Do not ignore medicine warnings

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Ignoring the warning messages that come with medicines is like ignoring the warning signs on a road while driving - it can be fatal, pharmacists have insisted. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), more and more people are failing to read the information leaflets that come with their medicin... Read more →

First malaria vaccine could be available by next year

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Irish Times - Irish Times

GlaxoSmithKline submits application to European Medicines Agency for assessment. A British drug maker has come a step closer to making the world’s first malaria vaccine available for use. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) who will assess... Read more →

The shape we're in: Facts about Irish obesity

Monday 28th July 2014 - Kathy Donaghy - Independent

As a nation, we're getting fatter to the point of a crisis. It's especially prevalent among older people, according to a new report. The obesity time bomb is no longer just ticking - it has exploded with new evidence showing that a massive four out of the over-50s in this country are now overweight ... Read more →

Shift work ups diabetes risk

Monday 28th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Doing shift work can increase your risk of developing diabetes, according to new research. Researchers in China found that any period of shift work was associated with a 9% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with working normal office hours. And the risk is highest in men and in pe... Read more →

State facing €1 billion bill for medical negligence claims

Monday 28th July 2014 - Martin Wall - Irish Times

The State is facing a potential financial liability of more than €1 billion to deal with medical negligence claims in public hospitals and HSE facilities. Official Department of Health briefing material maintains that the number of clinical claims under active management by the State Claims Ag... Read more →

Irish rugby player appeals to men to be more aware of testicular cancer

Friday 25th July 2014 - Joanna Kiernan - Independent

After the tragic loss of a friend to the disease, rugby star Jordi Murphy tells why it is vital to ignore the macho culture and seek help early. Irish rugby international and Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy (23) is the perfect case in point of an old head on young, albeit quite considerable, shoulders... Read more →

The Dracula Bug: Why you should be wary of dangerous ticks

Friday 25th July 2014 - Dr Ciara Kelly - Independent

With Lyme Disease on the increase, here's how you can protect yourself this summer. Is there anything worse than a tick? I'm not sure there is. Parasitic arachnids that lurk in the long grass, watching and waiting to drop from their perch, onto unsuspecting passing mammals and lock onto us with thei... Read more →

Free GP care for all plan delayed

Friday 25th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

All children and people over 70 will get free GP care by 2016 under a new timetable drawn up by Health Minister Leo Varadkar. This means, however, that the Government is unlikely to deliver on its promise of free GP care for the entire population by 2016. Instead, it will provide GP care to younger... Read more →

Paracetamol ineffective for back pain

Thursday 24th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Paracetamol is no better than placebo pills at tackling acute back pain, new research has indicated. The research findings have called into question the common belief that paracetamol should be the first choice painkiller for low-back pain. The researchers indicate that paracetamol may not be e... Read more →

Migraine drug to go 'over-the-counter'

Thursday 24th July 2014 - Niall Hunter -

The medicines watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), has recommended that the migraine drug sumatriptan be made available over the counter, rather than on prescription-only as at present. The drug, which is better known under the brand name Imigran, is one of 12 active medicine ... Read more →