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Dentists' anger over kids' clinic closure

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Dentists have expressed their outrage over the closure of a HSE dental clinic in Dublin that provides urgent treatment to children. However, Fine Gael has insisted that no child will be left without treatment. The clinic at St James's Hospital provides dental care to around 3,000 children per year.... Read more →

Travellers have poorer asthma control

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Members of Ireland's Traveller community tend to have higher rates of asthma and poorer control of the condition compared to the general population, however a new health initiative aims to tackle this problem. Research by the Department of Health has previously shown that Travellers often face cert... Read more →

Students should know meningitis signs

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

College students are being urged to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. According to ACT for Meningitis, a charity which aims to raise awareness about the potentially fatal disease, while many people associate meningitis with young children, it tends to peak again dur... Read more →

Exercise 3 times a week cuts depression risk

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

People who are physically active three times a week may reduce their risk of depression, a new study suggests. UK researchers followed the progress of over 11,000 people born in 1958, until they reached the age of 50. Levels of physical activity and depressive symptoms were recorded at regular inte... Read more →

Obesity speeds up ageing of liver

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Scientists have discovered that obesity greatly accelerates ageing of the liver, which could explain why obese people have a greater risk of developing many age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. According to Prof Steve Horvath of UCLA in the US, while it has long been suspected that obesity c... Read more →

New cardiac arrest CPR video launched

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Cardiac arrest kills around 5,000 people in Ireland every year, however a new initiative by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is hoping to bring this figure down. The foundation has just launched a new hands-only CPR video. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a lifesaving skill that can keep a he... Read more →

IMO concern over HSE Ebola plans

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has expressed concern about the HSE's contingency plans in the event of a case of Ebola being detected here. The IMO met with the HSE on Wednesday to discuss the issue and outlined a number of concerns it has with the plans. It queried the wisdom of advising pat... Read more →

Docs should know signs of eating disorders

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions and all doctors in contact with children should be aware of the warning signs, experts have warned. Eating disorders refer to a number of illnesses that are characterised by disordered eating patterns and negative thou... Read more →

Most favour health spend rise over tax cut

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Irishhealth.com - Irishhealth.com

Nearly two out of three people want the Government to prioritise additional investment in the health service ahead of granting tax cuts, according to our latest poll. Tax cuts are expected to be announced in the 2015 Budget later today, while the HSE is running up a deficit of around €500 mill... Read more →

Irish not washing hands for long enough

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

At least two in three Irish adults do not wash their hands long enough to kill germs that cause infections, a new survey has found. People have up to 10 million bacteria between their fingertips and elbows and the number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet. Millions of germ... Read more →