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March 28, 2015

All teenage boys should receive HPV vaccine

The IMO is to call next month for all teenage boys in the State to receive the HPV vaccine, IMT reports.

Portlaoise report now needs to be published

An opposition Laois TD has said that patient care must be the first priority for the HSE in Portlaoise Hospital.

€3 million boost for primary care research

The Health Research Board (HRB) has awarded €3 million in funding for research meant to enhance the delivery of primary care in Ireland.

UCC launches MSc in Audiology

Ireland’s first Master’s degree programme in Audiology in Ireland will be provided by the College of Medicine and Health at University College of Cork (UCC).

Cochlear implantation can improve cognitive function in elderly patients

Cochlear implantation has been found to be associated with improved speech perception and cognitive function in adults 65 years or older with profound hearing loss, according to a report published online by JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery.

Treatment improves storage function and symptoms of OAB

Mirabegron has been found to improve storage function and subjective symptoms, without influencing voiding function, in women with overactive bladder (OAB), new research has found. 

Caught up in Rome’s taxi wars

Aside from the expected economic benefits of the just proclaimed extraordinary Holy Year, Dr Muiris Houston fears an ISIS terror attack may not be the only threat to the upcoming Jubilee.

‘Misinterpretation’ of Act is damaging non-EU doctors

Dear Editor, The past two months have seen some interesting developments in the Irish health service.

Urgent need for universal salt iodisation

Dear Editor, An article in the March 5 issue of IMT by June Shannon refers to a reply by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to a question by Dún Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell-O’Connor on the subject of dietary iodine intake (‘Department tasks UCD researchers with analysis of dietary iodine intake’).

Extension of PHI could entrench inequality — ICS

The extension of private health insurance (PHI) to cover primary care would further entrench health inequalities, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned.

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