Caesareans safer if baby is breech

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Breech babies have a much higher risk of death if they are delivered vaginally rather than by caesarean section, a new study has found. Babies in the breech position are delivered feet or buttocks first, rather than head first. An estimated 4% of deliveries are breech. A previous study carried out... Read more →

Timely stroke treatment essential

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Getting the right treatment for a stroke within three hours improves a patient's odds of a good outcome by 75%, a major new study has found. The study was highlighted by the Irish Heart Foundation during National FAST Week, which runs from August 11-17. The FAST awareness campaign aims to educate ... Read more →

Honest to goodness: Soups that boost vegetable intake

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Independent - Independent

Rocket, watercress and chilli would give any cold a good spanking. If you don't have a cold, make the rocket soup anyway - it is delicious. Adding the leaves to the spinach soup base at the last minute or two keeps the colour really bright green. If you cook the spinach too long, it tends to look a ... Read more →

Diabetes foot problem signals heart issues

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The loss of sensation that people with diabetes sometimes experience in their feet may predict their risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a stroke or heart attack, a new study suggests. Diabetes can cause blood vessel and nerve damage, particularly if the condition is poorly controlled.... Read more →

Ebola risk ‘extremely low’ in EU, says commissioner

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Medical Independent -

The EU is prepared in the “unlikely event” of the Ebola virus outbreak reaching Europe, according to the European Commissioner for Health. Speaking today after the WHO declared the worsening outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as a “public health emergency of international concern&rd... Read more →

Aspirin cuts risk of digestive cancers

Friday 8th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Taking aspirin can significantly reduce a person's risk of developing major cancers of the digestive tract, such as bowel cancer, a new study has found. The drug also reduces the risk of dying from these cancers. This marks the first time that scientists have reviewed all the evidence contained in... Read more →

'Prostate screening can reduce cancer deaths'

Friday 8th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Prostate cancer screening could reduce deaths from the disease by about a fifth, according to a major European study. However, the authors of the study of over 162,000 men conclude that routine blood test (PSA test) screening programmes for prostate cancer should not be introduced at this time. Do... Read more →

ED overcrowding worsens - INMO

Friday 8th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Emergency department overcrowding has worsened this summer compared to last summer, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). The INMO's latest trolley and ward watch figures have confirmed an 8% increase in overcrowding in July of this year compared to July 2013. The nurses'... Read more →

First stages of Universal GP Care in place by year end - Varadkar

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Sorcha Pollak - Irish Times

Minister for Health plans to delay introduction of UHI and postpone abolition of HSE. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar hopes the first stages of Universal GP Care for over-70s and under-6s will be in place before the end of the year. Mr Varadkar told RTÉ’s Today with Seán O&rsqu... Read more →

Big jump in overseas IVF enquiries

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of Irish people seeking information about fertility treatment abroad has risen significantly in recent months, new research suggests. According to the findings, these types of enquiries have jumped by almost 60% in the last six months alone. The lower cost associated with obtaining ferti... Read more →