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New Research Paper Highlights Inequity in Anomaly Scan Offering

A NEW research paper published by the Irish Medical Journal, which was co-written by a South East Clare obstetrician, has revealed pregnant women living outside of Dublin only have a 38% chance of being offered an anomaly scan in the public system. Parteen native Dr Karen McNamara is a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology and a clinical research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Cork. She was involved in compiling the recently-published research, Maternity Ultrasound in the Republic of Ireland 2016; A Review. Dr McNamara noted the number of women being offered an anomaly scan outside of Dublin stands at 38%, a number that has remained largely unchanged despite it being highlighted in previous pieces of research in 2007, 2012 and 2013. She said the review she conducted with Dr Deirdre Hayes Ryan, Dr Noirin Russell, Professor Louise Kenny and Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, showed an inequity in the service that pregnant women are receiving; most notably, that 100% of public patients are being offered the anomaly scan if they attend maternity services in Dublin but only 38% are offered it elsewhere in the country. …

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Life after prostate cancer

MARK Bowers was shocked when consultant urological surgeon, Garrett Durkan looked him in the eye in the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre, Limerick and confirmed he had prostate cancer.

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New era blowing for Cnoc na Gaoithe

A BUILDING with a 130-year history in Tulla has been transformed over the past three years from a shell to a community asset. It preserves not only the building’s heritage but also the music and history of the locality. 

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Progressive pastor inspired by North Clare

INSPIRED by the works of John O’Donohue, American pastor Reverend Ed Bacon sat in a room overlooking the Burren and Galway Bay for a month in 2010 writing the first drafts of his book, 8 Habits of Love. Last week, he was leading a retreat in a hot and humid Mississippi but this week, he is having a retreat of his own and launching that book back on the rocky North Clare coast.

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Jordan’s team talk inspires Share A Dream team

HE might not have given them the ‘hairdryer treatment’ but five-year-old Jordan Perez certainly helped inspire the Share A Dream soccer team at the weekend’s Jeff Power Soccer tournament.

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Making a bee-line for native honey

With one in every three mouthfuls pollinated by honey bees, food would become unaffordable without them. John Rainsford talks to Frank Considine, Clare representative of the newly formed Native Irish Honey Bee Society, who hums the praise of the unsung heroes of Irish agriculture  

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Survey shows rise in hotel room bookings

CROWE Horwath, who are leading advisors to the Irish Hotel sector, has launched its 18th annual survey, which showed improvements in the West of Ireland in terms of room occupancy.

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Cliffs’ visitor numbers up 10.5%

THE Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience recorded a 10.5% increase in visitor numbers between January and June, compared to the same six-month period in 2012.

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