Ireland - Tuesday - Health
Tuesday - 15th May, 2018
Resilience required to ride emotional rollercoaster of life
Mental health has been defined as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or ...
Tuesday - 8th May, 2018
CervicalCheck fiasco proves no news is not good news
There is a huge frustration as well as anger out there at the CervicalCheck debacle that may have co...
Tuesday - 1st May, 2018
With or without chemotherapy in the final months of life?
Aquestion: you are a cancer patient, faced with the following choice: four months free of chemothera...
Tuesday - 24th April, 2018
Dark humoured doctors need to watch their language
Rise up readers. Push back patients. It’s time for the populace to challenge the world of medical ...
Tuesday - 17th April, 2018
Kind voices that lift spirits on the farm and help save lives
‘You will never know how many you have saved.” This was the opening line of a lecture given by a...
Tuesday - 10th April, 2018
Lessons from great influenza pandemic for today’s world
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 million an...
Tuesday - 3rd April, 2018
Tradition of wake allows grieving to move at natural pace
As this is an Easter column, I thought I would share some recent reflections on death. Easter is a C...
Tuesday - 27th March, 2018
A simple guide to being a donor
Everyone has a vague idea about organ donation – knowing it involves a healthy organ being taken f...
Tuesday - 20th March, 2018
An apple a day can indeed keep the doctor away
Aphorisms have been around since the beginning of medical practice. Essentially medical proverbs, so...
Tuesday - 13th March, 2018
How to offset the unhealthy effects of shift work
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” William ...
Tuesday - 27th February, 2018
New shingles vaccine will stack odds of viral lottery in our favour
Childhood photographs of Dr H show it clearly. A mini-crater /depression right in the centre of my f...
Tuesday - 20th February, 2018
Readers must challenge fake health news
‘My sense is that of all the categories of fake news, health news is the worst. There’s more bad...
Tuesday - 13th February, 2018
The chances of surviving a brush with cancer have increased substantially in the last decade. A comb...
Tuesday - 6th February, 2018
Ask yourself three questions before visiting the doctor
‘GP campaign urges basic questions before trip to doctor” This headline in The Irish Times is a ...
Tuesday - 30th January, 2018
How Tony Booth changed my life more than anyone
Adoctor encounters thousands of patients in a lifetime’s work. Some they remember, while others fa...
Tuesday - 23rd January, 2018
Can we reverse type 2 diabetes? Yes, we can
Cure can be an elusive goal in medicine. Many diseases are chronic so that realistic goals are about...
Tuesday - 16th January, 2018
Never under estimate risk of acute worsening of your asthma
Asthma affects 470,000 people in the Republic; we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in th...
Tuesday - 9th January, 2018
The flu is here – what are the symptoms and what should you do?
The flu has arrived, folks. With latest figures showing a doubling in the rates of ILI (influenza-li...
Tuesday - 2nd January, 2018
Don’t let yourself to be shamed into New Year health resolutions
Today is the first day of new resolutions for many – the turning over of a new leaf in the annual ...
Tuesday - 19th December, 2017
Tuesday - 12th December, 2017
Every patient needs hope, but not from a spin doctor
“He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.” – Samuel Taylo...
Tuesday - 5th December, 2017
New definition of hypertension would have major impact
The new American guidelines for managing high blood pressure have just been published under the lead...
Tuesday - 28th November, 2017
Smart pills could short-circuit doctor-patient trust
As we become more aware of some borderline ethical practices by Facebook and other mega social media...
Tuesday - 21st November, 2017
Talking to teenage schoolboys about sexuality
Ireland’s traditional approach to sex education has let everyone down, writes Richie Sadlier:...
Tuesday - 14th November, 2017
Would you wear a face mask in public during flu epidemic?
With the flu season in the southern hemisphere winter just over – Australia had a record number of...
Tuesday - 7th November, 2017
we need to do more than just talk about it
Vaccination rates against the human papilloma virus (HPV) have dropped dramatically as a result of a...
Tuesday - 31st October, 2017
Non-smoker, normal cholesterol levels has heart disease. Why?
Up to 25 per cent of people who experience an acute cardiac event such as a heart attack have none o...
Tuesday - 24th October, 2017
Ignoring lower back pain is not an option – for most of us
Iwas taken aback to read recently that almost 70 per cent of us will experience lower back pain at s...
Tuesday - 17th October, 2017
Doctors’ only wear white coats now for decorating
The best thing you could say about the face that glowered from a page of the medical journal was tha...
Tuesday - 10th October, 2017
Why Limerick GP training scheme is a spectacular success
It was a bittersweet week in my office. We were sad because Gaia, our resident medical student for t...
Tuesday - 3rd October, 2017
GPs are like the priests – you see a lot of grey heads
The medical year has its internal rhythms and seasons, and autumn is a time of preparation for winte...
Tuesday - 26th September, 2017
Little cash but much cachet at the Ig Nobel awards
Did you know that taking up the didgeridoo reduces snoring or ever wonder why old men have such big ...
Tuesday - 19th September, 2017
sort out toxic stress before it sorts you out
Burnout is an evocative term. It conjures up images of an engine flaming out. But rather than being ...
