Heart disease rates higher in NI

Friday 27th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Older people in Northern Ireland are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease and life-limiting long-term illnesses than their counterparts in the Republic, a new study has found. According to the findings, prevalence of coronary artery disease is 12% in Northern Ireland compared to 8% in ... Read more →

Erection probs common after prostate surgery

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new study has found that regaining normal erectile function after a common prostate operation is ‘rare'. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men - over 2,000 Irish men are newly diagnosed every year. A common method of treatment is a radical prostatectomy, which is th... Read more →

3 drinks a day can cause liver cancer

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Consuming just three alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, new research has found. The results were uncovered by the World Cancer Research Fund's Continuous Update Project (CUP). This project involved an analysis of 34 studies worldwide, involving over eight million people, 24,500 of whom ... Read more →

Medicine warning for parents of young kids

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to be particularly careful when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose or certain drug combinations could harm their child. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), parents must pay particular attention to how much medicine they are giving a child. Too little... Read more →

Stress management key in breast cancer

Monday 23rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are taught skills to manage stress after being diagnosed with breast cancer may experience improved moods and a better quality of life for many years to come, a new study suggests.US researchers followed the progress of 240 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. They wer... Read more →

Higher stroke death rate in women

Monday 23rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women in Ireland are much more likely to die from stroke than men, new figures have revealed.According to provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), in 2013, 42% more women died from stroke than men. In some counties, such as Sligo, Carlow and Clare, the number of women dying from... Read more →

Big rise in adults with CF expected

Friday 20th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people living with the hereditary disease, cystic fibrosis (CF), into adulthood is expected to increase significantly by 2025, a new study has found. According to the figures, by 2025, the number of adults living with CF in Ireland will have jumped by 65% when compared to the figures ... Read more →

Test reduces chemo use in breast cancer

Friday 20th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A test which determines whether chemotherapy will benefit certain women with early-stage breast cancer has proven successful in Ireland. Around 2,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year and it is acknowledged that the criteria currently used to decide whether chemotherapy... Read more →

Hospitals using 'unclean' equipment

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A ‘significant' number of public hospitals inspected in 2014 were found to be using unclean patient equipment, a new report has revealed. Hand hygiene practices among some staff members were also called into question. The report has just been published by the Health Information and Quality A... Read more →

'Do not take selfies with eclipse'

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Doctors are urging people to take proper care of their eyes during Friday's solar eclipse, which will see most of northern Europe, including Ireland, fading into near darkness for several minutes. A solar eclipse is a rare event during which the moon covers the sun. People in Ireland will not be ab... Read more →