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October 2, 2014

Managing orofacial pain

Dr Shelagh Wright PhD, retired lecturer in Psycho-oncology at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences DCU and Facilitator in Pain Management, reports on the Irish Pain Society’s recent Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin, which concentrated on the classification and management of orofacial pain.

Statins may protect against common microvascular complications of diabetes

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Fish oil may help curb epileptic seizures

Low doses of fish oil may help curb the frequency of epileptic seizures when drug treatment no longer works, suggests a small study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Overuse of benzodiazepines may be linked to Alzheimer’s

Taking benzodiazepines is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, particularly for long-term users, suggests a study published on thebmj.com, with researchers warning that unwarranted long-term use should be considered a public health concern.

Dutch patients get too much care — GPs

Patients in the Netherlands receive too much care in general hospitals, primary care, GP cooperatives as well as in private clinics, Dutch GPs believe.

Screening programme focus of annual meeting at SVUH

The challenges that arise from a population-based colorectal cancer screening programme will be the focus of the 21st International Meeting of the Centre for Colorectal Disease at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) on Friday, September 12.

Explaining immunogenicity

Sandra Ryan examines the importance of choosing the right biologic for the right patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Trend for more transplants, less dialysis

Legislation in regard to kidney donation is due to change dramatically within the next two years, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

PDT is better for treating skin lesions than cryotherapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), which uses topical agents and light to kill tissue, appears to better clear actinic keratoses (AKs), a common skin lesion caused by sun damage, at three months after treatment than cryotherapy

Curbing sedentary behaviour may be key in protecting ageing DNA

Excessive sitting and a sedentary behaviour, not just low physical activity levels, may become the new ‘health hazard of our time’, research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has warned.

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