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EDITORIAL: A bitter pill to swallow

Despite savings achieved, the State’s drug bill remains onerous, writes DANIELLE BARRON  

An impossible objective

  NIAMH CAHILL examines the Long Term Illness Scheme in light of significant health reform plans ...

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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...

No immediate plans to appoint IMO CEO

The IMO has no immediate plans to appoint a new CEO, despite stating its intention earlier this year to fill the position by the autumn, IMN reports.



Minister insists MFTP 'not scrapped'

The Money Follows the Patient (MFTP) funding model for hospitals is still a priority for the Government, the Health Minister has insisted.



Talks on new GP contract to begin next month

The IMO has announced it has secured a commitment from the Department of Health to start “substantive talks” on a new GP contract.



IMO suspends consultant ballot

The IMO has suspended a ballot of members on pay and career structure for consultants after being informed by the HSE that the pay of newly-appointed clinical directors will be amended as a result of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals, IMN has learned.



EDITORIAL: A bitter pill to swallow

Despite savings achieved, the State’s drug bill remains onerous, writes DANIELLE BARRON



3,000 wait for gynaecology appointment

Thousands of women are currently on the waiting list for a gynaecology appointment at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, some of whom have been waiting for up to a year, IMN has learned.


Curtailments in addiction service

The HSE is planning to reduce weekend and evening addiction services as well as relocating some services in the greater Dublin area, IMN has learned.





Phlebotomy patients hit with premium phone charges


Patients are to be hit with a 2.50 premium phone line charge when they wish to make a blood test appointment at Beaumont Hospital, IMN has learned.



HSE to advertise GP position for third time


The HSE is to advertise for a third time for the position of a GMS GP in Clare following two failed attempts to fill the role, IMN has learned.



Medical Council raises concerns over ‘gagging clause’


The Medical Council has warned that it will continue to work to ensure that doctors are not hampered in advocating for their patients.



EDITORIAL: An age-old problem

Abuse in any form must not be tolerated, writes Danielle Barron



Mount Carmel closure adds pressure

The closure of Mount Carmel private hospital in January this year had a direct impact on the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at Holles Street in Dublin, which saw an increase in private and semi-private bookings as a result,  IMN has learned.



New Central Mental Hospital progress

The proposed new 170-bed National Forensic Mental Health Facility, which is planned for the grounds of St Ita’s Psychiatric Hospital in Portrane, has been approved as a strategic infrastructure development by An Bord Pleanála.


EDITORIAL: A perfect storm

Two very different cases, with two different outcomes, underpinned by the one problem




Rotunda delivers 47 babies in 24 hours

Documents released to IMN under Freedom of Information have revealed that the Dublin maternity hospitals are under unprecedented pressure.


Major report on complaints due soon

A major report will be published in the near future about complaints received by the Medical Council over half a decade, it has been revealed.


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