Kids' hospital plans 'spectacular' - Varadkar

Wednesday 12th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has described the plans for the new National Children's Hospital as ‘spectacular'. The plans for the hospital, which if approved will be based on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin, are being lodged with An Bord Pleanála on Monday aftern... Read more →

John Spain: 'A free bowel screening saved my life... if you get the letter in the post, don't be an eejit like I nearly was'

Wednesday 12th August 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

When John Spain received a letter from the National Bowel Screening Programme in his door, he dismissed it. One day, with some spare time on his hands, he decided to send the sample off. The results came back ­- he had cancer ... 'You have cancer," the doctor in the Mater said. "You have cancer... Read more →

Say no to (7) spoons of sugar

Wednesday 12th August 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

Ideally, adults, and children over the age of 11 should not be consuming more than 30g, or seven spoons, of sugar a day. But as we know, most of the sugar we eat is not added but hidden in different foods and drinks. Savoury foods may seem deceptive but they can contain significant amounts of sug... Read more →

Rude health... Hospital freebies

Monday 10th August 2015 - Dr Maurice Gueret - Irish Independent

Holding his hands up as a supplier to Irish hospitals, there is no free lunch from Maurice Gueret or exotic caravan trips. Like most ordinary folk, my jaw dropped while watching the recent RTE Prime Time programme on disreputable practices in the hospital supply business. Only after the programme f... Read more →

Patients with epilepsy among first to trial health identifiers

Monday 10th August 2015 - Elaine Edwards - The Irish Times

Patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial individual health identifiers, a unique number which will eventually be given to every person in the State to track them through the health and social care system for life. A new unit will be established within the Health Service Executive to ... Read more →

Weight in 1st pregnancy affects 2nd baby

Monday 10th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Risk present even if all went well 1st time A woman's weight during her first pregnancy may affect the health of a second baby, even if everything went well the first time around, a new study has found. It is already well established that a mother's weight can increase the risk of complications du... Read more →

AF screening prog would be cost-effective

Friday 7th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A national screening programme aimed at detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) in people over the age of 65, would be cost-effective if introduced in this country, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. AF causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less effic... Read more →

Music during operations should be reviewed

Friday 7th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The use of background music in operating theatres should be reviewed, as it may impair communication and lead to tension among staff, the results of a new study suggest. Music was first introduced into operating theatres just over 100 years ago, with the aim of relieving anxiety in patients. Today,... Read more →

Scheme needed to dispose of unused medicines

Friday 7th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists are calling for the introduction of a nationwide scheme that would result in the safe disposal of unused medicines. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), a DUMP (Disposal of Unused Medicines Safely) scheme would ensure the safe disposal of unused or out-of-date medicines. It sai... Read more →

'Cancer has put pressure on me financially'

Thursday 6th August 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

Coming to terms with a cancer diganosis can be a rollercoaster - for the patient and their family. Add the mounting medical bills and the stresses of everyday life, the disease itself becomes just one part of the cancer journey. Patricia Dempsey had a well-paid job as an office administrator before... Read more →