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Scope is a multi-award winning medical magazine in Ireland. This blog shares some of the fascinating topics and people I get to write about in my position as senior journalist. I have a particular penchant for more quirky and unusual subjects!

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Latest Blog Posts for Scope

  • Patients and pharmacists feeling the pinch
    on Dec 11, 2012
    Reliance on community pharmacists for health advice and help meeting the expense of medicines is an ever-growing phenomenon around the country as the recession vice tightens and many struggle to afford basic healthcare.More than 90% of pharmacists ha...
  • Pharmacists can help with depression
    on Dec 11, 2012
    The Irish have a hard time opening up when they’re feeling down. Depression is still a difficult subject for people to talk about in this country, with one in five (20%) admitting in a national survey that they are embarrassed to discuss depression...
  • Placebo - an underrated treatment?
    on Sep 20, 2012
    If you thought the placebo effect was all in the mind, think again. A placebo is traditionally defined as a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect or in...
  • Journey to the other side
    on Sep 19, 2012
    The indomitable spirit of Dr Kate GrangerI am surprised how often our conversation is lifted by her laughter. The spontaneous cheerful bursts are unexpected. Dr Kate Granger is terminally ill with a rare and highly aggressive type of sarcoma, yet som...
  • The surgeon-major and the Coachford poisoning case
    on Sep 10, 2012
    After the untimely death of his first wife, the hasty remarriage of Dr Philip Cross to his pretty young governess raised eyebrows in 19th-century Cork. The subsequent exhumation of the late Mrs Cross revealed evidence of poisoning that led to the dea...
  • One asthma death too many
    on Aug 24, 2012
    Tisha Smith 1993 - 2008One person dies every week in Ireland from asthma. It's a shocking statistic and despite improvements over the years in asthma management and patient awareness, this tragic statistic remains unchanged.There is no loss more...
  • Diverting care of minor ailments
    on Jun 13, 2012
    The old model of healthcare provision in Ireland is in flux; the powers-that-be are advocating a shift to treatment at ‘the lowest level of complexity’ with GPs being asked to man the front lines in the care of chronic diseases as our hospital se...
  • Fighting Cancer Fatigue
    on Jun 13, 2012
    “I'm like a Lexus with a one-gallon tank: Wherever I go and whatever I do, I run out of gas while others - even my 81-year-old mother - are still going strong. It's more than just being sleepy; I am headachy and irritable. By mid afternoon, my IQ s...
  • The big-screen picture
    on Apr 3, 2012
    With more monthly visits to pharmacies than to any other element of the primary healthcare services in Ireland, the potential to roll out screening is immense, writes Eimear VizeWhen it comes to your health, sometimes what you don’t know can hurt y...
  • Pod weighs in to aid healthProfessor Louise Kenny standing by the Pea PodAs obesity levels in Ireland rise, assessing neonatal body composition with the sophisticated Pea Pod instrument could have a major impact on the health of the nation, writes Eimear Vize  We are...
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