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October 21, 2014

Half of patients receive at least one antibiotic while hospitalised

A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals in the US found that approximately 50 per cent of hospitalised patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs

Adolescents with cerebral palsy have similar QoL as able-bodied peers

Adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) face multiple challenges, but they rate their quality of life (QoL) on a par with their able-bodied peers, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Is genetic link possible between schizophrenia and left-handedness?

Findings from a new study published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry clearly demonstrate that the excess of non-right-handedness in schizophrenia does not result from a gender artefact or from biased handedness questionnaires.

New study shows gout link to heightened diabetes risk

Gout is linked to a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, suggests research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Navigating the swells of resistant hyptension

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at a presentation from Prof Andrew Murphy, Professor of General Practice at NUI Galway, on the management of resistant hypertension in primary care.

Huge strides in battle over rejection

The best therapy for people with end-stage kidney disease is a transplant.

State ‘must play a central role’ in organ donation challenge

International evidence shows that many potential organ transplants do not occur because organ donors are not detected early by the hospital system. In the end, the most important factor is whether or not doctors are willing to communicate with families, a Spanish expert has said.

Skirt size increase linked to breast cancer risk

Going up a skirt size over a period of 10 years between your mid-20s and mid-60s is linked to a 33 per cent greater risk of developing breast cancer after the menopause, finds a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Similar efficacy from vein treatments – NEJM

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and surgical treatment of varicose veins all have similar clinical efficacy, but complications were less frequent after laser treatment and ablation rates were lower after foam treatment.

Mind/body dualism is ‘outdated’

There are few conditions that are cured in medicine. Optimally, doctors help patients to manage their health problems effectively. Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update that in terms of approach, there is increasingly little difference between mental health disorders and chronic illnesses.

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