Almost 9,400 patients on trolleys in March

Wednesday 6th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 9,400 patients were left waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 9,381 patients were left waiting on trolleys in March - a 5% increase when compared with March 2014 and... Read more →

Hearing Awareness Week 2016

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Older people who wish to have to avail of a free health screening can so this week as part of Hearing Awareness Week 2016. The annual event, which runs from April 4-8, aims to raise awareness of hearing loss. It is run by Hidden Hearing in association with Active Retirement Ireland. As part of thi... Read more →

Concern over low uptake of BowelScreen

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bowel cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed early, however the number of people availing of a simple home screening test remains very low in Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. According to the ICS, only 44% of eligible women and 36% of eligible men are currently taking part in Bowe... Read more →

At least 1% of Irish children have autism

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

At least 1% of children in Ireland have autism, which is similar to rates in the UK and US, a new study has shown. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs can include an absence of eye contact, a... Read more →

640 million people are now obese worldwide

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Global obesity has tripled among men over the last four decades and more than doubled among women, the biggest obesity study ever undertaken has shown. According to the findings, at least one in 10 men and one in seven women are now obese - totaling 640 million people worldwide. The study involved... Read more →

Students asked 'What's in the Powder?'

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new drug awareness campaign aimed at third level students has been launched. The ‘What's in the Powder?' campaign is calling on students to think about drug use, particularly when it comes to drugs that are sold in powder form. The campaign is a result of a collaboration between the Ana Li... Read more →

Parents shunning cervical cancer vaccine, IMO forum hears

Friday 1st April 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Large number of parents are withdrawing their consent for their daughters to be vaccinated against the HPV virus due to adverse publicity over its alleged side-effects, the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation has heard. Public health doctor Ann Hogan said “a significant number... Read more →

Skin cancer warning for outdoor workers

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who work in the outdoors need to be more aware of the dangers of skin cancer, experts have warned. According to a new European report, almost 14.5 million workers in Europe spend at least 75% of their working time outside. After just five years of working outdoors, these workers have a two-f... Read more →

Men less likely to be honest with male doctors

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Men die around five years earlier than women and this may be because men are less likely to go to a doctor, and once there, are less likely to be honest about their symptoms, new research suggests. "Men can expect to die five years earlier than women, and physiological differences don't explain tha... Read more →

Housing crisis a big issue for suicide helpline

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An increasing number of people are becoming suicidal as a result of the housing crisis, a charity has warned. According to the national suicide prevention charity, Console, its 24-hour helpline has been receiving an increasing number of calls in recent months from people who simply cannot cope as a... Read more →