Insulin pumps reduce heart-related deaths

Thursday 13th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with type 1 diabetes have a significantly reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease if they use insulin pumps, rather than injections, a new study has found. An insulin pump is a portable computerised device that is attached to the body. It is the size of a small mobile phone. It del... Read more →

Depression ups heart risk in RA patients

Thursday 13th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Stress and anger also increase risk People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to experience hardening of the arteries - a major risk factor for heart disease - if they are anxious, stressed or depressed, a new study has found. According to the findings, a lack of social support can als... Read more →

Music reduces pain among surgical patients

Thursday 13th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major new study has found that listening to music before, during or after surgery can significantly reduce pain and anxiety among patients. According to the findings, even listening to music while under general anaesthetic appeared to reduce the level of pain experienced by patients. UK research... Read more →

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 →