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January 27, 2015

Trinity chemists crack the chirality code

Chemists at Trinity College Dublin have cracked the chirality code (or left/right-handed asymmetry) of amino acids, which has presented a long-standing challenge that complicates efforts to create certain types of proteins with applications in drug development.

Only certain patients suitable for therapy

A North-South collaboration in regard to Deep Brain Stimulation has been proposed, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Patients would undergo surgery in Belfast, but the work-up and the ongoing assessment would be with their neurologist closer to home.

Obesity may shorten life expectancy by eight years

Obesity and extreme obesity have the potential to reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive adults of as much as 19 years of healthy life as a result of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), new research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology suggests.

Natural bowel by-product could tackle weight gain

Boosting levels of a naturally produced by-product of dietary fibre fermentation in the bowel can help trim the waistline and stave off weight gain, reveals a small study published online in the journal Gut.

Sugar, not salt, holds greatest danger for CVD

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke than added salt, say doctors in an analysis of the published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.

Evidence for a proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME)

In the face of a rising global prevalence of diabetes and a younger age at diagnosis, a collaborative, proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME) is required, the recent 2014 EURETINA congress was told.

No changes in mortality rates after trainee hours reform

An examination of the effect of resident duty hour reforms in 2011 finds no significant change in mortality or readmission rates for hospitalised patients or outcomes for general surgery patients, according to two studies in the December 10 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.

Take ‘Time’ to solve case of vanishing magazines

A cohort study from New Zealand has suggested GPs should consider stocking their waiting rooms with old copies of The Economist and Time magazine in order to prevent the removal of magazines and thus reduce practice costs.

King Canute inspires new GP appointment system

Getting a same-day appointment with a GP in the UK can often be a challenge, but one practice has found a novel way to meet the daily demand for appointments.

‘Smooth Operator’: music to watch surgery by

Music and medicine are deeply connected. But is operating to music a good idea? And, if so, what kind of music should theatre staff listen to?

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