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The power of words during a pandemic

By Dr Muiris Houston | Nov 16, 2021 |

Understanding phrases related to immunisation is important in the age of Covid So this year’s Oxford Languages’ 2021 Word of…

A virtual window into real lives

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 26, 2021 |

Telemedicine provides an insight into patients’ lives that was once only possible through the house call House calls are an…

Anti-science and Covid non-belief rife in North America

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 13, 2021 |

The level of vitriol of the anti-vax movement I witnessed in Canada was on a different scale to that experienced…

A day the world will never forget

By Dr Muiris Houston | Sep 13, 2021 |

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was reached a few days ago. The recent suicide bombings at Kabul airport were a…

The problem of media misrepresentation

By Dr Muiris Houston | Sep 1, 2021 |

The pandemic has made it clear that the aims of the media and those of science are often very different…

Unlocking doctors’ dress codes

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 6, 2021 |

Covid-19 has moved the goalposts significantly in the sartorial stakes Dress codes in medicine have long been considered important. Hippocrates…

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…

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…

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…

How to cure cases of ‘Zoomitis’

By Dr Muiris Houston | May 5, 2021 |

Experts are starting to look at why video conferences leave us so fatigued and what we can do to improve…

The ‘open notes’ revolution

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 15, 2021 |

While allowing patients to view their medical records is a move toward greater transparency, some doctors have concerns On 5…

What does the experience of Covid-19 have to teach us?

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 6, 2021 |

Being ready for the next pandemic goes beyond science and requires looking at societal issues One year on from the…

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