Infection control at Kilkenny hospital criticisedFri, 18 Aug 2017 01:25:53 BSTThe Irish ExaminerA HSE-run hospital in Kilkenny has been criticised for not having all “essential elements” of an infection prevention and control programme in place. Following an unannounced inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority, governance and management arrangements around the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection at St Luke’s General Hospital were found to be not aligned to the current Ireland East Hospital Group governance structure ...
Kids waiting up to 12 years for 1st dental examThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:38:45 BSTIrish HealthThousands of children are having to wait for seven or eight years for their first public dental examination, while some are left waiting for 12 years, dentists have said. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), the public dental service is failing children due to ‘totally inadequate staffing levels', and at least 150 extra dentists are required to ensure an adequate service ...
Over 90 000 Bed Days Lost In Hospitals Nationwide In First Half Of 2017Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:30:34 BSTClare FMUHL corridor Over 15,000 bed days were lost each month in hospitals nationwide in the first half of the year. New HSE figures reveal patients who are fit to leave hospitals are being kept in the system because there is no access to appropriate step down care. It also shows more than 90,000 bed days were lost while over 86,000 people were waiting for treatment at the same time. Fianna Fails Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher says the Minister needs to intervene quickly ...
20 Questions on Health and Fitness Sarah Quinlan CEO of Childrens Heartbeat TrustWed, 16 Aug 2017 01:33:59 BSTIrish NewsGail Bell asks experts and people in the public eye what keeps them going. This week: Sarah Quinlan, chief executive of the Children's Heartbeat Trust Sarah Quinlan is "about a seven" on the fitness scale – getting to a nine would take a lot more concerted effort Picture: Ann McManus Trekking might not be everyone's idea of a relaxing honeymoon but we loved it, says Sarah Quinlan1. Up and at it – what is your morning routine? I’m awake from about 6 ...
5 Trinity Researchers to Benefit From New HRB Grant to Lead Independent ResearchTue, 15 Aug 2017 18:52:57 BSTUniversity Times (Trinity College Dublin)The Health Research Board has awarded €8.3 million to support 11 mid-career researchers in becoming principal investigators at their host institutions. Five Trinity researchers have been awarded a Health Research Board-funded Emerging Investigator Award, designed to enable mid-career researchers to shift gear and progress to becoming independent investigators. In total the Health Research Board is investing €8 ...
IBTS launches MissingType campaign supported by the Rose of Tralee International FestivalTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:47:23 BSTbeat 102-103 radioThe IBTS have launched its #MissingType campaign for August. Numerous organisations and companies across Ireland are dropping AB & O from their logos to support the IBTS in highlighting what it is like when these types are missing. These include Irish Rail, Dublin City Council, Lidl, and yes, us here at Beat. The Rose of Tralee International Festival and its lead sponsor, Tipperary Crystal are also supporting the campaign ...
IBTS launches campaign to encourage more people to donate bloodTue, 15 Aug 2017 09:31:46 BSTMidwest RadioOrganisations including Failte Ireland, Daft.ie, Lidl, Glanbia and Irish Rail are dropping the letters A, B and O from their logos as part of a new publicity campaign to encourage more blood donors. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) says the number of new donors attending clinics across the country fell by one-fifth between 2010 and 2015. The average age of a donor last year was over 41, while the numbers of people aged 18 to 35 donating blood last year fell by 27% since 2010 ...
CUH specialist unit used as overflow wardTue, 15 Aug 2017 05:34:24 BSTThe Irish ExaminerA seven-day service designed to keep acutely medically unwell patients out of the emergency department at Cork University Hospital (CUH) has been cut back to five days as the hospital recorded the second highest trolley figures in the country for the first seven months of the year ...
Free course in Kerry for adults living with Type 2 diabetesMon, 14 Aug 2017 09:26:20 BSTRadio KerryKerry people living with Type 2 Diabetes are being urged to take part in a free education course. The XPERT course will be run by HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Community Dieticians this September. It’s run over six weeks and each session runs for 2 ½ hours; it’s delivered locally by a community dietitian. It helps participants understand diabetes more, manage their weight, prevent diabetes health problems, and improve their overall well-being ...
