At least 1% of Irish children have autism

Monday 4th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

At least 1% of children in Ireland have autism, which is similar to rates in the UK and US, a new study has shown. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs can include an absence of eye contact, a... Read more →

640 million people are now obese worldwide

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Global obesity has tripled among men over the last four decades and more than doubled among women, the biggest obesity study ever undertaken has shown. According to the findings, at least one in 10 men and one in seven women are now obese - totaling 640 million people worldwide. The study involved... Read more →

Students asked 'What's in the Powder?'

Friday 1st April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new drug awareness campaign aimed at third level students has been launched. The ‘What's in the Powder?' campaign is calling on students to think about drug use, particularly when it comes to drugs that are sold in powder form. The campaign is a result of a collaboration between the Ana Li... Read more →

Parents shunning cervical cancer vaccine, IMO forum hears

Friday 1st April 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Large number of parents are withdrawing their consent for their daughters to be vaccinated against the HPV virus due to adverse publicity over its alleged side-effects, the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation has heard. Public health doctor Ann Hogan said “a significant number... Read more →

Skin cancer warning for outdoor workers

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who work in the outdoors need to be more aware of the dangers of skin cancer, experts have warned. According to a new European report, almost 14.5 million workers in Europe spend at least 75% of their working time outside. After just five years of working outdoors, these workers have a two-f... Read more →

Men less likely to be honest with male doctors

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Men die around five years earlier than women and this may be because men are less likely to go to a doctor, and once there, are less likely to be honest about their symptoms, new research suggests. "Men can expect to die five years earlier than women, and physiological differences don't explain tha... Read more →

Housing crisis a big issue for suicide helpline

Wednesday 30th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An increasing number of people are becoming suicidal as a result of the housing crisis, a charity has warned. According to the national suicide prevention charity, Console, its 24-hour helpline has been receiving an increasing number of calls in recent months from people who simply cannot cope as a... Read more →

Importance of seatbelts highlighted

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over the last seven Easter bank holiday weekends, 17 people have died and almost 50 have been seriously injured on Irish roads. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Gardai are urging all road users to be vigilant over the coming days and to ensure that seatbelts are always worn. An analysis of ... Read more →

Children waiting up to five years for eye care

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who require eye care in the public system have to wait up to five years to be seen depending on where they live, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. It is calling on the next Government to tackle these ‘unacceptable delays'. In a submission to all newly-elected T... Read more →

Concern over CF staffing levels

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There have been some positive developments in the care of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Ireland in recent years, however, major concern has been expressed about poor staffing levels in this area. According to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI), there is a staffing crisis in hospitals, with some CF... Read more →