Alopecia 'cure' fully restores hair in five months

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

A pill that cures alopecia baldness has full restored the hair of three patients in a breakthrough hailed as ‘dramatic’ and ‘exciting’ by scientists. Doctors conducted a pilot trial after identifying which immune cells were responsible for destroying hair follicles in people ... Read more →

Welcome to the 'manopause'

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - David Thomas - Independent

It's all the rage among the Wall Street brokers, but is the boom in testosterone-replacement therapy the latest sign that middle-aged men have taken to spending their way out of their mid-life crises, asks David Thomas. There's a hot new drug called TRT that users take to make them feel more energe... Read more →

No confirmed or suspected Ebola cases in Ireland, says HSE

Monday 18th August 2014 - Genevieve Carbery - Irish Times

Statement follows report on Irish news website of first suspected case in State. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Ireland. The statement issued by the HSE follows a report on an Irish news website ‘The Journal’ that a room... Read more →

Taxpayers spent €3million on procedures for morbidly obese people in last five years

Monday 18th August 2014 - Brian McDonald - Irish Mirror

Around 345 people have had surgery since 2009. Taxpayers are having to tighten their belts so overweight patients can tighten theirs, figures have revealed. Almost €3million was spent performing surgical procedures for morbid obesity over the past five years. The operations are designed to en... Read more →

Mars recalls some drinks over bacteria concern

Monday 18th August 2014 - RTE - RTE News

A number of Mars milk drinks have been recalled as a precaution as they could pose a health risk due to the presence of the Bacillus bacteria. The drinks, manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH, have best before dates between 19 December 2014 and 11 April 2015. The products being recalled are ... Read more →

Cancer kids missing out on med cards

Friday 15th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children diagnosed with cancer in Ireland are still not automatically entitled to a medical card, leaving their families with the added stress of having to undergo a means test, the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) has said. Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year - that ... Read more →

New guidelines in wake of Savita case

Friday 15th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

New sets of guidelines have are being given to hospitals on the management of pregnant women with suspected sepsis and second trimester miscarriage. An update covering the area of sepsis has been added to previous early warning guidelines on maternity care and a new set of guidelines on miscarriage... Read more →

Salt is killing 1.6m people a year through heart disease

Friday 15th August 2014 - John Radovitz - Independent

USING too much salt leads to more than 1.6 million heart disease-related deaths around the world each year, research suggests. Scientists based the finding on an analysis of 205 surveys of sodium intake in countries representing nearly three-quarters of the world's adult population. Effects of... Read more →

Concern over dearth of new medicines to fight infection

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Only one new antibiotic brought to Irish market in last six years. Just one new antibiotic for use by GPs has been brought to the Irish market in the last six years, leading to concern about keeping up with the resistance to the drugs. Fosfomycin, a drug used to treat urinary tract infections, is t... Read more →

Aspirin can prevent cancer deaths, Irish study finds

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Researchers find prescription can help stop spread of breast cancer to lymph nodes. A simple aspirin pill can help reduce death rates from cancer by preventing the spread of the disease, new Irish research suggests. Women who have been prescribed aspirin regularly before being diagnosed with breast... Read more →