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November 20, 2014

Many pathways are now being targeted

Use of biological therapies for rheumatic diseases began in the 1990s. There are now a lot of data on their use, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Registries exist in many countries including the USA, the UK, Netherlands and France.

Updating our maps on hypertension

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at the presentation from Prof Patrick Murray of the Mater Hospital and UCD on the impact of new guidelines on the management of high blood pressure.

Long-term shift work is associated with impaired cognitive abilities

Long-term shift work is linked to impaired brain power, finds research published online by the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Study links sickle-cell gene in African Americans with higher risk of CKD

In a study that included nearly 16,000 African Americans, those with sickle-cell trait (SCT) had an associated increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and measures linked to poorer kidney function, according to a study appearing in JAMA.

Experts welcome WHO guidance on ‘take-home’ opiate antidote

Experts have welcomed new World Health Organization guidance recommending that patients, families and other non-medics who may come into contact with heroin addicts should carry the drug naloxone.

Vulvitis may cause UTIs by altering normal bacteria

Young girls with an intense, red, itchy rash on their outer genital organs may be at increased risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to new US research.

Working to provide better help, sooner

Accessing classic therapy in Ireland can be frustratingly slow such that receiving therapy outside the clinic can be a useful first treatment option, writes Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor.

Surgery remains a major cure for many cancers

The cure rates for early-stage colon and rectal cancers can be over 90 per cent. In Europe and the US these are among the most common of cancers.

Survival and quality of life set for huge improvement

Within the next 10 to 15 years, three-quarters of patients with colorectal cancer can be expected to survive five years or longer – a huge jump in a relatively short period, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

Support for plain packaging only rose after introduction

Smokers’ support for plain packaging of tobacco products rose sharply after they were introduced in Australia, according to a study published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

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