New cancer drug now available in Ireland 'offers hope' for patients with rare blood cancers

Wednesday 10th August 2016 - Meadhbh McGrath - Independent

A new cancer drug has been made available to Irish patients with three rare forms of blood cancer following a successful trial last year. Imbruvica, the brand name for ibrutinib, is a once-daily oral treatment that has been proven to prolong survival for adult patients with relapsed or refractory... Read more →

Legislation needed as CRC staff get access to public pension

Wednesday 10th August 2016 - Colin Gleeson - Independent

New legislation will be required following a Government decision to grant staff at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) access to a public service pension scheme following the collapse of the charity’s private plan. Staff threatened industrial action after the board of the CRC unilaterally decid... Read more →

Research suggests being lazy is a sign of high intelligence

Monday 8th August 2016 - Rebecca Flood - Independent

Results of the study revealed the thinking group were far less active than the non-thinkers New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.  Findings from a US-based study seem to support the idea that people wit... Read more →

Nurses at St James's Hospital looking for jobs elsewhere after losing parking spaces

Monday 8th August 2016 - Ryan Nugent - Irish Health

Nurses at St James's Hospital are considering jobs elsewhere after losing access to up to 300 spaces on site. The move by management is in order to facilitate the construction of the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) which is being built on the site. The nurses are now being told ... Read more →

Early bedtime for toddlers cuts risk of obesity

Monday 8th August 2016 - Sarah Slater - Irish Health

Earlier bedtimes for toddlers leads to lower numbers of obese teenagers, a leading sleep expert claims. Putting children to bed early, not only staves off crankiness, but it also prevents preschoolers becoming teens with unhealthy weights. Now, the first study on the issue backs up what Iris... Read more →

HSE still spending millions on agency nurses

Friday 5th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE has spent over €22 million on agency nurses in the first six months of this year, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). It is calling on the Department of Health to do something about the ‘alarming drop' in nursing and midwifery numbers, while agency cos... Read more →

Public urged to stay away from Temple St

Friday 5th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being asked not to bring their children to Temple Street Children's Hospital today (August 4), following a major issue with the power supply there. A small number of patients have been transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin as a precautionary measure and 20 surgeries and ... Read more →

Inspectors find kids' ward 'poorly maintained'

Friday 5th August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A children's ward in one of the country's busiest hospitals has been found to be ‘poorly maintained', with limited space and accessibility, all of which increase the risk of cross infection, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) It carried out an unannounced inspect... Read more →

Omega-3 beneficial after heart attack

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Heart attack patients may benefit from being given a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil in the aftermath of their attack, a new study has found. According to the findings, these fatty acids could improve the function of the heart and reduce scarring in the undamaged muscle if taken ever... Read more →

Appendix removal linked to higher pregnancy rates

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who had their tonsils or appendix removed when they were younger may to be more likely to get pregnant compared to their peers who never underwent these procedures, a new study suggests. The findings also indicate that these women get pregnant sooner. Researchers in the UK assessed the medic... Read more →