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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Medicine

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New way to avoid risky biopsies in diagnosis of deadly lung disease
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis kills as many people as breast cancer does every year in the United States.
HSE spent €7.5m providing injectable treatment for MS patients in 2013
In the first ten months of this year, the HSE paid for 814 patients to receive the treatment.
Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy
Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.
All set for Christmas, but now you're sick? What should you take to help?
Confused about over-the-counter medicines? If you’re sick what should you ask for?
Ireland's casual attitude to antibiotics leading to 'alarming rise' in superbugs
A new campaign is being launched today to encourage better practice in relation to antibiotics among both doctors and patients.
Resistance crisis looms as antibiotics 'handed out like cough sweets'
Experts have called on global healthcare systems to take action in key areas.
Health Ministers announce reduction in cholesterol medicine pricing
Patients can expect to save up to 70 per cent on cholesterol medication from today.
A spaceship crash, near apocalypse, and six other major miscalculations and mistakes
You’ll be making sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s crossed after this.
Strokes among younger people are increasing worldwide
A major new study also shows that strokes caused by high blood pressure and unhealthy lifestyles were now to blame for over half of stroke deaths.
Charity tells of "appalling scenes of murder" in Central African Republic
Médicins sans Frontiéres says that a religious division in the country has left tens of thousands fleeing violence.
Column: NCHD working hours are part of a bigger picture for young Irish workers
While the pressures on young doctors are unique, Government decisions have focused the worst effects of the crisis on workers who are 35 and under across all sectors, write Dan Hayden and Dr Antoine Murray.
Column: Happy 60th Birthday to the science that makes transplantation work
Until Peter Medawar’s ground-breaking article 60 years ago, the idea of using one person’s body parts to save the life of another was little more than science fiction, writes Prof Daniel M. Davis.
Auto-Brewery syndrome causes you to brew beer in your gut
Well that would save us a lot of time.
Man live-tweets his own vasectomy
Don’t pretend you’re not curious.
Column: The politics of food – why we need to take the power back
The failure of our government to challenge Big Pharma and Big Food shows how effective lobbying by large corporations can be. It is left to concerned individuals, as part of civil society, to challenge a pathogenic status quo, writes Frank Armstrong.
Poll: Do you shop across the border to save money?
A report suggests high medicine prices are pushing consumers across the border, but prices of other items are leveling up. So do you travel to Northern Ireland to shop?
Doctor angered at ‘outrageous breach of patient confidentiality’ at Holles Street
The Irish Times reports this morning that a termination of a twin pregnancy was carried out on a patient at risk of sepsis – the first to be performed under new legislation.
Most young doctors are female while most older doctors are male
Over one in every three doctors working here qualified outside of Ireland.
Médecins Sans Frontières closes centres in Somalia after attacks on staff
After 22 years of work, MSF blames civilians leaders’ tolerance of these abuses.
Researchers discover how the brain 'learns' cocaine addiction
Researchers said that knowing this detail may help identify new treatments for addicts.
GPs have this stark warning for their former colleague James Reilly...
The NAGP say the latest round of cuts will undermine patient care and could result in GP practices closing.
Kid asks for pizza from hospital window... internet sends dozens
Hazel Hammersley was bored while awaiting cancer treatment, so she put up a sign.
Doctors warn patients: Expect long waiting times to see your GP
Doctors say government cuts will lead to the ‘normalisation’ of long waiting times. “This move is not only mean-spirited, it is stupid,” said one GP.
Good news, women: RCSI finds oestrogen cuts risk of liver and heart disease
The team said their research may help to develop new drugs to prevent liver and heart disease in women.
Column: A campaign of misinformation has turned the public against doctors
Dangerously long working hours, understaffing, and lower pay than you might think – these are the things the HSE doesn’t want you to know about how hospital doctors are treated, a junior doctor writes.
Generic drugs are more expensive in Ireland than the EU
Although we are taking more generic drugs, it had not led to any savings for the State or the cash-paying patient.
Poll: Do you request generic drugs?
A new report has said that Irish people and the Irish State are not saving as much as they should by using generic drugs.
Watch this 3-year-old hear his dad's voice for the first time
Born totally deaf, this is the moment Grayson Clamp first heard the words ‘I love you’.
Irish drug prices 'now matching European average' - drugs firms
Market research commissioned by pharmaceuticals firms suggests its members’ medicines match an average European price.
Safety warning over giving codeine tablets to under-18s
The European Medicines Agency says codeine, which is converted to morphine in the body, can pose problems for kids.
35 new complaints a month against doctors to Medical Council
That’s an increase of 12 per cent between 2011 and 2012, according to the council’s annual report.
Man had pencil lodged in his head for 15 years
Before having it surgically extracted. OW.
Column: Small and mighty – why nanoscience is booming in Ireland
Ten years ago, the global market for nano-enabled materials was €420 million. In 2015, it will be $2.5 trillion. Nanoscience is the future and Ireland is very much part of it, writes John Boland.
'You can't just stop': The science behind the decision to retire (or keep going)
One of the world’s leading experts in sports medicine explains the intricacies of what it really means to ‘call time’.
Column: Plants are at the heart of many crucial global issues facing us today
The economic and societal importance of plants is hard to underestimate; in order to meet the global challenges facing us today, we need to invest time and money into this sector, writes Eoin Lettice.
Poll: Do you read the product information on your medicines?
Have your say…
3 in 5 people read product information on prescription medication: IMB
Meanwhile, just one in two people read the information supplied with over-the-counter medicines, according to a new Irish Medicines Board survey.
Campaign to reform Irish organ donation practices spearheaded by GAA pundit Brolly
The former Derry player was lauded last year for his selfless gesture in donating a kidney to his friend Shane Finnegan.
Drugs bought on the internet 'can contain rat poison', warn pharmacists
Pharmacists have said people who buy drugs online are risking their health – and possibly their life.
Not just Suarez: Plastic surgeons handle as many as 200 bites every year
The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons has taken the opportunity of the publicity surrounding biting this week to warn of the consequences of serious biting.