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March 30, 2015

Coffee can lessen risk of clogged arteries

People who drink a moderate amount of coffee daily are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, reveals research published online in the journal Heart.

Gout may lessen risk of Alzheimer’s disease

People who have gout are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, concludes research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Breathing new life into COPD management

Danielle Barron speaks with respiratory medicine consultant Prof Stephen Lane about how the national clinical programme is improving outcomes for people with COPD, and why a revised GP contract is needed to bring in a new era of chronic disease management in primary care.

Diagnosis and management of dementia

Dr John O’Donovan of Saint John of God Hospital examines how best doctors can identify and treat and manage dementia, which is set to affect more than 140,000 people over the next three decades.

Being a doctor? It takes all sorts

Despite what some may think, there is no one personality profile associated with being a doctor, and it seems a doctor’s alma mater may instead be responsible for shaping his or her personality, a new study has suggested.

Incidences of bowel disease are increasing

Genes do not fully explain all the heritability in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update, and recent work has highlighted the importance of bacteria in these diseases.

No Irish register for disease

It is believed that 1 per cent of populations in northern Europe have coeliac disease and thus, about 43,000 to 45,000 individuals would be expected to have it here, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. However, nowhere near this number has been diagnosed.

Even one is one too many — Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

With levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy suggesting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is significantly underdiagnosed in Ireland, Dr Irwin Gill and Prof Farhana Sharif examine the diagnosis and management of the condition ahead of a national survey of paediatricians.

Underactive thyroid more likely in areas of higher water flouridation

Water fluoridation above a certain level is linked to 30 per cent higher than expected rates of hypothyroidism in England, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Weekly use of saunas linked with lower risk of fatal cardiac events

A new study suggests that a sauna may do more than just make you sweat. According to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, men who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, with those spending more time in them benefiting the most.

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