Eye screening in 5th/6th class ending

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Optometrists have expressed their disappointment at a decision by the HSE to end routine eye screening of children in fifth and sixth class. According to the Association of Optometrists (AOI), primary school principals have received letters from the HSE advising them that primary school-exit eye sc... Read more →

Coeliac disease - high rate of misdiagnosis

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 46,000 people are estimated to have coeliac disease in Ireland, however there is a high rate of misdiagnosis among those affected, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has warned. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms can include ... Read more →

Depression makes COPD symptoms worse

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Depression appears to worsen the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caused by a narrowing of the airways. An... Read more →

Irish women need to consume more folic acid

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women of childbearing age in Ireland need to consume higher levels of folic acid in order to reduce the incidence of severe birth defects here, a new report has found. The scientific report has been published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and it provides a detailed update on folic ... Read more →

Participants needed for tinnitus study

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish HEalth

One of the world's largest ever clinical trials into tinnitus is to take place in Dublin and people suffering with the condition are being asked to take part. Tinnitus refers to the perception of sound in the ears, such as ringing or buzzing, when no external sound is present. While many people hav... Read more →

Kids with asthma miss 10 days of school a year

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 185,000 Irish children aged between one and 14 have asthma and each misses an estimated 10 days of school every year as a result of the disease, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has said. The ASI is hosting its first Bubble Day on May 3 in an effort to raise funds to create a network of sup... Read more →

450 kids with arthritis on waiting list

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 450 children with the painful joint disease, arthritis, are currently waiting to be seen by specialist doctors, Arthritis Ireland (AI) has said. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe. In Ireland around 915,000 people, includin... Read more →

Cyclathon aims to raise money for homelessness

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 200 people will be getting on bicycles this weekend to raise money for a unique health service provided to homeless people in Dublin. The cyclathon will take place on Dublin's South William Street and will see participants attempting to cycle 3,400km on 20 stationary bikes over a 12-hour perio... Read more →

Planning permission granted for kids' hospital

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Planning permission for the new national children's hospital has been granted. An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the new hospital, which will bring together the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght, Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, can be bui... Read more →

New project to look at concussion in sport

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An international research project, which aims to examine the long-term effects of concussion in sport, has been launched in Dublin. The Concussion in Sport project wants to establish whether retired sports people have an increased incidence of, or suffer earlier onset of, neurodegenerative disorder... Read more →