Ireland has high rate of oesophageal cancer

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland continues to have one of the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in Europe, the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) has warned. It is calling on members of the public to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease, which is newly diagnosed in around 400 people every year. If caught i... Read more →

Is height, weight linked to rise in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Tim Newman - Medical News Today

For unknown reasons, cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are growing in number. A new study adds weight to the evidence that height and weight in early adulthood predict the likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that begins in the lymphocytes, a type ... Read more →

Consensus on genomic classification of bladder cancer makes progress

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

The genomic revolution that followed the unraveling of the human genome has led to a push to classify cancer according to genetic and molecular - rather than cell and tissue - features. While some areas like breast cancer have made huge progress in this movement, bladder cancer is a relative latecom... Read more →

Empowering people with Down syndrome to vote

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has officially launched an innovative education programme, aimed at empowering people with Down syndrome to examine how political decisions affect their lives, and to participate in elections. The ‘My Opinion, My Vote' education programme is a two-year course and i... Read more →

Untreated high BP ups risk of brain bleed

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with high blood pressure that is left untreated may have an increased risk of developing a bleed on the brain, a new study has found. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. However, it rarely carries any ... Read more →

Sleep and exercise key to reducing stroke risk

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon -

Exercising regularly and getting the right amount of sleep each night significantly reduces a person's risk of stroke, a new study has shown. US researchers analysed data on almost 289,000 people who had been monitored between 2004 and 2013. The participants' sleep was assessed, as well as their in... Read more →

Irish team in tuberculosis breakthrough

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in relation to how the body's immune system responds to tuberculosis(TB), which could open the door to more personalised treatments for patients. TB is a serious bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs, but can also affect other organs. Symptoms ca... Read more →

Asthma linked to longer time to get pregnant

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Asthma linked to longer time to get pregnant - Irish Health

Women with asthma may take longer to become pregnant, a new study suggests. Previous research has indicated a link between the lung condition and fertility, however findings have been inconclusive, so Danish researchers decided to look into this further. They monitored 245 women, aged between 23 a... Read more →

Overactive thyroid linked to breast cancer risk

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women with an overactive thyroid may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has found. The thyroid is a key gland in the body, releasing hormones that are essential for metabolism. According to Danish researchers, up to 6% of people in Europe have undiagnosed thyroid diseas... Read more →

'High risks' found during Holles St inspection

Monday 15th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An unannounced inspection of the National Maternity Hospital last October revealed so many high risk findings, that a re-inspection was necessary within six weeks, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has revealed. According to a report of inspections at the hospital on Dublin's Holl... Read more →