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Dr Jamie O’Sullivan

RCSI scientists have identified how and why some Covid-19 patients can develop life-threatening clots, which could lead to targeted therapies that prevent this from happening. “Our research helps provide insights into the mechanisms that cause severe blood clots in patients with Covid-19, which is critical to developing more effective treatments,” said Dr Jamie O’Sullivan (pictured),…

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Voluntary hospitals concerned about new financial system

The HSE is working on addressing the concerns of voluntary hospitals regarding the implementation of an integrated financial management system (IFMS) for the health service, Medical Independent (MI) can report. The Voluntary Healthcare Forum (VHF), which represents voluntary hospitals, has sought assurances that the IFMS will protect the governance and financial autonomy of their members.…

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Any expansion of Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme should be ‘clearly defined and transparent’ – HIQA

HIQA has published a report on approaches for considering the expansion of newborn bloodspot screening programmes. This report was provided to the National Screening Advisory Committee (NSAC) to help inform the development of their processes for the assessment of conditions being considered for inclusion in Ireland’s National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme (NNBSP). The NNBSP provides…

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Alcohol is Ireland’s ‘biggest drug problem’

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has noted the publication of the 2019-20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey by the Health Research Board (HRB). The main findings from the survey, in regard to alcohol use, include the following: • 74.2 per cent of respondents reported having consumed alcohol in…

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