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Framing the bigger picture of the Ebola epidemic

The Ebola outbreak shows that public health in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in a state of emergency The outbreak of Ebola infection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one year old this month. It shows no signs of abating, despite intensive efforts and the use of a vaccine of proven…

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Pressing pause on the gluttony of TV sport

It’s time to tackle the pandemic of TV sport over-consumption and get our running shoes on One July day in 1972 I called at my mate’s, ready for a ‘rake-about’. His mother answered the door. “Our Davy’s watchin’ the ‘lympics… ” a slight pause, “… in colour.” Did her narrowing eyes betray a triumphant gloat,…

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The tyranny of the working week

People who have greater choice around their working hours are more productive, healthier and happier I psyched myself up with strong tea and low-GI organic granola (or whatever the Aldi equivalent is), put on my second-most comfortable shoes and braced myself for the week ahead. For the first time in more than 13 years, I…

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A vaccine in time saves lives

The Minister for Health is correct to fight for childhood immunisation As a new dad, it’s understandable that vaccines are on Minister for Health Simon Harris’s mind. In recent weeks, he has sought the advice of the Attorney General on the constitutionality of preventing children attending school unless they have completed a course of vaccination,…

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Seven things I learned at the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas

The Carlow literary event provides plenty of food for thought On a damp and sunny Friday afternoon, I drove from Killenaule, through sleepy villages, woodlands and pastoral scenes worthy of a Virgil poem, to the idyllic village of Borris, for the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas. The festival took place in the grounds of…

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Sleep to your heart’s content

The detrimental effect a lack of sleep can have on our cardiovascular system is still not widely recognised Sleep. One of the most important factors in a person’s life. Most of us underestimate the negative impact of inadequate sleep and a growing body of literature is finding that a concerning percentage of the population are…

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No country for young women of the ’80s

The tale of Majella Moynihan is yet another example of a dysfunctional society Majella Moynihan was a young Garda who became pregnant ‘out of wedlock’. She was bullied, interrogated and traumatised by a group of powerful male officers and eventually parted with her baby. Like most people who read about this I was angry, sad…

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Patients can’t afford to wait for care

A new campaign from the IHCA aims to highlight the impact that the current consultant recruitment crisis is having on patients and on hospital waiting times Timely access to healthcare is a right not a privilege. There are approximately 500 unfilled or temporarily filled permanent consultant posts across our acute hospitals and psychiatric services. This…

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From Barrytown to No 6 Kildare Street

Roddy Doyle’s literary achievements make him an extremely worthy recipient of the RCPI’s Honorary Fellowship On 21 June, Irish writer Roddy Doyle became an Honorary Fellow of the RCPI. Since 1654, the RCPI has been working to improve patient care and standards of medical practice in Ireland. The College’s home, 6 Kildare Street, is a…

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The wisdom of Solomons

The dull memoir of the noted early 20th Century physician Dr Bethel Solomons is leavened by some bizarre passages Despite his many achievements (President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Master of the Rotunda, capped 10 times for Ireland in rugby), I had never heard of Bethel Solomons (1885-1965) until I came across…

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