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Flu claims first victims of winter as three patients die and virus begins to spread

Flu has claimed its first victims this winter with three deaths from the virus, including two fatalities last week. The tragic winter illness toll comes as the HSE reported flu was now “actively circulating in the community”. All of the deaths this winter have occurred in people aged 65 and older, according to the disease watchdog, the Health Protection Surveillance […]

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Is ivermectin safe during pregnancy?

Is it safe to give ivermectin to pregnant women? In order to answer this question, researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa,” conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that reported cases of accidental exposure to the drug among pregnant women. The conclusion of the analysis, published in The Lancet Global […]

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South Carolina Is the 10th State to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

WASHINGTON — Although the courts have so far blocked President Trump’s attempts to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, his administration announced on Thursday that it would allow a 10th state, South Carolina, to condition Medicaid eligibility for many poor adults on proving that they work or engage in other activities, like volunteering. It is the first time the Trump […]

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Survival worse for nonwhite children with Hodgkin lymphoma

(HealthDay)—Among children with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) enrolled in phase III trials, nonwhite patients have an increased risk for death, according to a study published in the Nov. 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Justine M. Kahn, M.D., from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues used individual-level data from 1,605 patients (

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Breast cancer breakthrough as blood test can quickly match treatments

Smart blood test can identify whether women with aggressive breast cancer will respond to precision drugs, study finds The test detects traces of DNA in the blood that has been shed by the tumour The ‘liquid biopsy’ could save many from having painful tissue biopsies It was 95 per cent accurate, according to the study of 1,000 women  A smart […]

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'Let's live in the real world' – Dr Sumi Dunne explains to consume alcohol in a healthy way this festive season

As the Christmas party season wages on, so do the correlating hangovers. For every night out comes the corresponding physical – and increasingly mental – dread the next day to remind you of your previous night’s indulgence: the hangover. Dr Sumi Dunne, a Laois-based GP who is the medical expert on RTE’s Operation Transformation, explained the science behind your hangover […]

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See Kim Kardashian's 1st Sweet Shot of Cousins Stormi and Psalm

The perfect pair! Kim Kardashian posted a picture of her 7-month-old son, Psalm, with his cousin Stormi for the first time. “Stormi loves my Psalmy so much!” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 39, captioned a Wednesday, December 11, Instagram upload featuring the 22-month-old leaning in to kiss her baby boy. Kylie Jenner’s daughter rocked a bun and a […]

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Breast cancer patients could be spared weeks of gruelling radiotherapy

Thousands of breast cancer patients could be spared weeks of gruelling radiotherapy with a five-day course of a less aggressive treatment Traditional radiotherapy bathes the whole breast and takes up to six weeks A five-day course of partial breast irradiation is far less gruelling, scientists say Now a ten-year trial of the targeted approach has found it is just as […]

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Woman's bladder almost EXPLODES and has to be drained of three litres

Woman’s bladder almost EXPLODED and had to be drained of three litres of urine because of a rare condition that has left her unable to go to the toilet for five years Pollyanna Love, 23, has had near-constant bladder infections since age four At 18, she suddenly realised she couldn’t remember the last time she urinated  At A&E, doctors drained her […]

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Woman saved by colleagues after having brain haemorrhage at work Christmas party

Trudi Kemp was enjoying a chat with a colleague at a work Christmas party, a glass of wine in one hand and a plate of nibbles in the other. But within a few minutes, she had collapsed on the floor and was fighting for her life. At the time, Trudi, from Wimbledon, south west London, was working as executive director […]

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