Medicine warning for parents of young kids

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to be particularly careful when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose or certain drug combinations could harm their child. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), parents must pay particular attention to how much medicine they are giving a child. Too little... Read more →

Stress management key in breast cancer

Monday 23rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are taught skills to manage stress after being diagnosed with breast cancer may experience improved moods and a better quality of life for many years to come, a new study suggests.US researchers followed the progress of 240 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. They wer... Read more →

Higher stroke death rate in women

Monday 23rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women in Ireland are much more likely to die from stroke than men, new figures have revealed.According to provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), in 2013, 42% more women died from stroke than men. In some counties, such as Sligo, Carlow and Clare, the number of women dying from... Read more →

Big rise in adults with CF expected

Friday 20th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people living with the hereditary disease, cystic fibrosis (CF), into adulthood is expected to increase significantly by 2025, a new study has found. According to the figures, by 2025, the number of adults living with CF in Ireland will have jumped by 65% when compared to the figures ... Read more →

Test reduces chemo use in breast cancer

Friday 20th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A test which determines whether chemotherapy will benefit certain women with early-stage breast cancer has proven successful in Ireland. Around 2,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year and it is acknowledged that the criteria currently used to decide whether chemotherapy... Read more →

Hospitals using 'unclean' equipment

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A ‘significant' number of public hospitals inspected in 2014 were found to be using unclean patient equipment, a new report has revealed. Hand hygiene practices among some staff members were also called into question. The report has just been published by the Health Information and Quality A... Read more →

'Do not take selfies with eclipse'

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Doctors are urging people to take proper care of their eyes during Friday's solar eclipse, which will see most of northern Europe, including Ireland, fading into near darkness for several minutes. A solar eclipse is a rare event during which the moon covers the sun. People in Ireland will not be ab... Read more →

Dangers of liquitabs to kids highlighted

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents and childminders are being reminded of the importance of keeping liquid detergent capsules out of children's reach. Also known as liquitabs, these products are made up of concentrated liquid detergent within a soluble package which breaks down after coming into contact with water. They can ... Read more →

Breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are breastfed may have higher IQ scores and earn more money in the long-term, a new study has found. According to researchers in Brazil, while the short-term benefits of breastfeeding are clear, the long-term benefits have yet to be established. They set out to assess whether breastfeedi... Read more →

Diabetes has major global economic impact

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While it is known that type 2 diabetes can have a major impact on health, a new study has, for the first time, highlighted the impact it also has on the global economy and labour markets. UK researchers set out to assess the economic impact of type 2 diabetes around the world. They analysed data fr... Read more →