Diabetes eye screen scheme on target

Monday 25th August 2014 - -

Diabetic RetinaScreen - the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme is on target to complete its first round of national diabetic screening for the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related eye disease whichcan lead to blindness. Diabetic RetinaScreen has already invited in excess of 1... Read more →

Smoking link to head/neck cancer deaths

Monday 25th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

A new study conducted by by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) has found that head and neck cancer patients who smoke at the time of diagnosis have a significantly increased rate of death from cancer. The study has found that over one in two of these patients identified were smokers at ... Read more →

Robin Williams death has made us all think

Monday 25th August 2014 - Dr Ciara Kelly - Independent

Suicide affects 500 Irish families every year, including Ciara Kelly's own family. But for those thinking of suicide, there is help. I've been thinking a lot about Robin Williams, who died almost two weeks ago now, after taking his own life. It's incredibly sad that such a talented, funny man - who ... Read more →

'Back to front' guidelines on abortion

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Nearly seven months after the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act came into effect, health professionals have to date only been issued with guidelines on how the appeals system where a woman is refused an abortion should operate. This 'back to front' approach to guidance on the operation of the... Read more →

Failure to take medicine as prescribed costs Irish government millions

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Ailin Quinlan - Independent

Many Irish patients take their medication incorrectly, costing the government millions and contributing to premature death rates. More than 70pc of us just say we "forgot," but there may be other reasons behind the failure of so many Irish patients to take the medicine prescribed for often severe he... Read more →

How to identify the symptoms of Shingles

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Dr Ciara Kelly - Independent

Varicella Zoster or Shingles effects one in five of us and kicks us when we're down. Shingles, really is the virus that keeps on giving. Three quarters of us have had the chicken pox and most of us barely remember it - not me, I got it at 16 and was covered with huge blisters like a thousand golden ... Read more →

Warning on September asthma spike

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

The Asthma Society of Ireland has warned that emergency hospital admissions for children with asthma increase significantly in the month of September. The Society is providing training and support free of charge to help parents and teachers at this time. According to 2013 figures, hospital admissi... Read more →

New advance in fight against superbugs

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - -

Irish scientists have made an advance in the fight against resistant hospital superbugs. The team from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast has developed the first innovative antibacterial gel that acts to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins.... Read more →

Why you should leave the car at home

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

People who commute to work by walking or cycling and public transport tend to have lower body weight and fat composition compared to those using private transport, according to a new study. The researchers point out that the health benefits were similar for both active commuting (walking and cyclin... Read more →

Parents 'exploited' by overseas youth cancer treatments

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - Fiona Gartland - Irish Times

Specialists say experimental approach unrealistic and may harm some children. Hope offered by experimental cancer treatments abroad is “unrealistic” and, in some cases, may harm children, two leading childhood cancer specialists have warned. Consultant Prof Owen Smith and oncologist Dr ... Read more →