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 →

Baby boom on the wane as country's birth rate slows down

Friday 4th July 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

THE baby boom is continuing to wane with some maternity units seeing a substantial fall in births in the first four months of the year, new figures show. There were 21,587 births in the first four months of the year, a drop of more than 240 compared to the same period in 2012 when the trend was als... Read more →

Rare disease plan aims to provide better patient care

Friday 4th July 2014 - Ciara Kenny - Irish Times

Patients face long waiting times for diagnoses and problems accessing treatment, Reilly says. A new plan for the treatment of rare disease in Ireland should lead to faster diagnoses, improved access to care and better support for patients and their families, Minister for Health James Reilly has sai... Read more →

Junk food common in kids' TV

Friday 4th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

While regulations are now in place to limit the television advertising of unhealthy food and drinks to children, it appears that these products still have a starring role in TV programmes aimed at young people, a new Irish study has found. According to the findings, unhealthy food and drink product... Read more →