Jump in first-time callers to rape helpline

Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 12,000 people contacted the national helpline of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) last year, a new report has shown. According to the DRCC's Annual Report 2015, over 5,900 of these were first-time contacts - a 16% increase when compared to 2014. Around three in four callers to the ... Read more →

Blood disorders cost Europe billions

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The cost of treating people with blood cancers is much higher than the cost associated with treating many other types of cancers, two new studies have revealed. According to the findings, the cost of treating one patient with blood cancer is around twice as high than the average cost of treating pa... Read more →

First double hand transplant in UK

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The first person in the UK to undergo a double hand transplant has said it is ‘better than a lottery win'. Chris King (57) from Doncaster in England is only the second person in the UK to have undergone a hand transplant and is the first to have undergone a double hand transplant. A team fro... Read more →

Health budgets 'completely unrealistic' - IHCA

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Health budgets have ‘consistently been set at completely unrealistic levels' in recent years, hospital consultants have claimed. According to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA), hospital and mental health services have not been provided with adequate funding, which has resulted... Read more →

Children struggling with parental separation

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parental separation is a source of major anxiety for children, however the legal processes involved in separation, such as family courts and custody arrangements, are not child-centred and this can increase the distress of young people, the ISPCC has warned. Launching its Annual Report 2015, t... Read more →

More education benefits heart health

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with a higher level of education have a reduced risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack, a new study has found. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Symptoms include tiredness, shor... Read more →

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 →