UCC food scientists muscle in on cancerThu, 22 Jun 2017 01:25:34 BSTThe Irish ExaminerFood scientists at University College Cork are developing products to reduce cancer deaths due to muscle wasting — currently the cause of one in five cancer deaths. Dr Aoife Ryan, dietitian and lecturer in nutritional sciences at UCC, said the wastage affected muscles involved in movement, breathing, and the heart.“Ten years ago it was thought patients were losing fat ...
Irish patients to lose access to surgery services in the UKWed, 21 Jun 2017 02:34:32 BSTIrish IndependentPatients may be less inclined to travel to mainland Europe due to longer journeys and language difficulties. Stock photo: PA Hundreds of patients in the Republic, who are availing of an EU scheme which allows them to have surgery or other treatments in Northern Ireland or in Britain, will have to travel to non-English speaking countries after Brexit ...
Propping up the health system putting a value on carersWed, 14 Jun 2017 02:34:30 BSTIrish IndependentNational Carers Week highlights the role taken on by more than 360,000 adults for the most vulnerable people in society. It can be a difficult and lonely job, Bridget O'Dea tells our reporter We have all looked after someone during our lives, but some of us go above and beyond the norm ...
Connemara meetings in bid to escalate campaign for essential ambulance servicesMon, 12 Jun 2017 08:15:41 BSTGalway Bay FM– A series of meetings will take place across Connemara this week to discuss the escalation of a long running campaign to secure adequate ambulance cover in the region. The North Connemara Ambulance Steering Group is expressing frustration with the lack of progress on the issue despite vigorous campaigning since October 2014. It’s alleged that ambulance response times in North West Connemara can frequently reach up to, or exceed, three hours waiting time ...
Meet the people who are on call 24 7 to make sure organ transplants happenSun, 11 Jun 2017 20:37:37 BSTThe JournalTIME IS OF the essence for patients waiting for an organ transplant. A number of people are working behind the scenes, 24-7, so that if and when an organ becomes available, a person who needs it gets it as soon as possible. Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI) works with transplant recipient centres and hospitals throughout Ireland. An organ procurement coordinator is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to coordinate organ donation ...
IBTS mobile clinic in the Parish Centre Ardee next weekSat, 10 Jun 2017 00:26:12 BSTIrish IndependentEvery day, patients in hospitals throughout Ireland require blood transfusions and The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) provides the blood and blood products needed in hospitals to help these patients. If you'd like to help, there is an opportunity to give blood at the IBTS mobile clinic in Ardee next week. The unit will be in The Parish Centre in Ardee on Monday 12th June, 2017 & Tuesday 13th June, 2017 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm ...
Breast cancer patients denied access to EU approved drugFri, 9 Jun 2017 01:01:52 BSTIrish TimesManufacturer accuses HSE of deviating from approvals processes by blocking Perjeta Swiss drugmaker Roche says Perjeta (pertuzumab) would benefit 1,000 breast cancer patients over a five-year period. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire Hundreds of women with breast cancer are being denied access to a potentially life-saving drug because Ireland is deviating from accepted approval processes in the US and other EU states, the manufacturer has claimed ...
Giving birth abroad Irish emigrants on their experiencesThu, 8 Jun 2017 06:08:20 BSTIrish TimesFrom delivering in a hospital where fathers are only allowed to be present during visiting hours, to post-birth recuperation stays in a hotel, every birth plan tells a story Last week Irish Times Abroad asked Irish parents who have had their babies abroad to share their experiences. The response was immediate and sustained, as readers sent accounts of their experiences of welcoming a new addition to their families in hospitals – and homes – across the world ...
Folic acid beneficial in early pregnancyThu, 8 Jun 2017 05:35:45 BSTMedical IndependentThe benefits of folic acid supplementation in pregnancy up to the first trimester are well proven, but beyond that, the benefits are the subject of continued study Medical interest in folic acid (vitamin B9) dates back to the 1920s and 1930s, when it was realised that the brewers’ yeast extract (or anecdotally, marmite) can be used effectively against megaloblastic anaemia ...
