West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

Council honours Lord Provost of Glasgow

first_img WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Council honours Lord Provost of Glasgow Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Donegal County Council is this afternoon honouring the Lord Provost of Glasgow.Cllr. Sadie Docherty, whose family roots are in West Donegal,  is being honoured with a Civic Reception at County House in Lifford this afternoon.She is only the fourth woman to hold the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow since the year 1450.The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant of Glasgow, and therefore the Queen’s official representative in the City. In this capacity, the Lord Provost hosts visits by all members of the Royal Family to Glasgow.Cllr Doherty says it’s a privilege to hold the position…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/prov3pm.mp3[/podcast] News Facebook Twittercenter_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – May 7, 2013 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleUsed car imports outstrip new vehicle sales in Donegal – CSONext article40 DARD jobs announced for Strabane not a token – Boyle News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Harvard Business School’s Paul Vatter dies at 90

first_imgPaul A. Vatter, Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business Administration Emeritus and a highly regarded statistician whose superb teaching skills and collegial manner helped thousands of M.B.A. students and executives understand — and even enjoy — the daunting subject matter of managerial economics, died on Jan. 4 in Belmont, Mass. He was 90 years old and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.Vatter joined the HBS faculty in 1958 and was named to the Fouraker professorship in 1984. He retired from the active faculty in 1995. Vatter combined his teaching talents with an outstanding record in administration. He was an assistant dean at HBS from 1958 to 1962 and chairman of the doctoral programs from 1967 to 1970. In addition, he was executive director of executive education and corporate relations from 1987 to 1988 and senior associate dean and director of institutional relations from 1988 to 1991.A native of Boston, Paul August Vatter was born on Sept. 14, 1924, one of three children in his family. He became interested in statistics through his father, who was an actuary for the John Hancock Insurance Co. and a member of HBS’ first graduating class in 1910. A summer job in Hancock’s actuarial department convinced the younger Vatter that he wanted to follow a different career path. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1944, he earned both a master’s (1947) and a Ph.D. (1953) in statistics from the University of Pennsylvania.Vatter is survived by a daughter, Katharine Foucault of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and five grandchildren. His wife and their son, Joel Vatter, predeceased him in 2013 and 2011, respectively. The burial will be private. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.Read the full obituary.last_img read more