Domestic violence helpline needs volunteers

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One of the country's leading domestic violence organisations is seeking volunteers for its national helpline. Women's Aid has been offering support to women and children affected by domestic violence since its establishment in 1974. Last year, the organisation's helpline heard over 22,000 disclosu... Read more →

Prenatal exposure to painkiller linked to autism

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study has found a link between prenatal exposure to paracetamol and symptoms of autism and hyperactivity. According to Spanish researchers, this is the first study of its kind to find an independent association between the use of paracetamol during pregnancy and autism symptoms in children. ... Read more →

Kids in single-mother families 'well-adjusted'

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While young children who grow up with single mothers have questions about the absence of their fathers, they tend to be well-adjusted and generally have positive feelings about family life, a new study has found. UK researchers focused on children who had been conceived as a result of donor insemin... Read more →

Always check standards of summer products

Friday 1st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With the school summer holidays upon us, people, especially parents, are being urged to ensure that products they buy for the summer months, such as sunscreen, have adequate standards. According to the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), standards ‘ensure that products are safe an... Read more →

Many with infertility do not seek help

Friday 1st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of people who experience infertility do not seek medical help, a new study suggests. UK researchers looked at over 15,100 men and women and found that one in eight women had experienced infertility, but 42% of these did not seek medical help for this. One in 10 men also experienced infe... Read more →

Playing cards could benefit stroke patients

Friday 1st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Simple, inexpensive activities, such as playing cards, could help stroke patients to regain their strength and coordination, a new study suggests. Around 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, including 10,000 in Ireland. Many are left with stroke-related disabilities and rehabilit... Read more →

Addiction drug may benefit cancer patients

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A drug which is currently used to treat different types of addiction, may have a beneficial effect on some cancer patients, new research suggests. Naltrexone is currently licensed in many countries for the treatment of alcohol and heroin addiction. However UK scientists have found that it also appe... Read more →

Summer camp for Williams syndrome launched

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first ever European Youth Exchange summer camp for young people with Williams Syndrome has been launched. Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects around one in every 20,000 births and currently affects about 100 families in Ireland. Those with the syndrome have some degr... Read more →

Psychiatric nurses beginning industrial action

Thursday 30th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Psychiatric nurses are beginning industrial action today in response to major understaffing throughout the mental health service. According to the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), despite meetings with the HSE, the Department of Health and the Workplace Relations Commission, ‘no adequate... Read more →

Lifelong ban on gay men donating blood to end

Monday 27th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The lifelong ban on gay men donating blood is to be lifted, the Minister for Health has announced. Men who have sex with men have been banned from donating blood in Ireland since the 1980s. However, Minister Simon Harris has said that having reviewed a report by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service ... Read more →