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NCCP urges people to act early on potential signs of cancer

The HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is urging people to act early on potential signs of cancer, as research shows that some people (in parts of north Dublin, specifically Dublin 7, 9 and 11 areas) wait longer to contact their GP regarding concerns. ‘’Diagnosing cancer early, before it has grown or spread to other…

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Mindo Cartoon – 7 October 2021

The Medical Independent – 6 September 2021

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Problem of sleep deprivation in surgeons highlighted in new study

Irish surgeons were sleep deprived before working on-call shifts and were even more sleep deprived following on-call shifts, a new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has found. The study, titled Sleepy Surgeons: A Multi-Method Assessment of Sleep Deprivation and Performance in Surgery, examined sleep and performance outcomes in 20 doctors at Tallaght…

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Staff shortages highlighted in new HIQA report on children’s services

A new HIQA report of children’ services in 2020 found “noticeable improvements” but that “the quality of key systems such as risk management, monitoring and quality assurance requires improvement”. “Staff shortages in some areas impacted on the timely provision of services to children,” according to the Authority. HIQA’s head of children’s services, Ms Eva Boyle…

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Cyberattack increases risk of delayed diagnoses and errors- Dr Henry

The HSE cyberattack has increased the risk of delayed diagnoses, delayed treatments and errors by clinicians treating patients, according to HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry.  Dr Henry, in an email issued to GPs by the IMO and ICGP on behalf of the HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry on Friday 21 May, outlined…

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People with diabetes and obesity should be prioritised for vaccination

People with diabetes and obesity should be prioritised for early Covid-19 vaccination, according to the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN). IrSPEN said that diabetes and obesity have emerged as significant underlying risk factors for developing severe illness from Covid-19  and these patients should also be prioritised for continuity of treatment during the pandemic.…

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The need to solve medicine’s language problem

Paul Mulholland speaks to Prof Fergus Shanahan about his new book, The Language of Illness, and how the communication between doctors and patients can be improved through straightforward speech and dispensing with inappropriate medical terminology According to Prof Fergus Shanahan, in addition to its dire healthcare and economic effects, a pandemic can also create a…

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