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Reviewing radiology

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A programme for change

OUR VIEW: The health system in Ireland is in store for the most radical shake-up in decades if the…

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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…
NICE guidance on generalised anxiety disorder management
Thursday, 03 March 2011
  GPs should not offer benzodiazepines or antipsychotics to patients presenting with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), according to updated… Read more…
An update on hypertension
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Blood pressure was first measured by Stephen Hales in 1773. It is defined in simple mathematical terms as the product of cardiac output and total… Read more…
Targeted therapies in breast cancer
Thursday, 11 November 2010
There are two well established targets in the treatment of breast cancer. These are the oestrogen receptor and the HER2/neu receptor, a surface… Read more…
Case study: advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Liam Bell was first referred to Dr Phillip Murphy, consultant haematologist at Beaumont Hospital, in 2006. Mr Bell had been diagnosed with chronic… Read more…
Clinical conundrums in contraception
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
When a patient attends their GP for contraceptive advice it is often a simple, straightforward discussion. However, here are a number of possible… Read more…
Review of the first full year of the National Cervical Screening Programme
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
The Dublin Well Woman Centre sees thousands of women every year for a number of services, including cervical screening. We have built up a… Read more…
New insights into blood pressure management
Tuesday, 08 June 2010
Hypertension is the most prevalent treatable risk factor for vascular events such as stroke. Underlying blood pressure is widely considered to be of… Read more…
Treating UTIs – the path of least resistance
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Dr Barry O’Reilly, consultant urogynaecologist and founding member and Chairman of the Continence Foundation of Ireland, reviews the prevalence and… Read more…
Ketones in type 1 diabetes
Monday, 29 March 2010
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is the most common acute life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus. DKA accounts for more than 100,000… Read more…
Actavis launch oncology product Anastrozole
Friday, 11 March 2011
Actavis Ireland has added Anastrozole 1 mg x 28 film-coated tablets, a prescription oral treatment for breast cancer in postmenopausal women, to its… Read more…
Product discontinuation: Equasym IR tablets
Friday, 11 March 2011
Shire Ireland has announced the discontinuation of Equasym IR (methylphenidate hydrochloride immediate release) tablets from the Irish market,… Read more…
Long-term data shows treatment with Humira maintained remission in adult Crohn’s disease
Friday, 11 March 2011
Data from an open label study has demonstrated that treatment with Abbott’s Humira (adalimumab) provided sustained rates of remission for up to… Read more…
Approval for Sprycel (dasatinib) in adult CML patients
Friday, 11 March 2011
Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced  that Sprycel (dasatinib) 100mg once daily has received approval for a new indication for the treatment of adult… Read more…
Leading international endocrinology and cardiology expert to join Irish R3i committee
Thursday, 06 January 2011
Leading international consultant Professor Henry Ginsberg will visit Ireland in January 2011 for the third meeting of the Irish R3i committee…. Read more…
Dual antiplatelet fixed dose combination tablet launched in Ireland
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sanofi-aventis has launched its dual antiplatelet fixed dose combination tablet, DuoPlavin, in Ireland. DuoPlavin provides a new treatment option for… Read more…
Votrient (pazopanib) receives EU conditional authorisation for advanced renal cell carcinoma
Monday, 15 November 2010
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) recently announced that the European Commission has granted conditional marketing authorisation for Votrient (pazopanib), for… Read more…
Final analysis of ipass study confirms that Iressa is valuable option for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced NSCLC
Monday, 15 November 2010
Mature data from the IPASS study, presented at the 2010 ESMO congress (Milan), showed that overall survival (OS) was similar, with no significant… Read more…
New analysis demonstrates Crestor significantly reduces major cardiovascular events
Monday, 15 November 2010
A post-hoc-analysis from JUPITER published in the European Heart Journal shows Crestor (rosuvastatin) 20 mg significantly reduced major… Read more…
Bayer’s Xarelto recognised with 2010 International Prix Galien Award
Thursday, 21 October 2010
The highly distinguished Awards Committee of the Galien Foundation has honoured Bayer’s Xarelto (rivaroxaban) with the Prix Galien International… Read more…

Irish Medical News

Are women still left behind?

The furore surrounding the paucity of female senior ministers in the new Government was not yesterday’s fish and chip paper. The appointments, or non-appointments as it were, were the subject of many news stories and radio debates in the days following Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore’s selections.

The appointment of the astute Roisin Shortall to the new and important position of Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care was welcomed, yet the appointment of Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Children was marred by criticisms that Deputy Fitzgerald was given a “soft” ministry, one that only a woman would want or be suited to.


