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 →

Public urged to donate blood over Christmas

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public who are eligible to donate blood are being urged to do so during the holiday period, as blood supplies are often difficult to maintain at this time of the year. Over 1,000 people require blood transfusions every week in Ireland, however, just 3% of the population currently giv... Read more →

Advice for families coping with addiction

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The important role that families play when it comes to coping with addiction is being highlighted as part of a new Christmas campaign. 'Family Matters' has been launched by the Rutland Centre, the country's largest private addiction rehabilitation centre. It aims to provide advice to those battling... Read more →

First centre for successful ageing opened

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first dedicated centre of excellence for successful ageing has been officially opened by the President, Michael D. Higgins. The Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), which is located at St James's Hospital In Dublin, is the largest facility of its kind in Europe. The purpose-b... Read more →

New food pyramid launched

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new food pyramid has been launched, which highlights the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables. According to the Department of Health, research over the last decade has shown that eating habits in Ireland ‘are not consistent with optimal health'. In an effort to tackle this, it has... Read more →