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IT and staffing deficits continue to impact public health’s response to Covid-19

By David Lynch | November 25, 2021

Implementation of a national electronic case and outbreak management system remains an urgent requirement, while reform of public health in Ireland is proceeding at “a snail’s pace”, public health doctors have warned as Ireland approaches almost two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Public health doctors also cited “exhaustion” as a major issue…

EDs ‘under-resourced’ – HSE

Sharp fall in FFP2 masks distributed during 2021 – HSE data

Larger allocation under activity-based funding – Rotunda Master

Programme manager recruited for long Covid care model – HSE

Most people support removal of private care from public hospitals – PHA research

Nov 25, 2021

NOCA launches five-year strategic plan

Nov 25, 2021

Covid research in Ireland: The story so far

Nov 15, 2021

Establishment of Decision Support Service continues to face difficulties

Nov 15, 2021


George Winter

The ethics of online fundraising for medical treatment

Apps failing to detect rare skin cancers

By Priscilla Lynch

Working to create a brighter future for pancreatic cancer patients


Role of FT-PET in metastatic melanoma

By Priscilla Lynch

Does wearing a lab coat make you smarter?The phenomenon of ‘enclothed cognition’

Up to the 1800s, doctors traditionally wore black or beige coats during the course of their work. When exactly this changed is a matter of discussion, but around the beginning of the 19th Century, the white coat was introduced as the standard ‘uniform’ for doctors. Not because of the most obvious reason that all kinds…


Since the beginning of the hybrid revolution, I’ve been asked many times about a diesel version and here we are with the first I’ve tested, the MercedesBenz GLC 300 de 4MATIC. Could this be the holy grail for Irish car buyers, searing for a diesel, crossover, hybrid? The plug-in hybrid GLC has been available on…

Chainsaws, yucca plants and airport trolleys – health hazards of the world’s top golfers


A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon As we bid farewell to the more clement weather and it becomes more challenging to get a round of golf in, perhaps the more accident-prone among us are better off – even for the most skilled and coordinated pro, the strangest injuries…

A fascinating book examining the mystery of life


This is a curiously old-fashioned book in its presentation about up-to-date basic science. Hard-covered; small in size (pages of 8 x11 centimetres); containing no tables; no diagrams; no illustrations; no scientific bibliography; or no index – it is nonetheless a class book, in every sense of that adjective, with concise, incisive writing, and explanations. I…

Mindo Cartoon – 18 November


Research designed to raise a few eyebrows


This issue’s offering compiles for you a round-up of some of the more unusual research and strange events that have transpired in recent weeks. Our world is only partially recognisable from what it was like 18 months ago, but strangeness remains a constant. We begin with research that was first published in the Journal of…

Update Journal – Respiratory Medicine

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