Haemochromatosis care plan yet to receive funding commitmentThu, 8 Jun 2017 05:35:45 BSTMedical IndependentModels of care for hereditary haemochromatosis (HH) and therapeutic phlebotomy have been approved by HSE leadership but there is not yet a funding commitment to implement them, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. In late 2015, the then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar requested that the HSE Acute Hospitals Division develop a model of care for HH, which would address concerns expressed by members of the Irish Haemochromatosis Association (IHA) ...
Into the night Minding our health after hoursThu, 8 Jun 2017 05:35:45 BSTMedical IndependentPaul Mulholland reports on an international conference on ‘night-life health’ that recently took place in Dublin Anybody attending hospital emergency departments on a Friday or Saturday night knows the pressure that weekend revelling puts on healthcare services. Excessive drinking and drug consumption, which often take place in pubs and nightclubs, can lead to an array of negative health consequences, from overdosing to injuries following violent altercations ...
Gentle detox for beginnersThu, 8 Jun 2017 00:13:56 BSTMullingar AdvertiserDetox diets are popular but can often be extreme and end up doing more harm than good. Improper fasting or diets which cut important food groups may burden an already deficient body. Small lifestyle changes and improved food choices can provide a gentle detox programme to decrease toxin load, aid the body’s natural detox process, and enhance overall health. Start by increasing your consumption of filtered water, which is vital to move waste out of the body ...
Over 100 teams sign up for Techie4TempleStreetWed, 7 Jun 2017 15:48:11 BSTIrish Tech NewsOver 100 teams from Ireland’s business and tech communities have now signed up for a unique, citywide treasure trail on 7 July in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, leaving just 30 team slots available. Teams from Zendesk, eBay, LinkedIn, Airbnb and PaddyPower Betfair are just some of those competing in this year’s Techies4TempleStreet ‘Techies Treasure Trail’ ...
Cholesterol and fish oilsWed, 7 Jun 2017 06:07:37 BSTGalway IndependentCholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid. It is mostly made by the liver from the fatty foods we eat and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. The level of cholesterol in your blood is affected by the amount of saturated fats you eat. There are two main types of cholesterol – HDL cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) and LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein). HDL cholesterol is called healthy cholesterol, because it mops up cholesterol left behind in your arteries ...
Ask the Dentist Dont underestimate the power of bloodWed, 7 Jun 2017 01:33:58 BSTIrish NewsDentist Lucy Stock of Gentle Dental Care in Belfast highlights the role of blood in the healing process Blood-clotting is natural and helps the healing process after a tooth extraction If blood doesn't clot in the socket, you can experience pain for up to two weeks afterwards BLOOD gets a bad rep. Are you squeamish about the idea of blood or faint at the sight of it? If so I would encourage you to give blood a second chance ...
New mental health hospital due by 2020Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:45:20 BSTIrish HealthThe construction contract for the new mental health hospital, which will replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, has been signed. The National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) will be a 130-bed hospital based at St Ita's Campus in Portrane. It will include a 30-bed intensive care rehabilitation unit and a 10-bed child and adolescent mental health unit. The hospital will replace the current 94-bed Central Mental Hospital, which has long been considered unfit for purpose ...
Thousands took to the streets of Dublin for the VHI Women s Mini MarathonMon, 5 Jun 2017 22:26:19 BSTDublin LiveThis year marked the 35th anniversary of the run, which remains the largest all-female event of its kind in the world Dublin was awash with gym gear this afternoon as some 33,000 women took to the streets for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. Women of all ages braved the elements to run, jog or walk the 10k course, raising much-needed funds for charities around the country. This year marked the 35th anniversary of the run, which remains the largest all-female event of its kind in the world ...
On the spot hepatitis test being developed in SwanseaMon, 5 Jun 2017 08:31:13 BSTBBCGetty Images The new tests could see the end of blood samples An on-the-spot test to diagnose three types of hepatitis is being developed. It would use a patient's saliva instead of blood and the test would be as simple and quick as a blood glucose sensor or a pregnancy test. Current screening for hepatitis A, B and C involves taking blood with results taking up to seven days ...
