RCSIsmj 4th Edition Cover
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Director’s Welcome
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RCSI Prize
RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge 2011/2012
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RCSI Ethics Challenge
RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge winner 2010
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Original Articles
The influence of cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus serostatus on haemoglobin levels and erythropoietin-stimulating agent responsiveness in patients on the transplant list with stage 5 chronic kidney disease
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The prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus on metformin
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The role of opioid receptors in mechanical and thermal pain
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Case Reports
Primary peritoneal carcinoma: an uncommon entity
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Ring-enhancing tumefactive multiple sclerosis
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Review Articles
Editors’ pick: Total artificial heart transplants: future or biding time?
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Subintimal angioplasty in critical limb ischaemia: a literature review
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Can magnesium sulphate provide neuroprotection in preterm infants? A literature review
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Cancer stem cell theory and emerging clinical application
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Staff Reviews
A practical approach to the physiotherapy assessment and treatment of conversion disorders
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Child’s play: an insight into paediatric physiotherapy in Ireland
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The surgical safety checklist
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eHealth: Ireland’s approach to medicine in the digital age
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Cultural competence: an overview of the health needs of the Irish Traveller community
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A review of abortion in Ireland
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RCSI Bahrain
Visible and near-infrared absorption properties of blood from sickle cell patients and normal individuals
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RCSI perspective
Physician-assisted suicide: the right to life or the right to death?
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The yin and yang of pharmaceutical companies
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A week in ‘Emergency’
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The cost of living with and dying of AIDS in Tanzania
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An investigation into the effects of anti-oxidants on platelet reactivity
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Hippocampal astrogliosis and neuronal cell loss in an experimental P10 neonatal model of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy
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Staff for 2010-2011 Issue

Executive Committee
Director – Erik Vakil
Vice Director – Alan Carew
Chief Editor – Rowena Almeida
Senior Editor – Anas Sarhan
Junior Editor – Eoin Kelleher

Peer Review Team
Director – Neil Fennelly
Emily Kuhlmann
James Regan
Ashley Freeman
Paul Kinsella
Rebecca Wolfe
Jennifer Horgan
Shane Crilly
Shabbir Mewa
Abir Zainal
Munir Tarazi

Staff writers
Aideen Henry
Aine Glennon
Ankit Kapur
Keith Pilson
Rohini Boddu
Geneva Weiglein

Web designer
Mary Ma

RCSIsmj Bahrain
Gurleen Bhatia
Sameer Kassim

Specialists team
Education Officer – Eva Forman
International Liaison – Naude du Plessis

Public relations
Director – Melisa Hamidon
Lowla Al Obaid
Shivraj Riar
Neha Kapila
Therese Boland

The Alumni Office and Louise Sherwin
Professor Gerry McElvaney and the Department of Medicine

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Editorial: Ann-Marie Hardiman and Paul O’Grady