Dr E A Rahim and Dr M Barry provide an overview on the management of rheumatoid arthritis, including diagnosis, referral guidelines and pharmacological therapies.
This time of the year is traditionally a very busy period for the health services. To ensure that people get seen as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate setting for their needs, “we encourage people to be aware of the health services available in their locality,” said Mr Mark Doyle, Waterford Regional Hospital Consultant […]
Mr Max B Mahendran, General & Vascular Surgeon at the Mater Private, Cork reports on a new minimally invasive technique for treating the saphenous vein that will further expand the scope of patients that can be treated.
Within hospitals and other healthcare settings, early identification of a norovirus outbreak and an early, rapid response, are the key to infection control, writes Gary Culliton in his latest Clinical Update.
Norovirus infections are common during this time of the year. Most outbreaks occur from November to April, and activity usually peaks in January. Better surveillance helps to detect new strains of norovirus sooner and early identification of new strains helps to alert the public and health professionals, to better prevent infections and control outbreaks.
London’s bicycle sharing scheme has had a positive overall health effect, but the benefits of cycling in the cycle hire zone are clearer for men than for women and for older users than for younger users, finds a study published on bmj.com.
The quality of acupuncture needles needs to be universally improved to avoid potential problems, such as pain and skin reactions, finds research published online in Acupuncture in Medicine (AiM). Despite improvements to the manufacturing process, surface irregularities and bent tips have not been completely eliminated, say the researchers.
The drug pregabalin, used for neuropathic pain, has been found to provide significantly improved treatment outcomes for restless legs syndrome (RLS) as compared with placebo, and iatrogenic worsening (augmentation) rates were significantly lower with the anticonvulsant drug than with 0.5 mg of the dopamine agonist pramipexole. In patients treated with dopamine agonists, RLS can worsen […]
Although maximum reduction in the risk of genital warts (condylomata) was seen after three doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, receipt of two vaccine doses was associated with considerable reduction in risk, particularly among women who were younger than 17 years at first vaccination, according to a study in the February 12 issue of JAMA. […]