Brain activity differences in autism identified

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have identified differences in the brain activity of people with autism, which may explain some of their behaviour. They have found that an area of the brain called the gyrus of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACCg) signals when something surprising takes place in people without an ... Read more →

Flu season began earlier this year

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 270 people have been hospitalised with flu this winter, with 15 of these requiring care in intensive care units (ICUs), the HSE has said. According to the HSE, flu season, which refers to the time during winter when there is an increase in people affected, usually begins in January. However th... Read more →

Major roads linked to dementia risk

Monday 9th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who live close to major roads may have a small increased risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Precious research has suggested that air pollution and traffic noise may adversely affect the brain, so Canadian scientists set out to determine if there was any link between living cl... Read more →

Flu 'not to blame for ED overcrowding'

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government has been criticised for blaming the current overcrowding problems in Emergency Departments (EDs) on an increased number of flu cases. The HSE this week confirmed that many hospitals are experiencing a ‘significant surge in demand', due to an increase in the number of flu and wi... Read more →

Road users urged to be seen

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Road users are being reminded of the importance of being seen at this time of the year. Fewer hours of daylight and poor weather conditions can reduce visibility on our roads, so it is essential that motorists use dipped headlights during daytime hours and walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists wear h... Read more →

Cancer has big impact on mental health

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cancer has a major impact on the mental health of patients, with as many as four in five survivors suffering with anxiety and/or depression a year after their diagnosis, a new study has found. Researchers in Malaysia looked at 1,362 patients, almost a third of whom had breast cancer. The participan... Read more →

Processed meat may worsen asthma symptoms

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Eating large amounts of processed meats, such as ham, sausage and salami, may worsen the symptoms of asthma, a new study has found. According to the findings, four or more servings of cured and processed meats per week appear to have the greatest impact on the lung condition. French researchers se... Read more →

Breast cancer trial needs Irish patients

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish arm of a major international breast cancer trial is seeking 50 patients in Dublin, Cork and Waterford to take part. The trial will involve 4,600 patients in 500 hospitals around the world, including six in Ireland - the Mater Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, St James's Hospital, St Vincent's ... Read more →

New maternity service standards launched

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

New standards for maternity services have been published by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). According to HIQA, the National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services ‘describe what safe, high-quality maternity services should look like'. They have been desi... Read more →

Public warned against mixing alcohol and meds

Tuesday 20th December 2016 - Debora Condon - Irish Health

With the Christmas season in full swing, many people will be socialising more than usual at this time of year. However, pharmacists are reminding members of the public to be aware of the dangers of mixing alcohol and medicines. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), drinking even a small amou... Read more →