Even the health-conscious eat too much 'hidden' sugar

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

An apparently healthy diet can conceal three times the amount of sugar a person should ideally consume each day - because so much is now hidden in everyday foods. The most unlikely savoury foods can contain several spoons of added sugar, while so-called "low fat" versions of products are often swee... Read more →

Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - James Gallagher - BBC

The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, has signed a $5m (£3.5m) deal for an Ebola vaccine, to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly disease. The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials. It will also submit an appl... Read more →

Walking benefits wellbeing in over-50s

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People over the age of 50 who walk for at least 150 minutes per week have better mental health, new Irish research has shown. According to data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) - an ongoing study of people in Ireland over the age of 50 - being physically active, even just walking... Read more →

Health service to begin electronic patient referrals

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The electronic referral of patient appointments by family doctors is to become standard within months as part of a rollout of “e-medicine” initiatives in the health service. All hospitals will be able to receive electronic referrals, and 95 per cent of GPs will be equipped to send them ... Read more →

Free GP care for under-sixes adds to A&E delays

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The number of children under six being referred to hospitals has jumped sharply since the Government brought in free GP care for them last year. This has added to increased delays in emergency departments. The State’s biggest children’s hospital, Our Lady’s hospital in Crumlin, h... Read more →

Most pharmacies have experienced crime

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around three in four pharmacies in Ireland have experienced some type of crime, with almost one in five of these crimes described as ‘violent', a new survey has found. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union's (IPU) Crime Survey 2015, 74% of pharmacies have experienced some form of crime, inclu... Read more →

It is not too late to get flu vaccine

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, is urging all health workers and other people at risk to get the flu vaccine. According to the Minister, it is not too late to get vaccinated and there are 250,000 doses of the vaccine in storage ready to be used. Last week, the Health Protection Surveillance... Read more →

Many teens unprepared for first period

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish teenagers feel unprepared or confused about their first period, a new survey has found. Over 750 females took part and the survey revealed that almost one in three teenagers aged between 15 and 17 were ‘confused when they got their first period', while almost half felt that they we... Read more →

Irish scientists in psoriasis breakthrough

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough which could lead to the development of new therapies to treat the skin condition, psoriasis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which appears as pink or red raised patches on the skin. These patches, which are known as plaques, have a well-defined... Read more →

Women urged not to fear smear tests

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 110,000 women have never attended for a smear test despite the fact that it only takes about five minutes and is free of charge, the Marie Keating Foundation has said. It has launched a new campaign, ‘Don't Fear the Smear', with the aim of encouraging all those in the relevant ag... Read more →