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Passive smoking in youth can increase lung cancer risk

Monday 17th October 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Non-smokers who were exposed to passive smoking in early life are at an increased risk of getting lung cancer, but only if they have genetic factors, a conference on cancer has been told. This risk was also associated with an earlier onset of the disease, in a person’s 50s rather than 60s, ac... Read more →

ED doctors critical of continued overcrowding

Friday 14th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors working in Emergency Departments (ED) around the country have criticised the Government's failure to tackle the issue of overcrowding in hospitals. According to the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM), Budget 2017, which was announced on October 11, failed to address the serious... Read more →

Many unaware they have COPD

Friday 14th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 380,000 people in Ireland are affected by the lung disease, COPD, however the majority of these are unaware they have it, COPD Support Ireland has warned. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and e... Read more →

Irish team in potential depression breakthrough

Friday 14th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Recurrent severe depression can be extremely difficult to treat, however a team from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is hoping its research - the first of its kind in Ireland - could help those affected. Researchers from TCD's Department of Psychiatry are trialling a potential new treatment option for... Read more →

Conference on cancer survivorship

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major conference on cancer survivorship is being held in Dublin later this month. Living Well With Cancer aims to address the many needs of cancer survivors nationwide. It will look at topics such as advances in treatment, the psychological impact of the disease and fertility issues. The co... Read more →

Night shifts do not increase breast cancer risk

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Working night shifts has little or no effect on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, new research has found. A review carried out in 2007 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that shift work disrupts the ‘body clock' and is a probable cause of cancer. Howev... Read more →

Concern over health budget

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The highest health budget ever was announced as part of Budget 2017 on Tuesday, however concern has been expressed that this is still not enough to tackle waiting lists and deal with increased patient demand. A total of €14.6 billion has been secured for the health budget next year, an increas... Read more →

Call for phasing out of prescription levy

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists are calling on the Government to begin phasing out the €2.50 prescription levy paid by medical card holders, as part of Budget 2017. In the past, people with medical cards obtained their prescription medicines from pharmacies with no fees attached. However in 2010, a prescription l... Read more →

Dental service for kids under severe pressure

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The public dental service, which provides services to children of school-going age, is being ‘pushed to the brink', it has been claimed. Speaking at the HSE dentists' annual seminar in Athlone, the chief executive of the Irish Dental Association (IDA), Fintan Hourihan, pointed out that the po... Read more →

Pharmacist praised for saving teenager

Friday 7th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A pharmacist in Dublin has been praised for administering two life-saving adrenaline injections to a teenager who was going into anaphylactic shock. The incident happened on Grafton Street in Dublin on Tuesday evening. A 17-year-old female with a known severe nut allergy became ill after consuming ... Read more →