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Cancer kids missing out on med cards

Friday 15th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

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 - Irishhealth.com

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 →

Staff relations key to manager stress

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Listen up managers - if you want to reduce your stress levels in work, you need to build a good relationship with your employees, according to new research. While many studies have looked at the topic of work stress, few have focused specifically on managers. Norwegian researchers decided to look i... Read more →

Leaving Cert students urged to stay safe

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Leaving Cert students receiving their exam results today are being reminded to look out for each other when celebrating later on. Just under 57,000 students are set to get their results today and according to youth website, spunout.ie, alcohol may play a big role in many people's celebrations tonig... Read more →

Shift workers not helped by sleep drugs

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Some shift workers take drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep, however there is little evidence that this will actually benefit them, new research indicates. According to Finnish researchers, at least one in 10 workers is involved in some sort of shift work in most developed countries and E... Read more →

Aspirin may stop spread of breast cancer say researchers

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Medical Independent - Medicalindependent.ie

Irish researchers have found that aspirin may stop the spread of breast cancer. Researchers funded by the Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society have discovered that women who had been prescribed aspirin regularly before being diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to have cancer that... Read more →

Plain packaging will cost revenue, but bring health savings

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Ireland would be first EU member state to introduce plain-packaging legislation. The State may lose tax revenue through the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products but this will be offset by savings from reduced deaths and illness linked to smoking, according to a Department of Health s... Read more →