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January 31, 2015

Three-in-four avail of CervicalCheck

Just over three-quarters (76%) of eligible women in Ireland have availed of cervical screening under the National Cervical Screening Programme, CervicalCheck, the Medical Director of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) said.

IBTS submits paper on MSM blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has submitted a paper to the Department of Health that looks at various options surrounding the possibility of reviewing the ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.

Ombudsman can examine complaints on such centres as Áras Attracta

Dear Editor, We read with interest a letter from Dr Frances Matthews in relation to the Áras Attracta scandal (IMT, January 16).

Case raised issues of great public importance

Ed Madden, BL, looks at the recent High Court case in which the Court was called upon to decide whether it should authorise the withdrawal of somatic support to a woman who was 15 weeks’ pregnant at the time of her death.

Putting the patient first — and before porters

Dr Ruairi Hanley ponders the over-reliance on non-clinical hospital staff when their roles could be automated — or colleagues could just pitch in and help each other instead.

Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

Video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants’ engagement, attention and social behaviour, and might reduce the likelihood of such children developing autism, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

NSAIDs linked to increased risk for anastomotic complications

Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was found to be associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing non-elective colorectal procedures, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

Doctors should recommend walking

Joining a walking group is one of the best and easiest ways to boost overall health, with virtually no side-effects, suggests an analysis published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

UCC asserts itself on training stage

Michelle McDonagh examines how a new project at University College Cork that uses virtual reality, silicon and human simulators is future-proofing the College in terms of global medical training, and promises to help deliver better, safer healthcare to patients.

ICGP needs to help ‘put out the fire’

Dear Editor, I am writing as a GP of 36 years’ experience, having obtained my first GMS contract at the ripe old age of 28.

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