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Hughes Syndrome – November 2016

Hughes Syndrome – November 2016

Good and bad!  November saw the publication of the 2ndedition of my book “Hughes Syndrome.  A patient’s Guide”.  Wonderful improvement, stories of two of my patients – one from the Scottish Isles, and one from Romania. The first patient from the Scottish Isles...

Hughes Syndrome – October 2016

Hughes Syndrome – October 2016

In October, the European Lupus Meeting was held in Venice.  Professor Shoenfeld and I were asked to give the opening lectures at the conference.  My talk was on “The Challenges of 2020”. As far as Hughes Syndrome is concerned, there are still major challenges – the...

Hughes Syndrome – September 2016

Hughes Syndrome – September 2016

What a summer!  At least for those of us here in Kent – almost no rain for the whole of August and September! September and October are traditional months for conferences – at least in the world of medicine.  For me, that meant two meetings, one in Ireland and one in...

Hughes Syndrome – August 2016

Hughes Syndrome – August 2016

What a beautiful August!  And what a difference a month makes!  I generally regard August as early Autumn rather than summer.  Not this year!  For me it was good to be back at work after my illness. This month, September, is the start of the academic year, usually...

Hughes Syndrome – July 2016

Hughes Syndrome – July 2016

A month of highs and lows.  After the awful, grey June, at least the weather brightened up.  Lows included the terrorist outrages in France.  After the lorry massacre on the Promenade de Anglais in Nice, I emailed my colleague, Professor Eric Rosenthal, Consultant...

Hughes Syndrome – June 2016

Hughes Syndrome – June 2016

Beating the Illness June has been a mixed month; some sunny days – lots of cold days, inches of rain. It looks as if Paris got even more than we did. Recently, I had a visit from a group of Russian doctors, interested in learning more about Hughes syndrome. It was,...

Hughes Syndrome – May 2016

Hughes Syndrome – May 2016

I receive daily emails regarding Hughes Syndrome. This week, one example from Kazakhstan: “Dear Dr Hughes…since the number of patients with Hughes Syndrome in Kazakhstan is big, some of them are just weird.” The word is spreading. In the UK a new initiative to help...

Hughes Syndrome – April 2016

Hughes Syndrome – April 2016

So soon after the March blog, here comes another. Like London buses – nothing for a while then two together. Hopefully I am making up for lost time following my illness. My topic this month is “Twins” - what can they teach us? In diseases where there is a suspicion of...

Hughes Syndrome – March 2016

Hughes Syndrome – March 2016

Easter weekend. A warm, sunny Good Friday after three months of grey skies. Time to return to my ‘blog’ and for me a long awaited return after illness. Last year, before my illness and operations arrived in August, was the usual mix of clinics, lectures, writing and...

Hughes Syndrome – October 2015

Hughes Syndrome – October 2015

Late October. The countryside is ablaze with colour. This autumn’s technicolour display is exceptional. For the past two months I have been on the receiving end of medical treatment, having had surgery in late August. This month has brought home to me two widely known...

Hughes Syndrome – August 2015

Hughes Syndrome – August 2015

Almost the end of September! My apologies to those who follow the blog for the late arrival of the August blog. Unfortunately, at the end of August I had to go through abdominal surgery. I know it is something of a cliché, but it is often said that doctors make the...

Hughes Syndrome – July 2015

Hughes Syndrome – July 2015

My apologies for the delay with the blog. This year’s annual ‘Ten Topics’ meeting here in London was huge! So stimulating: I’ll tell you more. So far, at least here in London and Kent, July has been wonderful. Blue skies, little rain, warm weather. The tourist boats...

Hughes Syndrome – May 2015

Hughes Syndrome – May 2015

May was best forgotten as far as the weather was concerned – rain, cold and windy – once again one felt sorry for the tourists huddled on the open tour buses and the river cruise boats. However, as I write this, “June is bustin out” ……. “please disregard my previous...

Hughes Syndrome – April 2015

Hughes Syndrome – April 2015

March saw a marvellous new initiative here in London. Baroness Estelle Morris and Baroness Drake succeeded in raising the issue of Hughes Syndrome (antiphospholipid syndrome/APS) in the House of Lords. By doing this, they have succeeded in ramping up the awareness of...

Hughes Syndrome – January 2015

Hughes Syndrome – January 2015

We are in the thick of preparations for this year’s annual  ‘Ten Topics in Rheumatology’ meeting, to be held on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July. This popular meeting, now in its 29th year, is a postgraduate meeting aimed at updating physicians (both training and...

Hughes Syndrome – December 2014

Hughes Syndrome – December 2014

The past year has been busy for all of us in the London Lupus Centre. We are now seeing 400 cases a month – patients not only from all corners of the UK, but from a dozen different countries. Twenty years ago, in the international journal LUPUS...

Hughes Syndrome – November 2014

Hughes Syndrome – November 2014

November is true to itself – rain and dark skies. Fireworks lasting for weeks – Lucy, our Schnauzer, frightened to go out alone. A number of our London Lupus Centre team travelled to Boston to present papers and posters at the annual American College of Rheumatology...

Highes Syndrome – August 2014

Highes Syndrome – August 2014

The medical journal LUPUS, which publishes many of the research papers and conference reports on Hughes Syndrome, runs a regular series called ‘Lupus around the World’. More than anything else, this series has highlighted the variation in lupus prevalence from region...

Hughes Syndrome – July 2014

Hughes Syndrome – July 2014

July in London was the seventh sunniest in London since records began. (Official!). We were fortunate in deciding to take a holiday in deepest Kent this year. Blue skies and glorious colours (and a very happy Lucy the dog!). Quite a few media stories of young women...

Hughes Syndrome – June 2014

Hughes Syndrome – June 2014

I have just received a copy of our latest book, 'Sjögren’s Syndrome in Clinical Practice'. Produced with colleagues Dr Shirish Sangle and Dr Simon Bowman, it is published by Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-06058-3). I hope it will prove helpful both to patients as well as to...

Hughes Syndrome – May 2014

Hughes Syndrome – May 2014

Glorious May weekend – the sort you dream about. Temperatures 77°F and a clear blue sky. On Wednesday, this week, we held the annual charity Patients’ Day at St Thomas’ Hospital. With over 100 patients, friends and relatives, it proved a busy and successful day, with...