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February 27, 2015

Prevention is key in fight against stroke

The most important aspect of atrial fibrillation is the risk of stroke, and stroke prevention is key, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Prevention of clots that often embolise from the left atrial appendage area is a prime concern.

‘Know your own pulse to detect AF’

About 10,000 people suffer strokes in Ireland annually and around 2,000 die as a result. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a major factor in one-third of strokes.

Many causes of Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome besides ageing

In his latest Clinical Update, Gary Culliton examines the diagnosis of Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS), its complications and the various treatments options available to address this often reluctantly raised issue.

Careful assessment of TDS required

Testosterone is important for bone density, quality of life, muscle bulk and sexual health. Levels of the hormone reduce in all males as they age, but if a person’s testosterone is low, the patient may be considered for testosterone replacement treatment.

Unemployed or non-student status increases risk of suicide

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) are at an increased risk of having a mental disorder or experiencing suicidal ideation, according to new research published in a special youth edition of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.

Lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders high in North Dublin

Lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorder and substance use have been found to be high in an urban sample of Irish youth, new research has revealed.

Jigsaw early intervention can overcome barriers for young

A study in the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine has provided emerging evidence that Jigsaw — an early-intervention service developed by Headstrong — is an accessible and effective service that can play a key role in the continuum of mental healthcare for young people in Ireland.

PC educational pilot shows ‘considerable promise’

A pilot primary care educational session on youth-friendly consultations in the area of mental ill-health and substance use has been found to be both feasible and acceptable, and may represent an effective way to train professionals to help tackle the current crisis in youth mental health.

Healthy diet ‘lowers risk of COPD’

Eating a diet rich in whole grains, polyunsaturated fats and nuts and low in red and processed meat, refined grains and sugary drinks is associated with a lower risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), finds a study published in The BMJ.

Public/private split in access to diagnostics

GPs have a much greater access to diagnostic tests for patients in the private compared to the public system, a new study has found.

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