Breastfeeding more likely after home birth

Monday 15th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women are much more likely to breastfeed if they give birth at home, a new Irish study has found. Researchers in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) looked at more than 10,500 women from the ‘Growing Up In Ireland' study and 17,500 women from the UK Millennium Cohort study and found a strong link be... Read more →

New care standards for bereaved parents

Monday 15th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

New standards aimed at helping parents who have suffered pregnancy loss or perinatal death have been launched by the HSE. According to figures from the HSE, around 14,000 miscarriages take place every year and in 2013, there were 500 perinatal deaths, which included 301 stillbirths, 162 early neona... Read more →

Exercise benefits those with schizophrenia

Monday 15th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Aerobic exercise could significantly improve the lives of those affected by the mental health condition, schizophrenia, a new study has found. According to the findings, just 12 weeks of aerobic exercise appear to improve how the brain functions. Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition ... Read more →

World's biggest sperm bank making regular deliveries here

Friday 12th August 2016 - Alan O'Keeffe - Irish Independent

Home insemination with donor sperm is occurring in significant numbers in Ireland, with some 75 shipments to home addresses from the world's biggest sperm bank in two years. The Cryos clinic in Denmark despatched the shipments to Irish homes during 2014 and 2015, according to the 'Medical Ind... Read more →

Recruitment for cancer trials needs new boost

Friday 12th August 2016 - Jane O'Faherty - Irish Independent

Recruitment for cancer trials in Ireland needs to be boosted, a new study has concluded. Research conducted by the Medical Oncology Unit of the Mater Hospital revealed that 5pc of cpatients enrolled in a cancer clinical trial. But it stressed that the majority of such patients (71pc) did... Read more →

Drug could extend lives of cancer patients

Friday 12th August 2016 - David Kearns and Luke Byrne - Irish Independent

Up to 80 people a year could be given a new lease of life as a radical new drug for treating some forms of blood cancer is helping patients live up to four years longer. Following successful clinical trials in Ireland, the drug Imbruvica is now available for a range of elderly patients with l... Read more →

Campaign to raise awareness of self harm

Wednesday 10th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new campaign aimed at raising awareness of self harming has been launched. Self harm is when someone cuts, hurts or injures themselves deliberately. For many, this behaviour is a way of coping with difficult or overwhelming feelings or situations. For example, some people self harm to deal with s... Read more →

New cancer drug now available in Ireland 'offers hope' for patients with rare blood cancers

Wednesday 10th August 2016 - Meadhbh McGrath - Independent

A new cancer drug has been made available to Irish patients with three rare forms of blood cancer following a successful trial last year. Imbruvica, the brand name for ibrutinib, is a once-daily oral treatment that has been proven to prolong survival for adult patients with relapsed or refractory... Read more →

Legislation needed as CRC staff get access to public pension

Wednesday 10th August 2016 - Colin Gleeson - Independent

New legislation will be required following a Government decision to grant staff at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) access to a public service pension scheme following the collapse of the charity’s private plan. Staff threatened industrial action after the board of the CRC unilaterally decid... Read more →

Research suggests being lazy is a sign of high intelligence

Monday 8th August 2016 - Rebecca Flood - Independent

Results of the study revealed the thinking group were far less active than the non-thinkers New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.  Findings from a US-based study seem to support the idea that people wit... Read more →