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 →

More focus on disability issues needed

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government is being urged to focus on the needs of people with physical disabilities in Budget 2017, which is due to be announced next month. The call comes from the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), which represents and supports people with physical and sensory disabilities nationwide. It ha... Read more →

Schizophrenia risk much higher in siblings

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are 10 times more likely to develop schizophrenia if they have a sibling with the condition, a new study has found. While it is widely acknowledged that people have an increased risk of developing mental health conditions if their siblings are affected, until now, the risks have not been qua... Read more →

Teens urged to take part in fitness challenge

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A study of Irish teenage boys with low fitness levels has found that they spend an average of two-thirds of their day sitting down and 85% already have high blood pressure. The study was carried out by researchers at Dublin City University (DCU) and it involved 82 boys in transition year. Its findi... Read more →

Carbon monoxide can kill in three minutes

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that can kill people in as little as three minutes, however hundreds of thousands of homes do not have carbon monoxide alarms, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has warned. This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and as part of this eve... Read more →

Baby boxes to be introduced

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Baby boxes, which have been credited with significantly reducing the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) among babies in Finland, are to be introduced in Ireland. Baby boxes are made of durable cardboard and they come with a firm, foam mattress, a waterproof mattress cover and a cotton... Read more →