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Captive at home for Christmas

Conor O’Sullivan, who lives with his wife Ann between Corofin and Ruan in Cooga, has had a quiet Christmas. Too quiet.   A paraplegic who has been confined to a wheelchair for 26 years, Conor has been stuck in his house since December 21. Although his wife had a supply of medical supplies stocked up and he only had to do without antibiotics following an infection, Conor O’Sullivan ended 2009 and began the New Year completely demoralised. “There was no way we could get out from our house. It was just pure ice on both sides of our drive and it was just impossible to drive down to the main road,” he told The Clare Champion on Tuesday. “I’ve been in a wheelchair for the last 26 years due to cancer of the spine. I’m totally wheelchair-bound and I rely on my car,” he added. Along with having to stay in his house for the Christmas, Conor also missed out …

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North Clare scientist leads team to breast cancer breakthrough

GROUNDBREAKING research by a team of scientists at NUI Galway led by a North Clare man could result in early detection and better tracking of breast cancer, it was revealed this week.   Kilnamona professor Michael Kerin headed the team that looked at the role of MicroRNAs in breast cancer. For the first time, the work shows that MicroRNAs are measurable in the blood of breast cancer patients and the levels of mir195 in particular, suggests that it is a breast cancer specific tumour marker.  Professor Kerin led the research, presented by Dr Helen Heneghan and co-authored by Dr Nicola Miller and Dr John Newell. The work shows that microRNAs are measurable in the blood of breast cancer patients, that levels of certain miRNAs drop after breast tumours are surgically removed and that mir195 is likely to be a breast cancer specific tumour marker.  The novelty involves a modification of standard techniques allowing these little molecules to be reliably measured …

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Ups and downs for South Galway in 2009

Review Flooding in South Galway and across the country in late November caused widespread disruption and damage. As well as costing millions of euro to local authorities, the deluge resulted in flood damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure, buildings and rendered thousands of acres of farmland inaccessible or unusable. The flooding caused closures of sections of the N18 Galway to Limerick Road and detours were implemented for motorists.

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