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October 25, 2014

State ‘must play a central role’ in organ donation challenge

International evidence shows that many potential organ transplants do not occur because organ donors are not detected early by the hospital system. In the end, the most important factor is whether or not doctors are willing to communicate with families, a Spanish expert has said.

Skirt size increase linked to breast cancer risk

Going up a skirt size over a period of 10 years between your mid-20s and mid-60s is linked to a 33 per cent greater risk of developing breast cancer after the menopause, finds a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Similar efficacy from vein treatments – NEJM

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and surgical treatment of varicose veins all have similar clinical efficacy, but complications were less frequent after laser treatment and ablation rates were lower after foam treatment.

Mind/body dualism is ‘outdated’

There are few conditions that are cured in medicine. Optimally, doctors help patients to manage their health problems effectively. Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update that in terms of approach, there is increasingly little difference between mental health disorders and chronic illnesses.

Hypertension and the kidney: a two-way street

Continuing our CPD initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan looks at a presentation from Dr Catherine Wall, in which she examines the management of hypertension in patients with CKD.

The great salt debate: too much or too little?

Too much salt is undoubtedly bad for you, but too little may also not be good, according to new research. Prof Eoin O’Brien of the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research examines the latest evidence in the controversy.

PET-CT better predictor for lymphoma survival

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) is more accurate than conventional CT scanning in measuring response to treatment and predicting survival in patients with follicular lymphoma, and should be used routinely in clinical practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Haematology.

Exploring effects of climate change on global health

An examination of the evidence over the past 20 years indicates that climate change can be associated with adverse effects on various health conditions, including heat-related and respiratory disorders, and a projected increase in days with extreme heat could exacerbate various health issues, according to an article published in JAMA.

Job loss fears may boost first-time asthma risk

Job loss fears may boost the risk of developing asthma for the first time, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Hypertension on the information superhighway

Valerie Ryan begins a series of articles on how doctors can obtain CPD credits from a new online initiative on the management of hypertension in primary care. This week’s talk is from Dr Peter Kearney.

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