Patients suffer as 100 psychiatric posts remain unfilled, consultants warn

first_imgPatients in need of mental health services are being ‘more unwell’ due to long waiting times in Ireland, according to consultant campaigners.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association claims that 100 permanent psychiatric consultant posts across Ireland’s mental health services are currently either empty or only temporarily filled. The lack of available psychiatrists to treat patients is restricting timely access to much needed services for patients, and resulting in patients becoming more unwell, needing more medications and requiring hospital admission, the IHCA has warned. Recent HSE figures for the first three months of 2019 show that 2,498 children and 3,764 adults were waiting to access to mental health services, while one-in-four of all children and adults referred to these services are not seen within the recommended 12 weeks.The latest figures for Donegal showed that, in October 2018, 240 children across the local region were waiting on an initial Mental Health Services assessments following GP referral.Nine of those children had been on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or ‘CAMHS’, waiting list for over nine months while a further eight children have been waiting over a year to receive an appointment.Dr Donal O’Hanlon, a psychiatrist and president of the IHCA, said:“The consultant crisis is severely impacting on the delivering of health services to many of our most vulnerable people. It is now the ‘new norm’ that many consultant psychiatrist posts advertised nationally either have no applicants or only one applicant”. “This leads to two outcomes – these posts remain indefinitely empty or non-specialists are temporarily appointed to specialist psychiatry posts. Both are contrary to the delivery of safe and timely mental health services.”Dr O’Hanlon has called on the Minister for Health to address the consultant crisis. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Selena Pillay also noted her first-hand experience of long waiting times for patients with mental health problems: “They [patients] become more unwell, need more medications and they also require hospital admissions. This is not good for patients; we need to get them at an earlier stage of their illness.”   Patients suffer as 100 psychiatric posts remain unfilled, consultants warn was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:mental healthlast_img read more

Curry’s broken hand offers Warriors moonshot at high lottery pick

first_imgSteph Curry’s broken second metacarpal may be a death knell for a Warriors team that already looked mostly listless in four games this year.But it could also be a boon for the Warriors to slingshot into the future.The Warriors will retain their 2020 first-round pick if it falls in the top 20 selections of the draft. That’s looking increasingly likely, as their playoff odds plummeted with Curry’s injury Wednesday night.If they miss the postseason and end up in the lottery, they’ll have …last_img

