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 →

Men less likely to be honest with male doctors

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Men die around five years earlier than women and this may be because men are less likely to go to a doctor, and once there, are less likely to be honest about their symptoms, new research suggests. "Men can expect to die five years earlier than women, and physiological differences don't explain tha... Read more →

Housing crisis a big issue for suicide helpline

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An increasing number of people are becoming suicidal as a result of the housing crisis, a charity has warned. According to the national suicide prevention charity, Console, its 24-hour helpline has been receiving an increasing number of calls in recent months from people who simply cannot cope as a... Read more →

Importance of seatbelts highlighted

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over the last seven Easter bank holiday weekends, 17 people have died and almost 50 have been seriously injured on Irish roads. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Gardai are urging all road users to be vigilant over the coming days and to ensure that seatbelts are always worn. An analysis of ... Read more →

Children waiting up to five years for eye care

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who require eye care in the public system have to wait up to five years to be seen depending on where they live, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. It is calling on the next Government to tackle these ‘unacceptable delays'. In a submission to all newly-elected T... Read more →

Concern over CF staffing levels

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There have been some positive developments in the care of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Ireland in recent years, however, major concern has been expressed about poor staffing levels in this area. According to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI), there is a staffing crisis in hospitals, with some CF... Read more →

Antibiotic resistance high among children

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually treated with antibiotics, however a new study has found that these drugs may be ineffective when used on children, as antibiotic resistance is high among this population. The discovery and development of effective antibiotics in the 1940s and 1950s meant ... Read more →

Method of commuting impacts BMI

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Adults who walk, cycle or use public transport to commute to work have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower body fat percentages in mid-life than those who drive to work, a new study has found. The UK researchers noted that while the results are not unexpected with people who walk and cycle, the... Read more →

Diabetes: rare, genetic form may need different treatment

Monday 21st March 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Treating patients with a rare, genetic form of diabetes with therapies aimed at type 2 diabetes could be harmful, and there needs to be a review of treatment guidelines for such cases. This was the conclusion researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, came to in a s... Read more →