Playing cards could benefit stroke patients

Friday 1st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Simple, inexpensive activities, such as playing cards, could help stroke patients to regain their strength and coordination, a new study suggests. Around 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, including 10,000 in Ireland. Many are left with stroke-related disabilities and rehabilit... Read more →

Addiction drug may benefit cancer patients

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A drug which is currently used to treat different types of addiction, may have a beneficial effect on some cancer patients, new research suggests. Naltrexone is currently licensed in many countries for the treatment of alcohol and heroin addiction. However UK scientists have found that it also appe... Read more →

Summer camp for Williams syndrome launched

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first ever European Youth Exchange summer camp for young people with Williams Syndrome has been launched. Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects around one in every 20,000 births and currently affects about 100 families in Ireland. Those with the syndrome have some degr... Read more →

Psychiatric nurses beginning industrial action

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Psychiatric nurses are beginning industrial action today in response to major understaffing throughout the mental health service. According to the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), despite meetings with the HSE, the Department of Health and the Workplace Relations Commission, ‘no adequate... Read more →

Lifelong ban on gay men donating blood to end

Monday 27th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The lifelong ban on gay men donating blood is to be lifted, the Minister for Health has announced. Men who have sex with men have been banned from donating blood in Ireland since the 1980s. However, Minister Simon Harris has said that having reviewed a report by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service ... Read more →

The pregnancy waddle does exist

Monday 27th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Scientists have confirmed the existence of the ‘pregnancy waddle'. According to a team from Japan, a baby bump changes the way women walk, even as early as the first trimester. The scientists used 3D motion capture technology to create a biomechanical model of pregnant women. This allowed th... Read more →

New breast cancer trial opened

Monday 27th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A cancer trial to test a new treatment for patients with advanced breast cancer, which is not responding to currently available treatments, has been opened. The trial will be run by Cancer Trials Ireland, which coordinates cancer trials in this country. Since its establishment in 1996, over 15,000 ... Read more →

Diabetes ups heart attack death risk

Friday 24th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with diabetes are significantly more likely to die from the effects of a heart attack compared to those without the condition, a new study suggests. UK researchers looked at 700,000 people who had been admitted to hospital as a result of a heart attack between 2003 and 2013. Of these, 121,00... Read more →

30 mins in a park each week benefits health

Friday 24th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People living in urban areas who visit parks for at least 30 minutes each week are less likely to have high blood pressure or depression, a new study has found. According to Australian researchers, urbanisation ‘is emerging as one of the most important global health issues of the 21st century... Read more →

Neuro-rehabilitation services severely lacking

Friday 24th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new campaign is calling for urgent action to tackle the major shortage of rehabilitation services in Ireland for people with neurological conditions. Some 25,000 people required neuro-rehabilitation services every year in this country, however due to a lack of investment in such services, many of... Read more →