Public lecture to examine role of antibiotics

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public who want to find out more about how antibiotics work and the problems associated with their overuse, are invited to attend a public lecture on the topic. The issue is set to be discussed as part of the Royal College of Surgeons' (RCSI) MiniMed Lecture Series on Wednesday, Marc... Read more →

Heart disease in women underestimated

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is still commonly perceived as a bigger health issue for women than cardiovascular disease (CVD), despite the fact that CVD is the leading cause of death among women in Europe, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has said. According to the society, CVD kills over half of women in... Read more →

Public consulted on 'health identifiers'

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public are being asked to give their views on individual health identifiers (IHI) - unique numbers that will be assigned to all people using health and social care services in this country. An IHI is a unique, non-transferable number that will last for a person's lifetime. According ... Read more →

President signs drug legislation

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Emergency legislation banning the possession of certain drugs, including ecstasy, has been signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins. The legislation was brought forward by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, earlier this week after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a law banning the possess... Read more →

Warning to avoid unpasteurised milk

Wednesday 11th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), raw milk - i.e. milk that is unpasteurised - can contain harmful bacteria that increase the risk of foodborne illnesses. It has just published a report which contains the findings of a survey that confirms the presence of pathogens in raw mi... Read more →

Emergency drug legislation passed

Wednesday 11th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Dail has passed emergency legislation to ban the possession of certain drugs. The legislation will go to the Seanad today and will then be sent to the President to sign into law. The move comes after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a law banning the possession of over 100 drugs, includ... Read more →

Thyroid cancer risk after breast cancer

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who survive breast cancer have an increased risk of going on to develop cancer of the thyroid, particularly within five years of their breast cancer diagnosis, a new study has found. Until now, studies linking breast and thyroid cancer have been mixed, so US researchers decided to assess this... Read more →

Water fluoridation benefits older people

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Water fluoridation appears to have benefitted the oral health of older people in Ireland, according to a new study. Currently in Ireland, the public water supply is fluoridated. The practice is considered controversial by some, with anti-fluoridation campaigners arguing that adding substances to th... Read more →

Mental disorders common among young

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

More than half of young people in Ireland will meet the criteria for a mental health illness before they reach the age of 25, a study has found. Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Dublin's Mater Hospital traced 212 people from different schools in north Dublin who ... Read more →

Gout may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Monday 9th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with the common arthritic disease, gout, may have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. It causes sudden and severe episodes of joint pain, swelling, tenderness and warmth. It most commonly affects the... Read more →