Not feasible to list medical card conditions

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

An expert panel that was appointed by the HSE to examine what medical needs should be taken into account when it comes to medical card eligibility has found that it is ‘neither feasible nor desirable' to list medical conditions that would qualify for a card. The panel of 23 experts was appoin... Read more →

Stroke has big impact on emotions

Friday 3rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Suffering a stroke can have a major impact on how our emotions work and these effects can last at least 18 months, new research suggests. Every year in Ireland, some 10,000 people suffer a stroke. While much is known about the physical effects of a stroke, less is known about the emotional effects.... Read more →

Pregnancy diabetes could be cut by 50%

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 50% of all cases of gestational diabetes could be prevented if women consumed a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly and stopped smoking before and during pregnancy, a new study has found. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy - m... Read more →

Neurotic women 'more likely to get Alzheimer's'

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Helen Williams - Independent

Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a 38-year long study. The claim, which appears in Neurology online, comes after scientists used personality and memory tests to track the health and welfare of 80... Read more →

Doctors warned about blood tests on those with Ebola symptoms

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

The National Virus Reference Laboratory has tested 18 samples from 12 patients with reported symptoms of Ebola and a relevant travel history, but all tested negative. The news comes as the HSE issued new advice to GPs dealing with patients who may have the Ebola virus. Under the revised guidelines... Read more →

'Every breastfeed makes a difference'

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Mothers and mothers-to-be are being reminded that ‘every breastfeed makes a difference'. That is the theme of this year's National Breastfeeding Week, which runs from October 1-7. Over half of mothers who left hospital last year were breastfeeding at the time of their discharge, 46% excl... Read more →

Call to extend BreastCheck

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 90 lives are being lost in Ireland every year as a result of the Government's failure to extend the national breast screening programme, BreastCheck, to women aged between 65 and 69, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. According to the ICS, the Government made a promise to extend screen... Read more →

The vital charities helping to restore the confidence of teenagers with chronic illness

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Linda Daly - Independent

Being a teen or pre-teen with a chronic illness can be one of the loneliest, most disempowering experiences of all, which is where two of Ireland's most inventive charities come in. Dylan Joynt was diagnosed with cancer when he was seven years old. He had undergone treatment for a few years and... Read more →

Get the vaccine and avoid the misery of being hit by flu

Monday 29th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

Almost as many people die from flu each year as are killed on our roads. So take steps to protect yourself. Doctors are a lot like fruit-pickers. We're pretty much seasonal workers, with the summer being relatively quiet work-wise, compared with the winter. The winter months ravage the respiratory s... Read more →

Get to grips with 'Meat Free Monday'

Monday 29th September 2014 - Rozanne Stevens - Independent

Meat Free Monday is not just good for the environment, it's also good for your health, writes Rozanne Stevens. For those who haven't heard about Meat Free Monday, it is a worldwide organisation started by Paul McCartney and his two daughters, Stella and Mary. The main message of Meat Free Monday is ... Read more →