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July 1, 2015

Walking tall with robotic help

First pioneered by the US military, developments in bionic suits and robotic exoskeletons – by among others the TCD graduate who founded the Harvard Biodesign Lab – are helping to transform the lives of the physically and mobility impaired, reports Valerie Ryan.

A whole lotta rosé

Giovanni Morelli selects three completely different tasting bottles of rosé for you this week, and encourages readers to once again try some interesting Beaujolais

Meeting one’s Waterloo some 200 years on

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this week, Prof Pierce Grace reviews a fascinating book on the battle, together with some of the military surgery and ‘therapeutic’ blood-letting that took place in field.

Still blinkered on Vision for Change

Nine years after the publication of ‘A Vision for Change’, the mental health needs of society’s most vulnerable groups are still not adequately addressed, writes June Shannon.

Understanding Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Dr Anne Jeffers, Head of the Research Working Group at the Join Our Boys Trust, discusses the devastating diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and an upcoming international conference in Dublin aimed at addressing the specific needs of those with the genetic disease.

Putting patients and their health first

Fianna Fáil’s health policy document, while not rocking the boat, shows an appreciation of some of the nuanced issues at play in ensuring the delivery of a world-class health service, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.

Quality and patient safety

The Department of Health’s function in relation to patient safety will now be strengthened, Minister Dr Leo Varadkar told Gary Culliton, with a new Department-funded Patient Advocacy Service fully independent of the HSE.

GM concerns are still justified

The technology around GM foods may have evolved, but our understanding of genetics is still in the ha’penny place, argues Dr Elizabeth Cullen of the Irish Doctors Environmental Association.

Ensuring person-centred general practice

Person-centred care benefits both the patient and the health system — the individual experiences greater satisfaction with their care and service delivery is more cost-effective, ICGP Medical Director Dr Margaret O’Riordan tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

ICGP helped shelve first draft contract

Among the many successes of the ICGP in the past year was the way it engaged with its membership on the first draft contract for free GP care for the under-sixes. 

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