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September 30, 2014

Wild berry extract may strengthen chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer

A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, reveals experimental research published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

Combination therapy for COPD associated with better outcomes

Newly prescribed long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) combination therapy was associated with a lower risk of death or hospitalisation among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared with newly prescribed LABAs alone

Sharks’ skin technology may halt MRSA transmission

Transmission of bacterial infections, such as MRSA and MSSA, could be curbed by coating hospital surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal

Heart history is a key factor

With any arrhythmia, the particular type of heart involved is a key factor, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Diseases of the atrium – AF and atrial flutter – account for well over half of arrhythmias.

Let’s talk about sex

Senior Counselling Psychologist Fergal Rooney says not only is psychosexual health central to clients’ overall health but also to their quality of life.

A new era in prostate cancer treatment

The development of the first alpha-emitting radionuclide is set to usher in a new era in prostate cancer treatment. Dawn O’Shea spoke to UCD graduate and Belfast oncologist Prof Joe O’Sullivan who was one of the lead investigators involved in developing the new ground-breaking therapy.

Customised management of IBD

Ailbhe Jordan speaks with Viennese gastroenterologist Prof Walter Reinisch during a trip to Ireland about optimising the use of current treatment options in moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.

Managing orofacial pain

Dr Shelagh Wright PhD, retired lecturer in Psycho-oncology at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences DCU and Facilitator in Pain Management, reports on the Irish Pain Society’s recent Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin, which concentrated on the classification and management of orofacial pain.

Statins may protect against common microvascular complications of diabetes

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Fish oil may help curb epileptic seizures

Low doses of fish oil may help curb the frequency of epileptic seizures when drug treatment no longer works, suggests a small study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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