HSE Confirm No Ward or threatre Closures Planned for UHG this summerFri, 2 Jun 2017 09:11:14 BSTMidwest RadioThere are no plans by the HSE West to close either wards or theatres at University Hospital Galway over the Summer months. This position was confirmed to Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade by HSE management at the monthly HSE West Forum meeting. Wards and theatres in the hospital have been shut down over the summer months in previous years, due to staff shortages to accommodate holiday leave, and that puts additional stress on an already overcrowded facility ...
Donegal families protest over respite servicesFri, 2 Jun 2017 06:46:20 BSTDonegal DemocratParents and carers of children and adults with intellectual disabilities have protested about the reduction of services at a respite centre in south Donegal. The Health Service Executive (HSE) said this week that respite services at Seaview House in Mountcharles have resumed on a phased basis following its closure due to staff shortages. The announcement from the HSE came as more than 50 people protested at the closure outside the HSE headquarters in Ballyshannon on Tuesday ...
HSE Supports National Haemochromatosis Awareness DayThu, 1 Jun 2017 09:08:21 BSTHealth Service ExecutiveHealth Minister Simon Harris launched National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day with world rowing champion Niall O’Toole and Dublin GAA star Jack McCaffrey. A campaign to reduce the numbers of people suffering unnecessarily from Haemochromatosis was launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., at Farmleigh House, Castleknock, Dublin 15 ...
Promoting mental health in Donegal one step at a timeWed, 31 May 2017 07:57:51 BSTDonegal DemocratPeadar McDaid to finish Mental Health Awareness Walk in Letterkenny today Peadar McDaid is to arrive in Letterkenny this afternoon, at the end of a 241-kilometre walk that began last Wednesday in Donegal town. He has walked in nearly all weathers over these past eight days, from the warm sunshine of last week to the rain a couple of days ago. Peadar is to leave Burt at about 9am this morning, and arrive at the ArtCo Gallery on Pearse Road in Letterkenny at about 2 ...
Investigation into deadly salmonella outbreak extended to 17 areasWed, 31 May 2017 07:42:30 BSTDublin LiveOver 50 people, including four children, have fallen ill on the Northside after the suspected outbreak Danger...salmonella bacteria (Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/PA) Health inspectors investigating the deadly salmonella outbreak believe 50 people became ill with the bug across 17 areas in north Dublin. Over 50 people, including four children, have fallen ill on the Northside after the suspected outbreak ...
Supporting mental health through dietWed, 31 May 2017 06:10:41 BSTGalway IndependentWe are beginning to understand more and more about how our nutrition interacts with our mental health, from supporting the production of important brain chemicals to the role that diet plays in feeding the good bacteria in our gut and the role they play in our mental and overall health. What we already know is that eating regularly and healthily can support you in a positive way ...
Eat more yoghurt for better bones says studyWed, 31 May 2017 05:32:15 BSTFood Navigator© iStock Hip bone Yoghurt Calcium Bone Osteoporosis Ireland Ageing Higher hip bone density and a reduced risk of osteoporosis have been found to occur after increased consumption of yoghurt in older women and men in Ireland. Bone mineral density (BMD) measures in females were seen to increase by 3.1-3.9% and the biomarker for bone breakdown in men was 9.5% lower with increased yoghurt consumption ...
Minister Harris welcomes HSE Scoliosis Waiting List Action PlanTue, 30 May 2017 17:55:02 BSTDepartment of Health30.5.2017 Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today welcomed the publication of the HSE Scoliosis Waiting List Action Plan for 2017. The Minister stated: “As I have been saying since I came into office, reducing waiting times is an absolute priority for me and one of my key objectives for this year. Too many patients wait far too long for treatment in our health service and I am very aware of the stress and worry this places on patients and their families ...
