Ireland's smacking law criticised

Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The controversial issue of parents smacking their children is being highlighted again after the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that Ireland has violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment. Earlier this week, the ISPCC called on the Government to introduce a ... Read more →

Experts to advise on new cancer strategy

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A steering group to advise the Department of Health on a new cancer strategy for the country has been established. The National Cancer Strategy Steering Group is made up of a number of experts in the field and will be chaired by consultant medical oncologist at St James's Hospital, Prof John Kenned... Read more →

Bowel cancer risk for overweight teens

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenagers who are very overweight may be much more likely to develop bowel cancer later in life, a new study has found. It is already known that obesity in adulthood can increase the risk of this disease, however it is unclear what impact excess weight in adolescence may have. Swedish and US resear... Read more →

Free health services for Magdalen survivors

Monday 25th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who worked in the State's Magdalen Laundries are to receive free health services from July 1, the Government has announced. From that date, the HSE will provide a number of primary and community health services free of charge, including GP services, prescribed drugs, dental services, home nur... Read more →

Depression ups heart failure death risk

Monday 25th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with heart failure have a significantly increased risk of death if they suffer with moderate or severe depression, the results of a new study indicate. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Sympto... Read more →

Rise in teen sexual assaults

Monday 25th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Rape and sexual assaults involving teenagers appear to be on the increase in Ireland, a new report has found. In some cases, these assaults are being filmed and discussed on social media. According to the CARI 2013/2014 Annual Report, between 2012 and 2014, there was a 43% increase in calls to its... Read more →

Preterm births ups risk of preterm delivery

Friday 22nd May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who were born prematurely have an increased risk of giving birth to a premature child, a new study has found. According to Canadian researchers, it is already known that women who were born with a low birth weight are more likely to give birth prematurely. However, they wanted to see whether ... Read more →

Kids' nightmares linked to psychosis

Friday 22nd May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who experience persistent nightmares may be more likely to suffer psychotic symptoms in their late teens, a new study suggests. Psychosis refers to a mental state in which a person is detached from reality and experiences a number of abnormal symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and ... Read more →

Leukaemia drug being trialled in Galway

Friday 22nd May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A patient attending University Hospital Galway is the first person in the world to start treatment as part of a clinical trial for a promising new drug for acute leukaemia. Adult acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It is the most common type of acute le... Read more →

Many skip brushing teeth and share toothbrushes

Thursday 21st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Around one in four Irish adults skip brushing their teeth at least once a week, a new survey has revealed. Over 1,100 adults were surveyed earlier this month and according to the findings, one in 10 has had their teeth professionally whitened, while at least one in five has tried whitening products... Read more →