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 →

Thousands use asthma inhalers incorrectly

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

As many as 300,000 people with asthma in Ireland are not using their inhalers properly, increasing their risk of suffering a serious asthma attack, the Asthma Society of Ireland has warned. According to the society's CEO, Averil Power, up to 60% of all people with asthma do not have the condition u... Read more →

Low awareness of meningitis symptoms

Friday 28th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of Irish parents think that a distinctive rash is the first symptom of meningitis, however in reality, this often appears after other symptoms, and sometimes does not appear at all, a new survey has found. The survey of 700 parents was carried out on behalf of the ‘Tackle Meningit... Read more →

500+ cancers detected by BowelScreen

Thursday 27th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 500 cancers were detected by the National Bowel Screening Programme, BowelScreen, between October 2012 and December 2015, a new report has shown. However, uptake of the programme remains low, with just 40% of those invited during this period taking up the offer of screening. Around 2,500 peop... Read more →

Importance of vaccines highlighted

Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE is reminding people of the importance of vaccinations, following a number of measles outbreaks and related deaths in Europe. It has insisted that complacency about vaccines could lead to deaths in Ireland. A number of European countries have reported measles outbreaks recently. In the last... Read more →

Fake news impacting vaccination rates

Tuesday 25th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Major concern has been expressed about the impact of social media campaigns and fake news when it comes to vaccination-associated risks. According to the Irish Medical Organisation's (IMO) new president, Dr Ann Hogan, who oversees vaccination campaigns as part of her work, these campaigns are promo... Read more →

Warning about drinking during pregnancy

Monday 24th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 600 babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Ireland every year, a public health specialist has warned. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Dr Mary O'Mahony, a specialist in public health medicine at the HSE, pointed out that alc... Read more →

Cycling to work linked to major health benefits

Friday 21st April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who cycle to and from work have a much lower risk of developing heart disease and cancer, a new study has found. They also have a reduced risk of dying from all causes. Researchers in Scotland looked at over 264,000 people with an average age of 53. The participants were asked about their c... Read more →

1 in 5 regularly buy gluten-free foods

Thursday 20th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 20% of Irish people regularly shop for gluten-free products, despite the fact that just 1% of the population has been medically diagnosed with coeliac disease, new research has shown. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest this prot... Read more →