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What’s in a medical name?

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jul 16, 2021 |

The naming of diseases can sometimes bring up unexpected ethical issues There is a long tradition of naming diseases after…

More action required on HCV

By Catherine Reilly | Jul 15, 2021 |

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the remarkable breakthroughs seen in vaccinology, another virus was the centrepiece of recent medical…

Time to change the changeover

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 6, 2021 |

In the previous issue of the Medical Independent, columnist Dr Michael Conroy wrote about the significant personal and professional disruption…

Onus on Department to listen to concerns about draft contract

By Paul Mulholland | Jun 18, 2021 |

To say the reaction to the draft Sláintecare consultant contract has not been positive is to put it mildly. Doctors…

Embracing the change

By Dr Lucia Gannon | Jun 18, 2021 |

Recent discussions on the effects of the menopause have thankfully brought the issue more into the open It started with…

How will the cyberattack influence health service’s use of AI?

By Paul Mulholland | Jun 4, 2021 |

The impact of the recent cyberattack on the HSE has highlighted the health service’s increasing dependence on technology. The ransomware…

How much does industry influence how we prescribe?

By Dr Neasa Conneally | Jun 4, 2021 |

There is an obligation on us as doctors to question why we are choosing a particular medication when we write…

Lost in translation

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 4, 2021 |

A note of caution on dipping your toe in the waters of Australian-English when Down Under In Canada, it’s possible…

File it under ‘maybe’

By Dr Christine O'Malley | Jun 4, 2021 |

There is a world of difference between a good story and a true one Back in April, my brother told…

The dire combination of homelessness and imprisonment

By George Winter | May 25, 2021 |

We are more than individuals, but part of a community with shared moral responsibilities In ‘Down and Out in Covent…

Thwarting the next global health catastrophe

By Dr Muiris Houston | May 25, 2021 |

Would an empowered World Health Organisation help prevent future pandemics? Over 15 months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, the first…

Preparing for the worst

By Paul Mulholland | May 25, 2021 |

Acrippling cyberattack on the health service in the middle of a global pandemic is a nightmare scenario within a nightmare…

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