Little awareness of genetic tumour condition

Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A genetic condition that affects around one in every 6,000 people in Ireland, and is responsible for conditions such as epilepsy and autism, is virtually unheard of here, experts have warned. This lack of awareness and understanding means that those affected are not getting the level of care that t... Read more →

Seriousness of coeliac disease 'undermined'

Monday 11th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

An estimated 46,000 people in Ireland have coeliac disease, however in recent years, the seriousness of this condition has been undermined, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has said. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week and the society is aiming to increase awareness of the condition, including its sy... Read more →

Psoriasis has big impact on quality of life

Monday 11th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 73,000 people in Ireland are affected by the skin disease, psoriasis, and for many, the condition has had a major impact on their health, job prospects, love lives and self-esteem, a major new report has revealed. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which appears as pink or red raised... Read more →

Parents think overweight kids 'about right'

Friday 8th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Most parents perceive their overweight children to be ‘about the right weight', a new study has found. This week, new figures from the World Health Organization predicted that if things do not change, Ireland is on course to become the fattest country in Europe, with almost all adults being o... Read more →

Outpatient waiting lists higher than ever

Thursday 7th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 412,000 people are waiting for outpatient appointments - the highest figure ever recorded.According to the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which collates waiting list data for public patients, at the end of April, there were 412,422 people waiting to be seen in outpatient clinics.Over 83,000 ... Read more →

Unsupported dads linked to kids' bad behaviour

Thursday 7th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A child's behaviour is more likely to be troublesome in families in which the father does not feel supported by his partner, a new study has shown.It is already widely acknowledged that the way parents work together can have a big impact on the behaviour of children. However, little research has bee... Read more →

'Incentives needed to attract nurses back'

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Niall Hunter -

The nurses union, the INMO, will be pressing for a gradual restoration of pay cuts, the reintroduction of a 37-hour working week and a major increase in nurse staffing, at its annual delegate meeting, which begins today.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran, speaking at the outset of the conference in T... Read more →

9 in 10 will be overweight/obese by 2030

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost nine in 10 people in Ireland are expected to be overweight or obese by 2030, new figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) have revealed.According to the figures, if things do not change, Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe.The figures, which have not yet been published, w... Read more →

Depression increases risk of nightmares

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People are most at risk of experiencing frequent nightmares if they are depressed or suffer with insomnia, a study has found.Researchers in Finland set out to identify risk factors for nightmares. They looked at almost 14,000 men and women aged between 25 and 74.The participants were asked how often... Read more →

COPD ups risk of sudden cardiac death

Friday 1st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who have the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), face an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study has found. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition... Read more →