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Male LUTS due to BPO: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is one of the most common conditions affecting older men, with a range of successful treatment options depending on severity Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can cause bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that affect quality-of-life by interfering with normal daily activities and sleep patterns. It remains one of the most common conditions…

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Adolescent and transitional urology

Is adolescent and transitional urology a healthcare right or a privilege? Case report Joe Holliday was born with cloacal exstrophy in 1988. Due to the devastating nature of this condition, he had ambiguous genitalia, and an inguinoabdominal gonad. It was felt at the time that it would be psychologically damaging for him to be raised…

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Ending Ireland’s cancer patient paradox

Ireland is a world leader in making and producing cancer therapies, so why do Irish patients have to wait so long to access innovative medicines? It is a paradox of the Irish pharma success story our manufacturing plants make and produce innovative medicines for use in healthcare settings across the world, but Irish patients wait…

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Meningitis: Prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Worldwide, bacterial meningitis is among the top 10 causes of infection-related death and it is important for clinicians to remain up-to-date on this potentially fatal disease Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the meninges, the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is caused by bacterial, viral and less often parasitic and…

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Covid-19 and associated cardiac issues

The global coronavirus pandemic has widespread implications for cardiovascular health. Since early in the course of the SARS-Cov-2/Covid-19 pandemic it was recognised that the clinical picture associated with the disease involved systemic illness and multisystem dysfunction. Cardiac complications in particular are relatively frequent. Moreover, patients with pre-existing heart disease appear to be at heightened risk…

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Vaccination for influenza in children this winter

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has published an update on influenza vaccination for children in Ireland during the 2020/2021 influenza season In the latest edition of its monthly publication Epi-Insight, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has published an update on the 2020/2021 influenza season and influenza vaccination for children in Ireland. The 2020/2021 influenza…

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Atopic eczema — more than an itchy rash

Atopic eczema is a life-long skin condition, so the main aim of treatment is to improve symptoms and achieve long-term control Atopic eczema (AE), also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, non-communicable, chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterised by intense itch and recurring eczematous lesions. AE is the most common inflammatory skin disorder in children…

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Skin deep: The effects of prolonged hand hygiene and PPE measures

A look at the impact of PPE and hand disinfection on the skin health of healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic Repeated and frequent exposure to water, soap, and alcohol hand gel and prolonged contact with personal protective equipment (PPE) can cause dry skin and irritant contact dermatitis. The skin may start to itch, become…

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Cardiometabolic risks: All that we see and all that we miss

Dr Paddy BarrettConsultant Cardiologist, My Heart Health – Blackrock Clinic – www.MyHeartHealth.ie Cardiometabolic diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, 80-90 per cent of the risk factors that are responsible for causing cardiometabolic disease are identifiable. Up to 80 per cent of premature cardiometabolic disease is preventable. Taken together, these three facts…

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A round-up of some of the most topical research presented at this year’s ESC

PRISCILLA LYNCH Best of ESC Congress 2020 – a completely digital experience “ESC Congress 2020 was an event like no other – the best ground-breaking cardiovascular science in an entirely digital experience,” said Prof Marco Roffi, Chair of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress Programme Committee, following the four-day meeting’s successful conclusion on 1…

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