Ireland's population to hit 5.3M by 2060

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ireland's population is expected to grow to 5.3 million people between now and 2060, according to a new European report. During the same period, the average life expectancy for Irish men will increase from 79 years to 85 years, while women's life expectancy will increase from 83 years to 89 years. ... Read more →

Hay fever a major trigger for asthma

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

With hay fever seasons already in full swing, people with asthma are being reminded that hay fever is a major trigger for their condition. Some 80% of people with asthma also suffer with hay fever and pharmacists are warning those affected to be aware of allergens and to always have their inhaler c... Read more →

Smoking and angioplasty - a bad combination

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Smokers undergoing angioplasty, a procedure used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, can expect a much better quality of life afterwards if they quit cigarettes, a new study has shown. Angioplasty involves placing a balloon in a narrowed or blocked artery. The balloon is blown up and th... Read more →

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 →