Clinical News

Gestational diabetes – an update

Dr Delia Bogdanet and Prof Fidelma Dunne give a comprehensive overview of the management of gestational diabetes mellitus, which is becoming an increasing issue in the modern world Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. This definition, however, does not exclude the possibility…

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Clinical features on diagnosis of acromegaly

Dr Anne Marie Hannon gives a detailed overview of the characteristics of acromegaly Acromegaly is a chronic, systemic condition characterised by growth hormone (GH) excess, typically secreted by a pituitary adenoma. Acromegaly is a rare disease and it is under diagnosed. The prevalence of acromegaly has been estimated from several registry-based studies. The prevalence ranges…

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College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Spring Conference 2019

College marks 10-year anniversary at opening session of Spring Conference This year’s College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Annual Spring Conference marked the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the College, and took place from 3-5 April in Dublin. Themed ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’, the three-day programme featured a stellar line-up of renowned domestic and international…

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Plenty of rheum to improve

President of the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Dr Sinéad Harney spoke to Catherine Reilly ahead of the Society’s Spring Meeting and outlined some pivotal issues affecting the specialty Members of the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) gathered recently in Dublin for its Spring Meeting, which is a key event in the Society’s calendar. The…

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Nutritional care a major gap in cancer services

Priscilla Lynch reports on the key findings of new Irish research on the lack of appropriate nutrition support for oncology patients A major new survey of Irish cancer patients has found that 36 per cent reported unintentional weight loss, yet one-third of these were never seen by a dietitian or provided with nutritional support.  The…

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Diagnosis and management of differentiated thyroid cancer

Dr Iona Galloway, Dr Colleen Flannery and Prof Amar Agha outline the latest treatment approaches to differentiated thyroid cancer, which accounts for over 90 per cent of all thyroid cancers with a female predominance Case report A 40-year-old female presented to her GP with a palpable, painless, right-sided neck lump, which had been present for…

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Treating cutaneous melanoma

The incidence and mortality rate of metastatic melanoma continue to rise but treatment is improving, write Dr Lisa Roche, Dr Catherine Foley and Dr Michelle Murphy Case report 1 A 30-year-old woman with multiple moles was referred to dermatology with a changing mole on her back. She was concerned that a long-standing mole on her…

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Pushing the boundaries of leukaemia treatment and research

Two of Ireland’s top haematological cancer researchers, Prof Owen Smith and Prof Jonathan Bond, speak to Priscilla Lynch about the latest breakthroughs in leukaemia treatment and research, what their hopes are for the future, and what new treatments will be available in Ireland soon Prof Owen Smith CBE is a principal investigator at the National…

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Psychiatrists look back on College achievements and chart the way forward

Paul Mulholland previews the upcoming Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, which celebrates the College’s tenth anniversary The 2019 Spring Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland ( CPsychI) is titled ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’. The title of the conference, which takes place from 3- 5 April in the Castleknock Hotel,…

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Blood Cancer Network Ireland

Ms Jess Walsh, Clinical Trial Network Co-ordinator, Blood Cancer Network Ireland, provides an overview of the Network’s efforts in science and research into blood cancers The Blood Cancer Network Ireland (BCNI) is a Collaborative Cancer Research Initiative supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society, led by Director Prof Michael O’Dwyer.  The aim…

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