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September 19, 2014

Strive to resolve conflict in UHI debate

Dear Editor, I am anxious to express the idea of moving forward peacefully in the current debate on universal health insurance and also in what the health service can provide for the population in Ireland.

A new era in prostate cancer treatment

The development of the first alpha-emitting radionuclide is set to usher in a new era in prostate cancer treatment. Dawn O’Shea spoke to UCD graduate and Belfast oncologist Prof Joe O’Sullivan who was one of the lead investigators involved in developing the new ground-breaking therapy.

Leaving Irish general practice

Dr William Ralph returned recently from Australia to resign from his Irish practice, having tasted a very different way of life and professional practice Down Under.

Current legislation is ‘misguided and ineffective’

Dear Editor, In response to your recent article ‘Life ‘preserved’ after termination’ (IMT, August 29, 2014), in pregnancy, Irish medicine has a long-held tradition of treating both patients: the expectant mother and her developing child.

Customised management of IBD

Ailbhe Jordan speaks with Viennese gastroenterologist Prof Walter Reinisch during a trip to Ireland about optimising the use of current treatment options in moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.

Managing orofacial pain

Dr Shelagh Wright PhD, retired lecturer in Psycho-oncology at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences DCU and Facilitator in Pain Management, reports on the Irish Pain Society’s recent Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin, which concentrated on the classification and management of orofacial pain.

Former President of the IMO hands back her membership

Following the resignation of former IMO President Dr Paula Gilvarry, Dr Ruairi Hanley suggests the IMO could do more to stop the run of negative headlines and improve members’ morale.

Statins may protect against common microvascular complications of diabetes

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Fish oil may help curb epileptic seizures

Low doses of fish oil may help curb the frequency of epileptic seizures when drug treatment no longer works, suggests a small study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

An appreciation — Dr Raymond and Miriam Rees

Apart from being a tireless and outstanding contributor to child health, Dr Raymond Rees and his wife Miriam were willing to give and share unstintingly, writes Prof Hilary Hoey.

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