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Saving sight across the globe

In her series on Irish figures who have left their mark on medical history, Bette Browne looks at the career of Nobel Laureate Prof William Campbell, who developed a treatment against river blindness Irishman Prof William C Campbell revolutionised the treatment of some of the world’s most devastating parasitic diseases and turned lives of inevitable…

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One year on — the Ebola challenge

August marked one year since a new outbreak of Ebola was declared in the Congo. David Lynch examines national and international reactions to the crisis over the past 12 months “The disease is relentless and devastating.” This is according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement marking the…

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Restructuring research ethics

New legislation, which will reform the area of research ethics committees, is imminent. Paul Mulholland reports on why experts believe such reform is vital Recently, the Government published the general scheme of the National Research Ethics Committees Bill. The proposed legislation served as confirmation of plans to develop a streamlined, regulated and fit-for-purpose model for…

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Medical professionals unite for the environment

The Department of Health recently launched a consultation on the effects of climate change on the health sector. Sarah Gallagher talks to members of the Irish Doctors for the Environment about the links between climate change and health and why doctors should be leaders in the area The Irish Doctors for the Environment (IDE) formed…

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Changing treatment choices

The wider use of Suboxone is happening just as the methadone programme enters its third decade. David Lynch reports on trends in opioid substitution treatment Just over 200 patients were on Suboxone treatment in April, according to figures provided to this newspaper by the HSE. This contrasts with 10,464 patients attending for methadone treatment in…

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A unique archive – the RCPI Heritage Centre preserving Ireland’s medical heritage

Ms Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at the RCPI Heritage Centre, outlines the key role the College has played in preserving Ireland’s medical heritage Nestled in the basement of a Victorian home on Kildare Street, the RCPI’s Heritage Centre has spent the last nine years promoting engagement with the history of medicine in Ireland. With…

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Donation for the nation

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is entrusted with maintaining the national blood supply and it also provides numerous clinical and diagnostic services to hospitals. Catherine Reilly spoke to CEO Mr Andrew Kelly about the challenges and opportunities facing the service The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is the statutory body responsible for the national blood…

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To follow the GP path, or not?

A new survey finds that a negative perception of general practice among some doctors impacts medical students’ career choices. David Lynch looks at the data and talks to experts General practice is only going to become more central and important to the Irish health service, according to Government policy. The Sláintecare Report, the Government’s 10-year…

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Aiming for the moon

The US launched a ‘cancer moonshot’ in 2016, aiming to achieve in five years what would otherwise have taken a decade in the battle against the disease. Bette Browne looks at what has been achieved so far and the challenges that lie ahead Former US Vice President Joe Biden, now in the midst of a…

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Dignity by design

Design & Dignity is a collaborative project between the Irish Hospice Foundation and the HSE to improve care  for patients at end-of-life.  Cliona Hughes talks to the people behind the programme and examines the difference it has made to end-of-life care in hospitals Since the mid-1980s, there has been a surge in hospice and palliative…

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