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 →

E-cigarettes safer than tobacco smoking - report

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes because they are much safer than tobacco smoking, British doctors have insisted. According to a new report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK, e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking and ‘are likely to be beneficial to public ... Read more →

Public patients left waiting for cancer tests

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Public patients can be left waiting up to 20 times longer than private patients for vital cancer tests, a new report has shown. According to the findings, some public patients were left waiting for up to 480 days for important tests. The figures are contained in a report based on an in-depth surve... Read more →

Hay fever sufferers face tough summer ahead

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Hay fever sufferers are being warned that pollen production is expected to be extremely high this summer. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. While most people are affected by grass pollen, pollen from trees and flowers can also be a problem for some sufferers. Symptoms can include a runny... Read more →

Even a few extra kilos increases heart risk

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While it is already well established that obesity increases the risk of heart failure, a new study has found that even a few extra kilos can increase this risk. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese, while a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Researchers in Nor... Read more →

Many find it difficult to describe pain

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chronic pain can have a major impact on quality of life, but many sufferers find it difficult to describe what they are going through and so delay discussing their pain with their doctor, new research has shown. Chronic pain refers to pain or discomfort that affects a person all of the time, or on ... Read more →