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October 30, 2014

Doctors everywhere are under the cosh

It’s not just Irish doctors becoming disillusioned with their lot, as a crop of new books on the US health system has revealed to Dr Muiris Houston.

Going in the right direction: treating to target

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at the presentation from Dr Liam Glynn, Senior Lecturer in General Practice at NUI Galway, on the importance of treating to target and encouraging behavioural change.

Gut bacteria may hold key to schizophrenia

Researchers in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in UCC have put forward a radically novel view of the biology of schizophrenia and more specifically its genetic basis, and their work may have significant implications for the development of new treatment strategies for the disorder.

CPsychI debate set to explore life of the carer

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland’s 2014 Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition will take place next month in Dublin on the theme of the carer.

Lefties to their own devices

Dear Editor, I refer to the recent pictures you published of the Minister for Health and his two senior HSE staff ready to get the flu vaccine in their right upper arms (‘Healthcare workers are urged to get flu vaccination’, IMT, October 17, 2014). The odds of all three being left-handed are up to 1,000/1 [...]

East German trials ‘questionable’

Clinical trials carried out in the former East Germany in the second half of the 20th Century were not always with the full knowledge or understanding of participants with some questionable practices taking place, according to a paper published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Please donate one consultation fee for Ebola victims

Dear Colleagues, I am writing this appeal to request one consultation fee to support the families of the victims of Ebola and those in quarantine in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

OAB management in elderly must be tailored to patient

The management of overactive bladder (OAB) in the vulnerable elderly often poses significant management challenges.

Human embryoic stem cells used safely to treat macular degeneration

New research published in The Lancet provides the first evidence of the medium-term to long-term safety and tolerability of transplanting human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in humans.

Going batty over rabies risk

Halloween came early this year with the uninvited arrival of a bat at the house of Dr Ruairi Hanley, who was surprised to learn that the flying creatures may now pose a public health risk of rabies.

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