Medical Council sees complaints against doctors rise 20%

Friday 26th August 2016 - Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall - The Irish Times

  The number of complaints made about doctors to the medical regulator last year rose by 20 per cent, with complaints about poor communication up by some 40 per cent. In its annual report for 2015, the Medical Council revealed it received 369 complaints, compared to 308 the previo... Read more →

Speedy diagnosis of diabetes in kids crucial

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to one-third of children in Ireland who are in the early stages of type 1 diabetes are not being referred to hospital promptly enough, Diabetes Ireland has warned. The national diabetes charity is urging parents and healthcare professionals to make themselves familiar with the signs and symptoms... Read more →

Irish women seeking abortions turned away at major UK clinic

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Many women from Ireland who travel to England for a pregnancy termination at one of its main abortion providers are being referred to other clinics. It follows the suspension of some services at the Marie Stopes International chain of abortion clinics in the wake of a watchdog inspection. A ... Read more →

Breast cancer risk from HRT 'underestimated'

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 - Ella Pickover - Independent

The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may have been underestimated, experts have said. Women taking combined HRT to combat the effects of the menopause are more likely to develop breast cancer, with risk increasing the longer it is used, the study found. The new study, published in ... Read more →

Anaemia ups stroke death risk

Friday 19th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The risk of death after stroke may be higher in people with anaemia, a new study has found. Anaemia is a condition caused by a lack of red blood cells. This means that the body's tissues and organs cannot get enough oxygen. General symptoms can include tiredness, dizziness, palpitations and a pale ... Read more →

Experts to address cancer vaccine concerns

Friday 19th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around 280 women in Ireland will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and some 90 will die from the disease in 2016, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. A further 6,500 women will need hospital treatment to remove pre-cancerous growths in their cervix, the society noted. It is holding two public... Read more →

Concussion changes brain structure of athletes

Friday 19th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Female athletes who suffer at least one concussion appear to experience long-term structural changes to the brain, researchers have found. According to the findings, brain images captured six months after the concussion showed structural differences in the corpus callosum - this is the structure th... Read more →

Teacher-student relationship key to behaviour

Wednesday 17th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With thousands of children getting ready to go back to school shortly, a new study has found that those who have a positive relationship with their teachers when they are around 10 or 11 years old, appear to behave better for up to four years. According to the findings, a good teacher-student relat... Read more →

Alcohol warning ahead of Leaving Cert results

Wednesday 17th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents of students due to receive their Leaving Cert results this week are being encouraged to talk to their children about the risks associated with alcohol use. According to Conor Cullen of the charity, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI), while getting your results is a milestone that should be celebr... Read more →

Public urged to ensure measles vaccination

Wednesday 17th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public are being reminded of the importance of vaccinating themselves against measles. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), as of August 15, 38 confirmed cases of the disease have been notified since May of this year, with eight of these cases currently unde... Read more →