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Europe offers a vast array of high quality healthcare options.

Overall, Switzerland is regarded as one of the most advanced countries for medicine. It has two major research centres at the University of Bern and the University of Zurich. The best hospital in the world is regarded as Charité in Berlin, Germany, according to a major study by Newsweek last year. But it’s not all…

The world is experiencing wars in Europe and in the Middle East and the impacts are many.

War can have severe health effects, both direct and indirect. Direct effects include injuries, trauma, and deaths caused by violence. Indirect effects involve displacement, disrupted access to healthcare, spread of diseases in crowded conditions, and psychological impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Also wars often lead to the destruction of infrastructure, hindering the delivery of…

Welcome to what will probably be the most expensive hospital ever built.

At over €2.5 billion and counting, the new National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin has been delayed by years and dogged by controversy. The project has become a political and financial nightmare. The new hospital is due to be finished late next year but will then have to be fitted…

What do you think is the most commonly prescribed drug in Ireland by doctors?

It’s about cholesterol – and the drug to lower your blood-cholesterol called Atorvastatin. In fact, cholesterol lowering drugs are the most commonly prescribed drugs world wide. The next most commonly prescribed drug is for treating excess stomach acid using a drug called Omeprazole. Millions of these drugs are prescribed every year, in Ireland, to public…

There have been some spectacular advances in surgery in recent years.

Two of the big ones are robotic surgery and wireless connectivity. Telesurgery involves both technologies. Using telesurgery, surgeons can operate surgical robotic instruments from anywhere in the world with wireless networks. With surgery, there is no room for error, yet doctors are human and mistakes can happen. Robotic surgery helps doctors to improve precision, control…

The Spanish health system is rated among the top ten in the world. 

The Spanish health system is rated among the top ten in the world. The World Health Organisation places it 7th in the world. That is quite impressive given it is a country with over 47 million people, compared to over 5.5 million people in Ireland. The Spanish system is regarded as first in the world for…