Antibiotic overuse in women undergoing miscarriage surgery
Antibiotic use in treating women undergoing miscarriage surgery is being examined after a large-scale international trial has questioned their efficacy in avoiding potentially fatal pelvic infection in patients.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the trial by the University of Birmingham investigated whether giving a preventative single dose of inexpensive and widely available antibiotics to women prior to surgery reduces the risk of pelvic infection.
Miscarriage surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out around the world.
The results of the trial showed that the practice did not result in a significant reduction in pelvic infection within 14 days post-surgery. However, when a strict international definition of pelvic infection was used, antibiotics were beneficial.
Minding the mind lecture series
Coping with empty nest syndrome is one of the issues to be explored in the first of a series of free public lectures on 'Minding the Mind' beginning in St John of God Hospital, Dublin, next week.
The mental health programme, which runs from March 25 until April 15, will see senior clinicians address topics such as how young people view their mental health, how to age in the modern world, and how to protect your personal health and well-being.
The lecture series will take place from 8pm to 9.30pm on Monday evenings, no preregistration required. Log on to stjohnofgodhospital.ie
Asthma inhaler misuse leading to unnecessary deaths
Two out of three of Ireland's 470,000 people with asthma may be aggravating their condition unknowingly through incorrect use of their inhalers, according to research from the Asthma Society of Ireland. It found that more than one person dies every week in Ireland from asthma and 90pc of these deaths are preventable.
Asthma Society CEO Sarah O'Connor said that consistently poor inhaler technique leads to a partial delivery of medication and poor symptom control.
"Many people with asthma may not be aware that poor inhaler technique could be making their condition worse," she said.
"We have a range of asthma technique videos available on asthma.ie - covering every device available on the Irish market. We encourage both people with asthma and healthcare professionals to use these videos to ensure their inhaler technique is correct. This can make a huge difference."
Throughout the month of March, all Irish Pharmacy Union pharmacies will be offering free inhaler technique advice to their customers.
For asthma management advice, the Asthma Society runs a free Joint Asthma & COPD Adviceline - call 1800 44 54 64.