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    Cock-ups of truly Olympian proportions

    25 Aug 2016

    A round-up of research news and oddities from left field

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    11 Aug 2016

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    21 Jul 2016

    A round-up of research news and oddities from left field

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    Kicking domestic violence to touch

    07 Jul 2016

    A round-up of research news and oddities from left field

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    Tinkering with the building blocks of life

    23 Jun 2016

    Secrecy in science always encourages suspicion, especially where medical advancements are involved. And when a group gets together to discuss genome engineering and closes the meeting on an ‘invitation-only’ basis, such suspicion is magnified.

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    Frack to the future? This is not a drill...

    09 Jun 2016

    Well, actually, it is a drill. A large drill that is used to inject fluid into the earth at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks and release the natural gas and oil that’s trapped within them. The term ‘frack¬ing’ is shorthand for the less-cuddly term ‘hydraulic fracturing’. No doubt those with a more thorough knowledge of engineer¬ing could provide a more accurate and comprehensive descrip¬tion of the process, but that’s the nutshell version.

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    The leaving of Leo — July 2014-May 2016

    30 May 2016

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered together to mark the passing of Leo Varadkar TD from his previous Government seat, where he served as Minister for Health for almost two years. It is true to say that there are very few of us who have not been touched somehow by his policies, opinions and overall influence.

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    Needled by a lack of legislation on tattoos?

    19 May 2016

    The Dorsal View has previously drawn attention to the risks posed by sending mixed messages on health to the general public. It was with interest, then, that I noted a news story in the 9 May issue of the Medical Independent on efforts to bring regulation to the area of tattoos.

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    Primum non nocere? A dark look back in history

    10 May 2016

    Following the recent illuminating feature article in the Medical Independent on the dark exploits of John Bodkin Adams, a doctor who was widely suspected of first persuading his patients to include him in their wills and then expediting their demise, it might be worth taking a look back at some of history’s dark angels in white coats. Perhaps there are one or two you’re unfamiliar with.

  • The Dorsal View

    Meeting of minds: not your conventional conventions

    28 Apr 2016

    Conference season is well and truly upon us. When all the voices have been heard, votes cast and issues thrashed-out, AGMs can also provide a welcome opportunity to catch up with some old friends over a social libation. But these events can also be stressful, depending on the health of the union in question and the profession overall.

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    The head-wrecking dilemma of contact sports

    18 Apr 2016

    My eldest boy recently decided to give up playing rugby and I admit to a sneaky sense of relief. I’m not a hand-wringing ‘new’ parent and have no desire to wrap my little ones in cotton wool, but there is increasing evidence and opinion to suggest that there is a lack of awareness around concussive injuries, particularly in the amateur arena. As those of you who attended the 2016 IMO AGM will know, this was a hot topic at the meeting.

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    A watchful eye is needed on adolescent opioid use

    08 Apr 2016

    An interesting study was brought to my attention recently, which seems to show that medical misuse of opioids in adolescents does not necessarily come from a desire to ‘get high’, but rather is a desperate attempt at pain relief.

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