Irish scientists in psoriasis breakthrough

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough which could lead to the development of new therapies to treat the skin condition, psoriasis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which appears as pink or red raised patches on the skin. These patches, which are known as plaques, have a well-defined... Read more →

Women urged not to fear smear tests

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 110,000 women have never attended for a smear test despite the fact that it only takes about five minutes and is free of charge, the Marie Keating Foundation has said. It has launched a new campaign, ‘Don't Fear the Smear', with the aim of encouraging all those in the relevant ag... Read more →

ICS chief executive to take €10,000 pay cut

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has decided to take a pay cut as part of the charity's efforts to provide financial assistance to the families of children with cancer. Earlier this week, the ICS announced that it was closing its Financial Support Programme, which helps cancer ... Read more →

Work begins on new mental hospital

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The new National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) Hospital, which will replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, should be completed by the end of 2018, the Department of Health has said. This week, the Minister for Mental Health, Social Care and Primary Care, Kathleen Lynch, turned the... Read more →

Safety warning after charger causes fire

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public are being warned to be careful when buying and using electrical products, after a charger left on a bed overheated and caused a fire in an apartment in Dublin recently. The charger overheated and burst into flames, causing extensive damage to the apartment in Islandbridge. "E... Read more →

First National Physical Activity Plan launched

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first ever National Physical Activity Plan has been launched by the Government. It aims to get an extra 50,000 people taking regular exercise every year for the next 10 years. The plan was launched by four Government ministers, including the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and the Mini... Read more →

Cancer financial support programme to close

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has confirmed that it is closing its Financial Support Programme, which helps cancer patients who are facing financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis. According to the ICS, the programme is being closed because ‘the demand has become too big for us to m... Read more →

Potatoes linked to diabetes in pregnancy, study finds

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The humble spud has come under renewed attack on health grounds, with a new study finding a link between higher consumption of potatoes before pregnancy and a greater risk of developing diabetes while pregnant. The study by US-based researchers, in the BMJ journal, suggests substituting potatoes wi... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Dr Nina Byrnes - Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? Share ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or... Read more →

Breakthrough in ED strike talks

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There has been a breakthrough in talks aimed at averting a strike by nurses in seven Emergency Departments (EDs) nationwide this Thursday, it has been reported. It is understood that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the HSE have agreed to consider a range of proposals that came... Read more →