Doctors call on Harris to tackle capacity issues

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Hospital consultants have called on the new Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to urgently tackle ‘critical capacity deficits' within the Irish health service. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has written to the new Minister to outline the urgent need for investment in frontl... Read more →

Irish team to investigate gastric bypass

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish researchers are set to investigate the success of weight loss that comes about after a gastric bypass. Researchers at University College Dublin (UCD) and Ulster University, along with a team from Florida State University in the US, aim to investigate whether long-term weight loss from gastric... Read more →

Postnatal depression in men a big issue

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Postnatal depression among fathers is a ‘real and significant public health issue', however it is not widely acknowledged and there is little research in this area. According to University College Cork lecturer (UCC), Lloyd Philpott, while there has been a growing awareness about the burden o... Read more →

Irish children getting too many treats

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 40% of parents in Ireland give their children treat foods, such as crisps and chocolate, at least once a day, new research has found. According to the findings from Safefood, children under the age of five are given the most treats, with 50% getting a treat food ‘at least once a day or m... Read more →

Eye screening in 5th/6th class ending

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Optometrists have expressed their disappointment at a decision by the HSE to end routine eye screening of children in fifth and sixth class. According to the Association of Optometrists (AOI), primary school principals have received letters from the HSE advising them that primary school-exit eye sc... Read more →

Coeliac disease - high rate of misdiagnosis

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 46,000 people are estimated to have coeliac disease in Ireland, however there is a high rate of misdiagnosis among those affected, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has warned. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms can include ... Read more →

Depression makes COPD symptoms worse

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Depression appears to worsen the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caused by a narrowing of the airways. An... Read more →

Irish women need to consume more folic acid

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women of childbearing age in Ireland need to consume higher levels of folic acid in order to reduce the incidence of severe birth defects here, a new report has found. The scientific report has been published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and it provides a detailed update on folic ... Read more →

Participants needed for tinnitus study

Friday 6th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish HEalth

One of the world's largest ever clinical trials into tinnitus is to take place in Dublin and people suffering with the condition are being asked to take part. Tinnitus refers to the perception of sound in the ears, such as ringing or buzzing, when no external sound is present. While many people hav... Read more →

Kids with asthma miss 10 days of school a year

Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 185,000 Irish children aged between one and 14 have asthma and each misses an estimated 10 days of school every year as a result of the disease, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has said. The ASI is hosting its first Bubble Day on May 3 in an effort to raise funds to create a network of sup... Read more →