Lots of confusion about coeliac disease

Tuesday 9th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Any person who suspects they may have coeliac disease should consult their GP before starting a gluten-free diet, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has said. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week and according to the society, there continues to be a lot of confusion about this condition here. Coeliac d... Read more →

Food businesses failing to provide allergen info

Monday 8th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many food businesses are failing to provide accurate allergen information to consumers, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned. It has just released the findings of an audit which found an unacceptable level of non-compliance by food businesses when it came to providing consumers wi... Read more →

New book on kidney failure treatment options

Friday 5th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - irish Health

A book that aims to help patients who are seriously ill with kidney failure to make difficult decisions about their treatment has been launched. The book focuses on conservative care, which is when a kidney failure patient who is on dialysis chooses to end this treatment, or they opt not to have di... Read more →

Vaccine could prevent most HPV-related cancers

Thursday 4th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

HPV infection causes up to 130 cancer deaths in Ireland every year, however most of these are potentially preventable as a result of the HPV vaccine, a new report has found. There are many types of HPV (human papillomavirus), most of which are harmless. However some strains can be serious, such as ... Read more →

Post office offers online GP consultations

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A post office in Kildare has become the first in the country to offer online GP consultations, aimed at people who may have difficulty accessing traditional GP services. VideoDoc has been launched in Fogarty's Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore, Eustace. People who wish to consult with a GP now... Read more →

Thousands use asthma inhalers incorrectly

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

As many as 300,000 people with asthma in Ireland are not using their inhalers properly, increasing their risk of suffering a serious asthma attack, the Asthma Society of Ireland has warned. According to the society's CEO, Averil Power, up to 60% of all people with asthma do not have the condition u... Read more →

Low awareness of meningitis symptoms

Friday 28th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of Irish parents think that a distinctive rash is the first symptom of meningitis, however in reality, this often appears after other symptoms, and sometimes does not appear at all, a new survey has found. The survey of 700 parents was carried out on behalf of the ‘Tackle Meningit... Read more →

500+ cancers detected by BowelScreen

Thursday 27th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 500 cancers were detected by the National Bowel Screening Programme, BowelScreen, between October 2012 and December 2015, a new report has shown. However, uptake of the programme remains low, with just 40% of those invited during this period taking up the offer of screening. Around 2,500 peop... Read more →

Importance of vaccines highlighted

Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE is reminding people of the importance of vaccinations, following a number of measles outbreaks and related deaths in Europe. It has insisted that complacency about vaccines could lead to deaths in Ireland. A number of European countries have reported measles outbreaks recently. In the last... Read more →

Fake news impacting vaccination rates

Tuesday 25th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Major concern has been expressed about the impact of social media campaigns and fake news when it comes to vaccination-associated risks. According to the Irish Medical Organisation's (IMO) new president, Dr Ann Hogan, who oversees vaccination campaigns as part of her work, these campaigns are promo... Read more →