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September 2, 2014

Underlying cause of cerebral palsy could lie in family links

Babies born into families in which someone has cerebral palsy are at an increased risk of having the condition, suggests a paper published on thebmj.com.

One-in-seven older people prescribed ‘inappropriate medicine’

A new study from the RCSI and TCD has found that 14.6 per cent of people over the age of 65 year have been prescribed at least one inappropriate form of medication in their lives.

Pension scheme row a ‘frustration’

The leadership of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has expressed frustration with the long-running dispute around the funding of its pension scheme, but committed to resolving the disagreement this year.

IBTS almost halves deficit

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) managed to reduce its accumulated deficit by almost half last year, despite having an overall €15.28 million reduction in total income, representing 22.5 per cent, for the year.

Migration eating into donor numbers

Migration is not only resulting in a manpower shortage in the Health Service but has also contributed to a big increase in the number of lapsed blood and platelets donors, research has found.

IBTS moving to single-site processing at Dublin Centre

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service’s (IBTS) move to single-site processing of blood and blood products at the National Blood Centre in Dublin is expected to be completed by September next year.

Treatment options available for fractured bones in the spine

Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures can have a major impact on quality of life, and can be painful and disabling. High doses of painkillers can also cause significant adverse effects, which can add to the distress and loss of self-esteem caused by the symptoms.

BMD main fragility fracture risk

Osteoporosis is a condition where bone tissue deteriorates and the bone density is lower than normal. Fragility fractures — often linked to osteoporosis — can cause substantial pain and severe disability.

New protocols for diagnosis and treatment

Long-term steroid use is an issue in osteoporosis and this will remain the case. The optimum length of a drug holiday for such treatments as bisphosphonates is unknown, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

Hypertension and medication linked with risk of psoriasis

Women with long-term high blood pressure appear to be at an increased risk for psoriasis, and long-term use of beta-blocker medication to treat hypertension may also increase the risk of the skin condition.

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