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# Medicine

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‘Breakthrough’ in premature birth research by Irish scientists
Premature births are the leading cause of infant mortality worldwide.
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.
Pharmacists warn lack of vital medicines may endanger patients
The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has said it is unacceptable that pharmacists and patients have put up with medicine shortages.
75 per cent of Irish GPs "in favour of limited abortion"
Limited circumstances include major foetal abnormalities and rape, said the doctors surveyed. New research also shows that 97 per cent of the GPs had had a consultation dealing with abortion.
Government likely to come under fire at IMO conference
The theme of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is Our Patients – Our Priority, and the organisers said they will be discussing pivotal issues including health inequality.
Irish company to produce medical device invented at UL
The device will help improve success rates in angioplasty procedures.
Is Robert Mugabe fighting for his life?
The Zimbabwean leader is reportedly undergoing medical treatment in Singapore amid speculation he may be about to hand over power.
VIDEO: Full face transplant man, one year on
Dallas Wiens, who lost all his facial features in an accident, says he can now feel his daughter kiss him on the cheek.
Column: Here’s how the HSE turned my expectations upside down
Coached by the media, Sean Finn thought HSE care for his mother would be slow, unreliable and impersonal. Here’s his story.
Exercise causes orgasms for some women - study
Need a reason to hit the gym? Here’s one…
Common heart disease drug could 'combat racism'
Scientists believe the results can be explained by the fact that racism is based on fear.
Irish scientists find potential new treatment for smoking-related diseases
The new approach could help save patients with conditions often associated with long-term smoking.
Column: All the warnings of cancer were there, but I ignored them
Former trader Nick Leeson writes about his experience of cancer, and how it taught him the overriding importance of knowing the signs.
Irish doctor who invented the modern injection remembered
Plus, some other things that you may not have known were invented by Irish people (spoiler: one is chocolate milk!)
Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage
Blood Transfusion Service finding it difficult to retain staff for specialised job with anti-social hours.
VIDEO: Blind and paralysed Irish adventurer 'walks' with robotic legs
Mark Pollock, injured in an accident a year and a half ago, tests new technology that helps mobility for paralysed.
TCD among research group awarded €3m for anti-inflammatory project
The project will investigate the use of plants from the Amazon rainforest on immune processes.
Doctors will be subject to random inspections under new rules
Medical Council inspectors will visit doctors wherever they need assurances about the standard of care offered to patients.
'Parasitic twin' with eyes and hair found in toddler's stomach
Doctors discovered the medical oddity in a three-year-old boy in Chiclayo, Peru.
Triple limb transplant patient loses leg
The world-first operation has run into complications, with doctors forced to remove the transplanted leg a day after surgery.
Doctors perform world's first triple limb transplant
The 34-year-old patient received two arms and a leg after losing his own as a child, in Turkey.
European agency investigates Novartis drug following 11 deaths
The European Medicines Agency is investigating the drug Gilenya, used to treat a severe type of multiple sclerosis, to establish if it linked to the deaths of at least 11 patients.
Fluorescent spray finds tiny signs of oesophageal cancer - UK scientists
A fluorescent dye sprayed onto the food pipe sticks to healthy cells but not cancerous or pre-cancerous ones – which could help detect the early signs of oesophageal cancer.
A "strong case" for offering assisted death to terminally ill, says UK report
An independent panel funded by the author Terry Pratchett criticised the current legal status of assisted suicide as “inadequate and incoherent”.
French doctor confirms Kim Jong-il had severe stroke in 2008
Dr Francois-Xavier Roux said the North Korean leader was “in a coma” when he was flown to Pyongyang to treat him two years ago.
Ireland develops world's first 3D surface anatomy guide
A team of artists, anatomists and engineers have proven that 3D is not just useful for blockbuster movies – it can stand in for “live models” too.
No plans to revise scheme for chronic illness - despite no update since 1970s
A number of chronic diseases are not being covered by the government’s scheme for long term illnesses, including Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ulcerative colitis and coronary heart disease – but there are no plans to revise it.
New Cystic Fibrosis treatment launched
The ‘Podhaler’ is a wireless inhaler that reduces the time needed to receive antibiotic treatment from almost an hour a day to just five or six minutes.
Fifteen passengers become unwell on flight to Dublin
Medical teams met the Jet2 charter flight from Tel Aviv as it touched down in Ireland.
Irish Pharmacy Union warns that Tesco move is putting jobs at risk
However the National Consumer Agency has said that the new pharmacies opened by Tesco in Ireland will lead to lower prices in pharmacies for consumers.
Local TD slams 'eviction' of patients as Abbeyleix nursing unit closes
Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming said the move was “uncaring and insensitive”, and will not deliver significant savings for the HSE.
Blind adventurer facing fight of his life – and you can help
Mark Pollock went blind at 22 but went on to become an adventure athlete – now he has been paralysed in an accident, he is looking for help to get on the road to recovery.
Even three drinks a week increases breast cancer risk
A new study has found that women who drink a few glasses of wine a week may be raising the risk of tumours by 15 per cent.
Column: How I lost my husband – a story of dementia
Elizabeth Tierney’s husband Jim was diagnosed with dementia in 1997. Here she describes how the man she loved gradually slipped away.
Column: An open letter to the world’s seven billionth child
As the world’s population officially hits 7,000,000,000, Tom Arnold of Concern tells today’s baby what lies in store.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
Please don't send patients here, hospital department tells GPs
The dermatology department at a Limerick hospital has urged local GPs to refer patients elsewhere “in the interest of safety”.
Hope for medical breakthrough with 'effective' malaria vaccine
Almost a million people are year are killed by malaria – but a new vaccine could cut cases in young children by half, a trial suggests.
Union criticises 'flawed' newspaper report on pharmacy mark-ups
The Irish Pharmacy Union criticises an Irish Independent report that some chemists mark-up prices by up to 354 per cent.
Scientists crack genetic code of Black Death plague
Samples obtained by drilling skeletons’ teeth show that the disease has changed little over 600 years.