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Cut out the jargon

By Dr Muiris Houston | Feb 22, 2021 |

Inappropriate medical jargon can adversely affect care and alienate patients In spite of our best efforts to ensure appropriate care…

Looking to the stars for career guidance?

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jan 25, 2021 |

New research has examined what your star sign says about your choice of medical career Did your specialty choose you…

Decorating Christmas through the ages

By Dr Muiris Houston | Dec 14, 2020 |

Seasonal traditions have provided solace in difficult times 2020 has been a year of massive societal change. Our lives have…

High public anxiety over Covid-19 no excuse to abuse doctors

By Dr Muiris Houston | Nov 23, 2020 |

Recently released figures provide further evidence that the unified front the country presented in the early days of the Covid-19…

Getting to the heart of jargon in medicine

By Dr Muiris Houston | Nov 12, 2020 |

Patients who listen to medical slang will learn a lot about their doctors’ attitudes towards them The advent of coronavirus…

The State Epidemiologist who inspires tattoos

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 22, 2020 |

Is Sweden’s approach to Covid-19 a cautionary tale, or a realistic response in the absence of a vaccine? I doubt…

The improbable side of medical research

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 12, 2020 |

The connection between eyebrows and narcissism was just one example of the delightfully eccentric research highlighted at this year’s Ig…

What we can learn from pandemics past

By Dr Muiris Houston | Sep 21, 2020 |

Some reactions to the Black Death were not dissimilar to how people are acting during Covid-19 As the Covid-19 pandemic…

On the moral responsibility of medicine

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 31, 2020 |

The profession has a collective duty to ensure that the next generation of doctors is educated and that medical research…

Masking our fears

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 17, 2020 |

Society’s response to mask-wearing tells us a lot about ourselves One of the (many) interesting things about Covid-19 has been…

Dreamtime in Dromineer

By Dr Christine O’Malley | Jul 14, 2020 |

Life during lockdown was strange and difficult, but there were good times too Did it really happen? Yes, there really…

The Covid-19 language explosion

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 29, 2020 |

From ‘covidiot’ to ‘coronacoaster’, the pandemic has thrown up almost a dictionary’s worth of new words As readers are aware,…

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