IBS a major cause of embarrassment

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 40% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) say that the condition is a major source of embarrassment for them, while almost 50% feel it has lowered their self-confidence, a new study has found. IBS is a disorder which results in the large intestine (colon) overreacting to a mild stimulu... Read more →

Reimbursement of new MS drug welcomed

Tuesday 4th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A decision by the HSE to reimburse a new medicine for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been welcomed by patients. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degeneration of the nerves. This results in a progressive deterioration in various functions control... Read more →

Bowel cancer very treatable if caught early

Monday 3rd April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bowel cancer is ‘extremely treatable' if caught early, so it is essential that people can recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and during this time, the ICS will be working to raise awareness of the dis... Read more →

Concern over lack of CF drug talks

Friday 31st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has expressed concern about a lack of contact between the manufacturers of two groundbreaking drugs and the HSE. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines and medical technologies to see whether they are c... Read more →

Importance of organ donation highlighted

Thursday 30th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The importance of organ donation is being highlighted ahead of Organ Donor Awareness Week, which runs from April 1-8. A total of 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland last year, including 172 kidney transplants, 58 liver transplants and 15 heart transplants. Some 230 of these organs cam... Read more →

Low B12 levels hit kids' cognitive abilities

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young children may have more cognitive problems if they have low levels of vitamin B12, a new study has found. According to the findings, those with low levels of the vitamin have more difficulties with cognitive tests such as recognising letters and doing puzzles. They are also not as good at inte... Read more →

Exercise slows decline in Parkinson's

Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Exercising for less than three hours per week is linked with a slower decline in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland... Read more →

Concealed pregnancies still persist today

Monday 27th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Concealed pregnancies still occur in Ireland today and are often negatively covered by the media, which can have a detrimental impact on affected women and their babies, new research has found. A concealed or hidden pregnancy refers to a situation where a woman hides her pregnancy, keeping it a sec... Read more →

Waist-to-hip ratio linked to womb cancer

Friday 24th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who have a higher hip-to-waist ratio may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the womb, a new study has found. The findings strongly suggest that central obesity may have a key role to play in this type of cancer. Central obesity refers to when the majority of body fat is stored aro... Read more →

Be careful giving medicine to children

Thursday 23rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being reminded to be particularly cautious when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose can be harmful. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the correct dose of medicine can vary depending on a child's age, weight and symptoms and as children grow, dosages can change.... Read more →