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Galway researchers make breakthrough in treatments for Parkinsons

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Galway Bay fm news – Neuroscientists at NUI Galway have made a breakthrough in a novel treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s is a condition that primarily affects a person’s ability to control movement leading to a progressive deterioration in ability.
The research, carried out by a team at the Galway Neuroscience Centre and CÚRAM has shown the survival of transplanted cells is dramatically improved if they are implanted within a collagen matrix.
The research has been published today in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports.

***Picture depicts brain repair in Parkinson’s: transplanted brain cells survive better when implanted in collagen.
Photo: NUI Galway

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City Council meeting suspended after Mayor compared to Mussolini

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway City Council was briefly suspended after the Mayor of Galway was compared to Mussolini.

A row broke out as councillors discussed the minutes of a previous meeting held in December.

A dispute arose between the chair, Mayor of Galway Councillor Collette Connolly, and Councillor Alan Cheevers, after Councillor Cheevers attempted to make a point centered on the minutes of the December meeting.

Mayor Connolly questioned the relevance of the contribution being made and ruled clarification of the minutes was not the correct forum for the statement being made.

However Councillor Cheevers insisted that he be allowed to make his point, leading to a back and forth exchange that led to Mayor Connolly ask that her ruling as chair be respected.

She said the meeting was time limited with a very busy agenda – but noted a large amount of time was being spent on the minutes of the December meeting and they had to move on.

Councillor Cheevers then accused her of running the meeting like Mussolini – a statement which saw Mayor Connolly abruptly suspend the meeting.

Once proceedings resumed, a member of staff reminded all present of the necessity to respect the rulings of the chair.

It was added that Councillors right to be heard could be revoked if they failed to do so – or they could be asked to leave the meeting.

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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