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Kids unaware of risk of approaching some dogs

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While young children understand that they should not approach angry dogs, they do not realise they should be just as cautious around frightened dogs, a conference in Belfast has been told. According to UK researchers, young children are at the highest risk of being bitten by a dog. They decided to ... Read more →

Many unaware of metastatic breast cancer

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While familiarity with breast cancer is relatively high, many women have never heard of metastatic breast cancer or are unaware what the term means, a new survey has revealed. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It refers to when the disease has spread to other par... Read more →

E-cigarettes do help smokers quit

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Electronic cigarettes do appear to help people quit smoking, a major assessment of available evidence has revealed. According to the findings, no serious side-effects are linked with their use for up to two years, however more studies are needed to assess potential long-term effects Electronic cig... Read more →

Poor understanding of palliative care

Monday 12th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of Irish adults have a poor understanding of what palliative care involves, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 55% of adults have only a basic or minimal understanding of palliative care, with 16% of these admitting that they do not understand what is involved at all. Pal... Read more →

Irish team in sepsis breakthrough

Monday 12th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough, which has the potential to prevent sepsis from becoming a life-threatening condition. Sepsis, also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection or injury, in which large amounts of bacteria are pre... Read more →

Doctors think ED plan will make no difference

Monday 12th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors have insisted that the Winter Initiative plan announced by the HSE to deal with overcrowding in the country's Emergency Departments (EDs) in the coming months, will not make any difference in the long term. According to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the plan is ‘just a drop in... Read more →

Emergency doctors voice concerns

Thursday 8th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors working in Emergency Departments (EDs) nationwide have voiced their concern about the capacity problems facing the Irish health service. Earlier this week, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) insisted that a shortage of acute beds in public hospitals ‘is the root cause of the overcro... Read more →

New dementia mobile service launched

Thursday 8th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new mobile information service will be travelling to towns and villages nationwide in the coming weeks to provide support and information to people affected by dementia. There are currently around 55,000 people living with this condition in Ireland and this number is expected to increase to over ... Read more →

Late-onset asthma linked to heart risks

Thursday 8th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who develop asthma during adulthood may have an increased risk of developing heart disease and suffering a stroke, a recent study has found. According to US researchers, asthma that begins in adulthood - known as late-onset asthma - tends to be more severe and difficult to control than asthm... Read more →

Failure to fund Duchenne drug 'agonising'

Tuesday 6th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government is being called on to intervene in discussions about the funding of an innovative treatment for children with a type of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. There are around 30 types of the neuromuscular condition, muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is the most common and most severe type, mainly ... Read more →