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April 24, 2014

‘Grave concern’ at threat to remove children from GMS lists

The Irish Medical Organisation last week expressed “grave concern” at suggestions that the Government intended to force GPs to sign up to the highly controversial new GMS Contract or lose their existing GMS patients who are under the age of six.

Men hospitalised more for UTIs

While women are far more likely to suffer urinary tract infections (UTIs), men are more prone to be hospitalised for treatment, according to a study by US urologists.

PET predicts vegetative patients with potential to recover

The brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Stepwise treatment key following diagnosis

Research carried out at primary care level and directly with patients suggests there is a good deal of suboptimal control of asthma. The level of asthma control would go up significantly and patients would be better managed if currently uncontrolled patients were to be prescribed inhaled steroids as first-line treatment, said Prof Pat Manning, Programme [...]

Cell implicated in allergies

Children with asthma have airways that are extra sensitive to substances (or triggers) that irritate them. Common triggers include cold and flu, cigarette smoke, exercise and allergic responses to pollen, furry or feathery animals or house-dust mites.

An unsafe out-of-hours service

Dr Brett Lynam, Chair of the IMO Public Health and Community Medicine Committee, examines how the relevant support services for a properly functioning out-of-hours service still remain undelivered.

UL researcher gets NIH fellowship in US

University of Limerick (UL) PhD graduate Dr Claire Meaney has been awarded a prestigious fellowship position on the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme, based in the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Maryland.

The nuclear option on dating your wine

With more scientists recommending the Mediterranean diet, Giovanni Morelli extends the science theme this week to examine how emissions from nuclear reactors are being used to date wine.

A blast from the future

  With the help of his trusted modified DeLorean, Spiddal GP Dr Seamus O’Beirn managed to go back to the future and get his hands on a transcript of an emergency Cabinet Meeting from April 2024 on the health service.

Examining mental health behind bars

Dr Muiris Houston examines the rates of mental illness among prison populations and what new research on drug use among prisoners might tells us about their specific needs.

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