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November 28, 2015

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.

Staying monogamous might just save you from heartbreak

One of the oft-stated arguments against same-sex marriage in Ireland is that enshrining it in the constitution would pave the way for other forms of marriage, such as polygamy. Whatever about that tenuous logic, there may in fact be health benefits to choosing and sticking with just one partner.

Check your selfie

It’s hard to hate something until it has a name. The portrait or self-portrait is nothing new, as noted in this astute blurb in The New York Times, and even sharper tweet from Irish historian John Gallagher: “In my day we had no narcissistic selfie sticks — you just paid a man to come to […]

Doctors rejected previous speculative under-sixes deal

An overwhelming 87 per cent of doctors who voted in the recent IMT web poll – before the IMO AGM – indicated they would not sign up to a deal on the under-sixes that would see a payment to GPs of €75 a year for each child, plus €25.

Solo practice with pen and brush

Dr Conleth Murphy, Medical Oncologist at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education at University College Cork (UCC), merges his medical and artistic sides in both a traditional and a tongue-and-cheek fashion in his first solo exhibition in the Jennings Gallery, UCC, running from March 25 to May 6.

High Court strikes down Act, renders drugs legal

A case involving a man accused of possessing an illegal drug in 2012 has upturned Ireland’s Misuse of Drugs Act, rendering a host of narcotics legal. The Government is convening to introduce emergency legislation to amend this situation.

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