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March 5, 2015

GPs could play a strong role in hospital care

GPs could have a strong role to play working in hospitals and could assist in solving some of the difficulties faced by the acute sector, a leading GP has suggested.

Department tasks UCD researchers with analysis of dietary iodine intake

Researchers at UCD have been asked to carry out an analysis on the levels of iodine in the Irish diet, the Minister for Health has said.

Report into effects of water fluoridation expected

A report into research commissioned by the Health Research Board at the request of the Department of Health into the benefits or disadvantages of the fluoridation of Irish water supplies is expected to be published this month, IMT has established.

Irish Thoracic Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Respiratory Medicine

Prof Pat Finnegan, Professor Emeritus, and previous Dean of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and retired respiratory consultant at University College Hospital Galway, was presented with the Irish Thoracic Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Respiratory Medicine at the Society’s recent Annual Gala Dinner.

Mental fragility of mothers in the puerperium

Dr Dermot J Ward discusses the treatment of puerperal psychosis, following the recent tragedy of a new mother who walked out of Bristol Maternity Hospital with her baby and off the Bristol Suspension Bridge.

Man took claim after falling from wall outside hospital ED

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a man who sustained a very serious spinal injury when he fell from a wall outside a hospital emergency department brought a claim for damages against the hospital trust.

General practice is ‘in crisis and in flames’

Dear Editor, It was heartening to read Dr Gerry Cummins‘s response to my recent letter in IMT (‘ICGP not on fire, just nicely warmed up’, February 13, 2015).

MPA’s public hearings cause stress to doctor

Dear Editor, I have read with interest the recent articles in Irish Medical Times (IMT, February 13, ‘FTP, do no harm’, and Feb 20, ‘Preferred model of care for sick doctors’) dealing with sick, addicted and stressed doctors, and with measures in place and projected to help these doctors.

Registration delays for foreign doctors are ‘real and long-lasting problem’

Dear Editor, In relation to your recent article ‘DOH is warned over registration route’ (IMT, February 13, 2015), I would like to highlight some important points.

Rats not plague reservoirs in medieval Europe

Dr Muiris Houston wonders if we owe the black rat an apology, following new research suggesting climate change in Asia was driving new waves of plague to Europe during the 14th Century — and via gerbils.

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