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May 26, 2016

Accuracy and privacy is paramount — HSE

HSE Chief Information Officer Richard Corbridge responds to concerns raised by the IMO over confidence in the administration of Individual Health Identifiers and access to patient records by providers from outside the State.

Learning your ABCDEs of melanoma

With the incidence of skin cancer increasing in Europe at an alarming rate, Dr Cal Condon, Consultant Dermatologist at the Blackrock Clinic and Clane General Hospital, explains the importance of early detection and treatment.

China pays price of western lifestyle

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study in nearly 28,000 children and adolescents published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Post-2006 hip replacements prone to failure

Metal on metal (MoM) hip replacements implanted since 2006 are more prone to failure and patients with them have a greater need for further surgery, finds research looking at revision rates at one hospital trust for the DePuy Pinnacle device.

Year-round organ donations ‘a challenge’

The Department of Health continues to develop proposals for an opt-out system of consent for organ donation, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Communication is key to making organ donation — in appropriate circumstances — the norm when people pass away

Transplant process coordinated by 37 ICUs

When a child’s kidneys fail or when they are born without normal kidney function, it is devastating news.

Deprived neighbourhoods linked with T2D risk

Living in a high-deprivation neighbourhood may lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a unique study looking at the health of refugee immigrants in Sweden.

Galway team probes treatment resistant breast cancer

Researchers at NUI Galway have completed a research study funded by Breast Cancer Now that has begun to unravel why women with oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer develop a resistance to endocrine treatment, and have found a potential new approach to overcome the problem.

Pre-participation screening of athletes ‘should be abandoned’

Young athletes should not undergo screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest as it is not proven to save lives, suggests an analysis of the available evidence published in The BMJ.

Behaviour explains weight loss variance

Assessing certain weight control practices and eating behaviours after bariatric surgery can significantly influence the amount of weight loss after surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.

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