More hospice services for children needed

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More hospice and palliative care services are urgently needed for children in Ireland, LauraLynn has said. LauraLynn is the only dedicated children's hospice in the State. It provides palliative care and support to children with life-limiting conditions. An estimated 4,000 children in Ireland are c... Read more →

'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' mark launched

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here' mark has been launched in an attempt to change Irish people's attitudes towards breastfeeding. Breastfeeding children during their first six months of life is known to have a positive impact on their long-term health by, for example, reducing their risk of a num... Read more →

Anger over new HSE recruitment embargo

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors and nurses have reacted angrily to the latest recruitment embargo announced by the HSE. The HSE has said that no new doctors, nurses or midwives are to be recruited to the health service until further notice - a move which has been greeted with shock by health professionals. According to t... Read more →

Most believe doctors tell the truth

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Deborah Condon

The vast majority of people trust doctors to tell the truth, a new survey has found. According to the findings, nine in 10 people trust that their doctors will be truthful and a similar number are satisfied with the doctor they attend most often. Some 43% believe that doctors' practices have impro... Read more →

Over 45% have private health insurance

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 46% of the population now has private health insurance, the latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) have shown. According to the HIA, at the end of March 2016, 2.126 million people had inpatient health insurance plans - that is 45.9% of the population. At its peak in 2008, j... Read more →

Obesity costs Europe billions

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity will have a ‘devastating' impact on healthcare costs and productivity throughout Europe unless it is urgently tackled, the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has warned. It made its comments in the wake of several international reports, which show that the number of ... Read more →

More people using web to research health

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of Irish people using the internet to research health problems is on the increase and around 70,000 people have purchased medicines online, a new survey has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of adults use the internet to look up health matters, while 24% use it to source informati... Read more →

Gluten-free diet not a healthy option for all

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are no proven health benefits to switching to a gluten-free diet unless a person has coeliac disease or an allergy to wheat, researchers have said. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms can include weight loss, abdominal pa... Read more →

Teen fruit consumption cuts breast cancer risk

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women may have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer if they consumed a lot of fruit as a teenager. While fruit and vegetables are thought to help protect against breast cancer, studies have provided conflicting results. However most of these studies have looked at fruit consumption during mid... Read more →

Gestational diabetes affects baby's body fat

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat when they reach two months of age compared to babies born to mothers without the condition, a new study has found. This marks the first study to show that gestational diabetes causes such early changes in the baby, despite there be... Read more →