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

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE -

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 →

Many 'struggling to cope' - Samaritans

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Samaritans responded to over a half a million calls for help this year, making 2014 the organisation's busiest year to date.Samaritans Ireland is a volunteer-led organisation, which provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings ... Read more →

National dementia strategy to focus on community care and stigma

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Mark Hilliard -

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled a €27.5 million national dementia strategy that will focus on shattering the stigma of the diesase and supporting community care.Dementia affects about 50,000 people in Ireland, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. By 2041, the number affected is expect... Read more →

Lung cancer deaths rise in women as smoking takes its toll

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Eilish O'Regan -

Death rates for Irish women from lung cancer are continuing to rise because of the numbers who took up smoking when they were younger, a new report has revealed.It also highlights the increase in deaths from melanoma - the aggressive form of skin cancer - in men as a result of failure to protect the... Read more →

Menstrual age linked to heart risks

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The age at which a female begins menstruating may affect her risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, a new study suggests. According to the findings, females who begin menstruating at the age of 10 or younger, or at the age of 17 or older, appear to have an increased risk of developing hear... Read more →

Most drug-related deaths involve men

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 600 people died as a result of drug use in 2012, the vast majority of whom were men, new figures have shown. According to the latest figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index, which is published by the Health Research Board (HRB), 633 died in 2012, a slight drop on 2011's figure of 6... Read more →

Cancer info provided to 82,000 in 2013

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 82,000 people were provided with information and support by the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service (CIS) last year, a new report has shown.The CIS is made up of the National Cancer Helpline, online services and Daffodil Centres, which provide information and support in local hosp... Read more →

Jump in calls to abuse counselling service

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of individual callers to a telephone service that provides counselling to people who have been abused has jumped by 22% so far this year.Over half of these callers have said they were sexually abused, a slight increase on the same period last year.Connect Counselling, which is part-funded... Read more →

New ambulance transfer service for kids

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new critical-care ambulance service, which will transfer seriously ill children between hospitals, has been launched.The Paediatric Retrieval Service can transfer seriously ill children, up to the age of 16, from hospitals anywhere in Ireland to Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our L... Read more →

Memory problems linked to stroke risk

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who are highly educated and who complain about lapses in their memory may have an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. According to Dutch researchers, it is already known that stroke can cause memory problems, but they wanted to investigate whether the reverse was true - that memo... Read more →