Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway have made a potentially major breakthrough in the treatment of lower back pain.
The research team at CÚRAM have developed a new therapy that can be used as an injectable, instead of conventional surgical intervention.
Lower back pain is the second leading cause of disability worldwide – with almost 50 percent of Europeans experiencing such pain at some point in their lives as a result of the degeneration of discs in the spine.
Professor Abhay Pandit and his research team at CÚRAM, based at NUI Galway, have now developed a bio-material based therapy that can be adapted to an injectable system.
Clinical studies have shown that a special hydrogel used by researchers has the ability to reduce inflammation and pain as well as actively promote disc repair.
The development is seen as a hugely promising alternative to current conservative treatment or surgical interventions for lower back pain.
The research from the team at NUI Galway has been published in the prestigious journal ‘Science Advances’.
Approval granted for housing development in Headford
County planners have approved a minor housing development in Headford.
The plans involve the demolition of an existing commercial building at Bridge Street currently used as a car wash.
The project is led by Breda Joyce, the owner of the site along the N84 at the eastern edge of Headford town.
At the moment, it contains a single-story commercial building and forecourt with a car wash facility in operation.
At the back are vacant lands and a yard area used for the storage of vehicles.
All are set to be demolished and cleared, to make way for a now-approved development of four two-storey townhouses.
The existing vehicle entrance would also be closed and replaced with a new access point.
RSA child car seat checking service coming to Galway
The Road Safety Authority is to host a car seat checking service in Galway this month to reduce the amount of child car seats that are incorrectly fitted.
The first event will take place at SuperValu in Barna on December 6th followed by SuperValu in Gort on December 7th.
A final city event will take place in Smyth’s Toys in Galway Retail Park on December 8th, with all events taking place from 10am – 5:30pm.
Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer at the RSA explains how to ensure that a child’s car seat is correctly fitted.
One of Connemara’s longest running annual community publications has been published
The Carna/Cill Chiaráin Yearbook, One of Connemara’s longest-running annual community publications, has been published this week.
This year’s edition has a focus on developments planned for the local secondary school in Carna and on a plan for a total upgrading of facilities by the local GAA club. It also features an article on the proposed offshore wind farm at Sceirde Rocks.
The yearly publication is known as Iorras Aithneach and that is the windy peninsula that edges into the Atlantic in the Carna and Cill Chiaráin area. It is a community publication and this year it features one of the most groundbreaking stories since it was launched in 1990.
Nine miles directly west in the Atlantic Ocean there are storied rocks; in English, they are known as the Skerd Rocks but locally there are known as Skeirde. The seas can be fearsome out there but an Australian-backed company known as Corio is ready to invest a billion euros on a wind farm in that windswept ocean.
The company states in this Iorras Aithneach Yearbook that a community fund worth millions will also be available, when, they start producing power.
The project, as planned, would provide power for 350,000 households.
There would be 200 jobs in the construction phase in what would be a major logistical enterprise of the Connemara coast.
2028 is seen as a likely completion date depending on permits.