Most unaware of 'hidden disabilities'

Monday 15th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many people do not know what a hidden disability is despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland are affected, research has shown. Hidden disabilities refer to disabilities which may not be visible at a glance, but can have a major impact on people's lives. They can arise from c... Read more →

Cancer drug may protect against Alzheimer's disease, study shows

Monday 15th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Ahallmark of Alzheimer's disease is the formation of faulty protein clumps that clog up the brain and kill brain cells. Now, after observing its effects in a lab model of Alzheimer's, scientists have discovered that an already approved anti-cancer drug could delay the onset of the neurodegenerative ... Read more →

Eating disorder awareness event for Dublin

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Open to those affected, healthcare professionals An open evening for young people and families who are affected by eating disorders is being held in Dublin later this month. The event will coincide with Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which will run from February 22 - 28. Consultant child and ado... Read more →

New test may improve heart treatment

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists are working on a new test, which may improve the treatment of people at risk of suffering a heart attack. The test has already been trialled on 400 patients. It centres on the treatment of heart disease, which can increase the risk of a heart attack. With heart disease, platelets,... Read more →

MND patients feel obligation towards carers

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

They often experience 'carer burden' While people with motor neurone disease (MND) are very grateful for the support of their families, they can sometimes agree to things they may not necessarily want, such as life-sustaining interventions, because they feel obliged to follow the wishes of their lo... Read more →

Zika virus: 'Strongest evidence yet' of effect on babies

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Unknown - BBC News

One of the US's most senior public health officials has revealed the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the Zika virus. Dr Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), was testifying before politicians in Washington. He said that data from the cases of two infant... Read more →

One eighth of patients suffer harm in hospital, says report

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

One in eight patients admitted to hospitals in Ireland over the course of a year suffers an unintended injury, with some dying, new research has revealed. And nearly three-quarters of these adverse events are preventable. The study is the first of its kind to examine the extent of medical mistake... Read more →

Could 'barring exit from blood vessels' stop breast cancer spread?

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

Researchers have discovered a protein that controls whether migrating breast cancer cells are allowed to push their way through the walls of blood vessels and continue their deadly journey to establish new tumors in other parts of the body. They suggest that finding a way to control the protein so ... Read more →

Most smokers ignore lung health

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The vast majority of smokers have never spoken to their doctor or pharmacist about lung health, a new survey has found. According to the findings from the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just 15% of smokers have raised the topic with their GP, while only 4% have spoken to a pharmacist. Just 3% have sp... Read more →

Fianna Fáil pledges extra 4,000 nurses and 500 consultants

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

Party says it will ‘review’ free GP care for under-6s and halt extension to under-12s Fianna Fáil has promised to recruit an extra 4,000 nurses, 500 consultants and 250 GPs over five years to boost the performance of the health service. The party says it will abandon plans by th... Read more →