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Call for abolition of prescription levy

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists have called for the abolition of the prescription levy, insisting that many patients simply cannot afford the fee. In the past, people with medical cards obtained their prescription medicines from pharmacies with no fees attached. However, in 2010, a prescription levy of 50c per item wa... Read more →

New outpatient gynaecological service opened

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One of the country's busiest maternity hospitals has opened a new outpatient gynaecology service, which will help to tackle waiting lists. The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin city centre delivers around 8,500 babies every year, however it also diagnoses and treats common gynaecological problems in women... Read more →

Diversion of mental health funds 'unacceptable'

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is unacceptable that mental health funds are being used to ‘prop up' other parts of the health service, Mental Health Reform (MHR) has said. This week, it emerged that €12 million of this year's mental health budget is being diverted to other parts of the health service. MHR promotes... Read more →

Sugar tax will not solve nation's dental crisis

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish children have high levels of tooth decay, but introducing a sugar tax to tackle this ‘will not provide a miraculous quick fix solution', dentists have warned. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), studies show that around half of all Irish 12-year-olds and three-quarters... Read more →

Asthma can have big impact on quality of life

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost three in four people with asthma in Ireland say that the condition impacts on their quality of life, while almost half say it leaves them feeling tired and drained, a new survey has found. Around 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, but many people do not have good control of their conditi... Read more →

Women more affected by night shifts

Wednesday 20th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Research already suggests that working night shifts may increase your risk of certain health problems, such as sleep disorders, heart disease and diabetes. However a new study indicates that women may be more affected by working unsocial hours than men. According to UK researchers, the findings cou... Read more →

Domestic violence 'not on homeless agenda'

Wednesday 20th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's homeless figures are totally underestimated because they do not include thousands of women and children who are staying in emergency refuge accommodation, Safe Ireland has said. The national organisation, which works with frontline domestic violence services in Ireland, has just published... Read more →

Health service 'not working' - former HSE CEO

Wednesday 20th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The former head of the HSE has said that the current health system ‘is just not working'. However, according to Prof Brendan Drumm, who is professor of paediatrics at UCD, major investment in primary care could solve many of the problems within the Irish health service. Prof Drumm was appoin... Read more →

Type 2 diabetes linked to liver disease risk

Monday 18th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with type 2 diabetes face an increased risk of developing serious liver disease, a study has found. Liver disease is often linked with people who consume too much alcohol over a long period, however UK researchers have found that most cases of the disease in people with type 2 diabetes are n... Read more →

Psoriasis may increase aneurysm risk

Monday 18th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with the skin condition, psoriasis, may have an increased risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) - a potentially fatal enlargement of the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, a new study has found. AAA usually causes no symptoms until it ruptures and this can ... Read more →