Dignity of nursing home residents compromised

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The dignity and privacy of residents in some public nursing homes is being compromised because of the State's failure to comply with certain standards set out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), it has been claimed. Nursing homes currently provide care for almost 22,000 resident... Read more →

Exercise cuts gestational diabetes risk

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who exercise during pregnancy reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study has shown. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy - most often in the second or third trimester. It usually disappears after the baby is born, although women who ... Read more →

102-year-old on trolley for 26 hours

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A woman aged 102 years was left waiting on a trolley in Dublin's Tallaght Hospital for 26 hours, it has emerged. The woman was brought to hospital at 2pm last Monday afternoon. She was initially treated for heart problems before being placed on a trolley, where she was left until 5pm on Tuesday, wh... Read more →

300+ complaints about doctors in 2014

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Medical Council received 308 complaints about doctors in 2014. The Medical Council is the regulatory body for doctors working in Ireland. It maintains the register of all doctors who are legally permitted to work here and sets the standards for medical education and training. It is also where m... Read more →

Central Mental Hospital to be replaced

Thursday 4th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanala to build a new hospital in Dublin, which will replace the existing Central Mental Hospital (CMH). The new facility will be built in Portrane in Co Dublin and will consist of a 120-bed National Forensic Hospital, which will replace the CMH, a 10-bed me... Read more →

Bullied teens often depressed by 18

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are bullied during adolescence are much more likely to suffer with depression in early adulthood, a new study has found. While depression is on the increase and bullying has been suggested as one possible cause, previous studies have failed to find a definitive link, so UK researchers de... Read more →

Support for secondary cancer patients

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new education and support programme, aimed at people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer, is set to begin later this month in Dublin. A primary cancer refers to where a cancer begins. For example, if you have cancer that begins in the breast, this is known as primary breast cancer. Some... Read more →

Many Leaving Cert students stressed

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 59,000 students are doing the Leaving Cert this year, however research has shown that levels of stress can be high among these young people, with some believing that ‘their whole life depends on' their results. Researchers from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) analysed... Read more →

Hay fever impacts on social gatheringss

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Eight in 10 people with hay fever avoid social gatherings and outdoor events because of the condition, a new survey has revealed. Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is a seasonal condition. It refers to an allergy to pollen and spores. Pollen is the tiny, dust-like particles given off by cer... Read more →

'Spectacular' results from cancer trials

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New cancer trials have produced ‘spectacular' results, which could have major consequences for the way the disease is treated, experts have claimed. One of the trials involved almost 1,000 patients with advanced melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. They were treated with two immu... Read more →