A hands on approach to new childrens hospitalTue, 30 May 2017 14:20:42 BSTDublin PeopleMinister for Health Simon Harris, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and children Isabelle Kiernan (10), Max Cleary (13), Darragh Barry-Donnachie (14 ) and Ashleigh Kiernan(14) pictured at the casting of the new hospital’s foundation stone last week. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL TAOISEACH Enda Kenny cast the foundation stone for the new children’s hospital at St James’s campus last week. He was joined for the occasion by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and members of the Youth Advisory Council ...
Nine Irish hospitals hit by outbreaks of lethal superbugSat, 27 May 2017 09:10:37 BSTIrish TimesRecent outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant CPE have been associated with “a number of deaths” Tallaght hospital: Some 2,000 people have come into contact with the CPE superbug there. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Eight Irish hospitals and a community hospital have suffered outbreaks of a lethal superbug, leading to an unspecified number of deaths, according to a confidential HSE report ...
HSE warns of growing superbug threat in hospitalsSat, 27 May 2017 01:01:25 BSTIrish TimesAction urged to avoid deaths and expense as 327 CPE cases noted here during 2016 Tallaght hospital: Some 2,000 people have come into contact with the CPE superbug there. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Eight Irish hospitals and a community hospital have suffered outbreaks of a lethal superbug, leading to an unspecified number of deaths, according to a confidential HSE report ...
Ted s 55 years donating bloodFri, 26 May 2017 15:38:16 BSTThe Evening EchoWHEN he was 18, Ted O’Leary gave his first blood donation. Now 73, the Macroom man has passed the 100-pint mark, and helped save the lives of numerous people.“I will continue to give blood for as long as I can,” says Ted, who has donated 102 pints to date.“When I first started giving blood, I was quite a young man.“I joined the FCA at 18 and I realised then that it was a good thing to give blood.“I remember my first blood donation well ...
New childrens hospital finally set in motionThu, 25 May 2017 03:31:51 BSTIrish IndependentHealth Minister Simon Harris, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator James Reilly and children’s hospital chief Eilish Hardiman, with Isabelle Kiernan (10), Max Cleary (13), Darragh Barry-Donnachie (14) and Ashleigh Kiernan (14), set the foundation stone for the new children’s hospital. Photo: Julien Behal It has had years of setbacks, but the foundation stone for the national children's hospital was finally cast yesterday ...
Can you manufacture blood cells.Sat, 20 May 2017 08:35:22 BSTThe GuardianResearchers may have found a way of making blood from human or mouse stem cells Two different groups of researchers have developed ways to generate red and white blood cells in the lab Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library RM How might blood cells be made? Different groups of researchers say they have developed a way of producing blood cells from human or mouse cells that have been reprogrammed in the lab – an advance that has been touted as offering a solution to the ...
Meeting in the midst of crisisThu, 18 May 2017 05:37:13 BSTMedical IndependentAs the NAGP prepares to meet in Maynooth for its AGM, David Lynch talks FEMPI, general practice and contract negotiations with Chairperson Dr Andy Jordan NAGP members gather this weekend in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co Kildare at a time of both concern and hope for the general practice community. The hope is that recent rhetoric from the Minister for Health, describing an impending “shift to primary care” may mean more support and resources for GPs ...
Mater Private Donating blood can help to save a lifeFri, 12 May 2017 15:24:36 BSTThe Irish ExaminerJoan Fahy is a senior nurse at Mater Private Hospital, Cork. One of her specialties is haemovigilance. The World Health Organisation describes haemovigilance as a “set of surveillance procedures covering the entire blood transfusion chain, from the donation and processing of blood and its components, through to their provision and transfusion to patients”. This makes it a vital practice in health care ...
NHS tainted blood scandal hushed up by health chiefs Victims could sue over cover up after donations were contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C during the 1980sTue, 9 May 2017 22:40:26 BSTDaily Mail (UK)Haemophilics were given infected products on the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s The supply came from drug addicts, was contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C Unearthed documents suggest officials knew the blood products were harmful Victims of the tainted blood scandal could sue the Government after evidence emerged of a cover-up. Documents suggest officials knew the blood products were harmful – yet continued to allow them to be given to patients ...