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    The battle to reduce self-harm

    Niamh Cahill | 07 Jun 2018

    Rates of self-harm presentations to hospital emergency departments (EDs) are increasing. But only one-fifth of people who self-harm present to the ED and, of those who do present, 13 per cent leave without being seen. Niamh Cahill reports

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    A surgical pioneer on two fronts

    Bette Browne | 07 Jun 2018

    Dr Edward Hallaran Bennett is best known in medical history for his eponymous fracture. In her series on the legacies of Irish doctors, Bette Browne also explores his pioneering role in introducing antiseptic techniques to Ireland

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    Dissecting the response on sodium valproate

    Catherine Reilly | 28 May 2018

    With public health authorities’ approaches to patient safety events under huge scrutiny, the issue of sodium valproate exposure in pregnancy again highlights inherent flaws in health structures. Catherine Reilly reports

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    Beyond the call of duty

    Niamh Cahill | 28 May 2018

    Niamh Cahill looks at incidents where off-duty doctors have helped to save lives and finds out about a group of dedicated GPs who voluntarily act as emergency first responders nationally

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    The true meaning of professionalism

    Paul Mulholland | 28 May 2018

    Paul Mulholland speaks to Prof Dubhfeasa Slattery about the concept of professionalism in healthcare and the recent conference held in the RCSI on the issue

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    Dissecting the response on sodium valproate

    Catherine Reilly | 24 May 2018

    With public health authorities’ approaches to patient safety events under huge scrutiny, the issue of sodium valproate exposure in pregnancy again highlights inherent flaws in health structures. Catherine Reilly reports

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    Time to talk — opening the debate on bioethics in Ireland

    David Lynch | 17 May 2018

    Ireland is one of the few European countries without a Council for Bioethics, while the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics has not met since 2015. Given this advisory vacuum, David Lynch examines how Ireland is braced to cope with the growing number of bioethical challenges facing medicine and society

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    Mandatory open disclosure in healthcare: To be or not to be?

    Ms Joanne O'Sullivan And Mr Asim Sheikh | 17 May 2018

    Ms Joanne O’Sullivan and Mr Asim Sheikh discuss the proposed introduction of mandatory open disclosure in Ireland

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    A high price to pay?

    Paul Mulholland | 17 May 2018

    A major conference on improving access to medicines was held recently in Dublin. Paul Mulholland provides an overview of the event

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    The need for innovation

    Danielle Barron | 17 May 2018

    Danielle Barron reports on the MRII Annual Conference, which hosted talks on innovative medicines, alcohol dependence and self-care

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    Testing times for the ICGP

    Catherine Reilly | 07 May 2018

    The terms of the transfer of GP training delivery from the HSE to the ICGP have prompted major concerns due to a significant budget reduction. However, the College’s CEO believes this ‘change project’ will come good, reports Catherine Reilly

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    Confronting dubious science

    George Winter | 07 May 2018

    In his essay Scotoma: Forgetting and Neglect in Science (1995), Prof Oliver Sacks notes that science and medicine evolve when people “confront both anomalies and deeply-held ideologies”, with open debate central to progress. This, he observes, is “clean” science, whereas “dirty” science “can have the direst consequences, not only preventing

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