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Winners of the HSE Open Access Research Awards 2018 

Thank You to everyone who submitted an entry to the annual HSE Open Access Research awards. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony held in Dr Steevens Library on December 7th. 

Overall Winner Ailbhe Spillane 'What are the physical and psychological health effects of suicide bereavement on family members? An observational and interview mixed-methods study in Ireland.'  

Category Winners 

Congratulations to all the winners of this years' awards.  

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  • An Unusual Case of a Facial Guard Causing Penetrating Soft Tissue Injury in the Game of Hurling

    Farrell, T; McDonald, C.; Sheehan, E. (Irish Medical Journal, 2019-02)
    Hurling is a fast-paced impact sport that is known to be associated with trauma to the head, face and hands1. Helmets with facial guards have been introduced by the Gaelic athletic association (GAA) in 2010 as a means of preventing head and maxillofacial injuries. Although the national safety authority of Ireland (NSAI) identify certain standards for hurling helmets, modifications are known to be quite common2. A recent study by O’Connor (2018) showed that 31% of players surveyed from a total of 304 had modified their helmet in some fashion either by changing the faceguard completely or removal of single bars. The main reasons given for modification were; restricted vision, comfort and perceived poor quality of the helmet/faceguard. Anecdotally, players may modify one’s helmet to help improve peripheral vision and thus situational awareness. In the literature, there exists only one case of penetrating injury from a facial guard of a hurling helmet3. The trend of modifying helmets seems to be increasing the incidence of these serious injuries. We believe that there is a general lack of awareness among players and officials as to the dangers of modifying protective equipment. We present the case of a penetrating hand injury as a direct result of a modified facial guard where a single bar was removed.
  • Healthy Weight for Children (0-6 years) Framework (November 2018)

    Jennings, Phil; Cooney, Fionnuala; Hegarty, Mary; Smith, Laura; HSE National Healthy Childhood Programme and HSE Healthy Eating Active Living Programme; The Healthy Weight for Children Group (2018-11)
  • Slow release oral morphine versus methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

    Klimas, Jan; Gorfinkel, Lauren; Giacomuzzi, Salvatore M; Ruckes, Christian; Socías, M Eugenia; Fairbairn, Nadia; Wood, Evan (2019-04-02)
    Two independent reviewers extracted data and assessed risk of bias. Data were pooled using the random-effects model and expressed as risk ratios (RRs) or mean differences with 95% CIs. Heterogeneity was assessed (χ2 statistic) and quantified (I2 statistic) and a sensitivity analysis was undertaken to assess the impact of particular high-risk trials.
  • Quantitative examination of the bone health status of older adults with intellectual and developmental disability in Ireland: a cross-sectional nationwide study.

    Burke, Éilish; Carroll, Rachael; O'Dwyer, Máire; Walsh, James Bernard; McCallion, Philip; McCarron, Mary (BMJ Open, 2019-04-15)

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