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Comments Off on Cannabis for arthritis. What’s the story?

Despite the fact that herbal cannabis is being used by many patients for arthritis symptom relief, and although the medical use of cannabis has been legalised in certain countries, most doctors (including me) know very little about the subject. This years American College of Rheumatology meeting included an excellent and timely update which could be …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Only one more sleep

Every year around this time, I begin to get excited about travelling to the annual scientific meeting for my specialty in the US. The schoolboy in me sees the journey as a kind of adventure, a grown-up’s version of a school trip abroad. I always pack my bag a little earlier than is necessary, make …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on An orthopaedic guide to the Kama Sutra

Not being able to have sex, or struggling to enjoy it because of arthritis is a big deal to a lot of people. 50% of our patients with hip arthritis will have some difficulty having sex as a result of pain and stiffness and 20% of those who end up having a hip replacement have …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Life long learning using new technologies

This week I gave a presentation to the Irish Society for Rheumatology on how I learn using new technologies. This information is primarily directed at rheumatologists but may be of use to anyone interested in keeping up to date with the rheumatology world. The lists are intended as an introduction. If you think I have …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Help Macnas Fundit!

Every year the streets of Galway are brought to life by the energy, wildness and fun of the annual Macnas parade. It is an important part of the ritual and culture of our city and gives everyone in our community the opportunity to come together, participate in something really unique, and show the rest of …Read the Rest

In the beginning it happens out of necessity. Even the best prepared junior doctor regularly finds themselves in situations where they are completely out of their depth and where they have no option but to wing it – to pretend they have the knowledge, to know how to react, or to simply pretend they have …Read the Rest

Two Hands

Sep 03

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In: Blog, Musicians Health, Videos

Comments Off on Two Hands

If you have a spare 18 minutes, you could do a lot worse than watch this profoundly moving documentary about the concert pianist, Leon Fleisher. Fleisher’s early career was devastated by the development of a rare neurological disorder known as finger dytsonia. The movie, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Ping Pong – The Movie.

The late comedian, Bill hicks has a hilarious routine on the perils growing old. Although its probably best not reproduce the actual wording here, he remarks how, if he were to be given extra years in life (he wasn’t), he’d rather have them in the middle of his life rather than at the end. He …Read the Rest

This year my wife and I decided to compile a list of all of the holidays we’ve had since we had kids. Its a nice list and we’re lucky to have travelled as well as we have. I always get excited about going. There’s the anticipation of down-time away from work (and other peoples’ problems), …Read the Rest

 “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” (Pascal)  So this week I spent an hour of my time listening to a recording of silence. The silence I listened to was from a 3 track CD called Anail (Anail – the Irish word for ‘breath’). It is a series …Read the Rest