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Waterford hospital to close ten beds over nurse shortage

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Colin Gleeson - The Irish Times

University Hospital Waterford is to close ten inpatient beds on a temporary basis from Monday due to a shortage of nurses. In a statement, hospital management said the decision was taken due to “difficulties being experienced in filling current nurse staffing vacancies”. It said the ho... Read more →

Health workers face higher risk of violence

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People working in the health sector are three times more likely to experience work-related violence than other employees, a major international conference held in Dublin has been told. According to research highlighted at the conference, violence and aggression in the workplace can pose significant... Read more →

Special effects contact lenses should be avoided

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The use of special effects contact lenses at Halloween should be avoided as these products can cause serious eye damage, eye experts have warned. According to the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), there has been a ‘worrying growth' in the use of decorative or special effects contact ... Read more →

Heartburn can have serious impact

Friday 28th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of Irish adults suffer with symptoms of heartburn and the majority of these say the condition has a negative impact on their lives, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 51% of adults in Ireland suffer with heartburn symptoms and 78% of these feel that the condition has a neg... Read more →

Number of caesareans continues to rise

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of caesarean sections taking place in Irish maternity services has jumped significantly over the last 30 years, new research has found. According to the findings, just 7% of deliveries were by caesarean section in 1984. By 1993, this had almost doubled to 13%. However by 2014, it had jum... Read more →

Medication inspections to begin in hospitals

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

From next month, public acute hospitals are to be inspected to ensure that they are providing medication to their patients in a safe way. Currently, it is estimated that on average, at least one medication error occurs per hospital patient every day. In other words, there could be as many as three ... Read more →

Low awareness of alcohol link to breast cancer

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The link between alcohol and breast cancer is well established but public awareness of this remains low, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. According to the charity, every year in Ireland, around 900 new cancers and 500 cancer deaths can be attributed to alcohol use and the risk is particul... Read more →

Shift work can have big impact on health

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 70% of people who work shifts regularly skip meals, while almost 80% do not get enough sleep, a new report into the habits of Irish shift workers has revealed. The report by Safefood found that shift workers face many barriers when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, including poor avai... Read more →

Many unaware of epilepsy-related deaths

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many families who have lost loved ones to epilepsy were not aware prior to the death that this neurological condition can be fatal, new research has found. According to new data from the International Epilepsy Deaths Register (EDR), which includes the recently established Epilepsy Deaths Register f... Read more →

More surviving breast cancer than ever before

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More women are surviving breast cancer today than ever before, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout October, the ICS is looking back on 40 years of research into this disease in order to highlight the many advances that have been m... Read more →