Locum consultants not on specialist register

Many hospitals throughout the country continued to employ consultant locums, who are not on the specialist register, last year in contravention of HSE procedures, according to new data obtained by IMN.


Vhi rejects call to change private claims process

Vhi Healthcare has rejected proposals by the HSE to change the manner in which private claim forms are submitted to health insurers in order to allow billing for private activity to commence on discharge, IMN has learned. The HSE wants to change the process around the submission and payment of private insurance claims, which currently requires the Executive to submit lengthy forms with clinical detail and consultant sign-off on each case, to improve the collection rate in hospitals of private charges.


The smoking ban seven years on

The smoking ban has been a great success, against the odds. The spectacle of a vintner defiantly lighting up at a conference in early 2004, has long remained in my mind as a “poster” image for reaction to the smoking ban. The fuming vintner, face barely visible in a grey cloud, was a potent symbol of a craic-loving nation’s expected reaction to a blanket smoking ban. There seemed little chance of Irish smokers going: “Gentle into the good night.”


Maintaining our medical heritage

Marie Feely reports on the magnificent collection of medical artefacts within the RCPI Heritage Centre. Within the grey stone building belonging to the RCPI at No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin, a wealth of history is housed. Currently the College’s archivist, Ms Harriet Wheelock presides over more than 300 years of history for the Heritage Centre. The earliest documents in her care date back to 1667. while the College itself was founded in 1654. Hospitals, doctors and members of the College have all donated items of medical history over the years, including bottles of pills, weighing scales in their original cases, pharmacy kits and homeopathy kits.


The wrong solution?

The situation in relation to the recruitment of NCHDs in Irish hospitals has reached crisis point. Ireland’s recruitment troubles in relation to NCHDs have been welldocumented in both the medical and lay press for several months now. Competing with other jurisdictions such as the UK, Canada and Australia, Ireland is experiencing a high number of vacancies in certain specialties and particular hospitals.


Many Irish pregnant women still drinking and smoking

Optimal pregnancy and infant health outcomes are not being achieved among Irish mothers, a conference in Dublin heard last week. Dr Roslyn Tarrant, PhD, clinical research and paediatric dietitian at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, speaking at the Fourth National Antenatal Seminar, presented new statistics showing many Irish women continue to smoke, drink alcohol, and eat incorrectly during pregnancy.


NCHDs entitled to payment for overtime

In a landmark decision, the Labour Court has recommended that NCHDs in Mayo General Hospital are contractually entitled to be paid for all hours worked including unrostered overtime, and that all monies owing should be paid immediately.



HSE funding request denied

HSE CEO Mr Cathal Magee raised significant doubts with the Department of Health last year that a range of initiatives to be included in the Executive’s Service Plan 2011, which the Department said should be prioritised, were possible without additional funding, IMN has learned.


Reilly appoints Minister of State for Primary Care

Minister for Health and general practitioner Dr James Reilly has appointed Roisin Shortall TD as the country’s first ever Minister of State for Primary Care. Ms Shortall will work under the aegis of the Department of Health on the Government’s proposals to overhaul primary care services in Ireland, including the introduction of universal healthcare.


A modern man for modern times

When RCPI President Dr John Donohoe walks into the president’s room in the College’s Kildare Street building, he fits in with the grand surroundings. He is tall and gracious and does not seem at all out of place in the high-ceilinged room, which features paintings of people from an age gone by on its richly-hued walls.


A letter to Dr Reilly

A root and branch reform of the health service is required by the next Health Minister



New Government urged to legislate on stem cell research

The current void of Irish legislation on human embryonic stem (hES) cell research puts patients at unnecessary risk and expense, deters investment and expertise coming to Ireland, and allows the general public to be easily confused about stem cells, the Irish Stem Cell Foundation (ISCF) has said.


FG reviews paediatric site

The incoming Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister favourite Dr James Reilly met with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board CEO Ms Eilish Hardiman in November 2010 regarding the possibility of relocating the Hospital.


The lady in the white suit

Danielle Barron speaks to Professor Marie Cassidy about the challenges involved in being State Pathologist


Hailing from a city once called the Murder Capital of Europe, Glaswegian Professor Marie Cassidy is no stranger to violent crime. Ireland’s State Pathologist since 1998, she has attended thousands of suspected crime scenes since taking up her position here, a role it appears this tough Scot was made for.


Mary Harney: The end of an era

So Mary Harney has exited stage left. While Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s Cabinet crumbles around him, the Independent TD has decided, in her own words, that it would be “inappropriate” to continue as Minister for Health when she is retiring from politics after the imminent general election.



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