Importance of seatbelts highlighted

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over the last seven Easter bank holiday weekends, 17 people have died and almost 50 have been seriously injured on Irish roads. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Gardai are urging all road users to be vigilant over the coming days and to ensure that seatbelts are always worn. An analysis of ... Read more →

Children waiting up to five years for eye care

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who require eye care in the public system have to wait up to five years to be seen depending on where they live, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. It is calling on the next Government to tackle these ‘unacceptable delays'. In a submission to all newly-elected T... Read more →

Concern over CF staffing levels

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There have been some positive developments in the care of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Ireland in recent years, however, major concern has been expressed about poor staffing levels in this area. According to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI), there is a staffing crisis in hospitals, with some CF... Read more →

Antibiotic resistance high among children

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually treated with antibiotics, however a new study has found that these drugs may be ineffective when used on children, as antibiotic resistance is high among this population. The discovery and development of effective antibiotics in the 1940s and 1950s meant ... Read more →

Method of commuting impacts BMI

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Adults who walk, cycle or use public transport to commute to work have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower body fat percentages in mid-life than those who drive to work, a new study has found. The UK researchers noted that while the results are not unexpected with people who walk and cycle, the... Read more →

Diabetes: rare, genetic form may need different treatment

Monday 21st March 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Treating patients with a rare, genetic form of diabetes with therapies aimed at type 2 diabetes could be harmful, and there needs to be a review of treatment guidelines for such cases. This was the conclusion researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, came to in a s... Read more →

Many Irish unaware they can travel for treatment

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish patients who face lengthy waiting lists for medical treatment here are entitled to seek treatment abroad and be reimbursed by the HSE, however few patients seem to be aware of their rights in this area, it has been claimed. The Cross-Border Directive (CBD) came into effect on June 1, 2014 and... Read more →

Exercise reduces COPD death risk

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with COPD can reduce their risk of dying if they undertake even moderate exercise, a new study has found. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caus... Read more →

Young adults with diabetes very vulnerable

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young adults with type 1 diabetes are ‘a hugely vulnerable group of patients', a leading doctor has claimed. According to Dr Kevin Moore, a consultant endocrinologist at Tallaght Hospital and Naas General, adolescence is a minefield even in normal circumstances. However, when diabetes is adde... Read more →

Food intolerance often confused with allergies

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Food allergies can have a big impact on quality of life, however many Irish people incorrectly think they have an allergy, when they actually have a food intolerance, a symposium in Dublin has been told. Speaking at the event, Dr Aideen Byrne, a specialist in paediatric allergies at Our Lady's Chil... Read more →