Free GP care for all plan delayed

Friday 25th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

All children and people over 70 will get free GP care by 2016 under a new timetable drawn up by Health Minister Leo Varadkar. This means, however, that the Government is unlikely to deliver on its promise of free GP care for the entire population by 2016. Instead, it will provide GP care to younger... Read more →

Paracetamol ineffective for back pain

Thursday 24th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Paracetamol is no better than placebo pills at tackling acute back pain, new research has indicated. The research findings have called into question the common belief that paracetamol should be the first choice painkiller for low-back pain. The researchers indicate that paracetamol may not be e... Read more →

Migraine drug to go 'over-the-counter'

Thursday 24th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

The medicines watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), has recommended that the migraine drug sumatriptan be made available over the counter, rather than on prescription-only as at present. The drug, which is better known under the brand name Imigran, is one of 12 active medicine ... Read more →

Secondary infertilty a growing problem

Thursday 24th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

An increasing number of Irish couples are having difficulty conceiving a second or subsequent child, according to a Dublin fertility specialist. Dr Ahmed Omar said this condition, known as secondary infertility, is actually more common than not being able to conceive at all, and is estimated to acc... Read more →

Number of British women travelling to USA to choose the sex of their baby on the rise

Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - Patricia Murphy - Independent

Hundreds of British couples are travelling to specialist clinics in America to choose the gender of their child in an act of 'family balancing'. Leading American specialist Dr. Daniel Potter, who runs a large clinic in California, revealed that the number of couples seeking treatment to engineer th... Read more →

‘It started with a simple cold and ended with me being admitted to a psychiatric hospital...’

Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - Leslie Ann Horgan - Independent

Doctors thought Audrey Frost was having a breakdown when, in reality, she was suffering from a rare, life-threatening condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome. ‘I was in a lot of pain but it’s nothing compared to what my mam and dad went through,” says Audrey Frost with a sh... Read more →

Blood donations down last year

Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - -

Blood donations fell by just over 4% last year, according to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). According to the IBTS 2013 annual report, last year, 82,697 donors gave 135,547 donations. This compares to 85,762 donors giving 141,350 donations in 2012. The IBTS has reported a decline in th... Read more →

Trinity plays key role in global schizophrenia breakthrough

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - Dick Ahlstrom - Irish Times

Findings have potential to kickstart development of new treatments. An international scientific collaboration has found 108 locations in the human genome associated with schizophrenia. Trinity College Dublin was a significant contributor to that effort along with 3,500 Irish participants in the stu... Read more →

Leo Varadkar confirms sunbed ban comes into operation from next Monday

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

It will be an offence to allow a person under 18 years of age use a sunbed. A ban on under-18s using sunbeds will come into place next Monday, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed. Under the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act, it will be an offence for a sunbed business to sell or hire a sunbed ... Read more →

Top 10 tips for keeping fit on holiday

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - Pat Henry and Anna Burns - Independent

Don't let your hard work go to waste with expert advice on keeping your exercise routine going throughout your trip. With the exodus for holidays on at the moment, trying to keep momentum going with your training can be difficult — especially with no access to a gym or your favourite piece of ... Read more →