€74M to tackle ED overcrowding

Thursday 2nd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Additional funding of €74 million is being made available by the Government to tackle the ongoing issue of overcrowding in the country's Emergency Departments (EDs), the Health Minister has confirmed. Some €44 million is being allocated to the Fair Deal scheme, to help alleviate the probl... Read more →

St Vincent's Daffodil Centre launched

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has officially launched its Daffodil Centre at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin. Daffodil Centres provide information, support and advice on cancer and are based in hospitals around the country. Last year alone, they dealt with queries from more than 40,000 ... Read more →

Main type of disability in kids is intellectual

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

At least two in three children with disabilities in Ireland have multiple disabilities, new research has found. According to a new report, which has just been published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the National Disability Authority (NDA), children with disabilities are m... Read more →

Less treats and fizzy drinks for kids

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents in Ireland are giving their children less treat foods, less fizzy drinks and more water at mealtimes compared to a year ago, new research has found. The research was carried out by Safefood to coincide with the first completed year of its three-year campaign to tackle childhood obesity. It ... Read more →

Injured brains may age faster

Friday 27th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Serious head injuries may lead to faster ageing of the brain, a new study suggests. UK researchers analysed the brain scans of over 1,700 people, including 99 who had suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point. These injuries were caused by road traffic accidents, falls or assaults. They foun... Read more →

Antibiotics increase diabetes risk

Friday 27th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who repeatedly use certain types of antibiotics may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study has found. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. They cannot treat viral infections. According to US researchers, the overprescribing of antibiotics is already ... Read more →

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 →