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NUIG researchers discover potential breakthrough in back pain treatment

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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’.

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Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.

According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.

These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.

30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.

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Man dies following Abbeyknockmoy crash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a road traffic collision in Abbeyknockmoy this morning.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle involved, a man in his late 40s, sustained serious injuries during the collision at around 6.30 near O’ Donohoe’s.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he has since passed away.

A post mortem examination will be conducted at a later date.

Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and the road remains closed with local diversions in place.

Gardaí are appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were traveling in the Abbeyknockmoy area at approximately 6:30am to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Galway one of four counties with COVID-19 incidence rate under 50

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of four counties with a COVID-19 incidence rate lower than 50.

Galway has a 14-day rate of 44.6 with 115 cases of the virus notified in the period.

Kerry has a rate of 46.7, Westmeath has a rate of 45.1, Wexford has recorded a rate of 26 while Leitrim has the lowest at 21.8.

Donegal remains the county with the highest rate of the infection at 219.9.

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