60,000 illegal meds seized

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 60,000 units of illegal prescription medicines have been seized in Ireland as part of a major global operation. As part of Operation Pangea IX, 60,000 falsified/counterfeit and other illegal medicines worth €350,000 were seized, including anabolic steroids, sedatives, stimulants, painkill... Read more →

Much higher risk of cancer in deprived areas

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women living in the most deprived areas in Ireland have a 120% increased risk of developing cervical cancer, while men and women in these areas have a 60% increased risk of developing lung cancer, a major new report has revealed. The report by the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) found that ... Read more →

Additional funding for health announced

Friday 10th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government has announced that an additional €500 million is to be spent on the health service this year. Welcoming the revised estimate for 2016, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that the money would address financial pressures in the service, while also allowing commitments mad... Read more →

No increased stroke risk for football fans

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With Euro 2016 just days away, football fans will be relieved to discover that the excitement of watching their country play does not appear to increase the risk of suffering a stroke. Previous research has suggested that the stress and heightened emotions associated with watching crucial matches m... Read more →

Fall in trolley waiting figures

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of people left waiting on hospital trolleys in May fell by 14% when compared with the same period last year, new figures have shown. However, over 6,600 patients were still left waiting on trolleys nationwide last month. The figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO)... Read more →

Concern over mental readmission rates

Wednesday 8th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Major concern has been expressed about the high number of people with mental health problems who need to be readmitted to hospital. Figures from the HSE show that in 2015, over 13,000 people were admitted to hospital with mental health issues and within 12 months, two in three of these (66%) needed... Read more →

New campaign to raise awareness of MND

Tuesday 7th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A 33-year-old man who has just a few years to live due to a diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND), has volunteered to front a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the incurable condition. Andrew Brennan (pictured) is one of more than 350 people living in Ireland with MND, a neurological co... Read more →

Irish team to look at diabetic kidney disease

Tuesday 7th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Researchers in Ireland and the US are to examine DNA samples from 20,000 people with diabetes in an attempt to identify the genetic factors associated with diabetic kidney disease. While kidney disease can affect anyone, it is more common in people with diabetes, particularly those who have had the... Read more →

Many with palliative needs feel frustrated

Tuesday 7th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of people who require palliative care feel that their emotional and psychological needs are not being met, while almost half want better coordination of their care and treatment, a new survey has revealed. According to the findings, almost seven in 10 people with palliative care needs fee... Read more →

Alcohol a factor in 38% of road collisions

Friday 3rd June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Alcohol was a factor in almost 40% of fatal road crashes that occurred between 2008 and 2012, a report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed. According to the report, 286 people died and 69 were seriously injured in crashes where alcohol was a contributory factor during this period. Al... Read more →