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February 7, 2016

Reorganisation ‘saved many lives’

Ireland’s stroke care has greatly improved, in terms of how patients are admitted and managed in the first few hours, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. After this, performance is beginning to fall down.

Online ‘pop quiz’ may help predict STIs in young women

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say an online ‘pop quiz’ they developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young men.

Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy may not reduce asthma in child

Whether supplementation of pregnant women with vitamin D will reduce asthma and recurrent wheeze in their offspring remains unclear, authors of a new report have concluded, althought they have called for larger studies and longer follow-up.

Teens who use e-cigarettes more likely to smoke

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try the real thing a year later than those who don’t ‘vape’, indicates research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Benefit of CF drug reported in pre-school kids

The oral drug ivacaftor appears to be safe and could be beneficial to children between the ages of two and five with a specific type of cystic fibrosis (CF), according to new research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

Irregular heartbeat stronger risk factor for CVD in women

An irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation (AF), is a stronger risk factor for stroke, heart disease, heart failure and death in women than in men, although the cause is unclear, finds a new study in The BMJ.

Substance use now linked with indoor tanning

Analyses of the results of a survey of Colorado high school students suggest there may be a potential association between substance use and indoor tanning, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology.

New voice on old concerns

Founding President of the NAGP Dr Conor McGee outlines his vision of the future for the GP representative body and general practice in Ireland to Lloyd Mudiwa.

Multimorbidity: What is it? Why does it matter? What’s being done about it?

Dr Carol Sinnott, NSAFP Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at UCC, examines the complex issue of multimorbidity, and the challenges it can cause for optimal medication management.

Ireland’s stillbirth rate ranked 15th lowest

Ireland has been ranked in joint 15th position out of 186 countries in a new global table, with an estimated stillbirth rate of 2.7 per 1,000 total births — the same low rate as Australia and Estonia.

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