Parents urged to know signs of type 1 diabetes

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents and healthcare professionals are being urged to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children. Diabetes Ireland and the Irish Childhood Diabetes Register have launched a campaign highlighting the importance of early diagnosis of this condition, which affects... Read more →

Daffodil Day 2016 is fast approaching

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and demand for cancer services is increasing, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. It is holding its annual national fundraiser - Daffodil Day - on Friday, March 11, and this year it is hoping to raise €3.5 million. The ICS is par... Read more →

Young people urged to talk about drugs

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young people are being urged to take part in a national awards initiative, which is aimed at raising awareness of alcohol and drug issues. The ‘Let's Talk About Drugs' National Youth Media Awards aim to get people aged between 12 and 25 talking about the hidden harms associated with drug use.... Read more →

Being born in winter affects how lungs age

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having a mother who smoked while pregnant and being born in the winter may affect how your lungs age. A researcher in Norway has discovered three developmental factors that appear to influence the ageing of the lungs. "Having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lung... Read more →

Big jump in homeless families in Dublin

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are now almost 800 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin - an increase of 114% when compared with January 2015, new figures have shown. According to the figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, last month alone, 125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin. The Dublin S... Read more →

Weight, height linked to lymphoma risk

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Teenagers who are overweight and taller than average may have an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) - a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system has a key role in fighting infection in the body and lymphoma refers to cancer within this system. There are tw... Read more →

Ireland has high rate of oesophageal cancer

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland continues to have one of the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in Europe, the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) has warned. It is calling on members of the public to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease, which is newly diagnosed in around 400 people every year. If caught i... Read more →

Is height, weight linked to rise in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Tim Newman - Medical News Today

For unknown reasons, cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are growing in number. A new study adds weight to the evidence that height and weight in early adulthood predict the likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that begins in the lymphocytes, a type ... Read more →

Consensus on genomic classification of bladder cancer makes progress

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

The genomic revolution that followed the unraveling of the human genome has led to a push to classify cancer according to genetic and molecular - rather than cell and tissue - features. While some areas like breast cancer have made huge progress in this movement, bladder cancer is a relative latecom... Read more →

Empowering people with Down syndrome to vote

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has officially launched an innovative education programme, aimed at empowering people with Down syndrome to examine how political decisions affect their lives, and to participate in elections. The ‘My Opinion, My Vote' education programme is a two-year course and i... Read more →