Rise in first-time callers to rape helpline

Wednesday 17th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of first-time callers to the national helpline for victims of rape jumped by 30% last year, a new report has shown. According to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's (DRCC) Annual Report and Statistics 2014, the national helpline handled over 9,200 genuine counselling calls. Over half of thes... Read more →

10,000 kids signed up for free GP care on day 1

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Some 10,000 children aged five and under were signed up for free GP care during the first day of registration for the scheme, the HSE has confirmed.From July 1, all children in the State who are under the age of six will be eligible for free GP care, and Monday marked the first day that parents coul... Read more →

Men urged to know early cancer signs

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish men are being encouraged to make themselves aware of the early warning signs of cancer.According to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), some 10,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year in Ireland. However, the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of survival."It's important ... Read more →

Diabetes-related amputations on the rise

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people with diabetes who had to have lower limbs amputated as a result of the condition increased last year, despite the fact that such amputations are almost completely preventable, Diabetes Ireland has warned. According to figures from the HSE, 440 people with diabetes had lower lim... Read more →

Living kidney donors reminded about expenses

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Living kidney donors are being reminded that they can apply for a reimbursement of their expenses and loss of income that may have arisen as a result of their donation. Figures from the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) show that between 2009 and 2013, 138 living people donated a kidney to another per... Read more →

Weekend screen time bad for teen bones

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenage boys who spend a lot of time at the weekend looking at various screens have poorer bone health, a new study has found. This finding does not seem to apply to teenage girls however. Researchers in Norway looked at almost 1,000 teenagers aged between 15 and 17. All of the participants were a... Read more →

Nuts, peanuts reduce risk of death

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly consume nuts and peanuts may have a reduced risk of dying from a number of different diseases, including cancer and diabetes, a new study has found. However, the consumption of peanut butter does not appear to affect mortality rates. Researchers in the Netherlands used data fr... Read more →

Busy year for eating disorder helpline

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost one in five calls to an eating disorders helpline last year came from children aged 14 and under, a new report has shown. Around 200,000 people in Ireland have eating disorders and Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation that supports those affected. According to its 2014 Annual Repo... Read more →

Dignity of nursing home residents compromised

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The dignity and privacy of residents in some public nursing homes is being compromised because of the State's failure to comply with certain standards set out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), it has been claimed. Nursing homes currently provide care for almost 22,000 resident... Read more →

Exercise cuts gestational diabetes risk

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who exercise during pregnancy reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study has shown. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy - most often in the second or third trimester. It usually disappears after the baby is born, although women who ... Read more →