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May 30, 2016

Dispensing advice on the phoney pharmacist war

With the war of words heating up between GPs and pharmacists over dispensing doctors and the new Minor Ailments Scheme, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes pharmacists deserve the respect not antagonism of medics

Smoking ban legislation must not be undermined

Dear Editor, The Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is alarmed and deeply concerned at any suggestion that Ireland’s legislation on workplace smoking might be weakened and undermined.

Church’s role in our hospitals should never be forgotten

Dear Editor, I enjoyed the section in Dr Ruairi Hanley’s article recently on the positive role of the Catholic Church in our hospitals (‘A more catholic view of the Church’, IMT, May 13, 2016).

Leadership must come from the top as well

Dear Editor, Prof Freddie Wood, current President of the Medical Council, is quoted in your recent edition as saying that more doctors should take on ‘leadership’ roles (‘Leadership is ‘essential attribute’ — IMC President’, IMT, May 20, 2016).

Magic mushroom compound holds antidepressant promise

A hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Lower target BP would save lives

Lowering blood pressure goals for adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease could save tens of thousands of lives annually in the US and reduce costs, according to a computer simulation by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian.

Coding alters so-called ‘weekend effect’

Studies that use UK hospital coding data to examine whether patients admitted to hospital at weekends are more likely to die than those admitted during the week, the so-called ‘weekend effect’, may be undermined by inaccurate coding, suggests new research published in The BMJ.

Glioblastoma: Is the deck stacked against us?

With May officially Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Neurosurgical SpR and PhD student (RCSI) Mr Philip O’Halloran and Dr Jonathan Johnson examine the latest treatment options for glioblastoma.

On the Oregon wine trail

Context is extremely important when consuming a glass of wine, as Giovanni Morelli points out in his latest column — whether it be a Pinot Noir from Oregon or a Blue Nun from Germany.

The employment status dichotomy

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent Labour Court decision in an appeal brought by a doctor against a decision of a Rights Commissioner under the Part Time Work legislation

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