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Covid-19 and the great GP IT revolution

In the second of our series on IT in healthcare, Niamh Cahill reports on how general practice has innovated in response to the Covid-19 crisis and why many of these changes will last beyond the pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic has forced healthcare professionals to adapt and innovate in ways never before imagined.In March 2020, as…

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Building a stronger bioethical infrastructure

A Royal Irish Academy conference focused on the lack of a national genomics policy and bioethical issues duringthe Covid-19 pandemic. David Lynch reports The requirement for a national genomics strategy and a “sustained bioethics structure in the Irish context” were central themes of a recent conference hosted by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). The RIA…

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Latest developments in cystic fibrosis

Ms Sarah Tecklenborg, Senior Research and Policy Co-ordinator, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, presents an overview of CFI’s recent conference The impact and legacy of Covid-19 on the lives of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) was among the key issues addressed at Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s (CFI) annual conference, which took place virtually from 6-7 April. Prof Luke…

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The final medical frontier

Captain Lisa McNamee, military medicine trainee, provides an introduction to the cutting-edge field of aerospace medicine Currently, it is a busy time in aerospace. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), along with their international partners, are projecting a return to the moon for 2026. The European Space Agency (ESA) is recruiting for astronauts…

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IMO AGM 2021- Reflecting on the frontline experience in a pandemic

IMO AGM 2021, Virtual Conference, 17 April A panel discussion took place at the IMO AGM entitled: ‘Covid-19 – Experiences from the frontline.’ Clinical Editor of the Medical Independent Ms Priscilla Lynch interviewed a panel of doctors on the frontline about their experiences of Covid-19 and the lessons they have learnt. The panel featured: Dr…

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IMO AGM 2021- Dr Kelly vows to be ‘a listening President’

Niamh Cahill speaks to new IMO President Dr Ina Kelly about her priorities in the role IMO AGM 2021, Virtual Conference, 17 April To the fore of Ireland’s Covid-19 response have been specialists in public health medicine. As experts in disease investigation, they have worked to help protect the public and their medical colleagues from…

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Have healthcare workers been negligently infected?

Covid-19 illness and death in healthcare workers has resulted in legal action. Catherine Reilly reports The HSE is facing legal claims arising from Covid-19 infection allegedly acquired in the workplace, while the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is conducting 14 “preliminary investigations” into the deaths of healthcare workers following infections, the Medical Independent (MI) has…

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Mapping future viral threats

Bette Browne speaks to Dr Jonna Mazet of the Global Virome Project about how the initiative was established to identify and characterise zoonotic viruses in order to better predict and respond to future viral pandemic threats “Virus hunters”, determined to stop the next lethal pandemic, are hoping world leaders will row in behind their project…

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The impact of Covid-19 on children

Dr Louise Kyne, Dean, Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI, highlights that children’s needs must be prioritised as we work through the Covid-19 pandemic Since 11 March 2020, when the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 pandemic, children’s lives have changed. As the duration and uncertainty of the pandemic persists, so does the fear, disappointment, and frustration…

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The future of emergency departments post-Covid

Covid-19 has caused significant changes in how emergency departments (EDs) are configured due to infection control guidelines. David Lynch examines the potential long-term impact of the pandemic on EDs and emergency medicine In February 2021, Dr Emily O’Conor (@eoconor209), Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and former President of the Irish Association for…

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