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# Medicine

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Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes
The alternative annual prizes – honouring science that makes us laugh and think – are as off-the-wall as ever.
Column: In the future, stem cells will take people out of wheelchairs
Martin Codyre was left paralysed from the shoulders down by an accident. He believes regenerative medicine could offer him a cure – but says ‘miracle’ scams are taking vital funds away from patients.
Immune system discoveries lead to Nobel prize
Three scientists, including Bruce Beutler, pictured, have been named as the winners of the Nobel prize for medicine following their research into the immune system.
Column: Organ donations save lives – and I should know
Trevor O’Sullivan has received two liver transplants, and will require more after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis last year. He writes about receiving the gift of life.
50,000 illegal and counterfeit medicines seized in Ireland
A major international operation targeting the sale of illegal and counterfeit medicines online has resulted in the seizure of €150,000 worth of drugs in Ireland.
Sick notes from doctors costing government €29million a year
Labour’s Kevin Humphreys has called for medical cert payments to be stopped after the €550,000-a-week bill emerged.
Cough and cold medicines not to be used by children under 6
The Irish Medicines Board made the announcement today, saying that there are few benefits in taking them but some risks.
Column: ‘This revelation gave me an 85 per cent chance of breast cancer’
Emma Hannigan describes the moment she found out she was genetically predisposed to developing cancer – and what happened next.
Cost of GP visits sending people online for diagnosis – survey
Almost half of Irish people have tried to diagnose an illness or ailment online, because the cost of visiting a doctor is too high.
Column: My long journey out of the darkness
Would I change my experience of crippling depression? No, because it made me who I am today, writes Agnes Rowley.
Column: ‘After watching my daughter die, we had to do everything’
Tony Heffernan describes taking his three-year-old son to New York for brain surgery – and why he’d have done it himself if he knew how.
Column: Homeopathy isn’t just useless – in the wrong hands it’s dangerous
Homeopathy is based on discredited claims, but it makes a lot of money, writes science blogger David Robert Grimes.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
Fourth person dies at UK hospital as nurse is arrested
The patients died after blood-sugar drug insulin was added to containers of saline solution at the Manchester facility.
Irish firm hopes to save premature babies with new research
The company is developing a treatment for dangerously low blood pressure, also known as ‘neonatal shock’.
Toenail test lands Irish company €1.5million
You could soon be sending the doctor your nail clippings – especially if you’re one of the 300,000 Irish people with osteoporosis.
Minister for Health warns of shortage of junior doctors
The shortage of doctors will become more obvious from 11 July, when junior doctors are rotated between posts.
Irish boy, 2, 'recovering well' after pioneering brain surgery
Liam Heffernan yesterday underwent a gene transfer procedure in a bid to defeat the rare Batten’s Disease.
Three in four hospital interns take blood without gloves
A survey of medical interns in two of Dublin’s teaching hospitals reveals that just 26 per cent wear gloves when taking blood.
Study finds that the brain can block the effect of painkillers
Researchers discover that the opposite of the placebo effect also exists – if we believe a drug isn’t working on our bodies, then it probably won’t.
Artificial pancreas may help control Type 1 diabetes in pregnancy
Medical study suggests new advance to protect women with Type 1 diabetes – and their babies – who can be at risk because of the condition.
I spy with my bionic eye: slideshow of 2010's most brilliant scientific breakthroughs
Tests to predict heart attacks years in advance, supernovas and invisibility cloaks make it a good year for the folks in the white coats.
Infants who take paracetamol more likely to develop asthma
Study from New Zealand concludes that “liberally” giving products containing paracetamol given to children may have serious side-effects.
Passive smoking kills 600,000 every year
First global study confirms that secondhand smoke is a massive killer – and 200,000 of its victims are children.
Who's the Daddy? He is...
The “father of the test-tube baby” has taken the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine, while the Ig Nobels celebrate slightly more obscure scientific, er, achievements.
Ambulances called to clinical drug trial
Hip replacement devices recalled
Patients urged to contact their surgeon if experiencing post-op discomfort or pain.
Economic growth but a harsh budget, Ronan says 'shorry', and a prize bond jackpot
Paperround: Our guide to the pick of the Saturday press.
Cork doctors embrace iPad
A new app that allows Doctors great flexibility.
Photos of the world's first full face transplant
Patient goes public for first time.
Vaccine patch could see the end of needles
US researchers believe development could go further in preventing disease.