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A lesser known cause of malnutrition
Thursday, 14 June 2012
THE DRASTIC weight loss and emaciation seen with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is more than obvious, yet the condition itself remains… Read more…
Probiotics: Evidence-based guidelines
Thursday, 02 February 2012
  The term “probiotics” was first introduced in 1965 by Lilly and Stillwell; in contrast to antibiotics, probiotics were defined as… Read more…
New global strategy for COPD
Thursday, 02 February 2012
Early stage COPD carries a significant healthcare burden that is currently underrecognised, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Furthermore, patients at… Read more…
Diagnosing lung cancer: Guideline update
Thursday, 07 July 2011
The long-awaited updated guidance on diagnosing lung cancer was released last week by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the… Read more…
Advances in treatment of chronic total occlusion
Friday, 17 June 2011
Marie Feely learns of the unique advances in the Mater Private Hospital’s Heart Centre that are improving patients’ lives Read more…
An overview of atopic dermatitis
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Eczema, or  atopic dermatitis, is a common inflammatory disease of the skin. The condition often has its start in childhood and follows a variable… Read more…
Silver bullet treatments in lung cancer
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
In lung cancer, even patients presenting with early, more manageable disease have a low five-year survival rate. A Scottish analysis reported that 50… Read more…
Ask the specialist: Depression
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Consultant psychiatrist and author Dr Conor Farren answers questions on managing depression in the community Read more…
Complications of chronic kidney disease
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes any conditions that affect the kidney with the potential to cause either progressive loss of kidney function or… Read more…
Barrett’s oesophagus: Diagnosis and management
Friday, 11 March 2011
Barrett’s oesophagus is a benign condition where the normal (stratified squamous) lining of the oesophagus is replaced by abnormal cells… Read more…
HRT: Panacea or villain?
Thursday, 06 September 2012
Danielle Barron looks at current trends in prescribing hormone replacement therapy       Read more…
ASCO 2012: Spreading innovation
Friday, 22 June 2012
  “ASCO is now a truly international organisation…. It communicates with oncologists all around the world about the best practices, the latest… Read more…
Reducing CV risk using combination therapy
Friday, 22 June 2012
London recently hosted the 22nd European Meeting on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection, held by the European Society of Hypertension (ESH)… Read more…
Benign prostatic hyperplasia: A review
Friday, 22 June 2012
  Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs within the prostate of all men as they age. In fact, small BPH nodules develop from about age 30… Read more…
A lesser known cause of malnutrition
Friday, 22 June 2012
The drastic weight loss and emaciation seen with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is more than obvious, yet the condition itself remains… Read more…
Psoriasis: Not just skin deep
Friday, 22 June 2012
Affecting at least two per cent of the population, psoriasis is a common systemic inflammatory disease that can greatly affect sufferer’s lives,… Read more…
What’s coming up at ASCO?
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Tackling the scourge of cancer requires both increased awareness of risk factors but also a knowledge of treatment advances, a number of which will… Read more…
Screening ‘significantly reduces deaths from prostate cancer’
Monday, 23 April 2012
The long-running European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) last week published its 11-year follow-up results, which add… Read more…
Addressing long acting reversible contraception
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
The ICGP is currently developing a new advanced certificate in long acting reversible contraception (LARC). Dr Geraldine Holland, coordinator of the… Read more…
The real impact of mass prostate cancer screening
Thursday, 02 February 2012
New research from the US has produced evidence that annual prostate cancer screening does not translate into a reduction in the amount of deaths from… Read more…

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Are statins as effective in women?

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The debate as to whether statins have less benefit in women than men continues, with a new meta-analysis on the subject concluding that the drugs are effective in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in both men and women, but there is no significant benefit on stroke and all-cause mortality in females.

 

A little bit pregnant

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Danielle Barron presents new research into the phenomenon of concealed pregnancies

 

 

Parkinson’s conference launches new research project

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Over 5,000 delegates from Ireland and abroad attended the International Movement Disorder Society’s 16th International Congress in the Convention Centre, Dublin last week, where a new online trial-matching tool for volunteers with Parkinson’s disease (PD) was launched.

 

Benefits of stem cells highlighted at ENS

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According to experts at the 22nd Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS) in Prague last week, current research findings give reason to hope that different types of stem cells could open up new prospects in therapy for severe neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease or MS. Neurologists at the meeting, however, also warned about “dangerous promises of cures from unscrupulous providers”.

 

Pharmacists warn about medicine shortages

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Pharmacists have strongly criticised the shortage of certain key medicines, stating is is posing a risk to patients’ health. The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), at their recent National Pharmacy Conference, have called on the Department of Health to “ensure that an adequate supply of vital medicines is constantly available”.

 
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Paul MulhollandWednesday, 18 April 2012

A former President of the IMO has said it was “very disappointing” that the Organisation did not publicly voice its concern about the treatment of medical professionals in Bahrain last year.

 

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