Symptoms worsen in misunderstood patients

Friday 30th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Patients who feel that their doctors do not understand or believe them may experience a worsening of symptoms as a result, a new study suggests. According to UK researchers, patients who perceive their doctors to be lacking in understanding or acceptance may end up feeling distressed and angry, bot... Read more →

Rewards help pregnant smokers quit

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to quit the habit if they are offered financial incentives to do so, a new study has found. A recent report found that almost one in eight mothers in Ireland smoked throughout their pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of health ... Read more →

Big wait for kids' dermatology service

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who need to access dermatology services at Temple Street Children's Hospital now face being placed on an additional waiting list due to a lack of specialists, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has warned. Previously, children were placed on one of two waiting lists - urgent cases and those o... Read more →

Dementia care severely lacking

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 90% of nursing homes in Ireland have no dedicated dementia care units, despite the increasing number of people living with this condition, a major new survey has found. According to a new report based on the survey findings, dementia is currently ‘one of the biggest challenges facing g... Read more →

Most breast cancer info on web inaccurate

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is the most searched for cancer on the internet, yet much of the information available is either inaccurate or hard to read, Cork University Hospital (CUH) has said. Furthermore, one in three women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland has limited health literacy. This all means ... Read more →

Sugary drinks linked to earlier menstruation

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Young girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks tend to begin menstruating earlier, a new study has found. This marks the first study to investigate a link between these drinks and the age at which a girl gets her first period. It involved over 5,500 girls aged between nine and 14, who were monitore... Read more →

Big fall for Ireland in Euro health index

Tuesday 27th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ireland has fallen by eight places in a major European health index, coming in at 22nd place out of a possible 36. According to the 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), Ireland's ranking represents a ‘deep dive' from the 14th position it held in 2013. It scored just 644 points out of a po... Read more →

Even mild cholesterol ups heart risk

Tuesday 27th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Having even mildly elevated cholesterol levels in your 30s can significantly raise your risk of heart disease later on, a new study has found. US researchers looked at almost 1,500 adults taking part in a long-term ongoing study. All of the participants were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) at ... Read more →

Women urged to get smear tests

Monday 26th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish women are being reminded of the importance of undergoing screening for cervical cancer - a disease that kills thousands of women elsewhere in Europe who do not have access to the high-quality screening that is available here. This week is European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and in Irelan... Read more →

Dentists call for return of free treatment

Monday 26th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Dentists are urging the Government to reintroduce the scale and polish procedure free of charge to patients. Previously in Ireland, under the medical card and PRSI dental schemes, dental patients were eligible to certain subsidies for treatments such as fillings and extractions, and they could avai... Read more →