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February 8, 2016

Is there a political will to change?

Dear Editor, An election is on the horizon, and one cannot help noticing politicians being more busy to position themselves ‘favourably’ for votes. It looks as if they have left the agenda they had coming into office and are now concentrating on retaining their positions.

Informed view on abortion is required by Minister

Dear Editor, The Health Consumer Powerhouse would like to comment on some of the reactions of Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar to our report on the Euro Health Consumer Index 2015.

Stepping up to the plate

Through their support of the recent High Court settlement over rural practice, and as a result of the ‘No Doctor, No Village’ campaign, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes the NAGP has been playing a blinder, which others need to follow for a brighter future for GPs.

Femoral nerve injured during abdominal operation

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a case in which an NHS trust appealed to the Court of Appeal against a finding that a surgeon negligently caused injury to a woman’s left femoral nerve during the course of an abdominal operation.

Online ‘pop quiz’ may help predict STIs in young women

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say an online ‘pop quiz’ they developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young men.

Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy may not reduce asthma in child

Whether supplementation of pregnant women with vitamin D will reduce asthma and recurrent wheeze in their offspring remains unclear, authors of a new report have concluded, althought they have called for larger studies and longer follow-up.

Teens who use e-cigarettes more likely to smoke

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try the real thing a year later than those who don’t ‘vape’, indicates research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Benefit of CF drug reported in pre-school kids

The oral drug ivacaftor appears to be safe and could be beneficial to children between the ages of two and five with a specific type of cystic fibrosis (CF), according to new research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

Women should check date for smear test — ICS

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is encouraging women to be aware of how to reduce their risk of cervical cancer, as the Society marks the start of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2016. Approximately 306 Irish women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year and around 93 women die from the disease annually.

Cross-party support for Ombudsman move

Moves to extend the remit of the Office of the Ombudsman to clinical cases have been backed by the Joint Oireachtas Health Committee, which believes that ideally, there should be a single streamlined pathway for complaints in the health service.

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