Free GP care for over-70s will ‘require legislation’

Friday 11th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Crown proposes that non-smokers could be given discount on health insurance. Legislation will be required to give effect to the Government’s decision to extend free GP care to all over-70s, the Oireachtas health committee has heard. The measure, which will apply to those over-70s who do n... Read more →

Insect Bite: 'Lyme disease almost destroyed my life'

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Celine Naughton - Independent

An insect bite seems like a minor annoyance. But as the HSE urges us to protect themselves against tick bites, Celine Naughton talks to those whose lives have been shattered by a single encounter. Getting out and about in summer comes with a government health warning – protect yourself ag... Read more →

Avoiding ticks and other bugs this summer

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Celine Naughton - Independent

According to public health specialist Paul McKeown, it is likely that there are 50-100 cases of Lyme disease in Ireland every year Make sure you’re not one of them by protecting yourself against tick bites, especially at this time of year when you’re more likely to be out and about. ... Read more →

New kidney for 'untransplantable' teen

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A 14-year-old girl from Dublin who was deemed ‘untransplantable' has successfully undergone a kidney transplant thanks to a new treatment. The treatment allows patients who have previously rejected kidney transplants to receive a new organ. While the treatment has been carried out in adults b... Read more →

Over-35s taking out health insurance face penalty. First-time insurance subscribers to face 2% per year penalty after May 2015.

Tuesday 8th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Independent

Customers over the age of 35 will pay a 2 per cent per year penalty on their health insurance following the introduction of a new loading by Minister for Health James Reilly. In a move designed to attract younger customers back into the market, Dr Reilly said health insurance premiums will rise mor... Read more →

What is the Lifetime Community Rating? Q&A: New loading system explained

Tuesday 8th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

What is Lifetime Community Rating? Community rating is the principle whereby everyone pays the same premium for the same health-insurance product, regardless of age. That’s the system that applies in Ireland and it effectively means younger, healthier subscribers are subsidising older, less he... Read more →

Neurological services hit by new funding cuts Some organisations dealing with chronic pain and services to the elderly may close

Tuesday 8th July 2014 - Tim O'Brien - Irish Times

Eleven neurological organisations receiving support for vital community services in areas such as motor neurone disease, stroke and dementia have lost funding under a Department of the Environment scheme for voluntary organisations. The Neurological Alliance of Ireland, which represents 31 organisa... Read more →

Battle of the mind - Virginia Kerr on cancer support

Monday 7th July 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

Psychotherapist and opera star, Virginia Kerr, explains how cancer sufferers and their families need emotional support, as grieving the loss of health 
and taking time out are crucial to a full recovery. Cancer is not just a physical illness that requires radical medical intervention. It can also... Read more →

Work-life balance: Between a clock and a hard pace

Monday 7th July 2014 - Aine O'Connor - Independent

In a world that never switches off, our work-life balance has become dangerously disrupted, says Aine O'Connor. Henry Ford was not very popular with his fellow manufacturers in 1914. It was no whim that inspired him to double his workers' pay and cut their shifts from nine hours to eight. It wa... Read more →

Urgent need for new Alzheimer drugs

Monday 7th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Despite the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, the number of potential new drugs being developed is ‘relatively small' and the rate of success of clinical trials in this area is ‘limited', scientists have warned. Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 44 million people worl... Read more →