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New laws on life-saving medicines introduced

Monday 19th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Trained members of public can administer them. New laws have been signed by the Minister for Health which will allow trained members of the public to administer life-saving medicines. A number of emergency medicines are included in the new regulations, including adrenaline auto-injectors, better k... Read more →

High BP risk can be identified in childhood

Monday 12th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People at risk of having high blood pressure in their late 30s can be identified as early as childhood, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. However it rarely carries any signs or symptoms - this is why it is often refer... Read more →

Twin surgery shows world-class outcomes

Monday 12th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A study that assessed the first 100 cases involving cutting-edge surgery used on unborn twins in Ireland has found that outcomes are as good here as in leading international foetal medical centres. The surgical procedure is carried out on twins in the womb who have a condition called twin-to-twin t... Read more →

Most Irish adults not exercising enough

Monday 12th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - irish health

Just one-third of Irish people get enough exercise and only one-quarter eat enough fruit and vegetables, a major new survey has found. According to the first national survey on the nation's health since the SLÁN survey in 2007, while overweight and obesity figures appear to have stabilised i... Read more →

Studies show drug slows progress of MS

Monday 12th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Extensive studies of a drug have found that it can have a major impact on the progression of some types of multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degeneration of the nerves. This results in a progressive deterioration in various functi... Read more →

Most Irish adults not exercising enough

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Healthtest

Just one-third of Irish people get enough exercise and only one-quarter eat enough fruit and vegetables, a major new survey has found. According to the first national survey on the nation's health since the SLÁN survey in 2007, while overweight and obesity figures appear to have stabilised i... Read more →

Cancer treatment possible during pregnancy

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who are diagnosed with cancer while they are pregnant can start treatment for the disease immediately and do not need to worry about the effects this may have on their unborn child, a new study has found. European researchers looked at 129 children aged between one and three years, whose moth... Read more →

HSE highlights importance of flu vaccine

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health and the HSE are reminding people in at-risk groups to get themselves vaccinated against the flu. The HSE provides the annual flu vaccine free of charge to people who are considered at risk of contracting the illness. These are:-Everyone aged 65 and older-Pregnant women-Anyon... Read more →

Asthma risk is higher if your grandmother smoked

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Children whose grandmothers smoked have a heightened risk of asthma even if their mothers avoided the habit, a study has shown. Evidence that the lifestyle sins of the grandmother can skip a generation and be visited upon her grandchildren comes from a large Swedish study. It adds to growing evide... Read more →

€3B investment plan for health announced

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Opposition describe it as a 'wish list' The Minister for Health has announced a €3 billion investment package for the health service as part of the Government's Capital Plan for the next six years. According to Minister Leo Varadkar, this investment will ‘support the transformation of h... Read more →