Warning about drinking during pregnancy

Monday 24th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 600 babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Ireland every year, a public health specialist has warned. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Dr Mary O'Mahony, a specialist in public health medicine at the HSE, pointed out that alc... Read more →

Cycling to work linked to major health benefits

Friday 21st April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who cycle to and from work have a much lower risk of developing heart disease and cancer, a new study has found. They also have a reduced risk of dying from all causes. Researchers in Scotland looked at over 264,000 people with an average age of 53. The participants were asked about their c... Read more →

1 in 5 regularly buy gluten-free foods

Thursday 20th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 20% of Irish people regularly shop for gluten-free products, despite the fact that just 1% of the population has been medically diagnosed with coeliac disease, new research has shown. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest this prot... Read more →

Concern over oral health of older people

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of older people in Ireland have not visited a dentist in at least three years, despite the fact that good oral health is essential for overall wellbeing, a new study has found. According to researchers in Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin (TCD), there is growing concern among h... Read more →

Almost 9,500 on hospital trolleys in March

Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 9,500 hospital patients were on trolleys last month - the highest figure recorded during any month of March between 2006 and 2017, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its latest ‘Trolley Watch' figures, a total of 9,459 patients admitted for inpatie... Read more →

Decision to fund CF drugs welcomed

Thursday 13th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients nationwide have welcomed the news that two groundbreaking drugs are to be reimbursed by the HSE. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines to see whether they are cost effective, recommended that the drug,... Read more →

New research prog to focus on kids with CF

Wednesday 12th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new research initiative, which focuses entirely on children with cystic fibrosis (CF), has been announced. This marks the first dedicated national paediatric CF research programme in Ireland and it will involve the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the National Children's Research C... Read more →

Interventions to help smokers quit do work

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While early evidence for e-cigarettes is promising, there is not enough evidence yet to recommend them to people attempting to quit smoking, the Minister for Health has been advised. However, pharmacological interventions, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, are effective and goo... Read more →

New service offers addiction support to doctors

Friday 7th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new service aimed at supporting doctors, dentists and pharmacists with addiction or mental health issues, helped 47 practitioners in its first year of operation. The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) is an independent charitable organisation, which is supported by the representative an... Read more →

Patients to be surveyed on hospital experiences

Thursday 6th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to 27,000 patients are to be asked about their experiences in the country's hospitals as part of a major new survey. The aim of the National Patient Experience Survey is to give patients the chance to describe their hospital experiences, with this information then being used to improve the healt... Read more →