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Nurses to be balloted for industrial action

Wednesday 9th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Nurses and midwives are to be balloted for industrial action over a number of issues, including the failure to recruit more staff. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), it has made this decision following a review of the outcome of 12 regional consultation meetings it held... Read more →

Junior doctors become latest  to warn over industrial action

Wednesday 9th November 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Hospitals are braced for a chaotic winter of industrial unrest as doctors and nurses embark on campaigns to improve their pay and conditions. Junior doctors in the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) are the latest group to get a mandate to ballot for industrial action if they fail to secure a retur... Read more →

'First-time mums don't know what is normal - and don't have the vocabulary to ask'

Wednesday 9th November 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Blathnaid Cox, who gave birth to her son Darragh six months ago by caesarean section, said she was given little advance advice about the procedure by doctors or nurses. The first-time mother from Crumlin in Dublin said Darragh was a breech baby so there was a strong likelihood he would have to be... Read more →

Women at risk of PTSD after miscarriage

Monday 7th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who suffer a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy may be at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study has found. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after experiencing an intensely stressful event. It has been well documented in relation to military conflict,... Read more →

Less salt being used in processed foods

Monday 7th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There has been a significant reduction in the salt content of a number of food products available in Ireland, particularly processed meats, such as rashers and sausages, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said. It has published an update of its annual salt monitoring programme, which h... Read more →

Remembrance event for bereaved families

Monday 7th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More than 50 families from all over Ireland who have experienced the death of a child, came together recently for a special remembrance event. The event was organised by Anam Cara, a support group for bereaved parents and families. This voluntary group was established in 2008 to address the lack o... Read more →

1 in 7 teens feel pressured to have sex

Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One-third of 17 and 18-year-olds in Ireland have had sex, however one in 10 of these has never used a condom and at least one in seven felt pressured into having sex, new research has found. According to the findings, 33% of Ireland's 17 and 18-year-olds have had sexual intercourse, while 40% have ... Read more →

Homeless families in Dublin exceed 1,000

Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of families who are homeless in Dublin has exceeded 1,000 for the first time, a new report has shown. According to the report from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, during the week September 19-25, there were 1,014 homeless families in Dublin. A furthe... Read more →

Map highlights vitamin D deficiency in Dublin

Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People living in some parts of Dublin are much more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, which can have a major impact on their overall health, unique new research has shown. According to the findings, some areas have deficiency rates that are five times higher than other areas. Researchers at Tri... Read more →

Smartphones disrupting children's sleep

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who use screen-based media devices at bedtime, such as smartphones and tablets, are much more likely to get poor sleep, which can have major consequences for their overall health, a new study has found. Welsh researchers carried out a review of 20 studies involving more than 125,000 childr... Read more →