'Back to front' guidelines on abortion

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Nearly seven months after the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act came into effect, health professionals have to date only been issued with guidelines on how the appeals system where a woman is refused an abortion should operate. This 'back to front' approach to guidance on the operation of the... Read more →

Failure to take medicine as prescribed costs Irish government millions

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Ailin Quinlan - Independent

Many Irish patients take their medication incorrectly, costing the government millions and contributing to premature death rates. More than 70pc of us just say we "forgot," but there may be other reasons behind the failure of so many Irish patients to take the medicine prescribed for often severe he... Read more →

How to identify the symptoms of Shingles

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Dr Ciara Kelly - Independent

Varicella Zoster or Shingles effects one in five of us and kicks us when we're down. Shingles, really is the virus that keeps on giving. Three quarters of us have had the chicken pox and most of us barely remember it - not me, I got it at 16 and was covered with huge blisters like a thousand golden ... Read more →

Warning on September asthma spike

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

The Asthma Society of Ireland has warned that emergency hospital admissions for children with asthma increase significantly in the month of September. The Society is providing training and support free of charge to help parents and teachers at this time. According to 2013 figures, hospital admissi... Read more →

New advance in fight against superbugs

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - -

Irish scientists have made an advance in the fight against resistant hospital superbugs. The team from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast has developed the first innovative antibacterial gel that acts to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins.... Read more →

Why you should leave the car at home

Wednesday 20th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

People who commute to work by walking or cycling and public transport tend to have lower body weight and fat composition compared to those using private transport, according to a new study. The researchers point out that the health benefits were similar for both active commuting (walking and cyclin... Read more →

Parents 'exploited' by overseas youth cancer treatments

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - Fiona Gartland - Irish Times

Specialists say experimental approach unrealistic and may harm some children. Hope offered by experimental cancer treatments abroad is “unrealistic” and, in some cases, may harm children, two leading childhood cancer specialists have warned. Consultant Prof Owen Smith and oncologist Dr ... Read more →

Alopecia 'cure' fully restores hair in five months

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

A pill that cures alopecia baldness has full restored the hair of three patients in a breakthrough hailed as ‘dramatic’ and ‘exciting’ by scientists. Doctors conducted a pilot trial after identifying which immune cells were responsible for destroying hair follicles in people ... Read more →

Welcome to the 'manopause'

Tuesday 19th August 2014 - David Thomas - Independent

It's all the rage among the Wall Street brokers, but is the boom in testosterone-replacement therapy the latest sign that middle-aged men have taken to spending their way out of their mid-life crises, asks David Thomas. There's a hot new drug called TRT that users take to make them feel more energe... Read more →

No confirmed or suspected Ebola cases in Ireland, says HSE

Monday 18th August 2014 - Genevieve Carbery - Irish Times

Statement follows report on Irish news website of first suspected case in State. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Ireland. The statement issued by the HSE follows a report on an Irish news website ‘The Journal’ that a room... Read more →