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CERUMEN is a wax-like substance that lubricates the external auditory canal (EAC). It is produced in the outer third of the EAC and forms through a mixture of secretions from a number of sebaceous and apocrine glands.1 It is important for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Wax impaction is a common...Read more
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) includes unstable angina and the two categories of myocardial infarction (MI); ST elevated and non-ST elevated MI.1 These conditions are associated with reduced coronary perfusion, thereby indicating the importance of early diagnosis and risk stratiﬁcation to guide management and...Read more
The adolescent years can be a time of major changes and challenges, both for the young people concerned and the GPs who treat them. We undertook research to investigate the frequency and reasons for the attendance of teenagers at our practice in Ballymun, Co Dublin. The results showed that there was a marked...Read more
Childhood overweight is a major health issue. This paper describes research conducted with Irish GPs on their role in childhood overweight. The role of GPs remains undefined, is agreed to be important, and is directly referred to in policy, and a growing body of research. We explore the role of the GP through...Read more
A delayed prescription is one that is given to a patient or patient’s carer for an appropriate antibiotic (in the case of this research). It is not meant to be used unless symptoms worsen or do not start to settle in the expected timescale.
The delayed prescription has often been described as a method of...Read more