Lung cancer deaths rise in women as smoking takes its toll

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Eilish O'Regan -

Death rates for Irish women from lung cancer are continuing to rise because of the numbers who took up smoking when they were younger, a new report has revealed.It also highlights the increase in deaths from melanoma - the aggressive form of skin cancer - in men as a result of failure to protect the... Read more →

Menstrual age linked to heart risks

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The age at which a female begins menstruating may affect her risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, a new study suggests. According to the findings, females who begin menstruating at the age of 10 or younger, or at the age of 17 or older, appear to have an increased risk of developing hear... Read more →

Most drug-related deaths involve men

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 600 people died as a result of drug use in 2012, the vast majority of whom were men, new figures have shown. According to the latest figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index, which is published by the Health Research Board (HRB), 633 died in 2012, a slight drop on 2011's figure of 6... Read more →

Cancer info provided to 82,000 in 2013

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 82,000 people were provided with information and support by the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service (CIS) last year, a new report has shown.The CIS is made up of the National Cancer Helpline, online services and Daffodil Centres, which provide information and support in local hosp... Read more →

Jump in calls to abuse counselling service

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of individual callers to a telephone service that provides counselling to people who have been abused has jumped by 22% so far this year.Over half of these callers have said they were sexually abused, a slight increase on the same period last year.Connect Counselling, which is part-funded... Read more →

New ambulance transfer service for kids

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new critical-care ambulance service, which will transfer seriously ill children between hospitals, has been launched.The Paediatric Retrieval Service can transfer seriously ill children, up to the age of 16, from hospitals anywhere in Ireland to Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our L... Read more →

Memory problems linked to stroke risk

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who are highly educated and who complain about lapses in their memory may have an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. According to Dutch researchers, it is already known that stroke can cause memory problems, but they wanted to investigate whether the reverse was true - that memo... Read more →

New dementia resource for Cork

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new website, which aims to offer support to people diagnosed with dementia in the north Cork area, has been launched.An estimated 42,000 people in Ireland are currently affected by dementia, around 26,000 of whom live in the community. In the north Cork area, it is estimated that almost 1,000 peop... Read more →

Drug cuts breast cancer rates by 29%

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many women with breast cancer are given the drug, tamoxifen, to reduce the risk of the disease recurring. However, now a new study has found that the drug also has a major preventive effect in women at risk of the disease, which remains constant for at least two decades.According to the findings, th... Read more →

Asthma risk for kids in parent bed

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Toddlers who share a bed with their parents may have an increased risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a new study suggests.Dutch researchers monitored the health of over 6,100 mothers and their children every year until the children were six years of age. Information on wheezing and asthma... Read more →