swelling, and redness in joints – usually lasting a few days at a time. This is often in the big toe but also can …Read the Rest
Treatments for Gout are broken down into two broad categories. The first is what we use for in acute attacks and the second group is really what we use to prevent attacks coming up. Treating Acute Gout Most patients who have Gout in it’s early stages get attacks once in a while (for example affecting …Read the Rest
A few things that medical meeting organisers could learn from the organisers of TEDMED. 1. Make presentations shorter. The presentations at TEDMED are 18 minutes long. This allows for large numbers of presentations with finely tuned ideas to be presented in a polished digestible format to an audience. George Bernard Shaw said. “I’m sorry this …Read the Rest
I’m at at the JFK centre in Washington this week to attend a meeting with big ambitions for healthcare. TEDMED is a meeting which celebrates (not a word often used in the context of healthcare meetings, trust me) the imagination, innovation and inspiration that occurs at the intersection of science, technology, government, business, art and …Read the Rest
The development of digital technology has fundamentally altered (and in some cases decimated) the record industry, newsprint media, retail, publishing and advertising industries. Huge fortunes have been made and large institutions have crumbled with the march of technology. Those of who need convincing that medicine will be immune to these forces of change in these areas had better read Dr. Eric Topol’s book ‘The Creative Destruction of Medicine’.