New freephone helpline for heart disease/stroke

Monday 30th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 27 people die every day in Ireland as a result of heart disease and stroke, while almost 300 new cases are diagnosed daily, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has said. In an effort to help those affected, the charity has launched a new freephone helpline number with longer daily opening hours. ... Read more →

Tallaght Hospital tackling malnutrition

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One of the busiest hospitals in the country has launched a new campaign aimed at combating malnutrition. Malnutrition refers to under-nutrition that affects a person's health and wellbeing. It can come about if the body cannot use food properly, which can lead to a person losing weight and developi... Read more →

Agreement on committee to develop health plan

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Agreement has been reached on the establishment of an all-party committee, which will be tasked with developing a 10-year vision for healthcare. The committee will have a number of jobs, including:-Examining existing demands on health services and forecasting future demand-Examining and recommendin... Read more →

More hospice services for children needed

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More hospice and palliative care services are urgently needed for children in Ireland, LauraLynn has said. LauraLynn is the only dedicated children's hospice in the State. It provides palliative care and support to children with life-limiting conditions. An estimated 4,000 children in Ireland are c... Read more →

'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' mark launched

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here' mark has been launched in an attempt to change Irish people's attitudes towards breastfeeding. Breastfeeding children during their first six months of life is known to have a positive impact on their long-term health by, for example, reducing their risk of a num... Read more →

Anger over new HSE recruitment embargo

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors and nurses have reacted angrily to the latest recruitment embargo announced by the HSE. The HSE has said that no new doctors, nurses or midwives are to be recruited to the health service until further notice - a move which has been greeted with shock by health professionals. According to t... Read more →

Most believe doctors tell the truth

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Deborah Condon

The vast majority of people trust doctors to tell the truth, a new survey has found. According to the findings, nine in 10 people trust that their doctors will be truthful and a similar number are satisfied with the doctor they attend most often. Some 43% believe that doctors' practices have impro... Read more →

Over 45% have private health insurance

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 46% of the population now has private health insurance, the latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) have shown. According to the HIA, at the end of March 2016, 2.126 million people had inpatient health insurance plans - that is 45.9% of the population. At its peak in 2008, j... Read more →

Obesity costs Europe billions

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity will have a ‘devastating' impact on healthcare costs and productivity throughout Europe unless it is urgently tackled, the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has warned. It made its comments in the wake of several international reports, which show that the number of ... Read more →

More people using web to research health

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of Irish people using the internet to research health problems is on the increase and around 70,000 people have purchased medicines online, a new survey has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of adults use the internet to look up health matters, while 24% use it to source informati... Read more →