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# Medicine

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225,000 animals used for scientific testing in Ireland, in a single year
Animals used in scientific procedures included rabbits, dogs, pigs and ferrets.
Assistants for doctors with no medical degree are being hired at Beaumont Hospital
Physician Associates support doctors in their diagnosis and management of patients.
This logo could protect you from buying dangerous fake meds online
A new EU logo will be shown on all legally-operating pharmacies and retailers.
An ancient Chinese medicine could help treat MS and diabetes
Doctors find 92-year-old woman has been bearing a mummified fetus for 50 years
The incredibly rare phenomenon is known as “lithopedion”.
This man has just had the world's first skull transplant
For good measure, Jim Boysen also got a new kidney and pancreas.
'Spectacular' breakthrough as doctors trial drugs that could 'replace chemo in five years'
The immune system can be taught to attack cancer.
The first drug to reduce alcohol consumption hits the shelves here
It is the first product to be granted a licence for alcohol reduction.
Doctors deny claiming fees for dead patients
GPs have blamed the HSE, but the organisation says the issue has been addressed.
How many people want to bring Jeremy Clarkson back? It's the week in numbers
Plus: How many hours were drugs legal for in Ireland this week?
Doctor denies sterilising woman without her permission
Dr Declan Egan, a consultant at Galway University Hospital, said that the actions he carried out were reversible.
9 big ideas that could change medicine forever
Could one-drop blood testing and wireless pacemakers soon be a reality?
Wexford company making catheters and stents targets job growth of 200
Clearstream Technologies says a completed new facility could accommodate growth up to 2019.
Opinion: I had childhood cancer – I know St James is entirely unsuitable for a children's hospital
I understand what is needed for the promised National Children’s Hospital – St James’s is a laughably poor choice.
Could magic mushrooms be used to treat pneumonia patients?
Irish researchers are attempting to find out.
Irish pharmacists say epilepsy and pain relief drugs in short supply
The Department of Health said medicine shortages are a global issue but it works with health professionals to avoid and manage them when they arise.
'Worst Ebola epidemic in history': Medical experts say new treatments need to be fast-tracked
Health professionals say randomised controlled trials are unethical and impractical.
Science Changes Lives: From glass syringes and insulin bottles to a handy pen
Liz Murphy is one of tens of thousands of Irish people benefiting from huge research into treating diabetes.
Tests on "artificial pancreas" described as the "next revolution" in diabetes care
Closed-loop insulin delivery systems are the future it seems.
Opinion: Deforestation isn't just changing our climate, it could be destroying life-saving medicines
The impact on the local biodiversity in the deforested areas is detrimental and potentially irreversible.
Junior doctors won't bother staying in Ireland unless tax breaks are introduced
Students on the Graduate Entry Programme are required to pay full fees of up to €16,000 per year.
Epilepsy drug for children recalled over contamination risk
The Health Products Regulatory Authority said this is just a precautionary measure and patients do not have to return packs to their pharmacy.
Suffer from lower back pain? Paracetamol might not be effective in relieving symptoms
A study has found the drug to be no more effective than a placebo in treating the condition.
What can people remember about being in a coma?
People report strange memories, dreams, or even visions after being in a coma. But that’s not always the case.
Don't flush expired medicines down the toilet
The EPA wants a take-back scheme to be introduced so people dispose of expired medicines properly.
Opinion: Giving pharmacists greater powers to help patients should be a no-brainer
With proper support, pharmacists could play a greater role in alleviating pressure on the healthcare system.
'I was treated disgracefully': Fears over possible widespread misdiagnosis of Lyme disease
One woman with the condition is administrating antibiotics herself at home, as doctors have refused to recognise the condition.
Man sues hospital for making his penis an inch shorter
Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000
In January 2013, 63,126 were eligible for a discretionary medical card. In April 2014, just 46,535 now have a discretionary medical card.
Couples with fertility problems warned about cholesterol link
And it is not just women’s levels that are the problem.
This is what happens to your body when you binge drink
Fever, inflammation, tissue destruction…the list goes on.
Minister: 'A decision to see a doctor should never be a financial dilemma'
The draft legislation will be debated in the Dáil in May and enacted in July.
Free GP care will lead to 750,000 extra consultations per year
The Irish Medical Organisation says that figure will “overwhelm” the health system.
Scientists want to figure out the best way to use codeine - without getting addicted to it
A €2 million research project has got underway in Waterford.
Doctors say the best way to curb obesity could be... sleep
The new study has said the key to fighting a whole range of illnesses could be a good night’s sleep.
Column: I can’t bear to look into someone's eyes and tell them they will probably die
My patients see my white coat as a lifejacket. But the truth is that the chance of surviving drug-resistant TB is down to the roll of a dice, writes Dr Jennifer Hughes.
Genius Girl Scout sells hundreds of cookies outside medical marijuana clinc
Just gettin’ that green.
Here's how a radioactive injection could be avoided when assessing cancer in children
Initial trials of the MRI scanning technique has shown similar results to PET/CT, without using a radioactive injection.
Quarter of miscarriages "could be prevented" by lifestyle changes
A study of pregnancies in Denmark found that alcohol consumption was a factor in 1 in 10 miscarriages.
Doctor guilty of professional misconduct after death of 20-year-old
A report is being prepared for the Medical Council ahead of sanctions.