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September 19, 2014

PDT is better for treating skin lesions than cryotherapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), which uses topical agents and light to kill tissue, appears to better clear actinic keratoses (AKs), a common skin lesion caused by sun damage, at three months after treatment than cryotherapy

Curbing sedentary behaviour may be key in protecting ageing DNA

Excessive sitting and a sedentary behaviour, not just low physical activity levels, may become the new ‘health hazard of our time’, research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has warned.

Stroke – when things go wrong

Marie-Catherine Mousseau reports on current shortcomings and new advances in the management of stroke in Ireland as presented in the ‘Advancing stroke care meeting’ organised by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Galway research eyes cornea transplant rejection

Research carried out at NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) could help significantly reduce rejection rates in cornea transplants through the use of stem-cell treatment.

COPD treatment ‘has two aims’

COPD is an increasing problem that is not optimally managed in this country. Diagnosis is based on spirometry, but there can be difficulties obtaining access to this test. However, recent guidelines have yielded benefits, doctors were told at a recent clinical meeting.

COPD ‘becoming increasingly common’ — Clinical Lead

COPD is not in decline, unlike some other chronic diseases, but is becoming increasingly common. Gary Culliton reports on the treatment options available.

The latest amendments to the overactive bladder clinical practice guidelines

Lloyd Mudiwa outlines the abridged version of the new clinical framework for the diagnosis and treatment of non-neurogenic overactive bladder (OAB) in adult patients.

Sodium may worsen MS symptoms

Hot on the heels of recent research suggesting the current recommended maximum sodium intake for the population is actually too low and may even be unsafe, a new paper has found that high dietary salt intake may worsen multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and boost the risk of further neurological deterioration.

Plain packaging doesn’t boost illicit trade

Plain packs for tobacco products don’t hurt small retailers, flood the market with very cheap cigarettes, or boost the trade in illicit tobacco, finds research on the early experience of the policy in Australia, and published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Depressed cancer patients do not receive depression treatment

Three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression

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