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New obesity drug found to cut body weight by 11%

Drug can reduce weight by two stone within six months A new obesity drug researched in Ireland has been found to cut body weight by 11%, and doctors are calling it a major breakthrough. The drug Cagrilintide works by increasing people’s sense of ‘satiety’, making users feel less hungry and eat less. It is taken once weekly […]


Call for Over 70s to receive nutrition screening at flu vaccination

Routine nutrition screening recommended for 58,000 receiving Home Care support The introduction of nutritional screening as part of winter flu vaccination appointments for over 70s – has been recommended by nutrition experts. In its 2022 Pre-Budget Submission the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN), supported by the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), has […]


Major Progress in Treatments Prompts Doctors to Redefine Diabetes Remission

A new international report has recognised the major progress in treating type 2 diabetes – and prompted a new medical definition of ‘diabetes remission’. In light of increasing numbers of patients achieving diabetes remission – the American Diabetes Association convened an international, multidisciplinary expert group to review medical guidelines and definitions. Irish Society for Clinical […]

IrSPEN 2022 Pre-Budget Submission: Addressing the gaps in nutritional care for patients with high-risk conditions in community settings

In its submission, the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN), with the support of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) focuses on three recommendations that have the potential to protect the nutritional status of patients at highest risk because of underlying medical conditions. These are: To address the major gaps in systems and resourcing of nutritional care […]

Specialist unit for Intestinal Failure badly needed in our health service

Consultant Gastroenterologist at St James’s Hospital and Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) Director Dr Cara Dunne sets out current services for Intestinal Failure in Ireland and the case for urgent development Intestinal Failure (IF) in its most severe form is when patients are unable to eat or digest food or water in sufficient quantity, […]