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NUIG discovers risk factor for mental illness

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway have discovered a new risk factor for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

Scientists have shown that changes in a little known gene, ULK4, were observed in people with schizophrenia, making it a risk factor.

The gene also plays an essential role in proper brain formation.

The research, led by NUI Galway and the University of Aberdeen, is published in the Journal of Cell Science.

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Shared e-scooter firm says Galway city rollout would involve fleet of up to 400

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A shared e-scooter firm says a city the size of Galway could be catered for with a fleet of up to 400.

Superpedestrian, which specialises in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, will hold a demonstration in the city next week to discuss the safe integration of shared e-scooters in Galway city and across Ireland.

It’s the third third in a series of e-scooter demonstration events across the country.

The event takes place at Galway United Football Club, Eamonn Deacy Park next Wednesday.

It comes as the government yesterday approved a bill that will allow them to be used on public roads.

They’re not legal at the moment under road traffic laws – but when they are, tax, insurance and driving licences won’t be needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Jean Andrews of Superpedestrian says it would operate similar to the concept of the shared bike scheme…

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UHG most overcrowded hospital nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG is the most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

54 patients are waiting at the city acute hospital, with 48 at the emergency department and six on wards elsewhere.

Letterkenny University Hospital, also in the Saolta Group, is the next most overcrowded with 48 waiting.

According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there are 373 patients waiting in emergency departments nationwide, while 76 are in wards elsewhere.

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Galway records 4% drop in PUP claims over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a continued fall in the number of pandemic unemployment payments being issued, with Galway recording an almost 4% drop in the last week.

Just over 4,700 people in Galway city and county will receive the State support this week.

Nationally, over 93 thousand people will receive the PUP this week, a fall of over 3,700 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector, as it has been for the past 19 weeks.

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