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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Pediatric Complex Care RCSIsmj staff writer Stephanie Tung

Posted: April 17, 2017 at 11:18 PM   /   Blog, News

Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a fast growing group of heterogeneous children who face substantial clinical obstacles in their journey through the health care system. CMC are increasing in prevalence likely due to the medical successes in survivorship of premature infants (1), those born with congenital anomalies (2) and/or chronic conditions (3) as well […]

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A new high: fentanyl RCSIsmj staff writer Julia Hunter

Posted: March 20, 2017 at 5:42 PM   /   Blog

In the United States, synthetic opioid deaths increased 79% from 2013 to 2014 and the number of drug products seized which tested positive for fentanyl increased by 426% during the same period.(1) Recent years have seen fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, contribute significantly to rising mortality rates due to opioid overdose and fentanyl-contaminated heroin use.(2) Due […]

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Lullabies and Cuddles for NICU Preemies RCSIsmj staff writer Samar Atteih

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM   /   Blog, News

Premature infants often spend large amounts of time in hospital NICUs, requiring a number of painful procedures. It’s well documented that premature infants are capable of experiencing even higher levels of pain than full term neonates do, due to immature nervous systems. However, doctors are often hesitant to prescribe analgesia due to relative lack of […]

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Running Ahead of the Clock: Neurological Benefits of Endurance Running RCSIsmj staff writer Alexandra Mitcham

Posted: January 13, 2017 at 9:16 PM   /   Blog, News

As we roll into 2017, many of us are resolving to lace up our runners in the hopes of making exercise a regular part of the daily grind. While many of the health benefits of running are well known, research recently published from the University of Arizona may have uncovered benefits of running outside of […]

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Frogs, Chinese Emperors and Cryonics: The False Science of Immortality RCSIsmj senior staff writer Daniel O’Reilly

Posted: December 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM   /   Blog, News

On November 18th this year, a girl in the UK who was dying of terminal cancer won a court case allowing her to have her body cryogenically frozen, in the hope that she could be revived in the future when a cure for her cancer (and presumably death) will have been discovered1. Cryonics, or the […]

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Uprooted: Responding to Refugee Healthcare Needs RCSIsmj staff writer Danyal Zaman Khan

Posted: November 14, 2016 at 6:09 PM   /   Blog, News

Today’s medical interventions have reached a new level of sophistication, allowing us to push the boundaries of health outcomes we can provide for our patients. However, many subsets of the world’s population are yet to benefit from such advancements, and instead, require us to provide a different dynamic of healthcare. Multinational states of political and […]

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Generation ‘M’ – RCSIsmj Staff Writer Samar Atteih

Posted: October 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM   /   Blog, News

It’s no surprise that the media dominates the waking hours of most children and adolescents. The use of cellphones, video games, television and the internet have increased dramatically over the past decade with the average adolescent spending up to 8 hours per day accessing various forms of media (1), leading to the moniker ‘generation M’. […]

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‘Getting your Bell rung’: Is concussion the Death Knell for Contact Sports? – RCSIsmj senior staff writer Daniel O’Reilly

Posted: November 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM   /   Blog

We have been treated to a glut of sporting festivities over the last several months- Rugby World Cup, Football European Qualifiers and World Championships in Boxing that have all had strong Irish representation. However, an issue that has surrounded all these contests is the occurrence of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).1While […]

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CRISPR-Cas9: the new golden child of genetic engineering – RCSIsmj staff writer Vincent Healy

Posted: October 15, 2015 at 11:34 PM   /   Blog, News

Lauded as the biggest game-changer since PCR, the humble enzyme Cas9 (CRISPR-associated nuclease 9) is keeping molecular biologists awake at night. CRISPR-Cas9 is the latest genetic engineering technique using site-directed cleaving enzymes as ‘molecular scissors’. Cas9 is an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease, while CRISPRs are viral nucleic acid sequences which have been incorporated into bacterial genomes. […]

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