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One in five has chronic back pain

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Around 20% of Irish adults suffer with chronic back pain and for some of these, the cause of their pain can take years to diagnose, a new campaign has warned. The Europe-wide initiative, 'Don't Turn Your Back On It', has just been launched in Ireland and it is urging people to become more knowledge... Read more →

New test to detect diabetes risk

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Some 350,000 Irish people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next two decades, however many are unaware of this, Diabetes Ireland has warned. According to the charity, which provides support and education to people with diabetes, latest international figures estimate that over 225,0... Read more →

Benefits of med diet, exercise seen a year later

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

People who consume a Mediterranean diet and increase the amount of exercise they do for just eight weeks, may still be reaping the health rewards of this one year later, a new study suggests. UK researchers looked at people over the age of 50 who were originally assessed over an eight-week period. ... Read more →

Older people will soon outnumber kids

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

By 2020, and for the first time in history, the number of people worldwide aged 60 and older will outnumber children younger than five years. However, while people are now living longer, they are not necessarily healthier than before, experts have warned. According to doctors working with the World... Read more →

Details of symphysiotomy redress scheme announced

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Details of the Government's redress scheme for women who underwent a surgical symphysiotomy have been announced. Participants will receive between €50,000 and €150,000. There are believed to be around 200 symphysiotomy survivors in Ireland. The procedure had been discontinued in all but o... Read more →

7,000 patients on trolleys last month

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Almost 7,000 patients who needed to be admitted to hospital last month found themselves on trolleys either in overcrowded Emergency Departments (EDs) or wards, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said (INMO). According to the INMO's latest ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 6,977 patien... Read more →

Insurance to be made 'affordable again'

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

A series of measures, which it is hoped will address the issue of rising private health insurance premiums, has been announced by the Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. According to Minister Varadkar, the Private Health Insurance Package is designed to ‘make private health insurance affordable ag... Read more →

Insomnia linked to road death risk

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Insomnia may be a major contributor to road-related deaths and other unintentional fatal injuries, a new study suggests. Insomnia is a sleep disorder which results in people constantly having difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. This can lead to a number of problems such as daytime fatigu... Read more →

More PE needed in secondary schools

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Secondary schools are being urged to ensure that all pupils are being taught enough PE. According to recommendations by the Department of Education, post-primary school students should be provided with two hours of physical education per week. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Federation of... Read more →

Big rise in mumps cases this year

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

More than 400 cases of mumps have been diagnosed so far this year compared to 184 cases for the whole of 2013, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has said. According to the centre, most of this year's cases have occurred in young people aged 17 to 20. Mumps is a contagious viral infe... Read more →