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From tonight until Friday, September 28.

At the Molesworth Gallery, at 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

A new exhibition called Treatment by Monika Crowley.

Monika writes:

[The exhibition] plays with the Irish tradition of expressing love through food: cooking for family, stocking the freezer for births and bereavements and the random foods considered acceptable and palatable for the sickbed. The work is rooted in personal experience, executed through the prism of a personal journey of illness and recovery.

The show runs for one week only and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Mater Foundation in aid of Breast Cancer Research. The subject matter is one that touches so many young women in Ireland today, I hope I can reach out and give some them some hope, and maybe even a smile.

Treatment (Molesworth Gallery)

A small scale study into the efficacy of cryoablation, where the needle-tip of a probe is frozen to -100°C and used to destroy tissue, has proved phenomenally successful in eliminating cancerous lung tumours. A treatment rather than a cure, the future potential of the technique appears bright.

The results of a study on cryoablation were presented at the 38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in New Orleans. The treatment has passed the first round of trials known as ECLIPSE (Evaluating Cryoablation of Metastatic Lung/Pleura Tumors in Patents — Safety and Efficacy) with astonishing results.

The process was tested on 22 patients with a combined total of 36 tumors who were given 27 cryoablation treatments. At a three month follow up, all of the patients’ tumors remained dead. At six months, five of the 22 patients’ tumors were examined and found to still be dead. The research is unclear on the status of the remaining 17 patients.


(Image: “Mr Freeze’ Warner bros)

Access to common procedures such as cataract surgery and varicose vein treatment is to be restricted under proposals from the State’s health watchdog.

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published a series of reports which propose specific thresholds to be met before a patient could avail of treatment for certain conditions in the hospital system.

The proposals, which were drawn up at the behest of the HSE, would radically reduce waiting lists. However, they may be interpreted as an attempt to massage the HSE’s performance figures. Last year, almost 50,000 patients were on waiting lists for elective procedures.

Less than seven episodes of tonsillitis in the last year? Too bad.

Worried about the look of those varicose veins? Get used to ’em.

Anything less than persistent and/or frequent upper respiratory tract symptoms? You’re keeping those adenoids, kid.


State planning to restrict access to surgical treatment (Paul Cullen, Irish Times)