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Taxpayers spent €3million on procedures for morbidly obese people in last five years

Monday 18th August 2014 - Brian McDonald - Irish Mirror

Around 345 people have had surgery since 2009. Taxpayers are having to tighten their belts so overweight patients can tighten theirs, figures have revealed. Almost €3million was spent performing surgical procedures for morbid obesity over the past five years. The operations are designed to en... Read more →

Mars recalls some drinks over bacteria concern

Monday 18th August 2014 - RTE - RTE News

A number of Mars milk drinks have been recalled as a precaution as they could pose a health risk due to the presence of the Bacillus bacteria. The drinks, manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH, have best before dates between 19 December 2014 and 11 April 2015. The products being recalled are ... Read more →

Cancer kids missing out on med cards

Friday 15th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Children diagnosed with cancer in Ireland are still not automatically entitled to a medical card, leaving their families with the added stress of having to undergo a means test, the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) has said. Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year - that ... Read more →

New guidelines in wake of Savita case

Friday 15th August 2014 - Niall Hunter - Irishhealth.com

New sets of guidelines have are being given to hospitals on the management of pregnant women with suspected sepsis and second trimester miscarriage. An update covering the area of sepsis has been added to previous early warning guidelines on maternity care and a new set of guidelines on miscarriage... Read more →

Salt is killing 1.6m people a year through heart disease

Friday 15th August 2014 - John Radovitz - Independent

USING too much salt leads to more than 1.6 million heart disease-related deaths around the world each year, research suggests. Scientists based the finding on an analysis of 205 surveys of sodium intake in countries representing nearly three-quarters of the world's adult population. Effects of... Read more →

Concern over dearth of new medicines to fight infection

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Only one new antibiotic brought to Irish market in last six years. Just one new antibiotic for use by GPs has been brought to the Irish market in the last six years, leading to concern about keeping up with the resistance to the drugs. Fosfomycin, a drug used to treat urinary tract infections, is t... Read more →

Aspirin can prevent cancer deaths, Irish study finds

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Researchers find prescription can help stop spread of breast cancer to lymph nodes. A simple aspirin pill can help reduce death rates from cancer by preventing the spread of the disease, new Irish research suggests. Women who have been prescribed aspirin regularly before being diagnosed with breast... Read more →

Staff relations key to manager stress

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Listen up managers - if you want to reduce your stress levels in work, you need to build a good relationship with your employees, according to new research. While many studies have looked at the topic of work stress, few have focused specifically on managers. Norwegian researchers decided to look i... Read more →

Leaving Cert students urged to stay safe

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Leaving Cert students receiving their exam results today are being reminded to look out for each other when celebrating later on. Just under 57,000 students are set to get their results today and according to youth website, spunout.ie, alcohol may play a big role in many people's celebrations tonig... Read more →

Shift workers not helped by sleep drugs

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Some shift workers take drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep, however there is little evidence that this will actually benefit them, new research indicates. According to Finnish researchers, at least one in 10 workers is involved in some sort of shift work in most developed countries and E... Read more →