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first_imgWhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsResearch reveals a surge in awareness of importance of clinical trials in Ireland during Covid-19 pandemicBy Staff Reporter – December 16, 2020 152 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Twittercenter_img Email Previous articleA Beautiful Dance is set to be a Christmas hitNext articleNew Cardiology Procedure at UHL Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash New research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland shows that 73% agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of clinical trials.77% of participants in the research study affirmed that clinical trials are a good idea, rising to 87% amongst those who have had a cancer diagnosis.New research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland shows that 80% of people in Ireland understand the importance of clinical trials, an increase of 7% since 2009.New trial aimed at high-risk prostate cancer patients to open in Ireland in January 2021.NEW research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland (and Spark Market Research) has shown that 73% of the public agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of clinical trials.77% of participants in the research study affirmed that clinical trials are a good idea, rising to 87% amongst those who have had a cancer diagnosis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 80% of those surveyed claimed to have an understanding of the clinical trial process (an increase of 7% since a similar study in 2009), rising to 87% for those who have had a cancer diagnosis.1 in 2 people would now be open to participating in a trial themselves, with the majority of those respondents willing to participate being motivated to do so in order to contribute to the advancement of treatments and therapies.Cancer Trials Ireland, in partnership with the wider research community, are calling for the streamlining of the clinical trial approval process in Ireland.Eibhlín Mulroe, CEO of Cancer Trials Ireland, said: “The environment that we are living in today, with unprecedented levels of media coverage on clinical trials worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has undoubtedly brought about a wider understanding of the process behind the development of new treatments and therapies. It is very encouraging for us to see a considerable increase in the number of people that would be open to taking part in trials since 2009.There is a clear appreciation for how this process allows us to develop new and innovative treatments that could go on to save lives and reduce the burden of cancer for future generations.”The research also revealed that 63% of people being aware of Cancer Trials Ireland, attributed to the work of the late Pat Smullen, who raised €2.6m for pancreatic research in 2019.Meanwhile, last month Cancer Trials Ireland launched a petition calling for the Minister for Health and Department of Health to expedite amending and enacting all relevant legislation for Centralised National Research Ethics and increase ethical review capacity for all health research in Ireland. The petition has had almost 600 signatures to date.58% of the public recognise that trials undergo an ethical review process (up 8%1) and 62% agree trials have many safeguards in order to minimise risks.[i]“We are calling on the minister to expedite relevant legislation and centralise ethical approval urgently, by establishing one harmonised, central location to manage the process. Since ethics reviews were introduced at the turn of the century, the number of research applications seeking review has grown and grown while capacity to review them has not changed.“If we can’t put a definite timeline on how long the approval process takes, that impacts planning – and ultimately makes Ireland a less attractive location for research,” said Eibhlín Mulroe.Clinical Lead with Cancer Trials Ireland, Professor Ray McDermott said: “The critical importance of clinical trials has never been clearer. Our funders – including the Health Research Board, the Irish Cancer Society – have been crucial to this work. For people living with cancer in Ireland, access to trials can offer the opportunity to access treatments when the standard treatments are not working.”Seven in ten people (72%) agree that trials provide patients with access to treatments not otherwise available, and one in six people (15%) would participate in a trial to access such treatments.“It is very heartening to see such an acute understanding of the purpose of clinical trials among the public, because they are hitting the nail on the head –  the number one reason doctors open clinical trials is to access the newest treatments for their patients.The fact that 27% strongly agree with that, and 15% cite it as a reason for participating in a trial shows people have a strong grasp of that facts.”With new treatments and better patient outcomes at the forefront of the current and future trials being undertaken, in January 2021, a new clinical trial aimed at high-risk prostate cancer patients (DASL-HiCaP) will open in Ireland.Typically, high-risk prostate cancer is treated through a combination of treatments, namely: hormone deprivation, radiotherapy and the option of surgery, chemotherapy, or both.This trial is designed to see if adding a new well-tolerated hormonal therapy can help standard therapy and prevent high risk localised disease from spreading to other parts of the body. The trial will open in up to eight hospital sites around Ireland, with a target of recruiting at least 80 patients.The hope is that DASL-HiCaP might show new ways of improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer. More than 3,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Ireland. This means that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.Irish Cancer Society Director of Research Dr Robert O’Connor said: “We are delighted to be able to support this latest important project by Cancer Trials Ireland. As we close off another year of raising awareness around prostate cancer in November it is great to see that men in Ireland are getting access to world class research and the hope of even better outcomes.