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April 15, 2014

A credit to his people

Dr Garrett FitzGerald recounts a meeting with the famed Dr Alfred Oberon Fagan-O’Toole, whose unique take on pain relief has won him many admirers in the nonsmoking, old-world, medical moral majority of Shakespearean enthusiasts.

Blood iron tests predict fatal outcomes in general population

A new study led by researchers at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick (UL) has found that people with low levels and very high levels of transferrin saturation are at an increased risk of death.

No ‘errors’ on ETC from Mental Health Commission

Dear Editor, I refer to the letter published in IMT on March 28 from Dr Larkin Feeney (‘Commission’s ECT ‘error’’).  Let me assure your readers that the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has made no error on this matter.

A matter of ‘Prime Time’ importance

Fresh from his defence of Navan Hospital on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Dr Ruairi Hanley reiterates that the theory and reality of ‘centralisation’ are two very different things in the North East.

Baby’s cries keep eyes on the prize

All new parents know the horrors of sleepless nights as your cherished pride and joy cries for food with a shriek so primal it would lift you out of your skin.

ADHD drugs affect BMI growth rates

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that children treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experienced slower body mass index (BMI) growth than their undiagnosed or untreated peers.

Still Trinity College Dublin in my book

Trinity graduate Dr Muiris Houston laments what he sees as the latest example of rebranding guff, which will see TCD become Trinity College, the University of Dublin

Medical card patients should ‘sometimes’ not be charged a cent

Dear Editor, Patrick Burke of the PCRS wrote to family doctors on March 12, 2014  about charging for routine phlebotomy services.

Is Spock out of his Vulcan mind or just autistic?

The character of Mr Spock has intrigued and entertained audiences since his first appearance in Star Trek in the 1960s. A new article in the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) now suggests that he shares many characteristics with those who suffer from autism.

Retired GPs meeting to discuss UHI proposals

The recently formed Retired GP Discussion Group is to meet next week (April 17) at the ICGP’s HQ at Lincoln Place to discuss the Government’s plans for universal health insurance (UHI).

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