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Fear of Litigation is a Key Factor in Decision to Perform C-sections

Study describing views of 9,008 clinicians offers insight into factors influencing rising rate of C-sections Fear of litigation and perceived safety concerns and are among the key factors influencing the decision to perform a caesarean section, according to a major international literature review conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. […]

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Measure of Belly Fat in Older Adults is Linked with Cognitive Impairment

A new study using data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) ageing cohort study comprising over 5,000 individuals has found that a measure of belly fat (waist:hip ratio) was associated with reduced cognitive function in older Irish adults (>60 years of age). These findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia […]

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NUI Galway Study Finds Low Awareness of Early Childhood Obesity in Ireland

Missed opportunities for healthcare professionals to improve knowledge exchange and early interventions to assist parents recognise a healthy weight for their children Childhood obesity is disproportionately characteristic of low-income families Improvements needed in information provided between healthcare professionals and mums regarding infant feeding, healthy weight and obesity in preschool aged children A study carried out […]

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UCD Researchers’ Genetic Analysis Helps Girl (8) to Speak Again

By using genomic sequencing researchers identified mutation in dystonia patient’s gene Follow-up procedure enables girl to speak for first time in four years Eight-year-old Mary-Ann Cleary lived for years with a genetic disorder called dystonia that caused painful muscle spasms. Last year, her condition became so severe she could not move and eventually had to […]

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RCSI Trial ‘Significantly Prevents’ Oesophageal Cancer

New treatment could ‘radically alter’ approach to condition An Irish college has discovered a new treatment that “significantly prevents” oesophageal cancer in patients predisposed to the disease following a trial that could “radically alter” medicine’s approach to the condition. The clinical trial spanning almost 20 years was spearheaded by Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) chief […]

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UL Study Shows ‘Alarming Rise’ in Uric Acid Levels in Patients

Increasing obesity, consumption of fructose, and alcohol may be contributory factors, say researchers One in four people in the Irish health system have elevated blood levels of uric acid, according to a new study led by researchers at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick. The largest study of its kind in Ireland […]

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Nano-Tech Diagnostic can Indicate Cancer or Thrombotic Risk in One Drop of Blood

A team of international researchers led by Professor Martin Hegner, Investigator in CRANN and Trinity’s School of Physics, have developed an automated diagnostic platform that can quantify bleeding – and thrombotic risks – in a single drop of blood, within seconds. The researchers exploited micro-resonators for real-time measurements of the evolving strength of the blood plasma clot. […]

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Trinity Neuroscientist Becomes Ireland’s First FENS Kavli Scholar

Assistant Professor in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology, and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Tomás Ryan, has been selected as Ireland’s first FENS Kavli Scholar. He joins a network of 30 outstanding early- to mid-career European neuroscientists with the aim of improving neuroscience through scientific exchange, providing opportunities for young scientists, and facilitating […]

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Largest Number of UL Medical Students Graduate

UL confers largest group of medical graduates since establishment of GEMS University of Limerick will today confer more than 200 graduates in general medicine, physiotherapy, paramedic studies and nursing and midwifery. This includes the largest cohort of medical students to graduate with a Bachelor of Surgery from the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at UL […]

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RCSI Investigators Involved in Global Collaboration Helping to Answer Fundamental Mental Health Questions

Four RCSI investigators have participated in a landmark mental health study which has been published in Science. The study, ‘Analysis of shared heritability in common disorders of the brain‘, found that psychiatric disorders share an unexpected degree of common genetic risk. Dr Mark McCormack and Dr Christopher Whelan (Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics) and Professors Kieran Murphy […]

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Opening of New €5 Million UCC Paediatric Academic Unit

The first integrated paediatric academic unit in Ireland was officially opened on Monday 18th June by Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, T.D. Following a multi-million euro investment by University College Cork, Science Foundation Ireland and a generous philantrophic donation, the new unit is located in an exceptional tri-location between Cork University Hospital, Cork University […]

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UL Hospitals Group Inaugural Mulitcultural Celebration Day

Celebrating Multicultural day at University Hospital Limerick were, Debra Hammoudi, Erica McMahon and Micah Guillermo, Philippino Community. With 300 staff from 50 countries working across our six hospitals, today we experienced diverse cultures, ethnic foods and enjoyed performances of song, dance from children of our staff. Picture: Alan Place UL Hospitals Group held its first […]

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