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‘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 - Irishhealth.com - Irishhealth.com

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 →

Minister for Health signals shift in medical card policy

Monday 21st July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Varadkar says issuing of cards based on ‘hierarchy of illnesses’ may not be realistic. New Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has indicated he may walk away from the Government’s plan to start issuing medical cards on the grounds of medical condition. In the first clear expression o... Read more →

Kelly reverses cut to 23 voluntary groups

Monday 21st July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Health and disability organisations to share €1.3m funding after ministerial U-turn. Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has restored funding to 23 health and disability organisations whose grants were controversially axed by his predecessor Phil Hogan. Mr Kelly said he was making bridging... Read more →

Mega increase in public waiting lists

Monday 21st July 2014 - Niall Hunter - Irishhealth.com

New Health Minister Leo Varadkar is facing a major challenge to manage the growing waiting list crisis, with the numbers waiting for public hospital outpatient and inpatient/daycase care continuing to spiral. Just over 23,000 more people are waiting over 12 months for an outpatient appointment than... Read more →

My heart disease taught me value of slowing down

Friday 18th July 2014 - Áilín Quinlan - Independent

Michael McCabe (34) was forced to see a GP when he began coughing and choking and was diagnosed cardiomyopathy. AT THE height of the boom, Michael McCabe was regularly working 13-hour days, six days a week. During busy peri ods between 2004 and 2007, 100-hour weeks were not uncommon for McCabe, then... Read more →

Almost 350,000 waiting for outpatient appointment

Friday 18th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Latest HSE figures show a deficit of €162 million in five months to end of May. Almost 350,000 people are waiting for an outpatient appointment, according to the latest figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE). The figures, which show the HSE recorded a €162 million deficit in the f... Read more →