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16 April 2014
Paper predicts major increase in GP visits with introduction of free care for children under six

A paper published in this month’s Irish Medical Journal predicts an estimated three-quarters of a million extra GP visits per year with the introduction of free GP care for children under six. The study examined 1931 children at six practices selected to be comparable to Ireland’s national population and evaluated the current landscape in service demand and expected impact of the new programme due to be rolled out in June of this year.
 
The study found… 15 April 2014
UL researcher is only Irish candidate to receive coveted place on US cancer research fellowship

University of Limerick PhD graduate, Dr. Claire Meaney has been awarded a prestigious fellowship position on the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme, based in the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Maryland, USA. Dr. Meaney is the only Irish candidate to have secured a place on this programme in 2014 and the first UL graduate to receive this fellowship.

Speaking about the significance of the award, Dr Meaney said; “Latest figures predict 1 in… 14 April 2014

UL Study Shows GPs Have Less Confidence in Generic Medicines Than Pharmacists

94% of GPs and 89% of pharmacists reported receiving complaints from patients related to use of generic medicines.

12% of GPs, but only 2% of pharmacists, believed generics do not work as well as originator medicines.

More than twice as many GPs (15%) as pharmacists (7%) would prefer to take originator medications for themselves rather then generics.

Spending on pharmaceuticals in Ireland is high, the highest in the EU per capita in 2010. For example, the annual cost of medicines… 14 April 2014

Male Dominance in Management Positions in Irish Universities

An extensive study of university senior management by University of Limerick sociology professor, Pat O’Connor, has found that 81 per cent of those in senior management in Irish public universities are men.
In explaining this, Professor O’Connor found that the majority of senior management saw women as ‘the problem’.  As they saw it, women lacked career ambition; they were poor at marketing themselves, they lacked political skills and had lifestyles that were… 13 April 2014

UL Student wins National Journalist of the Year Award

BA Journalism and New Media Student, Fintan Walsh has been awarded Journalist of the Year – National Press award at the Oxygen Student Media (SMedias) awards. Fintan received the award for his investigative and health features which he undertook as part of his Cooperative Education Placement with the Limerick Leader. 
 
Speaking on receiving his award, Fintan said; “I would like to thank the Limerick Leader Editor, Alan English and Deputy Editor,…