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 →

World-first study on concussion launched

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study on sports concussion - the first of its kind in the world - has been launched by the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC). The pioneering pilot study will use the retina of the eye as a potential assessment tool in the diagnosis of concussion. The two-year project will involve 200 conta... Read more →

All screen time should be limited

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is already well established that children who watch too much television have an increased risk of becoming obese. However, a new study has found similar concerns when it comes to other screens, such as smartphones and tablets. According to US researchers, there have been many studies that have a... Read more →

New treatment can slow breast cancer growth

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An international cancer trial involving Irish doctors and patients has confirmed that a new treatment can significantly reduce the risk of cancer progressing in women with advanced breast cancer. The PALOMA-2 trial has found that the new drug palbociclib, when taken with the standard hormone therap... Read more →

Flu cases on the increase

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of people contracting the flu has risen in recent weeks are those in at-risk groups who have not already done so, are being urged to get themselves vaccinated against the illness. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI... Read more →