New diabetes care centre for Cork

Wednesday 1st June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new care centre for people with diabetes has been opened in Cork. It will have a key role in the early detection and prevention of diabetes-related complications. The centre will initially provide a podiatry (foot care) service, which will see clients receiving a full diabetic foot screen and ass... Read more →

Almost 66,000 births last year

Wednesday 1st June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 66,000 babies were born in Ireland last year, an increase of 8% when compared with 10 years before, new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have shown. According to the figures, 65,909 births were registered in 2015, compared to just over 61,000 in 2005. The average age of moth... Read more →

Trampoline-related injuries on the rise

Wednesday 1st June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of children presenting to Emergency Departments (EDs) with trampoline-related injuries is on the increase, emergency doctors have said. According to the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM), due to a lack of a national ED information system , the exact number of trampoline-rel... Read more →

Economic crisis linked to cancer deaths

Monday 30th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The global economic crisis that began in 2008 can be linked to thousands of additional cancer deaths worldwide, including more than 169,000 within the European Union (EU), a new study has found. According to the findings, these deaths were due to unemployment and reduced spending on public health s... Read more →

Nutrition not a priority in some hospitals

Monday 30th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The nutritional care of patients is not seen as a priority by some Irish hospitals, a review by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found. As part of this review, HIQA looked at 42 hospitals in total, carried out unannounced inspections in 13 hospitals, spoke with 579 patients a... Read more →

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 →