“We are happy to see a shift in public awareness around these important topics and a focus on supporting one another in order to develop more positive outcomes for anyone living with cancer.”Vance Harris, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer nine years ago and is supporting this campaign and the work of Cancer Trials Ireland:“I am proud to have taken part in two cancer trials which has prolonged my life and given me time back. I have never felt like I am just a number- the staff and care I have received has been amazing. People who take part in trials are paving the way for new cancer treatments to become available in the future and I am incredibly grateful to be part of such a positive legacy.”Cancer Trials Ireland will be opening a further five haematology cancer trials in 2021, that will collectively recruit up to 181 patients with blood cancers. Recently Cancer Trials Ireland opened a new trial for pancreatic cancer (recruiting up to 43 patients) while the DASL-HiCaP described above will recruit up to 80 patients.In all, more than 300 cancer patients could have the options of new treatments next year, with further announcements on breast cancer trials expected early in the new year.The Just Ask 2020 campaign is the fourth iteration of the Just Ask campaign, run by Cancer Trials Ireland each year since 2017. Just Ask 2020 is supported by unrestricted grants from Pfizer Healthcare Ireland; Novartis; AbbVie; MSD; Roche; and Bayer.Other findings at a glance60% would participate in a non-drug study.70% of respondents would be willing to take part in a trial if they were very ill wasPeople are also more willing to donate blood to be used for clinical research (76% – up 6% since 2009) – and we see a corresponding drop in people saying they would NOT be willing to donate blood for research. 18% in 2009 vs 9% now.People are more willing to share personal medical information if it is kept confidential (72% – up 7% since 2009) – again we see a corresponding drop among people who were unwilling to share their personal medical information from 19% in 2009 to 11% today.77% think clinical trials are a good idea – with this sentiment higher amongst those who have an experience of cancer.72% understand clinical trials are when drugs/medicines are tested on humans, rising from 60% in 2009.About one in five (22%) expressed willingness to participate in a trial as it would mean ‘taking an active role in my own health if I was ill’Side effects were cited as the biggest reason for not participating in a trial (76% of those who would not – or 18% overall).For further information on cancer trials in Ireland visit cancertrials.ie or follow the conversation on Twitter @cancertrials_ie. 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first_imgRed tape hits local authority moraleOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Local government HR chiefs back claims by the union GMB that theGovernment’s Best Value reforms have demoralised local government managers. A GMB poll of senior public service staff reveals that most are unhappy withBest Value reforms with many believing they have led to a lack of resourcesthat have hit staff and services. Keith Handley, Socpo president, said managers are suffering under theincreased red tape generated by the Best Value reforms. “Best Value has certainly led to a demoralised management in localgovernment who are almost collapsing under initiative fatigue and inspectionregimes. “The concept of Best Value still holds good but if central Governmentreally want to drive up service improvements they must come up with a lessbureaucratic process. “Indeed part of the problem is that managers don’t have enough time todeal with front line services – their new front line is the inspectionregime.” The survey of 80 staff from a wide cross-section of public servicesincluding housing, social services and education shows that almost 70 per centexpressed dissatisfaction over Best Value reforms and the negative effect theyhave had on their jobs. Three-quarters of senior public service employees surveyed have consideredleaving their jobs in the last year because of increased pressure and stress, alack of resources and a lack of control and influence. A spokeswoman for the DETR said the Audit Commission’s recently publishedreport Changing Gear confirms that Best Value is delivering real improvementsfor service users. By Lisa Bratby Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgIn what is turning out to be an interesting post-fight revelation Ayitey Powers says his spiritual father Bishop T.B. Johsua advised him not to fight on the date.In an exclusive post bout interview with Joy Sports at the Crystal Rose Hotel, Powers who spoke while receiving treatment from his physiotherapist said, “I’d like to apologize to my father T.B. Joshua who advised me not to fight on the given date. I cannot reveal the reason the Prophet gave me but I have to apologize to him because I went against his word.”According to Powers (real name Michael Ayitey Okine), Prophet T.B. Joshua knows a lot about him and has given him spiritual guidance over the years.