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May 29, 2016

New reality in the operating room

If you’ve ever wanted to watch an operation from the comfort of your own home, this week your wish will come true. 

Digging our teeth into different blood types in Dracula

Do vampires go for certain blood types? It’s a possibility, according to a fascinating piece of conjecture in the Irish Medical Journal.

Can art therapy succeed with flying colours?

Colouring books may seem like the mainstay of the young, but their popularity among adults has increased in recent years.

Not just another day at the office

As exits go, Paul Kalanithi’s last day working as a surgeon could not have been more dramatic for him, in spite of the ‘happy ending’ for the elderly man under the knife for a compressed nerve root.

‘Tis the season to be careful?

Vhi SwiftCare is warning the public to be careful this Christmas, advising that December 26 and 27 are the most accident-prone days of the year.

An A-Z of common carcinogens

In the wake of the recent announcement by the The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that red meat and processed meat are probably and definitely cause cancer, it’s worth looking at another institution’s lengthy list of carcinogens. 

How asthma treatments went up in smoke

A surprising revelation has surfaced from a review charting the history of respiratory diseases over the past century. In ancient times, asthma sufferers smoked herbal cigarettes to relieve their symptoms, while in the 19th Century, black coffee was recommended to treat the same affliction.

Is the patient feeling and listening to ‘Comfortably numb?’

While I wouldn’t particular advise listening to Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ before or during a surgical procedure, new research out this week from The Lancet suggest listening to music before, during, or after surgery is beneficial to patients and can significantly reduce pain and anxiety.

Are funeral directors heading for an early grave?

Does working with the dead mean you’ll be joining them sooner? A new report links the use of formaldehyde with a heightened risk of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). 

Chocs away: battle against CVD ready for take-off (of wrapper)

Now this is the type of research IMT– along with every tabloid newspaper – likes to see: eating up to 100g of chocolate daily has just been linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk.

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