Smoking bans reduce passive smoke harm

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

National smoking bans have been successful in reducing passive smoking-related harm, including heart disease, major new Irish research has shown. Ireland became the first country in the world to ban indoor smoking in all public places in 2004. Since then, a number of other countries, regions and st... Read more →

Family carers save State €4B annually

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Family carers in Ireland provide over six million hours of unpaid care every week, saving the State around €4 billion annually, according to the charity, Family Carers Ireland. It has just launched its pre-Election campaign, ‘Achieving Fairness for Family Carers'. According to the chari... Read more →

'No evidence that CT scans, X-rays cause cancer'

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

Researchers conclude there is no proof that low-level radiation from medical imaging - such as X-ray and computed tomography scans - causes cancer. They say it is time to throw out an unproven, decades-old theoretical model that has led many people - doctors and regulators included - to believe othe... Read more →

Public can shape cancer policy change

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With the General Election now confirmed for February 26, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is calling on the public to help shape policy change by urging their election candidates to ‘close the cancer gap'. The cancer gap refers to the fact that where people live in Ireland affects their chances... Read more →

First confirmed cases of Zika virus in Ireland

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Two cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Ireland. According to the HSE, a man and a woman, who are unknown to each other, were found to have the virus after travelling to an affected country. However, both people have recovered from the infection. Zika virus disease is spread via the bit... Read more →

Head cancer has big impact on carers' finances

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Caring for a person with cancer of the head or neck can have a major impact on finances, a new study by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) has found. According to the NCRI, this is one of the most common type of cancers worldwide and it tends to be diagnosed in older people and those fr... Read more →

Death rates from leukaemia falling

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major study of cancer has shown that death rates from leukaemia are falling in Europe among people of all ages. The study by Italian, Swiss and US researchers involved an analysis of cancer rates in the EU's 28 member states, including Ireland. It revealed that death rates from most cancers are f... Read more →

Fertility treatment to be publicly funded

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Couples who wish to undergo fertility treatment are to be publicly funded by the State, the Minister for Health has announced. As many as one in six couples have problems conceiving and those who wish to undergo fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), have to pay for this private... Read more →

Cervical cancer screening method to be assessed

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is to carry out an assessment to establish the most effective screening method for the prevention of cervical cancer. Every year, around 300 women are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland and 90 die from the disease. Most cases are caus... Read more →

Many foods have cut salt and fat content

Monday 1st February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some of Ireland's most popular food and drink products have had their fat, salt and calories significantly reduced in recent years, a new report has shown. The report from Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) used data on 600 products from 14 major food and drink companies, including Coca Cola Ir... Read more →