Outpatient waiting lists higher than ever

Thursday 7th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 412,000 people are waiting for outpatient appointments - the highest figure ever recorded.According to the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which collates waiting list data for public patients, at the end of April, there were 412,422 people waiting to be seen in outpatient clinics.Over 83,000 ... Read more →

Unsupported dads linked to kids' bad behaviour

Thursday 7th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A child's behaviour is more likely to be troublesome in families in which the father does not feel supported by his partner, a new study has shown.It is already widely acknowledged that the way parents work together can have a big impact on the behaviour of children. However, little research has bee... Read more →

'Incentives needed to attract nurses back'

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Niall Hunter -

The nurses union, the INMO, will be pressing for a gradual restoration of pay cuts, the reintroduction of a 37-hour working week and a major increase in nurse staffing, at its annual delegate meeting, which begins today.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran, speaking at the outset of the conference in T... Read more →

9 in 10 will be overweight/obese by 2030

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost nine in 10 people in Ireland are expected to be overweight or obese by 2030, new figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) have revealed.According to the figures, if things do not change, Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe.The figures, which have not yet been published, w... Read more →

Depression increases risk of nightmares

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People are most at risk of experiencing frequent nightmares if they are depressed or suffer with insomnia, a study has found.Researchers in Finland set out to identify risk factors for nightmares. They looked at almost 14,000 men and women aged between 25 and 74.The participants were asked how often... Read more →

COPD ups risk of sudden cardiac death

Friday 1st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who have the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), face an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study has found. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition... Read more →

Workers urged to talk about mental health

Friday 1st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over half of Irish people believe that being open about a mental health problem in work would negatively impact their job prospects, See Change has warned. See Change is an alliance of organisations working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and it has just launched its annual Green Rib... Read more →

Traumatic events up women's heart risk

Friday 1st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women have a significantly increased risk of suffering a heart attack if they experience a traumatic life event such as the death of a loved one, a new study has found. It is already known that stress can affect heart health, however US researchers set out to assess the types of stress that can hav... Read more →

Many delay GP visits due to cost

Thursday 30th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

At least six in 10 people who do not have medical cards delay going to see their GP or consultant because of the cost involved, a new survey has found. A similar number of patients also have difficulties when in comes to paying for medication and other health-related expenses. The survey was carri... Read more →

Half unaware they have high blood pressure

Thursday 30th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost half of Irish people with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition, a new study has found. Furthermore many of those who are taking medication still do not have normal blood pressure control. The study was carried out by researchers at the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA... Read more →