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High risk of medication errors here

Friday 9th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Ireland has a ‘very fragmented healthcare system', which increases the risk of medication errors, researchers have warned.According to the researchers, while there is no national data on the incidence of medication errors in the Irish healthcare system, recent studies carried out in Irish hosp... Read more →

Antibiotic that kills bugs without resistance is discovered

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Reuters - http://www.irishtimes.com

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs.Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be trialled in humans, could ... Read more →

Fast food affects kids' academic skills

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

Children who eat fast food may have poorer academic skills, a study has found.The consumption of fast food has already been linked to a number of health problems in children, including an increased risk of obesity, but US researchers wanted to investigate whether this type of food also affects how c... Read more →

Simple test detects risk in heart failure patients

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

People who attend Emergency Departments (EDs) with acute heart failure should have their blood sugar levels checked immediately, as this could identify if they are at risk of further health problems or even death, a new study has found.Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which ... Read more →

Irish people urged to walk more

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

A new health initiative is aiming to get Irish people off their sofas, as research shows that walking for just 30 minutes per day improves both physical and mental health. The initiative has been launched by Get Ireland Walking and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) and it involves a ‘21 Day Walk... Read more →

Irish teens face heart disease and infertility as obesity crisis grows

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Mark O'Regan - http://www.independent.ie

Obesity in young girls could mean they will find it impossible to have a baby later in life. Being seriously overweight can bring on early puberty, as well as lead to a range of infertility problems. Complications with the reproductive system, as well as health problems affecting the liver and pan... Read more →

New unit to help families stripped of medical cards

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Irish Independent - http://www.independent.ie

A special unit to deal directly with families who have lost their discretionary medical card is to be set up by health service bosses within weeks. The HSE unit will assign individual case officers to advise on the care, services and support available to those who have a severe disability or seriou... Read more →

Irish malaria vaccine trial proves successful

Friday 19th December 2014 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

The first human clinical trial of any malaria vaccines to be carried out in Ireland has proven successful, scientists have said.Two new malaria vaccines were trialled in humans by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in Dublin and they were found to be well tolerated, produ... Read more →

Maynooth scientists identify diabetes protein

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE - http://www.rte.ie/news/

Scientists at Maynooth University have identified a protein that has the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.Obesity is a key factor in Type 2 diabetes, because excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release an inflammatory chemical, which can make the body less sensiti... Read more →

Free GP care for under sixes may be ready by Q2 next year

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE - http://www.rte.ie/news

The HSE has said it hopes to implement free GP care for children under six years by the second quarter of next year.It also plans to have completed implementation of recommendations in the Keane Report on medical card eligibility by the final quarter of next year.The HSE 2015 national service plan w... Read more →