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Hughes Syndrome – June 2020

Hughes Syndrome – June 2020

  Following the sunniest May on record, the good weather came to an end.  Back to clouds and some rain.  Still on 'lockdown'... Many people have asked me (in fact, most patients) about the difference between Hughes Syndrome and lupus.  I know I have touched on...

APS and Covid-19 Update

APS and Covid-19 Update

The last 4 months have been difficult for everyone around the world. There will be concerns from many of our readers about their diagnosis of Antiphospholipid (Hughes’) Syndrome (APS), other diagnoses which they also have and the risk and effects of Coronavirus...

Hughes Syndrome – May 2020

Hughes Syndrome – May 2020

In ‘lockdown’ now for 2 months.  Almost a way of life.  The only redeeming factor has been the wonderful weather here in the South East of England. Cloudless blue skies day after day. For people stuck in a block of flats, the past 2 months must have been so, so...

Hughes Syndrome – April 2020

Hughes Syndrome – April 2020

I am writing this on Friday, 1st May.  April has been unforgettable in so many ways - in 'lockdown' for the past 5 weeks and infection rate with coronavirus still very high worldwide. No direct medical drug is proven yet.  Of course, the known anti-viral (including...

Hughes Syndrome – March 2020

Hughes Syndrome – March 2020

All normal activities on hold.  The worldwide corona virus has reached the U.K.  Normal clinical activity totally shattered.  Our Prime Minister in intenstive care.  Self-isolation. Our normal lupus clinic has, for now, converted to telephone consultations.  A major...

Hughes Syndrome – February 2020

Hughes Syndrome – February 2020

To Barcelona and the highly succesful "Ten Topics" meeting.  Now organised by my old friends Munther Khamashta and Maria Cuadrado, and one of Spain's major medical meeting. Good to meet up with Professor Miguel Vilardell, retired Dean of Medicine and one of medicine's...

Hughes Syndrome – December 2019

Hughes Syndrome – December 2019

December 6 saw a second London Bridge terrorist attack, the first in Borough Market, the second on the other end of the bridge – both within a couple of hundred yards of our hospital, both with slashing knives. It is poignant to reflect on the long and colourful...

Hughes Syndrome – November 2019

Hughes Syndrome – November 2019

Sad news in October. My old New York boss, Dr Charles Christian died. He was a great leader and friend and was one of the giants of modern rheumatology. He was head of Rheumatology at HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery) in New York and Monica and I spent 2 of the...

Hughes Syndrome – October 2019

Hughes Syndrome – October 2019

Recently, two of my heroes died. Gerry Weissmann and Chuck Christian. Gerry was a giant in American medicine, Dean of NYU (New York University) and internationally renowned as a polymath – an international expert on a wide variety of topics. I knew him well and was a...

Hughes Syndrome – September 2019

Hughes Syndrome – September 2019

August was quiet. September has been mad. As I write this, on the last day of September, the rain is beating down here in Kent. “The gardens needed it”. The month has been dry, with (for once, it seems) the weekends being warm and sunny. September has been busy with...

Hughes Syndrome – August 2019

Hughes Syndrome – August 2019

Patient of the Month A stay-at-home August. Our little dog, Lucy, has been ill and we daren’t risk travel. Yet there are upsides to our August at home. London is different, tourists outnumber commuters, seats in trains, peace over Brexit while the ‘remainants’ take...

Hughes Syndrome – July 2019

Hughes Syndrome – July 2019

This week, we held the 33rd annual “Ten Topics in Rheumatology” meeting in London.  Organised by Professor Chris Edwards and his team from the London Lupus Centre – Professor David D’Cruz, Professor Munther Khamashta and Dr Arvind Kaul, it was a full house of 300...

Hughes Syndrome – June 2019

Hughes Syndrome – June 2019

In early May, I gave a talk on Hughes syndrome at the annual meeting of the Royal college of GPs, here in London.  Three hundred attendees, and piles of questions. On Saturday, 18th May, I was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the patient’s society, Lupus UK,...

Hughes Syndrome – April 2019

Hughes Syndrome – April 2019

Easter comes late this year. Frenetic Brexit politics – the Westminster establishment fighting to overturn the ‘popular vote’. So sad. Last week I gave a lecture at an ‘immuno-therapy’ meeting in Madrid. Three hundred attendees, including representatives of the...

Hughes Syndrome – March 2018

Hughes Syndrome – March 2018

February is the month for the Barcelona ‘Ten Topics’ meeting – an outstanding annual event – and this year was no exception.  A brilliant two day meeting, this year attracting 230 trainee doctors. The atmosphere was wonderful – a packed auditorium and a mega volume...

Hughes Syndrome – February 2019

Hughes Syndrome – February 2019

My colleague and friend Munther Khamashta gave me a wonderful book of quotations of Dr. William Osler. Such an inspiration – a doctor who combined day to day clinical practice with teaching and clinical research.  His papers include one of the early descriptions of...

Hughes Syndrome – Prof Hughes award!

Hughes Syndrome – Prof Hughes award!

Professor Graham Hughes, Head of the London Lupus Centre at London Bridge Hospital, has been selected to receive the Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence in the field of Rheumatology. The Award, one of the most prestigious in international medicine, is to be...

Hughes Syndrome – January 2019

Hughes Syndrome – January 2019

The year 2018 ended with a whimper – mild and grey.  No snow in London thank goodness.  For me the medical highlight of the month (and the year) was the awarding of The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al Maktoum award for medical services – an international medical prize...

Hughes Syndrome – December 2018

Hughes Syndrome – December 2018

 It’s wonderful when one gets to a meeting or a conference which is both outstanding, and at the same time, somewhat outside ones own circle of expertise or experience. So, a while ago, I found myself in a conference on metal allergies.  Organised by my good friend Dr...

Hughes Syndrome – November 2018

Hughes Syndrome – November 2018

For us, the warm late summer/autumn weather continued through into November.  The colours rival those of Maine. Our new education charity website (www.ghic.world), is now getting into gear.  We have been joined by Suzanna Magill, who, as Manager, will run our...

Hughes Syndrome – October 2018

Hughes Syndrome – October 2018

Summer lingers on – even in the season of mellow fruitfulness, the temperature is still high and here, at least in Kent, the gardens are parched. On Saturday, I gave the inaugural lecture in the Middle East Medical Congress, in the beautiful city of Beirut. This...