Ireland's first brain tumour biobank launched

Wednesday 31st May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first brain tumour biobank has been launched, marking a ‘really important development in brain tumour research' in this country. A biobank is a large collection of biological, medical data and tissue samples. These are collected for research and diagnostic purposes. If a patient is... Read more →

Heart failure risk for premature babies

Tuesday 30th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Babies born prematurely may have an increased risk of developing heart failure during childhood and adolescence, a new study has found. Babies who are born early are much more likely to survive nowadays, even those born very prematurely. As a result, scientists have become particularly interested i... Read more →

Newborn girls have genetic advantage over boys

Monday 29th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Newborn baby girls have better outcomes than boys due to a genetic advantage, new Irish research has revealed. According to the findings, newborn girls have an innate advantage in responding to acute infections. It is already known that females have a survival advantage throughout the entire human... Read more →

Mum's BMI linked to kid's perceived abilities

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A child's academic ability is more likely to be perceived as below average if their mother is obese, a new Irish study suggests. Researchers at NUI Galway and Queens University Belfast used data from the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study, which is an ongoing study involving over 8,500 children from... Read more →

Cancer patients urged to ask about drug trials

Monday 22nd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of cancer patients taking part in cancer drug trials should be doubled from its current 3% to 6%, Cancer Trials Ireland has said. It is calling on the Government to support this call and is also urging patients to ask their doctor about drug trials that may benefit them. Cancer Trials I... Read more →

44 calls per day to domestic abuse helpline

Thursday 18th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A 24-hour helpline for women affected by domestic abuse received almost 16,000 calls last year - that is around 44 calls every single day. The figures are highlighted in the Women's Aid Impact Report 2016. Women's Aid is a national organisation that has been working since the 1970s to help women af... Read more →

New weight loss surgery programme launched

Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new weight loss surgery programme has been launched at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin. Weight loss (bariatric) surgery has been shown to prevent, improve, and sometimes even cure, a number of serious conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnoea and some types of cancer. ... Read more →

Adults urged to have blood pressure checked

Tuesday 16th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Adults are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked as part of May Measurement Month - a global initiative that aims to test 25 million people for potential high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and... Read more →

Obesity should be defined as chronic disease

Monday 15th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity should be defined as a chronic disease, the World Obesity Federation has said. The question of whether obesity should be referred to as a disease has been a topic of contention for many years now. However, the federation has published a statement in the medical journal, Obesity Reviews... Read more →

Supervised injecting rooms - legislation passed

Thursday 11th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland has taken a step closer to introducing its first supervised injecting facility for drug users. The Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 has now been passed through all stages of the Oireachtas. It will allow the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to issue a licence, w... Read more →