Major conference for type 1 diabetes

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major conference aimed at people living with type 1 diabetes is to take place later this year. Last October, the first Thriveabetes (Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes) Conference took place, with 190 people in attendance. This year's event is expecting around 300 people and includes a programme specifi... Read more →

Spinal cord injury services lacking

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Services for people with spinal cord injuries in Ireland are severely lacking, with some new patients facing major delays in accessing rehabilitation and some young people left to live in ICUs or nursing homes because home care packages to help them live independently are not available. According t... Read more →

Lack of commitment to mental health funding

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The new Programme for Government does not contain a detailed commitment to mental health funding, it has been claimed. According to Mental Health Reform, while the programme does state that the mental health budget ‘will be increased annually during the lifetime of this new Government', there... Read more →

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 →