24-hour test predicts breast cancer’s likely response to chemotherapy

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A new test has been developed which can predict whether a breast cancer patient will respond to chemotherapy within 24-hours of starting treatment, thus sparing her unnecessary treatment and side effects, according to… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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Today’s recipe is a repost from a few months ago. It features watercress, one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by human beings. It contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid,… Continue reading

Top eight cancer signs pinpointed

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The eight unexplained symptoms most closely linked to cancer have been highlighted by researchers at Keele University. The team also points to the age at which patients should be most concerned by the… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when… Continue reading

Reflections on living and dying

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Christine Murphy-Whyte Yesterday I attended the funeral of Christine Murphy-Whyte. It was understandably a sad occasion, but also a celebration of her life and the legacy she leaves behind. Her influence extended beyond… Continue reading

Christine Murphy Whyte

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  It is with the deepest sadness that I write of the passing of Christine Murphy Whyte, chairperson of Europa Donna Ireland, the Irish Breast Cancer Campaign.  Christine was a tireless campaigner for evidence-based, best practice… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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I was looking through the archive of poems here for one that speaks particularly to me during this difficult time, and I found myself lingering on Rumi’s The Guest House. I am very… Continue reading

Time to take off the mask – again

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   I am reposting this from last December. I have just returned from a hospital admission for another miscarriage this week and I wanted to repost by way of explanation for why I… Continue reading

The Lady with the Lamp

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Florence Nightingale, who died 100 years ago this week, is popularly remembered as “the Lady with the Lamp” (from her habit of making rounds at night), who did heroic work nursing wounded soldiers… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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I came across a recipe for this light summery salad recently and thought it sounded delicious. Unfortunately our Irish summer seems to have disappeared but if it makes a reappearance these grilled peaches,… Continue reading