“The reason why I went contrary to the directive from the man of God was that I did not want a repeat of the back and forth the preceded the maiden bout in Accra last year. I didn’t want to disappoint the fans who had asked for this bout for so many years thus the sacrifice,” he told Joy Sports while receiving a deep tone massage from his physiotherapist.The maiden edition of this bout which was staged before about 20,000 fans at the Accra Stadium on May 16, 2014 also had it fair share of troubles with two postponements. One of the reasons assigned to one of the postponements was a revelation by Prophet T.B. Joshua that a disaster bigger than May 9, 2001, would happened at the Accra Stadium.Powers after putting up a better-than-expected performance against Banku in front of about 10,000 fans at the Baba Yara Stadium in the early hours of December 27, 2015, failed to answer the bell for the 6th round. What was the reason? He suffered a dislocated right shoulder.Powers sat and leaned with his back firmly on the corner pad as his corner tried to get him to resume the fight. “But the pain was too much. The close to the end of the fight round I felt the dislocation and struggled to finish. It was very painful during the one minute break and my corner tried hard to restore it. I tried hard to overlook it but I couldn’t,” Powers said.Ayitey Powers, a former national middleweight champion, also revealed that his promoters had also worked out an international bout in the UK against journeyman Jimmy Campbell for January 22, 2016.  The loss to Bukom Banku (above. pictured) according to him could affect the UK fight. “I’m sad because the UK bout will be a big opportunity for me. I’m not sure if it will still come off, now that I’ve lost,” he added. Ayittey Powers lost the maiden clash to Banku in a unanimous decision with the score cards of judges Confidence Hiagbe, Roger Barnor and Emmanuel Brenya reading 109-117, 110-119 and 108-120 respectively.Powers, who was once a contender for the WBC International Middleweight and WBA Pan African Cruiserweight title, also says his career is not over. He was not specific as to when he will return to the ring but is sure he has a lot more to give to the sport. His professional record now stands at 21 wins 25 losses and a draw.On the Bukom Banku episode, he did not dismiss the possibility of a third bout. “Banku has defeated me twice, he is the champion, but you never know what will happen in the future,” he said. Powers has the unenviable record of winning 21 bouts, and lost 24. He’s drawn once.  CLICK HERE FOR EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE FIGHT  –last_img read more

first_imgBut even though teams understand what’s coming for them, the full arsenal is something to behold: Durant started rolling early, running into jumpers off screens, beating the defense in transition for dunks, twisting to his left for fallaway mid-range shots. He also was fouled, visiting the line for 15 total free throws (he hit 14).What made him even more lethal were the 3-pointers: Durant hit four of them in the first half, in a 12 for 17 start from the field overall for 38 points before intermission. It’s the second-most points anyone has ever scored in one half a playoff game – lending credence to Kerr’s lofty claim that Durant authored “one of the great performances I’ve ever seen in my life.”Durant was less definitive, saying he felt he could have made a few more shots.“I just keep on humming no matter what,” he said. “I just play my game through it all.”Related Articles There was no way to stop Durant on Friday night, as he cruised to 50 points in a series-clinching 129-110 victory – the kind of win most expected Golden State to have against the outgunned Clippers throughout the series.But on the heels of upstart victories in Game 2 and Game 5 in Oakland, the Warriors realized almost nothing would come easily in a surprisingly tough six-game series. Capping one of his best series for Golden State with a new career playoff high, Durant proved to be the trump card.Lou Williams ruminated: “We tried everything.” When Durant’s at his best, there is no answer.“He’s the ultimate weapon, because there’s no defense for Kevin,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot. And he knew we needed him badly.”There are few secrets when it comes to Durant. There might not be a comparable player in NBA history with his 7-foot height, his 7-foot-5 wingspan, his guard-like handle and his feathery touch. As the Clippers attempted to counter his mobility with smaller defenders like Beverley, he simply found ways to shoot over the competition. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — At a certain point, Patrick Beverley was out of answers.He turned the question around: How would you have tried to guard Kevin Durant better?“We didn’t say, ‘Man, c’mon, give us 50 tonight.’ Course not,” Beverley said. “He’s a hell of a player. The shots he took, he made some tough shots. If you were the coach what would you tell us to do?”The Clippers point guard let his question hang in the room, packed with more than five dozen media members. There was only silence. Kerr said the Clippers pushed the Warriors to play their best by the end of the series, and Durant was no exception. After a quiet Game 2 in a 31-point meltdown that allowed a Clippers comeback, Durant came out the next game and scored 38. For the last four games of the series, Durant averaged 41.5 points per game, taking more shots and carrying the load offensively for one of the most talented teams in NBA history.Once the series was over, several of the Clippers felt free to express their awe of Durant’s mastery on the offensive end – Lou Williams, himself a scoring wizard, said he was amazed by Durant’s Game 3 performance in the wake of withering criticism.“Even the game that he came out, and was like, ‘I’m Kevin Durant. Y’all know who I am,’ ” Williams said. “That’s a bold statement to make when you’re about to see some guys that’s extremely competitive. And he came out that game, and he said, ‘I can really shoot over these guys.’ And he did it. So it wasn’t lack of effort on our part. He’s an all-world professional, and he proved himself.”Next question. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more