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This year is set to witness significant developments in the area of open disclosure. David Lynch looks at imminent changes and what impact they will have on the way doctors engage with patients Open disclosure has been front and centre of medical debate in Ireland since the 2018 report of the scoping inquiry into the…

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The quest for a universal coronavirus vaccine

Experts suggest that developing a universal coronavirus vaccine is not only possible, but could be realised in the coming years. Bette Browne reports Vaccines against Covid-19 were developed at record speed and now the global search for a universal vaccine against all variants of coronavirus is intensifying, especially in the UK and the US. The…

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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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