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October 21, 2014

‘A tweet to jail’: Bahrain in 2014

Prof Eoin O’Brien on the recent arrest of Nabeel Rajab on his return to Bahrain.

A ‘No’ to an independent review

Reflecting on the narrow IMO vote not to hold an independent review into ‘certain aspects of the management of the organisation up to December 2012’, Dr Ruairi Hanley is saddened by the decision against full transparency, accountability and clarity, regardless of the possible costs.

Half of patients receive at least one antibiotic while hospitalised

A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals in the US found that approximately 50 per cent of hospitalised patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs

Adolescents with cerebral palsy have similar QoL as able-bodied peers

Adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) face multiple challenges, but they rate their quality of life (QoL) on a par with their able-bodied peers, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Is genetic link possible between schizophrenia and left-handedness?

Findings from a new study published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry clearly demonstrate that the excess of non-right-handedness in schizophrenia does not result from a gender artefact or from biased handedness questionnaires.

New study shows gout link to heightened diabetes risk

Gout is linked to a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, suggests research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Pressure of caring role highlighted by CPsychI

To mark World Mental Health Day last week, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland teamed up with Mental Health Ireland and the Carers Association to host a number of free public events aimed at supporting carers.

Health report says Ireland ‘could do better’

Despite A Vision for Change containing many good polices around social inclusion, in practice, integration in Ireland could be greatly improved upon, a new report on mental health has revealed.

Navigating the swells of resistant hyptension

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at a presentation from Prof Andrew Murphy, Professor of General Practice at NUI Galway, on the management of resistant hypertension in primary care.

‘No’ vote has implications far beyond the IMO

While it must be respected, the ballot result against holding an investigation into the management of the IMO prior to the departure of George McNeice will continue the erosion of public confidence in the union and in doctors generally, believes Dr Muiris Houston.

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