Defibrillator programme could save ten lives a year

Monday 1st December 2014 - RTE -

A report from the Health Information and Quality Authority has recommended the targeted placing of public access defibrillators in locations where there is a higher incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In a health technology assessment for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, HIQA said that no... Read more →

Many asthma triggers at Christmas time

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

With just weeks to go until Christmas, people with asthma are being reminded to take particular care of themselves as there may be many extra triggers for their condition at this time of the year. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma and one person dies from the condition every week despite t... Read more →

Obesity a major risk factor for cancer

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Overweight and obesity have become major risk factors for cancer, causing almost half a million new cases of the disease worldwide every year, a new study has found. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cancer caused by excess weight is currently much more common in ... Read more →

HSE service plan to target waiting times and cancer care

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Paul Cullen -

Targeted measures to tackle waiting lists, the recruitment of hundreds of extra doctors and nurses and the expansion of cancer services are outlined in the HSE’s service plan, to be published today. The plan envisages savings totalling €130 million, to come from cuts in spending on drugs... Read more →

Link between paracetamol and asthma 'overstated'

Wednesday 26th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists have found that a suggested link between early exposure to paracetamol and an increased risk of developing asthma in childhood may be ‘overstated'. Previous research has suggested that the use of this common painkiller during pregnancy and/or a child's early years may increase the ... Read more →

Chlamydia testing at five-year high

Wednesday 26th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

There has been a big jump in the number of people getting tested for the sexually transmitted infection (STI), chlamydia, in Dublin this year. According to the Dublin Well Woman Centre, its three clinics have already carried out 4,576 chlamydia tests so far this year, surpassing the full-year total... Read more →

Simple infections 'could become killers'

Tuesday 25th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Antibiotic resistance is now a ‘global public heath crisis', the Department of Health's chief medical officer has warned. According to Dr Tony Holohan, we are at a stage in which the developments of modern medicine, which all of us take for granted, are at risk. "This is an era in which the ... Read more →

Fall in cases of MRSA and C.diff

Tuesday 25th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people contracting the hospital superbug, MRSA, has fallen significantly in recent years, new figures from the Department of Health have shown. Rates of another superbug, C.diff, also appear to be on the decline. MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a form of the bac... Read more →

Breathing for life: Huge progress in asthma treatments

Tuesday 25th November 2014 - Joy Orpen -

Having asthma is like trying to breathe through a soggy straw. That is how Breda Flood (63), from Co Wexford, describes this often frightening condition, which causes the airways to become constricted, making it difficult to breathe. SHAREIt's a problem that only arose when Breda was in her 30s; no... Read more →

Asthma, COPD linked to bowel disease

Monday 24th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People with diseases of their airways, such as asthma, are more likely to have an inflammatory bowel disease, a new study has found. This marks the first population-based study to investigate the link between diseases of the airways and the incidence of bowel diseases. Canadian researchers used a ... Read more →