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April 26, 2015

More children try e-cigarettes than tobacco

A new UK study has revealed that more 10- to 11-year-olds have tried e-cigarettes compared to standard tobacco.

New treatments to curb alcohol dependence

  Chief Editor of the international journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, Prof Jonathan Chick, spoke to Lloyd Mudiwa on advances in the diagnosis, management and treatment of alcohol dependence to coincide with a recent meeting in Maynooth.

Renewed call for folic acid fortification to curb NTDs

Renewed public health interventions, including mandatory folic acid food fortification, must be considered to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (NTD), which appears to be on the rise, new Irish research has concluded.

Shorter height link with increased risk of CHD

The shorter you are the more your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a new study which discovered that every 2.5 inch change in your height affected your risk of CHD by 13.5 per cent.

Plastic surgery ‘improves perception of likeability’

Facial rejuvenation surgery may not only make you look younger, it may improve perceptions of you with regard to likeability, social skills, attractiveness and femininity, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Overall risk profiles are assessed

  The benefits of statin therapy accrue quickly and there are long-term benefits too, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. A question now being asked increasingly, is whether people should be treated with statins earlier in life?  

Dementia risk linked with underweight in middle age

Middle-aged people who are underweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 20 kg/m2 are a third more likely to develop dementia than people of similar age with a healthy BMI, according to new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.

Hot topics in haematology

Danielle Barron reports from the recent Advances in Haematology meeting held at the RCPI in Dublin, on myeloproliferative disorders and the management of mastocytosis.

Avoiding a stroke by losing weight

Weight reduction remains the most effective treatment for Atrial Fibrillation believes one expert — it is more effective than drug therapy and is risk free, reports Danielle Barron.

Using NOACs to treat the older population

Danielle Barron reports on the latest in the use of anticoagulants, and why the new oral treatments are more effective than alternative methods.

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