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December 19, 2014

The genetics of the seven deadly sins

Scientists have been debating whether gluttony is genetic, physiological, or sociological for quite some time. Now some scientists in North Carolina are arguing that sloth is in your genes. Wake me when they get to wrath.

‘Robot’ improves stroke treatment

Stroke patients in Tallaght Hospital are now receiving treatment at the hands of a remote presence (RP7) robot doctor currently on trial in the hospital. This is the first of its kind in Ireland. The RP7 device would be used primarily in the accident and emergency department of the hospital. The robot would allow stroke […]

Oireachtas Committee to review CMH move

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children is to review the proposed move of the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) to a site adjacent to the planned prison site at Thorton Hall, north Dublin. A delegation from the Committee inspected the Thornton Hall site on Tuesday, following an appeal from the Central Mental Hospital Carers […]

Alzheimer’s disease drug shows promise

A new drug may be a significant improvement in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and slow the progression of dementia, according to the Times.

Groups fight moving mental hospital to prison

Mankind has spent a long time, and only made progress of late, trying to decriminalise mental illness. Can you believe you live in a country that wanted to undo that work? At least somebody’s trying to make a stand.

Nobody is talking to the patients

A New York Times article on the collapse of the doctor-patient relationship.

New infusion unit for Mullingar

Thousands of patients in the midlands who need infusion treatment no longer have to travel to Dublin, as a new specialist infusion unit has opened in St Francis Private Hospital in Mullingar. The unit will be operated by Point of Care. People with chronic and critical diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, […]

Scientists argue the causes of ‘imitative obesity’

Having fat friends may compel you increase your calories intake, according to a new study on obesity. The authors of the study argue that choices about appearance and other major decisions are determined by the choices others around you make. Not everyone is convinced; critics say circles of overweight people may share bad food, and […]

Linking neonatal ICUs in far-flung places with specialists in centres of excellence

The practice of transferring venitilated newborns to get EEGs, or sending EEG data via post or courier to specialist centres for analysis, may soon be a thing of the past.

‘This is a big deal’ – and other quotes from Dr Phil

Tired of all the coddling and advice your patients/friends/children require? Why not keep this page open on your computer, and hit the links as appropriate?

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