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Colonoscopy wait times at all-time high

Monday 18th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of public patients waiting over three months for a colonoscopy - a procedure that is often used to detect bowel cancer - reached an all-time high at the end of March, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has highlighted. It is calling on political parties to commit to tackling this serious iss... Read more →

New app to help hay fever sufferers

Friday 15th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app, which will allow hay fever sufferers to determine the nature and severity of their condition before advising them on best treatment, has been launched. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. While most people are affected by grass pollen, pollen from trees and flowers can also be a... Read more →

CF centre's success highlighted

Friday 15th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Healh

The opening of a dedicated centre for adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) in a Dublin hospital in 2012 has ensured that patients receive ‘optimal treatment in the most effective way', a leading doctor has claimed. The National Referral Centre for Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patients opened in St Vince... Read more →

Over 400 inspections of nursing homes in 2015

Friday 15th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 400 inspections of nursing homes were carried out in 2015, half of which were unannounced, a new report has shown. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has just published its 2015 Overview Report on the Regulation of Designated Centres for Older People. It shows that last year, ... Read more →

Big jump in calls to Samaritans since 2014

Wednesday 13th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The helpline run by Samaritans Ireland has answered around 1.2 million calls since its number became free of charge two years ago. Samaritans Ireland is a volunteer-led charity, which provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings o... Read more →

Parents warned about rewarding kids with food

Wednesday 13th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents be warned - rewarding your little ones with food may lead to them becoming emotional eaters. According to UK researchers, parents who use very controlling feeding practices, such as using food for treats or rewards, could be unintentionally teaching their children to turn to food when they ... Read more →

Eviction has major impact on health

Wednesday 13th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who are facing eviction from their homes are up to 13 times more likely to suffer noticeably poorer health, a new study has found. Spanish researchers set out to assess the impact that eviction can have on physical and mental health. They monitored the progress of 205 people who were current... Read more →

New sexual health awareness campaign

Monday 11th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being encouraged to speak to their pharmacist about their sexual health and contraception needs. The call comes as part of a new sexual health awareness campaign, which has been launched by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Irish... Read more →

Cystic fibrosis has big impact on quality of life

Monday 11th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new survey has revealed the massive impact cystic fibrosis (CF) can have on people's quality of life. According to the findings, 57% of adults said that the condition has impacted on their day-to-day activities, 47% said it has impacted on their family life and 42% said it has affected their rela... Read more →

Men view heavier women as less attactive

Monday 11th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Men do not tend to negatively judge other men who are heavier, however they do view heavier women as being less attractive, a new study has found. UK researchers set out to assess the relationship between body mass index (BMI), attractiveness and gender. They found that overall, women tend to be j... Read more →