Cigarette plain packaging law passed

Wednesday 4th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ireland has become the first country in Europe and only the second in the world to introduce plain packaging laws for cigarette packets.The Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill has now passed through all stages of the Oireachtas and this will ensure that all tobacco industry market... Read more →

Health insurance plan to be ready by summer, says Varadkar

Wednesday 4th March 2015 - Dan Griffin -

It is possible to get to a point where more than half the population has voluntary health insurance, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.Mr Varadkar said he intends to go to Government with a “roadmap” for health insurance by the summer.Many people consider health insurance as impo... Read more →

New sunbed regulations now in effect

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New laws governing the commercial use of sunbeds, including a ban on ‘unlimited use', are now in effect. From today (March 2), anyone using sunbeds must be supervised and anyone supervising must be over 18 years of age. Health information must be provided to anyone using, hiring or buying a s... Read more →

Coffee may cut clogged arteries risk

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who drink three to five cups of coffee each day may have a reduced risk of developing clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, a new study has found. Research into the effects of coffee on cardiovascular health have been mixed. It was previously thought that coffee consumption incr... Read more →

GPs get fee offer for under six scheme

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs are likely to be offered around €100 a year per child under the Government's plans for free GP care for children under six years of age. The payment from the State to GPs is expected to be set at around €75 a year for each child under six on their lists, plus €25 a year if the do... Read more →

Heart failure - activities should be assessed

Friday 27th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with heart failure who struggle with daily tasks such as washing and dressing, are more likely to be hospitalised and die prematurely, a new study has found. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. ... Read more →

Premature death risk with ADHD

Thursday 26th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice as likely to die prematurely than people without the condition, with accidents the main cause of death, a new study has found. Danish researchers followed the progress of almost two million people, including over 32,000 with ADHD... Read more →

Irish team in CF breakthrough

Thursday 26th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish and US scientists have made a major breakthrough in relation to cystic fibrosis (CF), which could lead to new treatments that help patients breathe easier. CF is a hereditary disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. It is caused by a defective gene, which along with its ... Read more →

Growing gap in life expectancy figures

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people are living an average of 15 years longer today when compared with people in the 1950s, new research has found. However, it also reveals a growing gap in life expectancy between social classes, with manual workers dying at a younger age than professionals. The research was carried out ... Read more →

Success for Cork infant with rare diabetes

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A baby born with a rare form of diabetes that only affects one in every 200,000 infants, has been successfully treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Ava Joyce from Douglas in Cork is now 18 months old, but in August 2013, she was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition, permanent neonatal di... Read more →