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# Medicine

All time
# Emergency Department
"Serious concern" over staff shortages in Emergency Departments
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has said that the problem will worsen after July.
# Cancer
New research shows brain tumours can be killed with anti-nausea drug
The drug is currently being used to help patients recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy.
# Third Level
Science, business and agriculture courses increase in CAO popularity
However teaching, medicine and arts have all dropped.
# Science
A year in robotic legs: paralysed adventurer hits new milestone
Mark Pollock has spent a year gathering data on how robotic exoskeleton is working on his body – and he hopes scientists might get on board for formal study.
# Nope
VIDEO: This dog has EXACTLY the right reaction to medicine
# lifesavers
19 lives saved since introduction of defibrillators at Dublin Airport
One 85-year-old man and his family return to thank crew for saving his life after a cardiac arrest last September.
# Research
Scientists say vaccine temporarily puts brakes on HIV
Team in Spain says it is best indication yet that a ‘therapeutic vaccine’ might be possible in place of anti-retroviral drugs.
# Budget 2013
Pharmacists: Increased prescription charges may lead to people being hospitalised
The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that hiking up the cost of prescriptions for people on low incomes could end up costing the government a lot more money than it will save.
# Face Transplant
Pictures: Results of most extensive face transplant ever
The man who was disfigured in a gun accident says he can now walk past people without a second look seven months after the surgery.
Pioneering transplant doctor Joseph Murray dies in Boston
The Nobel Prize winner was 93.
# Medicine
94 per cent of consumers favour increase in use of generic medicines
The survey showed the majority of people cite cost as the dominant reason for switching to generics.
# Drugs
Legislation to address street trading of benzodiazepines 'due in early 2013'
Deputy Roisín Shorthall had approved the move to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations earlier this year. It has been confirmed that it will be 2013 before it is introduced.
# experience
How art and social media helps us understand what it's like to be ill
International symposium in Cork to hear how experience of illness expressed through music, dialogue, fiction, film and other arts – as well as through social media.
# medical cannabis
Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry
The medical cannabis industry is expanding in Israel – fuelled by medical research, government encouragement, and liberal religious and secular attitudes.
# Breast Cancer
Drug combination ‘shrinks’ secondary brain tumours in breast cancer patients
A ‘sizeable and increasing’ proportion of women with advanced breast cancer are developing secondary brain cancer.
# Malaria
'Millions of lives' could be saved by new global subsidy for malaria drugs
The first independent evaluation of the international scheme shows promise.
# Drugs
Teva to reduce price on 'wide range' of generic medicines by 20%
The company says it’s prepared to cut prices further if Government plans to introduce medicine reference pricing and generic substitution go ahead.
# guidance
Guidelines issued on relationships between doctors and industry
The President of the Medical Council said that the public needs to be confident that their doctor’s professional opinion is not influenced by marketing or promotional activities.
# Nobel Prize
US pair share chemistry Nobel for cell receptors
“I was fast asleep and the phone rang… my wife gave me an elbow – and there it was. A total shock and surprise,” said Robert Lefkowitz.
# Nobel Prize
Pioneering stem cell work wins Nobel Prize for researchers
Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John Gurdon of Britain found that adult cells could be transformed back to stem cells.
# Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize season kicks off with medicine award
This week, some of the world’s top scholars will look to Stockholm and Oslo as the 2012 Nobel Prizes are announced.
# lovesick
You really can die of a broken heart
It’s now a medical syndrome, you know.
# Review
Report recommends that HPAT system be included in review
The HPAT test must be completed by Leaving Certificate students hoping to study medicine.
# New Deal
James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut
Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.
# Pregnancy
Key to healthy pregnancy weight gain? Low-GI foods
According to a study done by Dublin scientists and the National Maternity Hospital, women who changed to a low-GI diet gained less weight while pregnant.
# Immunology
TCD scientists help major new study on immune system
Irish researchers were part of a pan-European study which may lead to new ways for treating infectious diseases.
# final frontier
Life on Mars: how close are we to living in space?
Mankind’s fascination with space has long sparked fantasies of living away from Earth, but is this any closer to becoming a reality?
# Cystic Fibrosis
New drug for cystic fibrosis approved by European regulators
Regulators in Ireland must now approve the drug ahead of negotiations between the drug’s manufacturer and the HSE regarding pricing.
# Health Sector
Doctors' union accuses HSE of trying to collapse talks
The Irish Medical Organisation says talks last night on new work practices in the Health Sector were less constructive than hoped.
# Junior Doctors
Survey: Majority of medical students plan to leave Ireland after internships
A Fine Gael senator says we need a national debate to figure out why young trainee doctors are so keen to emigrate.
# Drugs
New Bill will let chemists substitute cheaper generic drugs for more expensive ones
The new Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 could mean cheaper trips to the pharmacy.
# longevity
These are the surprising things that can help you live longer
Here’s what the scientists say…
# Clinical trials
What happens during a clinical trial?
Medicines available in Ireland are required to undergo clinical trials before being granted a license – but just what is involved in a clinical trial?
Column: Don’t just blame the Catholic Church for symphysiotomies – blame the doctors
Catholic fundamentalism goes some way towards explaining the mid-set of obstetricians who performed the barbaric surgery, but it is not the entire story, writes Ruadhán Mac Aodháin.
# Medicine
New deal means some cheaper drugs on the way, says James Reilly
The price of off-patent medicines will be reduced under a new deal agreed between the HSE and the body representing the pharmaceutical industry.
# superhuman
Man saves cousin by lifting car off him
Scientific effect of so-called “hysterical strength” caused by surge of adrenaline still not fully proven – but New Zealand case provokes interest.
# jet injection
Afraid of needles? 'Jet-injected' drugs may have solution
Scientific researchers are developing a ‘jet-injector’ to get medicine to the right spot – by using pressure, rather than a puncture of the skin.
# Medicine
‘Breakthrough’ in premature birth research by Irish scientists
Premature births are the leading cause of infant mortality worldwide.
# Health
Cannabis use by adolescents hits brain areas associated with schizophrenia
Research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland found that cannabis use makes physical changes to parts of the brain when smoked by adolescents.