7,000 patients on trolleys last month

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 7,000 patients who needed to be admitted to hospital last month found themselves on trolleys either in overcrowded Emergency Departments (EDs) or wards, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said (INMO). According to the INMO's latest ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 6,977 patien... Read more →

Insurance to be made 'affordable again'

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A series of measures, which it is hoped will address the issue of rising private health insurance premiums, has been announced by the Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. According to Minister Varadkar, the Private Health Insurance Package is designed to ‘make private health insurance affordable ag... Read more →

Insomnia linked to road death risk

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Insomnia may be a major contributor to road-related deaths and other unintentional fatal injuries, a new study suggests. Insomnia is a sleep disorder which results in people constantly having difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. This can lead to a number of problems such as daytime fatigu... Read more →

More PE needed in secondary schools

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Secondary schools are being urged to ensure that all pupils are being taught enough PE. According to recommendations by the Department of Education, post-primary school students should be provided with two hours of physical education per week. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Federation of... Read more →

Big rise in mumps cases this year

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

More than 400 cases of mumps have been diagnosed so far this year compared to 184 cases for the whole of 2013, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has said. According to the centre, most of this year's cases have occurred in young people aged 17 to 20. Mumps is a contagious viral infe... Read more →

Allergens on loose foods to be labelled

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Specific allergens, such as peanuts, milk and shellfish, will have to be clearly labelled on all loose foods from next month, the Department of Health has said. New laws have been brought in by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, as required under EU regulations. Similar measures are being signed into l... Read more →

Birth weight linked to adult hip risk

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Adults may have an increased risk of requiring a hip replacement as a result of osteoarthritis if they were born prematurely or had a low birth weight, a new study suggests. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and mos... Read more →

Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

For smokers, the risk of developing lung cancer falls if they quit the habit, however it will never be as low as the risk that applies to someone who has never smoked, Irish doctors have said. According to Dr Jane Kleinerova and Dr Dermot O'Callaghan of the Mater Hospital in Dublin, lung cancer cur... Read more →

Childline in emergency appeal for funds

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 45,000 calls made to Childline at night will go unanswered in 2015 if funds are not raised immediately, the ISPCC has warned. Childline has been listening to children for 26 years and for the last 15 years, the service has been available on a 24-hour basis, meaning vulnerable young people can ... Read more →

How to eat yourself young with tips from a naturopath

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Elizabeth Peyton-Jones - Independent

A morning brew - When you wake up in the morning, squeeze half a lemon into some warm water, add a little ginger and a teaspoonful of turmeric. This drink will cleanse your liver and will also start the digestive process. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which is good for the skin. If you're trying t... Read more →