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The Opioid Epidemic: what is it and how do we address it? Staff Writer – Maria Mikail

Posted: October 8, 2018 at 9:29 AM   /   Blog

Introduction According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 the United States of America (US) had 72,306 deaths occur due to drug overdoses; 49,068 (67.8%) of those deaths were secondary to opioids.1 On a daily basis, it is estimated that 115 people in the United States die due to opioid overdose.2 Internationally, the […]

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RCSIsmj & ICHAMS presents: Research in Healthcare Night

Posted: September 28, 2018 at 8:26 AM   /   News

SMJ & ICHAMS present “Research in Healthcare” – an informative evening to learn about getting involved with research at RCSI as well as some tips and tricks for securing your very own summer research position.   Come mingle with many ICHAMS and SMJ committee members who have lots of research experience and want to share […]

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Getting Published: the good, the bad and the ugly ICHAMS Social Media Officer – Clare Lambert

Posted: September 28, 2018 at 8:13 AM   /   Blog

Despite having been published, my relationship with research has been a challenge. It began during my undergraduate degree in Canada, when I worked in a neurobiology lab doing electrophysiology on snails. I spent hours looking down a microscope trying to stab single cells with a glass pipette. Each experiment took many hours and, sometimes, late […]

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RCSIsmj Volume 11: 2017-2018

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 5:31 PM   /   News

Editorial                    [HTML] [PDF] Director’s Welcome RCSI Ethics Challenge – RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge 2018/2019 – RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge winner 2017/18 Research Spotlight – Spotlight on research at RCSI – Prof. Peter Conlon Interview – The generalists Case Reports – Diagnositc dilemma: a rare cause of lower back pain Original Articles – When the brain goes quiet: […]

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RCSIsmj Staff Applications 2018-2019

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 4:47 PM   /   News

Applications for the 2018-2019 RCSIsmj staff are now open! We are recruiting for the following positions (please click each title to download the application form): Senior Editor Assistant Peer Review Director Peer Reviewer Executive Secretary Senior Staff Writer Staff Writer Public Relations Director of Education Education Officer Webmaster Assistant Detailed descriptions of each position can be […]

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Figuring it Out RCSIsmj staff writer Alexandra Mitcham

Posted: March 5, 2018 at 9:23 PM   /   Blog

No matter how much training health care professionals have in using the precise phrasing to describe a lesion, articulate symptoms, or present a case to consultants’ satisfaction, a picture is worth a thousand words. App Figure 1 has capitalized on this idiom; it is an application that acts as a platform for sharing clinical images […]

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants RCSIsmj staff writer Maria Mikail

Posted: January 1, 2018 at 8:44 PM   /   Blog

Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants Introduction and Epidemiology Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), occurring in 1 to 3 per 1000 live births, is the most common gastrointestinal emergency in preterm infants with a mortality of 30-50%.1-2 The disorder is characterised by a constellation of events including: ischemia of the intestinal mucosa, followed by inflammation, invasion of various […]

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Going Viral RCSIsmj staff writer Julia Hunter

Posted: December 11, 2017 at 4:44 PM   /   Blog

In the United States, approximately 90% of cervical cancers may be associated with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).(1) HPV has also been identified as a carcinogen for cancers of the penis, vulva, vagina, anus and oropharynx. A 2012 study found that 4.8% of cancers occurring globally can be attributed to HPV infection.(2) While there are over […]

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RCSIsmj Journal Club- Tuesday, November 14th

Posted: November 10, 2017 at 8:52 PM   /   Journal Club

Join RCSIsmj in welcoming Professor Arnold Hill, Chair of Surgery, who will be discussing two of his research papers. Research papers to be discussed: CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Population-based cohort study of variation in the use of emergency cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases. Br J Surg. 2016 Nov;103(12):1716-1726. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10288. Epub 2016 […]

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The sum of our parts RCSIsmj staff writer Katie Nolan

Posted: November 4, 2017 at 6:38 PM   /   Blog, Menu

The scientific and medical field have been buzzing with anticipation since Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero revealed plans for the first human head transplant in 2013. 1 As the proposed date for this pioneering work looms closer, December 2017, experts and critics have been weighing in heavily on the pitfalls and likely outcomes of a surgery […]

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