Sherif Sultan

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Hundreds of patients wait months to get out of hospital, at great expense to the taxpayer and inconvenience to the hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The conventional wisdom has it that the Irish health system needs thousands of extra beds in order to rid itself of chronic problems such as the troll(...)

The new HSE figures also showed five out of every 10 children admitted to hospital similarly spent one night or fewer in a bed before being discharged. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three out of every 10 patients admitted to hospital are discharged within 24 hours or under, according to new figures that senior doctors say point to(...)

Claims of benefit from statin trials have “virtually disappeared” since new regulations were introduced in 2005. Photograph: iStock

There is no evidence that high levels of total cholesterol or of “bad” cholesterol cause heart disease, according to a new paper by 17 international p(...)

A new study does not support the widespread use in healthy older people of statins as cholesterol reducing drugs, in order to prevent heart disease and stroke.

A new study does not support the widespread use in healthy older people of statins as cholesterol reducing drugs, in order to prevent heart disease an(...)

The statins industry rests on the unproven cholesterol hypothesis: that eating saturated fat raises blood cholesterol concentrations, which clogs coronary arteries, inducing CVD.

In 2016, when Ireland’s State-funded sector spent almost €50 million on cholesterol-lowering statins – the world’s most prescribed drug – was the mone(...)

Abduraheem Duidi, from Crumlin, was shot in Tripoli and is  receiving treatment at University Hospital Galway

A young Irish man who had a foot amputated after being shot in Libya has expressed his sadness at the Government’s refusal to fund his medical evacuat(...)

Abdu Raheem with his mother Patricia Fitzpatrick: Raheem was shot in both legs in Libya

Abduraheem Duibi, an English teacher in Libya, was in a car with work colleagues when it was fired upon by local militia on Saturday, March 4th. Mr D(...)

Patricia Fitzpatrick with her son Abduraheem Duibi who was caught in crossfire in Libya and shot in both legs: after nearly three weeks the family raised enough money to fly him out to hospital in Galway but it was too late to save his foot

The family of a young Irishman who was shot in Libya has criticised the Department of Foreign Affairs for failing to fund an air ambulance, saying the(...)

Quarter of a million Irish people use statins to lower their cholesterol.

Irish specialists have given a mixed reaction to a major review of statins that says the benefits of the cholesterol-busting drugs have been underesti(...)

Patrick Canning

Patrick Canning (21), from Oranmore, Co Galway, is about to start his fourth year studying medicine at NUI Galway. He also considered veterinary medic(...)

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