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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 →

Irish team in breast cancer breakthrough

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists may have discovered a way of treating one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most difficult forms of breast cancer to treat. It is more prevalent in younger women and around 250 people are newly diagnosed with the disease ever... Read more →

Waterford hospital to close ten beds over nurse shortage

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Colin Gleeson - The Irish Times

University Hospital Waterford is to close ten inpatient beds on a temporary basis from Monday due to a shortage of nurses. In a statement, hospital management said the decision was taken due to “difficulties being experienced in filling current nurse staffing vacancies”. It said the ho... Read more →

Health workers face higher risk of violence

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People working in the health sector are three times more likely to experience work-related violence than other employees, a major international conference held in Dublin has been told. According to research highlighted at the conference, violence and aggression in the workplace can pose significant... Read more →

Special effects contact lenses should be avoided

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The use of special effects contact lenses at Halloween should be avoided as these products can cause serious eye damage, eye experts have warned. According to the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), there has been a ‘worrying growth' in the use of decorative or special effects contact ... Read more →

Heartburn can have serious impact

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of Irish adults suffer with symptoms of heartburn and the majority of these say the condition has a negative impact on their lives, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 51% of adults in Ireland suffer with heartburn symptoms and 78% of these feel that the condition has a neg... Read more →

Number of caesareans continues to rise

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of caesarean sections taking place in Irish maternity services has jumped significantly over the last 30 years, new research has found. According to the findings, just 7% of deliveries were by caesarean section in 1984. By 1993, this had almost doubled to 13%. However by 2014, it had jum... Read more →

Medication inspections to begin in hospitals

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

From next month, public acute hospitals are to be inspected to ensure that they are providing medication to their patients in a safe way. Currently, it is estimated that on average, at least one medication error occurs per hospital patient every day. In other words, there could be as many as three ... Read more →