Steve Macken

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Intellectual disability (ID) is common and is known to affect 1-3% of the population. There is a lack of medical epidemiological data in Ireland for this group. Such data is necessary in providing the evidence base to plan for rehabilitation services, provide ongoing health care and consider prevention strategies. We report on the underlying diagnosis and(More)
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal cause of developmental disability in Ireland. Children with DS have a high incidence of associated treatable medical disorders where early intervention carries a better outcome. Currently there are no agreed protocols for the screening and management of children and adults with DS in Ireland. A(More)
UNLABELLED Thyroid dysfunction is more common in individuals with Down's syndrome (DS) than in the general population, whose clinical features can mask the presenting signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Biochemical screening is necessary; however, venepuncture may be difficult. AIMS To assess the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in children and(More)
BACKGROUND Vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) is increasingly used in the decontamination of hospital isolation rooms. Commercially available bioindicators, most frequently Geobacillus stearothermophilus spores, are used to assess the efficacy of the decontamination phase. Staphylococcus aureus, including meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), produce(More)
Decontamination of surfaces and medical equipment is integral to the control of Clostridium difficile transmission, and many products claim to inactivate this bacterium effectively. Thirty-two disinfectants were tested against spores of C. difficile in a suspension test based on European Standard BS EN 13704:2002, with contact times of 1 and 60 min in(More)
Acknowledgements The British Wind Energy Association wishes to acknowledge the encouragement, time, effort and invaluable advice given by David Left, Utilities National Interest Group, Health and Safety Executive, together with specialist contributions from his colleagues Richard Boland and Dave Chaplin. BWEA is particularly grateful for the work of(More)
The currently used microbial decontamination method for spacecraft and components uses dry-heat microbial reduction at temperatures of >110°C for extended periods to prevent the contamination of extraplanetary destinations. This process is effective and reproducible, but it is also long and costly and precludes the use of heat-labile materials. The need for(More)
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