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Danger of defective tyres highlighted

Wednesday 6th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Vehicle factors, such as defective tyres, had a role to play in over 100 fatal road traffic accidents between 2008 and 2012, a major new report has revealed. According to the Road Safety Authority, vehicle factors contributed to one in every eight fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 - that is 10... Read more →

Over 422 million people have diabetes

Wednesday 6th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes and the global cost of this disease currently stands at $825 billion (€727 billion) per year, a major new study has revealed. According to the largest study ever undertaken into global diabetes levels, if current trends continue, over 700 million... Read more →

Almost 9,400 patients on trolleys in March

Wednesday 6th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 9,400 patients were left waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 9,381 patients were left waiting on trolleys in March - a 5% increase when compared with March 2014 and... Read more →

Hearing Awareness Week 2016

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Older people who wish to have to avail of a free health screening can so this week as part of Hearing Awareness Week 2016. The annual event, which runs from April 4-8, aims to raise awareness of hearing loss. It is run by Hidden Hearing in association with Active Retirement Ireland. As part of thi... Read more →

Concern over low uptake of BowelScreen

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bowel cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed early, however the number of people availing of a simple home screening test remains very low in Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. According to the ICS, only 44% of eligible women and 36% of eligible men are currently taking part in Bowe... Read more →

At least 1% of Irish children have autism

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

At least 1% of children in Ireland have autism, which is similar to rates in the UK and US, a new study has shown. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs can include an absence of eye contact, a... Read more →

640 million people are now obese worldwide

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Global obesity has tripled among men over the last four decades and more than doubled among women, the biggest obesity study ever undertaken has shown. According to the findings, at least one in 10 men and one in seven women are now obese - totaling 640 million people worldwide. The study involved... Read more →

Students asked 'What's in the Powder?'

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new drug awareness campaign aimed at third level students has been launched. The ‘What's in the Powder?' campaign is calling on students to think about drug use, particularly when it comes to drugs that are sold in powder form. The campaign is a result of a collaboration between the Ana Li... Read more →

Parents shunning cervical cancer vaccine, IMO forum hears

Friday 1st April 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Large number of parents are withdrawing their consent for their daughters to be vaccinated against the HPV virus due to adverse publicity over its alleged side-effects, the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation has heard. Public health doctor Ann Hogan said “a significant number... Read more →

Skin cancer warning for outdoor workers

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who work in the outdoors need to be more aware of the dangers of skin cancer, experts have warned. According to a new European report, almost 14.5 million workers in Europe spend at least 75% of their working time outside. After just five years of working outdoors, these workers have a two-f... Read more →