Asthma linked to longer time to get pregnant

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Asthma linked to longer time to get pregnant - Irish Health

Women with asthma may take longer to become pregnant, a new study suggests. Previous research has indicated a link between the lung condition and fertility, however findings have been inconclusive, so Danish researchers decided to look into this further. They monitored 245 women, aged between 23 a... Read more →

Overactive thyroid linked to breast cancer risk

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women with an overactive thyroid may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has found. The thyroid is a key gland in the body, releasing hormones that are essential for metabolism. According to Danish researchers, up to 6% of people in Europe have undiagnosed thyroid diseas... Read more →

'High risks' found during Holles St inspection

Monday 15th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An unannounced inspection of the National Maternity Hospital last October revealed so many high risk findings, that a re-inspection was necessary within six weeks, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has revealed. According to a report of inspections at the hospital on Dublin's Holl... Read more →

Most unaware of 'hidden disabilities'

Monday 15th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many people do not know what a hidden disability is despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland are affected, research has shown. Hidden disabilities refer to disabilities which may not be visible at a glance, but can have a major impact on people's lives. They can arise from c... Read more →

Cancer drug may protect against Alzheimer's disease, study shows

Monday 15th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Ahallmark of Alzheimer's disease is the formation of faulty protein clumps that clog up the brain and kill brain cells. Now, after observing its effects in a lab model of Alzheimer's, scientists have discovered that an already approved anti-cancer drug could delay the onset of the neurodegenerative ... Read more →

Eating disorder awareness event for Dublin

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Open to those affected, healthcare professionals An open evening for young people and families who are affected by eating disorders is being held in Dublin later this month. The event will coincide with Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which will run from February 22 - 28. Consultant child and ado... Read more →

New test may improve heart treatment

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists are working on a new test, which may improve the treatment of people at risk of suffering a heart attack. The test has already been trialled on 400 patients. It centres on the treatment of heart disease, which can increase the risk of a heart attack. With heart disease, platelets,... Read more →

MND patients feel obligation towards carers

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

They often experience 'carer burden' While people with motor neurone disease (MND) are very grateful for the support of their families, they can sometimes agree to things they may not necessarily want, such as life-sustaining interventions, because they feel obliged to follow the wishes of their lo... Read more →

Zika virus: 'Strongest evidence yet' of effect on babies

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Unknown - BBC News

One of the US's most senior public health officials has revealed the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the Zika virus. Dr Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), was testifying before politicians in Washington. He said that data from the cases of two infant... Read more →

One eighth of patients suffer harm in hospital, says report

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

One in eight patients admitted to hospitals in Ireland over the course of a year suffers an unintended injury, with some dying, new research has revealed. And nearly three-quarters of these adverse events are preventable. The study is the first of its kind to examine the extent of medical mistake... Read more →