Concern over spike in trolley wait figures

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Nurses have expressed concern about a spike in trolley waiting figures in recent days. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO),the number of people left waiting on trolleys in hospitals between July 11 and 15 jumped by 38% when compared with the same Monday to Friday period l... Read more →

Vast majority of strokes are preventable

Tuesday 19th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 90% of strokes worldwide are potentially preventable, a new study involving Irish scientists has confirmed. According to the findings, 10 potentially modifiable risk factors account for 90% of all strokes globally, with high blood pressure (hypertension) still the biggest risk factor. The stu... Read more →

Many parents concerned about social media

Tuesday 19th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Very few parents believe that social media sites are a positive influence on their children, with many concerned about the anger and hostility displayed by users, a new survey has found. Over 1,700 parents of children aged 11 to 17 took part in the UK survey, however just 15% said that they thought... Read more →

Common drugs may worsen heart failure

Tuesday 19th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Drugs used to treat a range of conditions may cause or worsen heart failure, experts have said. According to a statement from the American Heart Association, even common over-the- counter drugs, such as painkillers and heartburn medication, could trigger or worsen the heart condition. Heart failur... Read more →

Medical cards for all seriously ill kids in 2017

Wednesday 13th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A campaign group, which has been fighting to ensure that all seriously ill children have access to medical cards, has said that it has received a ‘strong personal commitment' from the Minister for Health that all children qualifying for the Domiciliary Care Allowance will automatically qualify... Read more →

Younger adults have poorer quality of life

Wednesday 13th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Among adults in Ireland, those under the age of 30 are the most likely to experience a poorer quality of life, a new report suggests. Researchers at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)investigated how quality of life in Ireland differs by age group and social class. Their findings app... Read more →

New breast cancer trial begins

Wednesday 13th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish part of a European breast cancer trial, which aims to test the effectiveness of a new combination of drugs, has been opened by Cancer Trials Ireland. Cancer Trials Ireland coordinates cancer trials in this country. Since its establishment in 1996, over 15,000 people have participated in m... Read more →

Lots of TV in childhood affects bone health

Monday 11th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Watching a lot of television during childhood and adolescence may affect bone health later in life, a new study has found. Until now, the effects of watching television on skeletal health have been unclear, but according to these findings, those who consistently watched television in early life had... Read more →

Bariatric surgery reverses premature ageing

Monday 11th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Weight loss that comes about as a result of bariatric surgery may reverse the premature ageing that is linked with obesity, a new study suggests. Bariatric surgery is a procedure carried out on people who are obese to help them lose weight. An example of this is the insertion of a gastric band, whi... Read more →

Cancer risk before and after diabetes diagnosis

Monday 11th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with diabetes may have an increased risk of developing cancer before and immediately after their diagnosis, a new study has found. Previous research indicates that type 2 diabetes could increase the risk of developing a number of types of cancer, with the highest risk appearing to be soon af... Read more →