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April 23, 2014

Renal denervation: latest trial shows technique is ineffective

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology Eoin O’Brien on new research which shows no significant reduction of systolic blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension six months after renal-artery denervation.

ECG is the ‘backbone of diagnosis’ for arrhythmia

Stroke prevention is the first and most important part in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation, Dr Richard Sheahan, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, told a recent GP Study Day meeting at the Hermitage Medical Clinic.

INR self-testing can ‘offer patients more freedom’

  Self-testing INR (International Normalised Ratio) blood levels at home can offer patients greater freedom and has been clinically proven to improve health and increase a person’s time in therapeutic range, reports Gary Culliton in his latest Clinical Update.

Religious attendance a proven deterrent against suicide

Frequent religious service attendance is a long-term protective factor against suicide, new research from the US has suggested.

One in four not taking their meds properly

Around one in four people prescribed drugs to lower long-standing blood pressure either does not take them at all, or only takes them part of the time, a study of a simple technique designed to find out why drug treatment might not be working in these patients suggests.

Governments should review use of ‘stockpiled’ flu drugs

Tamiflu (the antiviral drug oseltamivir) shortens symptoms of influenza by half a day, but there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to hospital or complications of influenza.

Blood iron tests predict fatal outcomes in general population

A new study led by researchers at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick (UL) has found that people with low levels and very high levels of transferrin saturation are at an increased risk of death.

ADHD drugs affect BMI growth rates

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that children treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experienced slower body mass index (BMI) growth than their undiagnosed or untreated peers.

Lifestyle interventions in diabetes reduces risk of death from CVD

Many research studies have shown that lifestyle interventions, such as exercise programmes or weight loss, in people with impaired glucose tolerance can prevent progression to overt type 2 diabetes.

Move required away from post-code health service

Not only has the number of women using the maternity services risen, but case complexity — sometimes associated with multiple births — has increased. Anomalies exist, including considerable variation among Irish maternity units’ Caesarean section rates, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

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