Harnessing Cellular Machines for Humans

first_imgThe cell is loaded with molecular machines, so why reinvent the wheel?  or the whole truck?  Martin G. L. van den Heuvel and Cees Dekker wrote in Science that engineers ought to put the existing technology to work.1 The biological cell is equipped with a variety of molecular machines that perform complex mechanical tasks such as cell division or intracellular transport.  One can envision employing these biological motors in artificial environments.  We review the progress that has been made in using motor proteins for powering or manipulating nanoscale components.  In particular, kinesin and myosin biomotors that move along linear biofilaments have been widely explored as active components.  Currently realized applications are merely proof-of-principle demonstrations.  Yet, the sheer availability of an entire ready-to-use toolbox of nanosized biological motors is a great opportunity that calls for exploration.It’s time to put these ready and willing workhorses to work.  Their illustration shows diagrams of ATP synthase and a bacterial flagellum, kinesin, dynein, myosin and RNA polymerase.  Of the flagellum, they said, “This powerful motor, assembled from more than 20 different proteins, is driven by an inward proton flux that is converted by several torque-generating stators into a rotary motion of the cylindrical rings and central shaft.”    They reviewed the various motors and experiments to date to harness and control them.  Some day we might use cellular motors to sort, assemble, concentrate or manufacture materials on demand.  Or, we might try to copy them from scratch with our own building blocks.  But why do that?  “The small size and force-exerting capabilities of motor proteins and the range of opportunities for specific engineering give them unique advantages over current human-made motors,” they said.  The sky is the limit; the field seems limited only by our own imaginations.  “Upon studying and using biomotors, we will gather a lot of knowledge that is of interest to biology, material science, and chemistry, and it is reasonable to expect spin-offs for medicine, sensors, electronics, or engineering,” they concluded.  “The exploration of biomotors in technology will thus remain an interdisciplinary playground for many years to come.”    Oh, one other thing.  They did make a quick comment about where these machines came from.  Here is paragraph two of their article:A huge amount of biological research in recent decades has spurred the realization that the living cell can be viewed as a miniature factory that contains a large collection of dedicated protein machines (1)2.  Consider the complicated tasks that a single cell can perform: It can create a full copy of itself in less than an hour; it can proofread and repair errors in its own DNA, sense its environment and respond to it, change its shape and morphology, and obtain energy from photosynthesis or metabolism, using principles that are similar to solar cells or batteries.  All this functionality derives from thousands of sophisticated proteins, optimized by billions of years of evolution.  At the moment, we can only dream of constructing machines of similar size that possess just a fraction of the functionality of these natural wonders.While we’re on the subject, let’s look at a cellular device that recently got more praise: the cilium.  This little rod-like projection on most cells is doing more work than previously thought.  “Appreciation is now growing for primary cilia,” said Christenson and Ott in Science,3 primary cilia being “the nonmotile counterparts, present as a single copy on the surface of most cell types in our body.”    If primary cilia don’t beat and wave like the moving kind, what do they do?  Well, for one thing, “they function as unique antenna-like structures, probing the extracellular environment for molecules that are recognized by the receptors they bear.  This sensory function allows primary cilia to coordinate numerous intercellular signaling pathways that regulate growth, survival, and differentiation of cells during embryonic development and maintenance of healthy tissues.”  New research shows that a suite of molecules move in a coordinated fashion in and out of the cilium, creating a powerful switch by which cells can turn on and off a set of signaling pathways.  That’s pretty cool for an complex antenna previously thought to be nothing more than a little bitty hair on a tiny cell.41Martin G. L. van den Heuvel and Cees Dekker, “Motor Proteins at Work for Nanotechnology,” Nature 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, pp. 333-336, DOI: 10.1126/science.1139570.2This reference was to Bruce Alberts’ 1998 paper that made a similar statement, calling the study of molecular machines the “biology of the future” (see 01/09/2002).3Søren Tvorup Christensen and Carolyn Marie Ott, “Cell Signaling: A Ciliary Signaling Switch,” Science, 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, pp. 330-331, DOI: 10.1126/science.1146180.4The ones that move are way cool: see 12/19/2005, 03/12/2001.So, “thousands of sophisticated proteins, optimized by billions of years of evolution.”  Gimme a BREAK!(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

32 teams, 32 World Cup base camps

first_img25 February 2010Fifa has released a list of base camps for the 32 teams participating in the 2010 World Cup, with hosts Bafana Bafana to be based at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel and to train at Sandown High School in Johannesburg.Fourteen other teams will be in Gauteng province along with Bafana Bafana, while six teams will be based in KwaZulu-Natal, four in the Western Cape, three in North West province and one each in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.Other teams that will be based in and around Johannesburg include Honduras at the Indaba Hotel, Mexico at Thaba ya Batswana, Netherlands at the Hilton Sandton, North Korea at the Protea Hotel Midrand, Serbia at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, and Slovenia at the Hyde Park Southern Sun.Teams to be based around Pretoria include Argentina, at the High Performance Centre, Germany at the Velmore Hotel in Centurion, Italy at the Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria, Slovakia at the Villas Luxury Suite Hotel, and the United States at the Irene Country Lodge.Australia will be based at the Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift on the West Rand, New Zealand at Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo International Airport, and Switzerland at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark, to the south of Johannesburg.Those that will be based in KwaZulu-Natal province include Algeria at the Monduzur in San Lameer, Cameroon at the Oyster Box in Umhlanga, Greece at the Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks, Ivory Coast at the Riverside Hotel and Spa in Durban, Nigeria at the Hampshire in Durban, Paraguay at Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands, and Portugal at the Valley Lodge in Hillcrest.The Western Cape will play host to Brazil at the Fairway in Cape Town, Denmark at the Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna, France at the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna, and Japan at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George.Teams that will be based in North West province include England at the Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg, Spain at North West University campus in Potchefstroom, and South Korea at the Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg.Provinces that will host only a single team include Mpumalanga, with Chile based at the Ingwenyama Conference Centre; the Eastern Cape, with Ghana based at Rhoode Valley; and the Northern Cape, with Uruguay based at the Protea Hotel Kimberley.Fifa says the list is subject to change, as teams could still move their base camps.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more