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Cancer awareness in the workplace

The signs of work-related cancer need to be recognised, writes Mr Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society Work-related cancer is one of the biggest health problems facing workplaces across the world today. Work-related cancer accounts for an estimated 53 per cent of all work-related deaths in the EU and developed countries.…

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The arguments over drug access

This year will witness a new round of negotiations between Government and the pharmaceutical industry on a deal regarding access to medicines. David Lynch reports on the issues involved The spread of Covid-19 in the United States has laid bare the issue of access to medicine in that country in a stark way. US President…

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How to address rural America’s healthcare deficit?

A shortage of doctors is creating ‘medical deserts’ across rural America, leaving millions of people without adequate healthcare, writes Bette Browne Funding cuts, poor working conditions and tough immigration measures have combined to turn huge swathes of rural America into “medical deserts” where doctors are few and far between and where some have to cover…

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Health protection and health security in Ireland in the time of Covid-19

Consultant in Public Health Medicine and member of the IMO public and community health committee Dr Ina Kelly outlines the importance of public health medicine in combating the spread of the new coronavirus he recent international reporting of a novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, has heightened awareness of the global risks of…

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Modernising the intern year

The intern year, which demarcates the transition from student to doctor, is currently the focus of a major reform programme. Catherine Reilly reports Certain factors have limited the “effectiveness” of the intern year, a pivotal time in a doctor’s early professional development, according to a progress report on its “modernisation”.   Lack of “an effective system”…

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Cappagh innovating to improve patient outcomes

The recently-rebranded National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh held a seminar last month to showcase innovative practices to enhance patient outcomes. Catherine Reilly reports Thousands of children could be taken off the orthopaedic outpatients lists if a plan developed by the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh comes to fruition, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Connor Green told a…

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The health impact of homelessness

The health needs of the homeless community are unique and changing. David Lynch investigates present policy and service provision Health and housing are currently big political topics. An exit poll conducted by Ipsos/MRBI during the recent general election found that 32 per cent of people said health was the most important issue impacting their vote.…

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Sláintecare and neurological services

A recent event aimed at exploring the implications of Sláintecare for neurological care highlighted some startling facts and strong opinions about the state of neurological services in Ireland, writes Priscilla Lynch The key to improving neurological services in Ireland are full implementation of Sláintecare, better integration of community and hospital services, but not necessarily a…

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Unlocking the potential of genomics

The appointment of a new HSE director and the formation of a national strategy will progress genomics in Ireland, a recent conference heard. David Lynch reports The Department of Health is currently undertaking “initial scoping work” that will continue until the end of next month investigating the role of genetics and genomic medicine in Ireland,…

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