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New EEG referral form: Potential to increase efficiency and save money

56th Annual Irish Neurological Association Meeting, 1-2 October 2020 Dr Emily O’Brien, St Vincent’s University Hospital, presented the results of an audit investigating the efficiency of the inpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) service in St Vincent’s University Hospital from October 2019 to April 2020 at the conference. A total of 130 inpatient referrals were included in this…

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Rise of the machines in cardiology

Irish Cardiac Society, 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 1-3 October 2020 The first of the Saturday sessions was chaired by Prof Aaron Peace, Consultant Cardiologist and Research and Development Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT). Prof Peace introduced Prof Nico Bruining, Head, eCardiology, Clinical Epidemiology and Innovation (KEI), Thoraxcentre, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam,…

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The BMW you have dreamed about becomes reality

What if I told you that you could have it all? Your cake and eat it too. A four-door, family car that looks fresh and sporty; that’s a plug-in hybrid; that produces almost 300hp; that handles like a sporty coupe and all for (potentially) less than €50,000? Oh, and did I mention it’s a BMW?…

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Gathering together, while standing apart

Gathering Around Cancer 2020, 5-6 November, virtual meeting live from Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin We preview this year’s Gathering Around Cancer meeting, which will take place on a virtual basis early next month This year, due to the prevailing Covid-19 public health restrictions, the Gathering Around Cancer annual meeting will be delivered on a…

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Early data from Covid-19 rheumatology Alliance shared

A new global alliance aimed at sharing and collecting information on Covid-19 in rheumatology patients has been developed, attendees at the Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Autumn Meeting heard. More than 200 people tuned into the first ever virtual ISR meeting, held on September 24 and 25 last. Formed rapidly in response to the pandemic,…

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Research on Covid-19 and hospitalisation of rheumatic patients wins Young Investigator Award

The ISR Young Investigator Award 2020 was presented to Dr Rachael Flood for her work on Covid-19 infection and hospitalisation rates in patients with rheumatic diseases. Dr Flood, who is in her fourth year of rheumatology specialist registrar training at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, presented data from the Trinity Rheumatology and Covid-19 registry (TRACR) study,…

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Healthcare should be viewed as a ‘driver for innovation’ – Prof Ostwald

A novel perspective on the economic impact and societal value of health and medicines innovation is required, according to Chief Executive Officer and Head of Health Economics, WiFOR Institute, Germany, Prof Dennis A Ostwald (Phd). In his talk entitled ‘Attitudes to medicines innovation – A European perspective’, Prof Ostwald explained how he is seeking fundamental…

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Adults should take vitamin D supplements in Ireland – Prof Kenny

Emerging data on the health benefits of vitamin D support the case for a food fortification strategy to enhance levels among the public, a leading professor in gerontology has advised. According to Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Rose-Anne Kenny Irish people have deficient or insufficient vitamin D levels despite emerging evidence…

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