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Cork GP Dr John Sheehan speaks to NIAMH CAHILL about his recent election  as Fianna Fáil Councillor...

Ireland's first rare disease plan published

  PAUL MULHOLLAND examines the recently published National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland  

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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...
Performance intelligence future of healthcare
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
TRAG Performance Intelligence Group Ireland and UK (TRAGPI) is an advisory company focused on providing integrated cost and quality management... Read more...
New data on Zytiga presented at ASCO
Friday, 22 June 2012
  Data related to Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) clinical studies have been selected for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American... Read more...
MSD Launches Elonva in Ireland
Friday, 22 June 2012
  MSD has announced the availability of Elonva in Ireland (corifollitropin alfa injection), a new treatment for fertility. Elonva is approved for... Read more...
Campaign to highlight awareness of sight-threatening condition in people with diabetes
Friday, 22 June 2012
According to research, over three quarters (75 per cent) of people with diabetes in Ireland have not heard of the condition diabetic macular oedema... Read more...
Boots Ireland lowers cost of prescription medicines
Friday, 22 June 2012
  Boots Ireland has announced new lower prescription medicine prices. The changes will reduce the price of the majority of prescription medicines. Read more...
Laya healthcare marks launch by announcing 100 new jobs
Friday, 25 May 2012
  Laya healthcare has marked its official launch by announcing 100 new jobs over the next three years. The company currently employs 343 people at... Read more...
Survival advantage shown with Betaferon in MS trial
Friday, 04 May 2012
  Bayer HealthCare has announced data published this month in Neurology from the Betaferon 21-year Long-term Follow-up (LTF) Study, which showed... Read more...
Teva's Naramerg name change
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland would like to announce the following name change: Naramerg (naratriptan) film coated tabs 2.5mg has changed to... Read more...
EFIC-Grünenthal grant supports young scientists
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Young scientists from across Europe are invited to apply for the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) 2012, one of the most highly regarded pain... Read more...
Boehringer Ingelheim gains approval for extended time-window for Actilyse
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Actilyse has been approved for thrombolytic treatment of acute ischaemic stroke up to 4.5 hours after... Read more...

Varadkar and the poison chalice

The most prominent change in the recent Cabinet reshuffle was the appointment of  Minister Leo Varadkar as Health Minister, meaning the former Transport and Tourism Minister, will now have the pleasure of dealing with fiascos around medical cards rather than over-hyped country and western singers.



Decline in use of blood and platelets has serious impact on IBTS income


A decline in the use of blood and platelets has had a serious impact on the income of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), according to its latest annual report.



Medicine on a large scale

Cork GP Dr John Sheehan speaks to NIAMH CAHILL about his recent election  as Fianna Fáil Councillor for the Cork North Central electoral area.


Holles St move may be delayed


The new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, Dublin may not be built by 2018, as initially advised by Government.



Pressures on SVUH diabetes clinic


The diabetes clinic at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) in Dublin has been forced to extend its routine annual review of uncomplicated type 2 diabetic patients to 18 months due to a number of pressures on the service, IMN has learned.



Under-six GP Bill changes defeated in Seanad


A number of further amendments to the Health (General Practitioner) Bill 2014 proposed by Senator John Crown have failed to gain support in the Seanad.



GPs unimpressed by over-70s GP visit card move


Several GPs have expressed concern at Government plans to provide free GP visit cards for the over-70s.



Minister must engage with IHCA – Crotty


The IHCA has said that the new Health Minister Leo Varadkar must engage with the Association to address the consultant recruitment crisis.



Lifetime Community Rating introduced


Health Minister James Reilly has announced that he has signed into law a new measure to encourage people to take out private health insurance at a younger age.



GP training places filled but problems remain


The ICGP has managed to fill the remaining five places on the 2014 GP training schemes following a second phase of recruitment.



EDITORIAL: The end is nigh

James Reilly's difficult tenure may be nearing its end




OECD report "misleading" - IHCA

The IHCA has said that the OECD Health Statistics 2014 report is misleading as it does not provide an accurate like for like comparison between Irish-based consultants and their foreign counterparts and it underestimates the salaries paid to consultants in other countries.



GP under-6 Bill passed this summer


The Dáil has passed the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2014, with the legislation to be enacted before this month’s summer recess.


GPs in favour of new health minister

Almost 75 per cent of GPs think that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny should remove James Reilly from his position as Health Minister in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.


HIQA questions Executive on emergency departments

HIQA was forced to write to the HSE a second time earlier this year on the issue of emergency department (ED) overcrowding, after previous correspondence received from the Executive on the matter was deemed inadequate.



Decline in breast screening attendances

BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, has announced its concern about a drop in women attending breast cancer screening.


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