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February 12, 2016

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.

GP consultations named a priority intervention environment for broaching antibiotic resistance

All but one Irish GP in a new study on the culture of antibiotic prescribing and consumption for urinary tract infections (UTIs) agrees that it is their responsibility to discuss the issue of antibiotic resistance (ABR) with their patients. However, many do not engage in such a conversation within every consultation, with GPs concerned that […]

Basic treatment of depression in the elderly

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr John O’Donovan of Saint John of God Hospital stresses that depression is not a natural end point of getting older and can be treated well following an accurate diagnosis.

HIV prophylaxis may prevent thousands of infections in gay men

The use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could prevent around 7,400 new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK before 2020, a study has found.

Stool transplants: frozen is as good as fresh

Frozen faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) may be as effective as fresh FMT for the treatment of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection that is recurrent or non-responsive to treatment, research suggests.

Irish women back routine chlamydia testing by GPs

The vast majority of women (93%) would be happy to undergo routine chlamydia testing during cervical screening in general practice, new Irish research has found.

Potatoes linked with risk of gestational diabetes

Eating too many potatoes before pregnancy has been linked to a greater risk of developing gestational diabetes, a BMJ study suggests.

The diagnosis, treatment and management of cataracts

Mr Arthur Cummings, Medical Director at the Wellington Eye Clinic and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Beacon Hospital, explores why cataract surgery is enjoying an all-time high safety and success profile, and explains how advances in treatment has allowed patients to seek surgery earlier.

Growing cancer risk from obesity

Obesity is associated with 5 to 20 per cent of cancer deaths. The altered immune and metabolic environment provides immune, endocrine, and growth factors that promote ‘inflammation’.

Women willing to forsake birth plans if labour delayed

A new study of women’s experiences of delay in labour has revealed that many mothers-to-be are prepared to abandon their antenatal plans of how they wanted their labours and births to be.

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