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April 24, 2014

Enabling freedom from hyperhidrosis

Donnybrook GP Dr John O’Keeffe examines the various treatment options available for those suffering from abnormally increased sweating.

Knowing true age of heart is key to curbing CVD risk

Understanding the true age of your heart is key to curbing the lifetime risk of developing — and dying from — heart disease, according to new consensus recommendations on how best to stave off cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Have a LARC at night-time and avoid the stork by day

Meeting Report: Marie-Catherine Mousseau reports on the launch of a new  contraceptive option, which should help women consider long-acting reversible contraception as an alternative to the pill.

Brain differences linked to insomnia

People with chronic insomnia show more ‘plasticity’ and activity than good sleepers in the part of the brain that controls movement, research has found.

Increasing morbidity linked to Parkinson’s disease

Diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can often be delayed, particularly in patients who have a good many non-motor symptoms at the start, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. It is not unknown for investigations arising from non-motor symptoms to take two years, before a diagnosis of the condition is made.

Pre-term births and child asthma attacks drop after smoking bans

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in Europe and North America has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of pre-term births and children attending hospital for asthma.

Statin may slow untreatable progressive stage of MS

Results of a phase 2 study published in The Lancet suggest that simvastatin might be a potential treatment option for the secondary progressive, or chronic, stage of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is currently untreatable.

Diabetes — the conundrum of diagnosis

There has been controversy about implementation of the diagnosis of diabetes, particularly in primary care with a view to cost-effective testing giving sensitive and specific results, writes Dr Maeve Durkan.

Intensification of treatment ‘is inevitable’

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, so there is a continual battle to get A1c levels down. In his latest Clinical Update, Gary Culliton reports that a number of new A1c lowering agents are set for launch over the coming years.

Early intervention on stress mooted to target psychosis

Stress exposure and reactivity may constitute useful targets of early intervention for psychosis, a new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has suggested.

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