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October 20, 2014

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.

Tapentadol: A welcome addition in the battle against chronic pain

Dr Dominic Hegarty, Consultant in Pain Management & Neuromodulation at CUH and Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UCC, examines a relatively new analgesic agent from a clinical and practical perspective for the treatment of chronic pain.

Physical activity good for women’s mental health

A new Finnish study has added to the evidence for the protective effect of physical activity for later mental health in women.

TCD team answers 40-year-old genome puzzle

Geneticists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for understanding the evolution of genomes in a variety of organisms, finding a mechanism sought for more than four decades that explains how gene duplication leads to novel functions in individuals.  

Pituitary disease in Ireland — underdiagnosed and underfunded

Prof Chris Thompson, Professor of Endocrinology at Beaumont Hospital/RCSI and Secretary of the Irish Endocrine Society, examines the factors inhibiting the development of his specialty in Ireland, and discusses the latest thinking on pituitary disease.

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