New app to help people lose weight

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app, which aims to help people lose weight in a healthy way, has been launched by Safefood. The 'weight-mate' app helps people to set realistic goals and features a daily weight and physical activity tracker. It also contains over 400 calorie-counted recipes that have been developed by nutrit... Read more →

Many unaware of lung cancer dangers

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish people appear to have a lack of awareness about the dangers of lung cancer, new research suggests. According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, which was launched by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just over half of people are unaware that lung cancer is Ireland's biggest cancer killer, w... Read more →

Major pressure on Cork University Hospital

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 1,735 patients attended the Emergency Department (ED) in Cork University Hospital (CUH) between January 11 and 19, with almost 900 of these requiring inpatient admission. As a result of these high levels of activity, the hospital has postponed all non-urgent elective procedures today (January ... Read more →

Little improvement in brain cancer survival rates

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around 290 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer of the brain every year and there has been little improvement in survival rates over the last 20 years, a new report has found. The report by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) analysed the current trends relating to malignant prima... Read more →

Even the health-conscious eat too much 'hidden' sugar

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

An apparently healthy diet can conceal three times the amount of sugar a person should ideally consume each day - because so much is now hidden in everyday foods. The most unlikely savoury foods can contain several spoons of added sugar, while so-called "low fat" versions of products are often swee... Read more →

Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - James Gallagher - BBC

The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, has signed a $5m (£3.5m) deal for an Ebola vaccine, to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly disease. The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials. It will also submit an appl... Read more →

Walking benefits wellbeing in over-50s

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People over the age of 50 who walk for at least 150 minutes per week have better mental health, new Irish research has shown. According to data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) - an ongoing study of people in Ireland over the age of 50 - being physically active, even just walking... Read more →

Health service to begin electronic patient referrals

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The electronic referral of patient appointments by family doctors is to become standard within months as part of a rollout of “e-medicine” initiatives in the health service. All hospitals will be able to receive electronic referrals, and 95 per cent of GPs will be equipped to send them ... Read more →

Free GP care for under-sixes adds to A&E delays

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The number of children under six being referred to hospitals has jumped sharply since the Government brought in free GP care for them last year. This has added to increased delays in emergency departments. The State’s biggest children’s hospital, Our Lady’s hospital in Crumlin, h... Read more →

Most pharmacies have experienced crime

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around three in four pharmacies in Ireland have experienced some type of crime, with almost one in five of these crimes described as ‘violent', a new survey has found. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union's (IPU) Crime Survey 2015, 74% of pharmacies have experienced some form of crime, inclu... Read more →