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# Medicine

This week
26th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# Medicine
Almost 1 million doses of illegal and counterfeit medicine seized by HPRA in 2022
Almost half of the substances seized were sedative medicines or anabolic steroids.
This year
2023
# winter surge
Over 200 medicines unavailable in Ireland, including cough syrups and soluble painkillers
There is a major shortage of over-the-counter treatments for respiratory illnesses and bacterial infections.
Last year
2022
# factcheck
FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?
Figures cited online range can vary by hundreds of thousands
# Fees
Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan
Fees for graduate entry medicine (GEM) students are now set at €16,290 per year for Irish students.
All time
Voices
GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause
Our GP details how the booster programme is set to work via GP practices and advises readers to step up and get the shots.
# averted deaths
Covid vaccines have saved 9,000 lives in Ireland among 60+ age group, study estimates
New research by the ECDC and the WHO says that nearly 500,000 people across Europe are alive thanks to Covid vaccines.
Voices
Opinion: Coping with Long Covid - how exercise and other treatments can help
The focus on research into and symptoms of Long Covid needs to be complimented by treatment options, writes Dr Jennifer Dineen.
Voices
Consultant oncologist: 'I've seen more advanced cancer cases presenting since Covid hit last year'
Dr Greg Korpanty of University Hospital Limerick on cancer treatment in Ireland during a pandemic.
# BALANCING ACT
Final year medicine studies and Leinster career keeping Murphy busy
The 25-year-old back row is nearing the end of his degree in UCD.
# new career
The former Munster centre now helping to fight Covid-19 as a doctor in Cork
Tom Gleeson had to retire from rugby in 2012 due to injury.
# HIV
'A significant gamechanger': PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates being rolled out from today
The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment is the most recent development in the field of HIV prevention.
# doctor doctor
A record 1,450 doctors voluntarily withdrew from the Medical Council of Ireland last year
To practice medicine in Ireland you must be registered with the council.
# Medical Council
Irish doctors urged to stop over-prescribing benzodiazepines and similar drugs
That council has warned that over-prescriptions of the drugs is affecting the safety of Irish patients.
# Medicine
Mahrez missed Man City's Community Shield win due to doping control worries
Pep Guardiola did not risk Riyad Mahrez against Liverpool to avoid any complications with the winger’s medicine and doping control.
# Medication
Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average
Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.
# Health
Clinical trials involving Irish patients 'saved the health service €13m' over two years
A new report published today is calling for a scaling-up of clinical research infrastructure in Ireland.
Voices
Opinion: Cancer screening can't provide 100% certainty - but the programme saves many lives
A recent judgement said doctors must have absolute confidence that results are normal – unfortunately, that just isn’t possible, writes Dr Ciarán Ó Riain.
# Racing
We've found the cure in feature race, it's Medicine
Listed races like these at tracks like Navan will be Medicine Jack’s bread and butter.
Voices
Dr Anthony O'Connor: 'I remember the detail of my errors and the guilt and shame I felt are burnt onto my mind'
Dr Anthony O’Connor writes about how doctors make mistakes – and what we can do about creating an atmosphere that’s not about ‘blame and shame’.
# painkillers
'Any time there is medication involved everyone needs to be very, very cautious'
Leinster coach Leo Cullen underlined the quality of the province’s medical team.
Voices
Opinion: HIV positive women face a unique set of challenges
On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, women who have HIV still face increased stigma, writes Dr Denise Proudfoot
# Medicine
Explainer: Is Ireland in danger of a medicines shortage because of Brexit?
Here we do our best to explain…
# Doctor
Dr Dora Gorman: Ireland's football, hockey and GAA star who just graduated medicine at UCD
Dora Gorman discusses captaining Ireland at World Cups and European Championships, playing gaelic for Galway and recently graduating top of her class at UCD.
# Revenue
Alcohol, tobacco and medicine seized at Dublin Port
The contraband products have a combined estimated retail value of almost €9,000.
# longterm illness
Government looking at how to best source 'quality' medical cannabis for new access programme
Minister Harris told his Cabinet colleagues his department are looking at how to give “quality assurance” to patients.
# Irish Patients Association
Breakdown: Average number of public patients per GPs across the country
Some GPs have as many as 1,218 public patients, while others have just 442.
# Harry Styles
People are absolutely convinced that Harry Styles' new track is his 'bisexual anthem'
“We really out here loving a queer man.”
# blood clotting
'I could never work again after I got sick, that really affected me'
Every year at least 80 people in Ireland develop acute intestinal failure.
# Breakthrough
New blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease developed by Irish researchers
Doctors have said that early diagnosis of the disease is key for improving the quality of life.
# Climate Change
The Paris Climate Agreement is REALLY expensive... but it could end up saving us money
Its cost could be outweighed by health savings in the area of air pollution disease and death.
# beast from the east
Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have 'supply of essential medicines' before storm hits
The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that patients could experience “significant disruption for several days”.
# Journey
'I had to look after this puppy when I could barely look after myself'
Irish Alpine skier Kirsty McGarry chats to The42 about representing Ireland twice at the Winter Olympics and the difficult aftermath.
# UCD
Medicine students forced to resit exam after initial Christmas paper revealed to be 'compromised'
A high proportion of second-year medical students studying the ‘Cell Cell Communication’ module were found to have achieved A grades in the ‘compromised’ exam.
# Fertility
Ibuprofen during pregnancy could harm fertility of unborn baby girls - study
One in three women are estimated to use ibuprofen in the first three months of pregnancy.
# fighting back
The 1918 pandemic killed millions - Now scientists are trying to design a stronger flu shot to prevent a repeat
There’s currently no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu virus could trigger another pandemic.
# Research
This video game helps doctors perform better in severe trauma situations
Physicians who played the game had a 53% failure rate, compared to 74% for those who studied the textbooks.
# Research
Myth debunked: Rainy weather does NOT cause achy joints and sore backs
Researchers from Harvard Medical School found there is no correlation between achy joints and rainfall.
# Medicine
A huge breakthrough has been made that could stop the devastating Huntington’s disease
The research was made at University College London.
# valproate
Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today
An Irish woman whose three children have disabilities will give evidence at a public hearing today.
# RSCI
'A chronic haemorrhage': Just one in five trainee doctors plan to definitely stay in Ireland to work
The RSCI has published a survey about the medical workforce in Ireland.