Irish team finds new feature of brain condition

Monday 13th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have discovered a new feature of a degenerative brain condition, which may have an impact on how it is diagnosed and treated. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a rare condition that has been linked with repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussion sustained ... Read more →

Cancer survival rates improving in men

Monday 13th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Survival rates among men with cancer are continuing to improve in Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. Latest figures from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) show that the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer between 2008 and 2012 was 90%. Between 1994 and 1999, this... Read more →

Endometriosis remains relatively unknown

Monday 13th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to 10% of women in Ireland suffer with endometriosis, which can lead to debilitating pain and problems with fertility. Yet the condition remains relatively unknown and diagnosis takes an average of nine years, the Endometriosis Association of Ireland (EAI) has said. Endometriosis is a condition ... Read more →

60,000 illegal meds seized

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 60,000 units of illegal prescription medicines have been seized in Ireland as part of a major global operation. As part of Operation Pangea IX, 60,000 falsified/counterfeit and other illegal medicines worth €350,000 were seized, including anabolic steroids, sedatives, stimulants, painkill... Read more →

Much higher risk of cancer in deprived areas

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women living in the most deprived areas in Ireland have a 120% increased risk of developing cervical cancer, while men and women in these areas have a 60% increased risk of developing lung cancer, a major new report has revealed. The report by the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) found that ... Read more →

Additional funding for health announced

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government has announced that an additional €500 million is to be spent on the health service this year. Welcoming the revised estimate for 2016, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that the money would address financial pressures in the service, while also allowing commitments mad... Read more →

No increased stroke risk for football fans

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With Euro 2016 just days away, football fans will be relieved to discover that the excitement of watching their country play does not appear to increase the risk of suffering a stroke. Previous research has suggested that the stress and heightened emotions associated with watching crucial matches m... Read more →

Fall in trolley waiting figures

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of people left waiting on hospital trolleys in May fell by 14% when compared with the same period last year, new figures have shown. However, over 6,600 patients were still left waiting on trolleys nationwide last month. The figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO)... Read more →

Concern over mental readmission rates

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Major concern has been expressed about the high number of people with mental health problems who need to be readmitted to hospital. Figures from the HSE show that in 2015, over 13,000 people were admitted to hospital with mental health issues and within 12 months, two in three of these (66%) needed... Read more →

New campaign to raise awareness of MND

Tuesday 7th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A 33-year-old man who has just a few years to live due to a diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND), has volunteered to front a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the incurable condition. Andrew Brennan (pictured) is one of more than 350 people living in Ireland with MND, a neurological co... Read more →