'I believe things can only get better for people with CF'

Monday 14th July 2014 - Independent - Independent

Orla Tinsley was one of only 1,100 cystic fibrosis sufferers in the world to try out a new medication for the debilitating genetic disease. It has changed her life and she believes the future, finally, is bright for CF patients. Drug trials are tricky things. You have to work hard to get on them, y... Read more →

New eye test could detect early stage Alzheimer’s

Monday 14th July 2014 - Irish Times - Irish Times

Early trials show key biomarkers can be identified in retina and lens. Regular eye tests could in future be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s, new research suggests. Early trials of two different techniques show that a key Alzheimer’s biomarker can be identified in the retina and... Read more →

Top tips from the experts to help ensure a good night's sleep

Friday 11th July 2014 - Independent - Independent

Make the bedroom a sleep haven. "Bedrooms should be quiet, dark, not too hot or cold, well ventilated and used for sleep only," says Breege Leddy from the Insomnia Clinic ( Stop looking at phones two hours before bed. Stick to a sleep routine. "That enjoyable weekend lie-in can mak... Read more →

Sleep well: how to get more than 40 winks

Friday 11th July 2014 - Chrissie Russell - Independent

One in five of us will suffer from insomnia, but why and what can we do to cure it? By Chrissie Russell. The red glow of your radio alarm clock reads 3.45am as you turn your pillow over, hoping the cool side will help you sleep. By 4.30am, you can hear the birds begin to chirp. As you lie, worr... Read more →

Free GP care for over-70s will ‘require legislation’

Friday 11th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Crown proposes that non-smokers could be given discount on health insurance. Legislation will be required to give effect to the Government’s decision to extend free GP care to all over-70s, the Oireachtas health committee has heard. The measure, which will apply to those over-70s who do n... Read more →

Insect Bite: 'Lyme disease almost destroyed my life'

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Celine Naughton - Independent

An insect bite seems like a minor annoyance. But as the HSE urges us to protect themselves against tick bites, Celine Naughton talks to those whose lives have been shattered by a single encounter. Getting out and about in summer comes with a government health warning – protect yourself ag... Read more →

Avoiding ticks and other bugs this summer

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Celine Naughton - Independent

According to public health specialist Paul McKeown, it is likely that there are 50-100 cases of Lyme disease in Ireland every year Make sure you’re not one of them by protecting yourself against tick bites, especially at this time of year when you’re more likely to be out and about. ... Read more →

New kidney for 'untransplantable' teen

Thursday 10th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A 14-year-old girl from Dublin who was deemed ‘untransplantable' has successfully undergone a kidney transplant thanks to a new treatment. The treatment allows patients who have previously rejected kidney transplants to receive a new organ. While the treatment has been carried out in adults b... Read more →

Over-35s taking out health insurance face penalty. First-time insurance subscribers to face 2% per year penalty after May 2015.

Tuesday 8th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Independent

Customers over the age of 35 will pay a 2 per cent per year penalty on their health insurance following the introduction of a new loading by Minister for Health James Reilly. In a move designed to attract younger customers back into the market, Dr Reilly said health insurance premiums will rise mor... Read more →

What is the Lifetime Community Rating? Q&A: New loading system explained

Tuesday 8th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

What is Lifetime Community Rating? Community rating is the principle whereby everyone pays the same premium for the same health-insurance product, regardless of age. That’s the system that applies in Ireland and it effectively means younger, healthier subscribers are subsidising older, less he... Read more →