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May 22, 2015

UK should follow Ireland with labels

A leading UK public health expert is calling on the British government to follow Ireland’s lead and make calorie counts mandatory on all alcoholic drinks as a matter of urgency.

ED interventions can improve treatment for opioid dependence

Buprenorphine is a medication for opioid use disorder that decreases withdrawal symptoms, craving, and opioid use.

Family break-up linked to psychosomatic teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among children in the family, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Dutch doctors withhold treatment for older patients

Dutch doctors withhold or withdraw treatment in a substantial proportion of elderly patients, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Interpretation of ABPM graphs

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at the presentation from Dr Jennifer Carroll, Consultant Physician at Cork University Hospital, in which she explores best practice in the use of ABPM and the challenges in managing blood pressure in the elderly.

Alternative ‘possible’ to antidepressants

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse, a study has found.

Autism registry, biobank ‘are required’

Some 93 per cent of respondents to a national survey believe that a registry and biobank for autism in Ireland is needed, according to the findings from a nationwide consultation process.

Boredom linked to unhealthy eating

Studies undertaken by a team of researchers at the University of Limerick, in conjunction with the University of Southampton and the University of Kent, have shown that the experience of boredom can lead to unhealthy eating.

The view from the top

Following the ninth biennial International Early Psychosis Association conference in Tokyo, Dr Stephen McWilliams details the latest thinking on early detection, new biomarkers and the role of physical activity in preventing morbidity in patients with psychosis.

The need for team-based approach in tackling Huntington’s disease

Research shows that four-fifths of Huntington’s disease consultations require a hospital admission — 48 per cent of which are emergencies, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. The lack of specialist-dedicated Huntington’s disease clinics has been highlighted.

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