Risk groups urged to get flu vaccine

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Every year in Ireland, thousands of people put themselves at risk of serious illness or even death by failing to get vaccinated against the flu, the HSE has warned. It has launched its annual flu vaccination campaign, which urges people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated. Research indicates that i... Read more →

Burnout high among cancer doctors

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Some seven in 10 young cancer doctors in Europe show signs of burnout because of the demands of the job, a major new survey has revealed. This is the largest survey of its kind, involving almost 600 oncologists under the age of 40 working throughout Europe. It found that 71% were showing signs of b... Read more →

'The day I was told I has a tumour on my brain it was my birthday'

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

Julie McDermott discovered she had a brain tumour that affected her hormones after many years of uncertainty. When asked why her mum is being interviewed by the Sunday Independent, adorable six-year-old Lucy McDermott says, "Because she had a bubble in her head." And, in a way, she is right; her mot... Read more →

Poor children 50% more likely to have health problems

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Alison Healy - Irish Times

Report finds one in six three-year-olds have a serious long-standing health condition. 6,600 children have been diagnosed with asthma or asthma symptoms. One in six three-year-olds, or 11,000 children, have a serious long-standing health condition, according to a report from the Institute of Public... Read more →

Many unfamiliar with common skin disease

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of a skin condition that affects one in four people at least once in their lives, but which many people are unfamiliar with. Urticaria - the medical term for hives - causes severe itching and wheals (a temporary raised area of the skin). At any gi... Read more →

Not feasible to list medical card conditions

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

An expert panel that was appointed by the HSE to examine what medical needs should be taken into account when it comes to medical card eligibility has found that it is ‘neither feasible nor desirable' to list medical conditions that would qualify for a card. The panel of 23 experts was appoin... Read more →

Stroke has big impact on emotions

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Suffering a stroke can have a major impact on how our emotions work and these effects can last at least 18 months, new research suggests. Every year in Ireland, some 10,000 people suffer a stroke. While much is known about the physical effects of a stroke, less is known about the emotional effects.... Read more →

Pregnancy diabetes could be cut by 50%

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 50% of all cases of gestational diabetes could be prevented if women consumed a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly and stopped smoking before and during pregnancy, a new study has found. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy - m... Read more →

Neurotic women 'more likely to get Alzheimer's'

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Helen Williams - Independent

Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a 38-year long study. The claim, which appears in Neurology online, comes after scientists used personality and memory tests to track the health and welfare of 80... Read more →

Doctors warned about blood tests on those with Ebola symptoms

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

The National Virus Reference Laboratory has tested 18 samples from 12 patients with reported symptoms of Ebola and a relevant travel history, but all tested negative. The news comes as the HSE issued new advice to GPs dealing with patients who may have the Ebola virus. Under the revised guidelines... Read more →