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  • Management

    New medications for hay fever

    Dr Ranbir Kaulsay | 22 Jun 2017

    Immunotherapy and new anthistamines and corticosteroid combinations can more effectively treat allergic rhinitis symptoms

  • Management

    Modulating and correcting cystic fibrosis

    Seán Duke | 22 Jun 2017

    Recent years have opened up new possibilities in cystic fibrosis treatment as new modulating and corrector therapies come on-stream. Séan Duke listened to Consultant Respiratory Physician Prof Edward McKone’s information evening for CF Ireland

  • Research

    Searching for gremlins in the PH system

    Seán Duke | 22 Jun 2017

    The identification of a molecule called Gremlin 1 in people with rare, aggressive forms of pulmonary hypertension has the potential to lead to new treatments for all types of the disease, Prof Paul McLoughlin told Seán Duke

  • Feature

    Irish Neurological Association 53rd Annual Meeting

    Paul Mulholland | 22 Jun 2017

    Radisson St Helen's Hotel, Stillorgal, Dublin, 18-19 May 2017

  • Research

    Long-term daily aspirin use linked to higher than expected risk of bleeding in over-75 year-olds

    22 Jun 2017

    In people aged 75 or over, long-term daily aspirin use is linked to a higher than expected risk of disabling or fatal bleeding, according to a new study in The Lancet. While short-term aspirin use after a stroke or heart attack has clear benefits, the authors say that patients over 75 who take aspirin on a daily basis should be prescribed a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) to reduce the risk of bleeding.

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  • Research

    Folic acid beneficial in early pregnancy

    Dr Bartlomiej Kuczera | 08 Jun 2017

    The benefits of folic acid supplementation in pregnancy up to the first trimester are well proven, but beyond that, the benefits are the subject of continued study

  • Management

    Deactivating an overactive bladder

    Mr Hubert Gallagher and Ms Aoibhin McGreal | 08 Jun 2017

    A change of lifestyle may sometimes be enough to counteract the symptoms of overactive bladder, but for more severe cases there are a range of interventions available, including physiotherapy, pharmacotherapy, neuromodulation and botox injections

  • Interview

    Promoting microbiome health in mothers and babies

    Seán Duke | 08 Jun 2017

    The Microbe Mom research programme will examine whether a healthy microbiome can be promoted in a mother and passed on to her baby. Seán Duke spoke to the project’s lead investigator Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe

  • Feature

    Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) Annual Conference

    Priscilla Lynch | 08 Jun 2017

    Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) Annual Conference, Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, 17-19 May 2017

  • Research

    An update on depression

    Dr Musaab Elzain And Dr Patrick Doyle | 08 Jun 2017

    The options for diagnosing and treating depressive disorder are improving and increasing, but the precise causes of depression are still under scientific investigation globally

  • Research

    ‘Roll-your-own’ on the rise in Ireland despite fall in the number of smokers

    08 Jun 2017

    The HSE has published new research that reveals a significant increase — from 3.5 per cent in 2003 to 24.6 per cent in 2014 — in the number of people smoking ‘roll-your-own’ (RYO) tobacco in Ireland. The findings were released in tandem with World Health Organisation (WHO) World No Tobacco Day on 31 May.

  • Research

    Why exercise benefits patients with advanced prostate cancer

    Seán Duke | 29 May 2017

    The epidemiological evidence that exercise benefits prostate cancer patients — even those with advanced metastatic forms — is strong. Dr Stephen Finn, an award-winning researcher, is investigating the biological basis for why exercise works. Seán Duke reports

  • Interview

    Moving towards a national prostate cancer registry

    Seán Duke | 29 May 2017

    The gathering of clinical data on patients with prostate cancer and patient-reported outcomes could improve care standards and save on service costs, Consultant Urologist Dr David Galvin told Seán Duke

  • Feature

    Metastatic prostate cancer: Bad to the bone

    Dr Sinéad Aherne | 29 May 2017

    A better understanding of the mechanisms driving cancer metastasis to the bone — which kills some 250,000 people globally per year — can facilitate the discovery of novel therapeutic targets, writes Dr Sinéad Aherne PhD

  • Feature

    A therapeutic advance for Crohn’s disease

    Dr Barra Neary And Prof Glen Doherty | 29 May 2017

    The results of a large, multi-centre study on ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, indicate it is set to become an effective and safe advance on current therapeutic options, report Dr Barra Neary and Prof Glen Doherty

  • Research

    Tapping the innate immune system’s infection response

    Seán Duke | 18 May 2017

    The adaptive immune response to viral infection helps protect against new viruses that appear all the time, but there is evidence that the innate immune response can clear out dangerous viruses even faster. Seán Duke spoke to Prof Cliona O’Farrelly, Professor of Comparative Immunology at Trinity College, Dublin

  • Research

    Boosting the body’s antiviral defences

    Seán Duke | 18 May 2017

    When people are infected by a virus they release proteins called interferons that interfere with viral replication and strengthen the body’s defences. Dr Nigel Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Intracellular Immunology at Trinity College, Dublin, has spent 10 years developing antiviral drugs to boost this response. He spoke to Seán Duke

  • Feature

    British and Irish Gastroenterology (BIG) Meeting

    James Fogarty | 18 May 2017

    British and Irish Gastroenterology (BIG) Meeting, Europa Hotel, Belfast, 27-28 April 2017

  • Research

    New online tool on diabetes awareness

    18 May 2017

    Diabetes Ireland has collaborated with Trinity College, Dublin to develop Diabetes Smart, a 55-minute online series of videos, quizzes and visual tools that people can watch in their own homes.

  • Research

    New film produced on life-saving research at Blood Cancer Network in Ireland

    08 May 2017

    A film has been produced with the support of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway, on the pivotal work of the Blood Cancer Network Ireland (BCNI). Clinical Trials – A Patient’s Perspective gives viewers a deeper insight into the work carried out by the BCNI, from the perspective of current patient Mr Christopher McEvilly from Oughterard, Co Galway.

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