44 calls per day to domestic abuse helpline

Thursday 18th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A 24-hour helpline for women affected by domestic abuse received almost 16,000 calls last year - that is around 44 calls every single day. The figures are highlighted in the Women's Aid Impact Report 2016. Women's Aid is a national organisation that has been working since the 1970s to help women af... Read more →

New weight loss surgery programme launched

Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new weight loss surgery programme has been launched at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin. Weight loss (bariatric) surgery has been shown to prevent, improve, and sometimes even cure, a number of serious conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnoea and some types of cancer. ... Read more →

Adults urged to have blood pressure checked

Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Adults are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked as part of May Measurement Month - a global initiative that aims to test 25 million people for potential high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and... Read more →

Obesity should be defined as chronic disease

Monday 15th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity should be defined as a chronic disease, the World Obesity Federation has said. The question of whether obesity should be referred to as a disease has been a topic of contention for many years now. However, the federation has published a statement in the medical journal, Obesity Reviews... Read more →

Supervised injecting rooms - legislation passed

Thursday 11th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland has taken a step closer to introducing its first supervised injecting facility for drug users. The Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 has now been passed through all stages of the Oireachtas. It will allow the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to issue a licence, w... Read more →

Lots of confusion about coeliac disease

Tuesday 9th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Any person who suspects they may have coeliac disease should consult their GP before starting a gluten-free diet, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has said. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week and according to the society, there continues to be a lot of confusion about this condition here. Coeliac d... Read more →

Food businesses failing to provide allergen info

Monday 8th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many food businesses are failing to provide accurate allergen information to consumers, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned. It has just released the findings of an audit which found an unacceptable level of non-compliance by food businesses when it came to providing consumers wi... Read more →

New book on kidney failure treatment options

Friday 5th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - irish Health

A book that aims to help patients who are seriously ill with kidney failure to make difficult decisions about their treatment has been launched. The book focuses on conservative care, which is when a kidney failure patient who is on dialysis chooses to end this treatment, or they opt not to have di... Read more →

Vaccine could prevent most HPV-related cancers

Thursday 4th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

HPV infection causes up to 130 cancer deaths in Ireland every year, however most of these are potentially preventable as a result of the HPV vaccine, a new report has found. There are many types of HPV (human papillomavirus), most of which are harmless. However some strains can be serious, such as ... Read more →

Post office offers online GP consultations

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A post office in Kildare has become the first in the country to offer online GP consultations, aimed at people who may have difficulty accessing traditional GP services. VideoDoc has been launched in Fogarty's Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore, Eustace. People who wish to consult with a GP now... Read more →