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Hughes Syndrome – April 2014

Hughes Syndrome – April 2014

The serious facts about funny turns So ran the headline in one of this week’s free newspapers – the Metro. In many ways it highlights some of the problems faced by Hughes Syndrome patients – April’s ‘patient of the month’, for example. This year our efforts at...

Hughes Syndrome March 2014

Hughes Syndrome March 2014

Dry and sunny at last. In the middle of planning this year’s ‘Ten Topics’ meeting. This annual two-day postgraduate meeting focuses in particular on Lupus, Hughes Syndrome and related clinical topics. This year, our London meeting will be held at the glorious...

Hughes Syndrome – February 2014

Hughes Syndrome – February 2014

This time, a real record – the wettest winter ever recorded here in the southern part of Britain! Terrible flood scenes. In this month’s blog I propose to deal (or to start to deal) with ‘treatment’ – still a major issue for all of us – patients and doctors, living...

Hughes Syndrome – January 2014

Hughes Syndrome – January 2014

January was the wettest ever recorded in the UK! Large areas of southern England have been under water since Christmas day. Rain, rain, rain. We are making final plans for our annual two day medical conference ‘Ten Topics in Rheumatology’, here in London on Thursday...

Hughes Syndrome – November 2010

Hughes Syndrome – November 2010

Cut off from London!  November ended with a flourish.  Snow and icy winds blowing down from the north.  This morning (December 1st) the snow here in Kent is over a foot deep.  Roads blocked.  No trains to London.  Joined a shivering band of doughty commuters on our...

Hughes Syndrome – October 2010

Hughes Syndrome – October 2010

Like London buses, medical conferences come in threes. Autumn is a particularly busy time for meetings and this year is no exception. In early October I gave a lecture on the antiphospholipid syndrome to the Arabic Rheumatology meeting in Dubai.  As it seems, all over...

Hughes Syndrome – September 2010

Hughes Syndrome – September 2010

A few days late.  My apologies.  So different from last year’s glorious autumn.  September was wet and dull.  The kitchen floor is covered with Lucy’s muddy paw marks.  In London, daily life made more difficult by frequent tube strikes.  A number of my patients...

Hughes Syndrome – August 2010

Hughes Syndrome – August 2010

The rains came.  Not in the biblical sense, but suddenly, in mid August, the sun disappeared and rain, wind and dreariness descended.  A recent quote from the groundsman at Lord’s cricket ground: “we haven’t seen the sun for seventeen days!” We were lucky during our...

Hughes Syndrome – July 2010

Hughes Syndrome – July 2010

Yes, the good weather lasted and our Ten Topics meeting went well.  And the air conditioning worked! Our annual St Thomas’ 2-day medical meeting was possibly the best ever.  Two hundred attendees from 11 countries (including America and Japan).  New data on Hughes...

Hughes Syndrome – June 2010

Hughes Syndrome – June 2010

June this year has flashbacks to 2009.  Despite the long grey winter and spring, this month has improved by the week.  As I write this, in the last days of the month, we are in the throws of a sun-drenched Wimbledon and (can it be true?) the beginning of a drought!...

Hughes Syndrome – May 2010

Hughes Syndrome – May 2010

Spring at last!  This year has been so different from last – cold and grey.  It was May 15th before I finally shed my overcoat – but then I’m a wimp.  Finally, things did change – dramatically, and today (May 24th) the temperature has reached 83 degrees in London. ...

Hughes Syndrome – April 2010

Hughes Syndrome – April 2010

A dry month.  Very odd for April!  The month when the Icelandic volcano closed the skies of Britain – more of that later. There were two meetings in April, one in Birmingham, UK and the other in Galveston, Texas, US. The meeting in Galveston was big – the thirteenth...

Hughes Syndrome – March 2010

Hughes Syndrome – March 2010

Rain, rain, snow, cold!  So different from last year.  This cold grey winter has gone on for nearly four months.  Today, the last day of March, we were wrapped up in overcoats, umbrellas and scarves.  I really feel sorry for the tourists, scurrying from shop to shop. ...

Hughes Syndrome – February 2010

Hughes Syndrome – February 2010

What a long winter!  For three months it has been wet, cold, windy and … miserable.  Darwin must have had something to say about hibernation. Three lectures this month – two GP lectures and one specialist.  The specialist talk was in Barcelona – to their annual ‘Ten...

Hughes Syndrome – January 2010

Hughes Syndrome – January 2010

Temperature - two degrees higher than the South Pole!  So shouted the newspaper headlines.  More snow and railway chaos!  As a nation we are obsessed with the weather – not surprisingly perhaps.  My thanks (and congratulations) to all the Lupus team at London Bridge...