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February 28, 2015

Bacteria from gut and urinary tract infections may curb RA risk

Recent gut and urinary tract infections may curb the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggests research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Curbs ‘to hit highest-risk drinkers’

Dara Gantly and Gary Culliton examine the proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill as signed off by the Cabinet last week, and how it promises to address the serious issue of alcohol harm in this country.

Rise in suicides in Greece linked to introduction of austerity plans

Suicides in Greece reached a 30-year all-time high in 2012, with a sustained upward trend starting in June 2011, the month that the government there introduced further austerity measures to help pay down the country’s debts.

Widening health inequalities among adolescents revealed

The gap in health between rich and poor young people has widened over the past decade, an international study of nearly half a million adolescents from North America and 34 countries across Europe — including Ireland — has revealed.

Does the future hold a vaccine for type 1 diabetes?

The next decade could see the development of a vaccine for type 1 diabetes, which could be given to all infants or those with a genetic susceptibility to the disease, a world expert has told June Shannon.

Coeliac rates among young children triple in 20 years

The number of young children diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has almost tripled over the past 20 years, but those from poorer families are only half as likely to be diagnosed with the condition, reveals research published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Two million life years saved by organ transplant programme since 1987

More than 2 million years of life have been saved by solid-organ transplants in the US since 1987, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

Repeated blows in boxing linked to slower processing speeds

Repeated blows to the head sustained during serial boxing or martial arts tournaments are linked to smaller volumes of certain parts of the brain and slower processing speeds, reveals research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Regulation needed in cosmetic industry

Many of those affected in the PIP case still find it difficult to determine if they had PIP implants, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

Video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants’ engagement, attention and social behaviour, and might reduce the likelihood of such children developing autism, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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