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Call for phasing out of prescription levy

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists are calling on the Government to begin phasing out the €2.50 prescription levy paid by medical card holders, as part of Budget 2017. In the past, people with medical cards obtained their prescription medicines from pharmacies with no fees attached. However in 2010, a prescription l... Read more →

Dental service for kids under severe pressure

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The public dental service, which provides services to children of school-going age, is being ‘pushed to the brink', it has been claimed. Speaking at the HSE dentists' annual seminar in Athlone, the chief executive of the Irish Dental Association (IDA), Fintan Hourihan, pointed out that the po... Read more →

Pharmacist praised for saving teenager

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A pharmacist in Dublin has been praised for administering two life-saving adrenaline injections to a teenager who was going into anaphylactic shock. The incident happened on Grafton Street in Dublin on Tuesday evening. A 17-year-old female with a known severe nut allergy became ill after consuming ... Read more →

Pop-up radio station to focus on mental health

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A mental health awareness campaign is aiming to set a Guinness World Record by holding the world's largest mindfulness lesson next week. Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) is a mental health awareness and education campaign run by St Patrick's Mental Health Services. As part of this campaign, WIMS Radio will ... Read more →

Burnout among doctors can be tackled

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is possible to tackle burnout among doctors, a new study has found. Burnout is characterised by emotional exhaustion, loss of purpose and de-personalisation - treating people as if they are objects. It can lead to personal issues such as depression and alcohol abuse, but may also impact patient ... Read more →

Timely access to services key for patients

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Timely access to services, clear communication and being treated with respect are some of the main things that patients want from the Irish health service, a new study has revealed. The study, My Healthcare, My Future, is based on interviews with 1,000 current and future Irish patients, focus ... Read more →

Speed a big factor in motorcycle collisions

Monday 3rd October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Speed was a contributory factor in almost half of all fatal collisions involving motorcyclists between 2008 and 2012, a new report has shown. Furthermore, almost one-third of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents during this time had consumed alcohol. The fourth Pre-Crash Report from... Read more →

Greater understanding of palliative care needed

Monday 3rd October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many people are unaware that palliative care can last for years and that this approach also offers support to families, friends and carers, a new survey has shown. Palliative care is aimed at people whose conditions cannot be cured. The goal is to provide the best quality of life in the time they h... Read more →

Message banking may help MND patients

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major project, which aims to help people with motor neurone disease (MND) to maintain a sense of identity after they lose their ability to speak, is being highlighted as part of a research event in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) this week. The way we speak and our unique turn of phrase helps us to ... Read more →

Response to depression treatment linked to job

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with high-status jobs may be less likely to respond to standard drug treatment for depression, a new study suggests. As many as one-third of people who take drugs to help treat their depression do not respond to this type of treatment. Knowing who will or will not respond could help doctors ... Read more →