Tuesday - 12th September, 2017
we have the ingredients
“Maybe I just want to fly, I want to live I don’t want to die, Maybe I just want to breathe, may...
Tuesday - 5th September, 2017
Reduce cancer risk by taking the Pill? Really?
For many younger women the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is the “go-to” method to control fertil...
Tuesday - 29th August, 2017
Seventy-five years of chemotherapy is worth celebrating
One in three of us will develop cancer during our lives. When it happens we expect to be treated wit...
Tuesday - 22nd August, 2017
Feeling hot hot hot
Is running good for your libido?...
Tuesday - 15th August, 2017
Time to start sweating about the Lucifer effect
If you are going to name an extreme heatwave you can’t beat Lucifer as a moniker. Which is what th...
Tuesday - 8th August, 2017
Doctors have a sense of humour? Tell me another one
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy” – George Gershwin It’s a bank holiday column...
Tuesday - 1st August, 2017
Country or city living – what is the healthy option?
For downsizing city dwellers the property pages of The Irish Times during the summer months offer an...
Tuesday - 25th July, 2017
Can doctors look after patients properly when they are exhausted?
I woke up with a start. My car was attached to a set of railings across the road from the main entra...
Tuesday - 18th July, 2017
False diagnosis of penicillin allergy may be widespread
One of the most frequent medical questions in consultations is “are you allergic to any medication...
Tuesday - 11th July, 2017
Experts need to learn when to say ‘I don’t know’
‘One of the most common errors that experts make is to assume that, because they are smarter than ...
Tuesday - 4th July, 2017
Fear of pain can be enough to hurt you
What place could the term nocebo (“I shall harm”) possibly have in modern medicine? As the “da...
Tuesday - 27th June, 2017
Does stress cause infertility? A look at a painful subject
‘Having a fertility problem can be a really lonely and miserable place to be. Fertility treatment ...
Tuesday - 20th June, 2017
Patient suggestions to improve doctors’ terminology
Doctors sometimes become overly absorbed in the challenge posed by uncertain diagnoses. A recently d...
Tuesday - 13th June, 2017
Voting for the strict parent is what some people do:...
Tuesday - 6th June, 2017
Importance of asking right question in the right way
‘It is truly astounding how powerful our words can be in shaping people’s reception of informati...
Tuesday - 30th May, 2017
What sport you like shows what type of doctor you will be
Settle down please, Final Med class. Thank you. I am sure you are as relieved as I am to hear that t...
Tuesday - 23rd May, 2017
Sifting the truth from the waffle your patients tell you
The customer in the travel agent’s might not have known what she wanted, but she certainly knew wh...
Tuesday - 16th May, 2017
the nocebo versus the placebo
If you are one of the many people in Ireland who take a cholesterollowering statin, you will be fami...
Tuesday - 9th May, 2017
High blood pressure could kill you – so deal with it
Like so many people, I have high blood pressure. Yet, with the exception of occasional dizziness on ...
Tuesday - 2nd May, 2017
Have you ‘foie gras’ liver? It’s time to do something about it
If you don’t drink or have a low alcohol intake that guarantees you will never get cirrhosis of th...
Tuesday - 25th April, 2017
Science, not war, was good for medical research
Medicine and armed conflict may seem unlikely bedfellows. Especially following the recent use of the...
Tuesday - 18th April, 2017
Calling all chocoholics! Some evidence to help ease the guilt
Hello fellow chocoholics! Are you in good form after enjoying an Easter egg over the weekend? Just i...
Tuesday - 11th April, 2017
Go tribal and avoid heart disease – here’s how
How would you feel if some 60 per cent of your diet was made up of fruit, vegetables and nuts? And i...
Tuesday - 4th April, 2017
Tuesday - 28th March, 2017
We need to pay doctors for spending time with patients
Doctors spend a significant amount of time learning communication skills. Firstly in medical school,...
Tuesday - 21st March, 2017
Get your body clock ready before you lose an hour of sleep next Sunday
Are you someone who struggles to get a good night’s sleep? If so, don’t expect to be refreshed w...
Tuesday - 14th March, 2017
Will you replace the smear taker with a swab?
It is rare to meet a patient who feels nonchalant about a pelvic examination or cervical smear. The ...
Tuesday - 7th March, 2017
Is fear of Trump the phobia of phobias?
Idon’t like heights. I’m okay on ladders but as soon as the visible distance between me and terr...
Tuesday - 28th February, 2017
How much empathy is too much empathy?
How important is it that your doctor is empathetic? Until recently I would have responded with an em...
Tuesday - 21st February, 2017
Could ‘alt-right’ policies threaten public health?
Right wing populism – á la Trump, Marie Le Pen and others – is on the march. In the US ...
Tuesday - 14th February, 2017
Study shows GP care is key medicine for healthcare systems
For all our rapid advances in technology, sometimes the old ideas are best. Two strong arguments in ...
Tuesday - 7th February, 2017
The high cost to health of being poor
Doctors of all specialities can attest to the fact that low socioeconomic status is linked to a sign...
Tuesday - 31st January, 2017
is it a real thing?
