Dara Gantly examines what the long-awaited National Rare Disease Plan promises for the estimated 270,000 to 380,000 people in Ireland with a rare condition, who are often denied diagnosis, treatment and the benefits of research.
In secondary prevention, increased risk for long-term hard clinical events is associated with low HDL3-C, but not HDL2-C or HDL-C, highlighting the potential value of subclassifying HDL-C, new research in the European Heart Journal has suggested.
Use of a lower intensity bone marrow transplantation method has shown promising results among 30 patients (16-65 years of age) with severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA.
Taking the street drug Ecstasy could lead to a potentially fatal weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery, doctors have warned in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery.
More than half of all older Irish adults prescribed medications that have the potential to interact with alcohol still regularly consume alcohol during the course of their prescription, a new study from the RCSI’s School of Pharmacy has found.
The survival of premature newborns in England is 30 per cent higher in specialist units treating large numbers of neonates, reveals an analysis of national data published in the online journal BMJ Open.
Unhealthy foods, such as sugary snacks and sweets, accounted for nearly half of all food-specific placements in kids’ TV programmes on RTÉ and the BBC, with sugar-sweetened drinks accounting for a quarter of all beverage-specific cues, researchers from Limerick have found.
The genes that increase rheumatoid arthritis risk are being mapped — with 101 currently identified. So too are genes linked to greater disease severity, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.
A national team of researchers led by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, US, has found that adding thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating sudden-onset pulmonary embolism patients is associated with 47 per cent fewer deaths than using standard intravenous or under-the-skin anticoagulant medications alone.
Whooping cough has been found in a fifth of UK school age children visiting their doctor with a persistent cough, even though most have been fully vaccinated, finds a study published on bmj.com.