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Scratching the surface of topical steroid prescribing in eczema

There is much more to prescribing topical steroids than meets the eye and we ignore these other factors at our peril Dr Carol Cunningham Since the development of topical steroids in the 1940s, the management of skin disease has been revolutionised. Glucocorticoid or...
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CervicalCheck should change primary screening method to HPV testing says HIQA

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has advised that CervicalCheck, Ireland’s national cervical screening programme, should  change its primary screening method to HPV testing. HIQA carried out a health technology assessment (HTA) to assess the impact...
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Concern over Ombudsman’s role investigating complaints

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ombudsman and the Irish Medical Council (IMC), signed last March, has given rise to concerns over the coming together of two statutory bodies while also making complaints against doctors easier. The MoU makes it clear...
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Five children die in hospital from vaccine preventable conditions

There were 39 admissions for vaccine preventable conditions to the 23-bed university-affiliated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, (3.7 per cent of total PICU admissions) over the four year period 2011-2015, according to a study...
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Bariatric surgery programme to tackle Ireland’s obesity rate Consultant Surgeon at The Mater Private Hospital, Mr. John Conneely criticised weight loss surgery services in Ireland, calling them “underdeveloped”. “Ireland’s obesity rate is alarmingly high and obesity...

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Private Hospitals Association disappointed in Healthcare plan

The Private Hospitals Association (PHA) has released a statement criticising the report for being too “ideological”, believing that it has missed an opportunity for a public-private partnership that could have made quicker progress for patients. Simon Nugent, CEO of...

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UCC professor’s trial could boost heart-attack patients

A UCC professor has shown in a world-first trial that low dose insulin-like growth factor that is injected into the heart to repair damage to the muscle, can improve remodelling for heart attack patients. Professor Noel Caplice, Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at...

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