Small reduction in patients on trolleys

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More than 8,800 patients were left waiting on trolleys in hospitals nationwide last month, although this marked a small reduction on the numbers waiting during the same period in 2015, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its ‘Trolley Watch' figures, 8,885 ... Read more →

Kids not active enough in winter

Monday 29th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children are not active enough during the winter and need to be given more opportunities to exercise during this time, new research suggests. Children are recommended to undertake at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity, such as brisk walking, running and sport. UK researchers... Read more →

Irish team grows working heart valve in the lab

Monday 29th February 2016 - Deborah Condon -

Irish scientists have manager to grow a fully functioning heart valve in the laboratory that has the potential to function effectively within a growing human body. This marks a major breakthrough in heart research as it is the first time scientists have successfully made a valve that is capable of ... Read more →

Overweight, obesity linked to poorer memory for young adults

Monday 29th February 2016 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

It is well established that being overweight can raise the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. But according to a new study, it may also have consequences for cognitive health; researchers found that young adults who were overweight or obese had poorer episodic memory than their healthy-weig... Read more →

Parents urged to know signs of type 1 diabetes

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents and healthcare professionals are being urged to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children. Diabetes Ireland and the Irish Childhood Diabetes Register have launched a campaign highlighting the importance of early diagnosis of this condition, which affects... Read more →

Daffodil Day 2016 is fast approaching

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and demand for cancer services is increasing, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. It is holding its annual national fundraiser - Daffodil Day - on Friday, March 11, and this year it is hoping to raise €3.5 million. The ICS is par... Read more →

Young people urged to talk about drugs

Friday 26th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young people are being urged to take part in a national awards initiative, which is aimed at raising awareness of alcohol and drug issues. The ‘Let's Talk About Drugs' National Youth Media Awards aim to get people aged between 12 and 25 talking about the hidden harms associated with drug use.... Read more →

Being born in winter affects how lungs age

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having a mother who smoked while pregnant and being born in the winter may affect how your lungs age. A researcher in Norway has discovered three developmental factors that appear to influence the ageing of the lungs. "Having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lung... Read more →

Big jump in homeless families in Dublin

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are now almost 800 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin - an increase of 114% when compared with January 2015, new figures have shown. According to the figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, last month alone, 125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin. The Dublin S... Read more →

Weight, height linked to lymphoma risk

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Teenagers who are overweight and taller than average may have an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) - a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system has a key role in fighting infection in the body and lymphoma refers to cancer within this system. There are tw... Read more →