You have arrived at your doctor’s surgery or the consultant’s clinic. You have the story of your...
Tuesday - 24th January, 2017
Trump, like an addict, has surrounded himself with bad friends
Ihave had patients like Donald Trump and I suppose every doctor has had them too. He is like someone...
Tuesday - 17th January, 2017
Irish Cancer Society campaign is an insensitive disgrace
Cancer is a word with different meanings to lots of different people. In my professional lifetime, I...
Tuesday - 10th January, 2017
Broken heart syndrome – can grief kill you?
Am I the only one who thought that Debbie Reynolds’s passing, a day after her daughter Carrie’s ...
Tuesday - 3rd January, 2017
Resolutions are like babies – fun to make, difficult to maintain
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” “Ma...
Tuesday - 20th December, 2016
The end of the hangover? If we knew how, we’d bottle it . . .
“A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used...
Tuesday - 13th December, 2016
Cautionary tale on advice to ‘drink plenty of fluids’
First up, a confession. I regularly dispense advice along the lines of “drink plenty of fluids”....
Tuesday - 6th December, 2016
Thunderstorm’s asthma effects shock the medics
Isuspect I wasn’t the only one taken aback at the six deaths in Melbourne due to a condition known...
Tuesday - 29th November, 2016
Is it time to draw up a ‘not to-do’ list of investigations?
During a recent educational trip to Columbia University in New York, I met up with a close friend fr...
Tuesday - 22nd November, 2016
Who will be to blame when the first unvaccinated baby dies from meningitis B?
One of the success stories of public health medicine and general practice in recent times has been t...
Tuesday - 15th November, 2016
Childhood cancer goes against a natural order
The Houston family has strong connections with Canada. Different types of Canadian resonate chez nou...
Tuesday - 8th November, 2016
Stop idling. Turn off your car engine at the school gates
You know the ones who do it, the ones who leave the engines on. You might be one yourself. You see a...
Tuesday - 1st November, 2016
‘I could sit on a bus and get up and the seat would be soaked and I wouldn’t have even known’
He says in a Melbourne hospital, where he worked previously, they had five consultants who just did ...
Tuesday - 25th October, 2016
Eating well on a budget, balancing college and parenthood, STIs and more . . ....
Tuesday - 18th October, 2016
Time is the key driver of quality for doctor-patient interactions
‘The value of the research is that it allows people using our health services to tell us what they...
Tuesday - 11th October, 2016
Are you a good liar? Not as good as you once were, say Ig Nobel winners
Sometimes the Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to a somewhat oblique achievement. Japanese scientist Yos...
Tuesday - 4th October, 2016
a story of depression is full of hope
It may reflect my musical tastes, but my knowledge of Bruce Springsteen would be far from encyclopae...
Tuesday - 27th September, 2016
Men may dread the DRE test, but they’re worth the discomfort
Visits to the doctor sometimes involve an inspection of a bodily orifice. Having an otoscope placed ...
Tuesday - 20th September, 2016
We too often blame acts of terrorism on mental illnesses
The recent wave of terrorist attacks in Europe has come with a worrying trend. Many of the perpetrat...
Tuesday - 13th September, 2016
Is it fair to deny surgery to people who are obese?
Be afraid, be very afraid. That is the message to current and future patients following an extraordi...
Tuesday - 6th September, 2016
Have heart disease? Quick, follow a Mediterranean diet
One advantage of staging the world’s biggest cardiology conference in Rome is that you are surroun...
Tuesday - 30th August, 2016
Breaking the ice that threatens the doctorpatient relationship
‘Inever asked to be Ice’d” was the headline over a recent British Medical Journal article, wri...
Tuesday - 23rd August, 2016
Just because research is ‘scholarly’ doesn’t mean it is quality
Nowadays when you do a Google search for a medical topic it’s common to see a selection of scienti...
Tuesday - 16th August, 2016
How long have I got left doc? Honestly, I don’t really know
As part of running an educational workshop, I have the opportunity to ask doctors what disease they ...
Tuesday - 9th August, 2016
A happy ending for Broken Heart syndrome
“Away, away you broken heart you Leave my chest like a hollow cave Stand me somewhere near the oce...
Tuesday - 2nd August, 2016
When you get a prescription, can you understand it?
You have just left the surgery with a prescription in your hand. It’s for a new treatment, but han...
Tuesday - 26th July, 2016
Fertility and how Rolling Stones keep gathering children
So Mick Jagger is to be a father for the eighth time at the age of 73. The announcement that his 29-...
Tuesday - 19th July, 2016
■ Get Running: The 6km Liberties Fun Run goes ahead on Thursday, starting at 7.45pm, at the Royal ...
Tuesday - 12th July, 2016
I intend to play the coeliactivist role with cheer and style
Arainy Monday morning in November is as good a time as any to find that your life has changed foreve...
Tuesday - 5th July, 2016
Hysteria ‘cure’ of bed rest more likely to kill than heal
Not that long ago bed rest seemed the answer to most ills. The standard period following a heart att...
Tuesday - 28th June, 2016
Many benefits to a wonder drug of ancient origins
Jim came to see me with his wife. The night before, he noticed some tingling in his right hand and s...
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