Most favour health spend rise over tax cut

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - -

Nearly two out of three people want the Government to prioritise additional investment in the health service ahead of granting tax cuts, according to our latest poll. Tax cuts are expected to be announced in the 2015 Budget later today, while the HSE is running up a deficit of around €500 mill... Read more →

Irish not washing hands for long enough

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

At least two in three Irish adults do not wash their hands long enough to kill germs that cause infections, a new survey has found. People have up to 10 million bacteria between their fingertips and elbows and the number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet. Millions of germ... Read more →

GP patients want appointment flexibility

Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Eight in 10 GP patients would like to be able to attend their doctor outside of normal hours, while a similar number would like a surgery design that ensures privacy at the reception desk, a new study has found. A group of GPs in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon set out to explore what exactly patients w... Read more →

GPs, patients must face up to obesity

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

GPs have to get over their awkwardness when it comes to bringing up the topic of childhood obesity with patients and their families, a Dublin GP has said. However, according to Dr John Latham, while many GPs continue to feel uncomfortable about raising this topic during consultations, patients and ... Read more →

Women urged to be breast aware

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women are being reminded of the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. According to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), over 2,700 cases of the disease are newly diagnosed in this country every year and Irish women have a one in 10 chance of developing it during their lifetime. ... Read more →

Risk groups urged to get flu vaccine

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Every year in Ireland, thousands of people put themselves at risk of serious illness or even death by failing to get vaccinated against the flu, the HSE has warned. It has launched its annual flu vaccination campaign, which urges people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated. Research indicates that i... Read more →

Burnout high among cancer doctors

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Some seven in 10 young cancer doctors in Europe show signs of burnout because of the demands of the job, a major new survey has revealed. This is the largest survey of its kind, involving almost 600 oncologists under the age of 40 working throughout Europe. It found that 71% were showing signs of b... Read more →

'The day I was told I has a tumour on my brain it was my birthday'

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

Julie McDermott discovered she had a brain tumour that affected her hormones after many years of uncertainty. When asked why her mum is being interviewed by the Sunday Independent, adorable six-year-old Lucy McDermott says, "Because she had a bubble in her head." And, in a way, she is right; her mot... Read more →

Poor children 50% more likely to have health problems

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Alison Healy - Irish Times

Report finds one in six three-year-olds have a serious long-standing health condition. 6,600 children have been diagnosed with asthma or asthma symptoms. One in six three-year-olds, or 11,000 children, have a serious long-standing health condition, according to a report from the Institute of Public... Read more →

Many unfamiliar with common skin disease

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of a skin condition that affects one in four people at least once in their lives, but which many people are unfamiliar with. Urticaria - the medical term for hives - causes severe itching and wheals (a temporary raised area of the skin). At any gi... Read more →