Over 25 000 women invited for a free breast check this year opted not to goMon, 14 Aug 2017 06:13:41 BSTThe JournalFree mammograms are offered every two years to all women aged 50-64. To date, over 500,000 women have been screened with BreastCheck Image: Shutterstock/Ideya ALTHOUGH OVER 88,000 women between the ages of 50 and 64 were invited for a free BreastCheck screening up to May of this year, over 25,000 of them did not take up the offer. The figures were provided by Minister for Health Simon Harris in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher ...
HSE director says we must get away from hospital obsessionMon, 14 Aug 2017 01:26:10 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIreland is “hospital obsessed”, and this must change, the HSE’s director of clinical strategy has told health managers.“We need to provide solutions beyond the hospital setting,” said Áine Carrroll, HSE national director of clinical strategy and programmes division.“We use our hospitals as a default position for every health complaint, ranging from acute health episodes to domestic violence issues.“That is not the best solution for good sustainable healthcare. In fact, it can cause harm ...
Maternity services Troubling disparitiesMon, 14 Aug 2017 00:09:21 BSTIrish TimesAll Irish women must have equal access to specialist obstetric services Maternity care has become something of a bellwether for health services in the Republic. The shock associated with the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in 2012 and the unacceptably substandard care revealed by investigations into the obstetrics unit at Portlaoise General Hospital sensitised the public to shortcomings in our public health system ...
How can I maintain my health insurance cover on moving back to Ireland.Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:14:04 BSTIrish TimesAsk the Experts: Will my family be affected by the Lifetime Community Rating? Private healthcare insurance for returning emigrants I’m in the process of moving home to from with my wife and new baby. While in Vancouver my employer paid my health insurance and also that of my wife. I want to continue to maintain my private health cover when I’m back in Ireland but I’m concerned because I read something recently about the introduction of a lifetime community rating in Ireland ...
Row erupts between 3 European countries over how long they knew about the egg problemFri, 11 Aug 2017 19:44:19 BSTThe JournalThey’ve been warned to stop “blaming and shaming” each other. AS A SCANDAL involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and Hong Kong, the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis to calm tensions between its member states ...
New Study in Nutrients Outlines the Cardiometabolic Health Benefits of a Plant Based DietFri, 11 Aug 2017 14:30:33 BST4traders.comNearly Half of Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes May Be Prevented with Improved Nutrition, According to a New Dietary Review Plant-based eating patterns continue to soar in popularity and a group of nutrition researchers outline the science behind this sustainable trend in a review paper , entitled “Cardiometabolic benefits of plant-based diets,” which appears as an online advance in the Aug. 9, 2017, edition of Nutrients ...
Why we need a daddy quota and shared parental leaveFri, 11 Aug 2017 06:09:07 BSTIrish TimesDramatic shift in rules needed to get Ireland out of nappies on work-home policy If reducing the 14 per cent gender pay gap between men and women is the aim, then boosting paternity leave entitlements and uptake is an obvious lever to pull. When it comes to policies to encourage new fathers to take time off work when babies are born, is still in nappies ...
Failure to vaccinate girls against HPV is a death sentence for someFri, 11 Aug 2017 05:34:18 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIf you are a parent of one of the 30,000 girls who will be offered the vaccine in September, you are right to inform yourself, but do so from trusted scientific sources, writes Alison O’Connor. F INE Gael TD, Kate O’Connell, has a knack for painting word pictures ...
Delays in carrying out hepatitis C needs assessmentsThu, 10 Aug 2017 05:35:59 BSTMedical IndependentJust 270 health and social care needs assessments of State-infected Hepatitis C Health Amendment Act (HAA) card-holder patients have been completed to date. This is despite plans to complete all 800 assessments last year, according to documents released to the MI ) through Freedom of Information legislation. Minutes of a January 2016 meeting of the Consultative Council on Hepatitis C referred to plans to undertake all assessments within the year ...
Trust is hard won and easily lost in vulnerable hep C populationThu, 10 Aug 2017 05:35:59 BSTMedical IndependentIt is a population where trust is generally hard-won and easily lost. That is why the repercussions of the sudden recent freeze on new patients into the HSE’s hepatitis C treatment programme is so worrisome. In Ireland, there are tens of thousands of people chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), a high proportion of whom are unaware of their infection. In the Irish context, the largest risk group for hepatitis C are people who inject drugs ...
Organ donation Opting for the right model.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:35:59 BSTMedical IndependentAn opt-out system of consent for organ donation is on the way, but the development has prompted debate on how best to increase donation and transplantation, writes David Lynch The Government is developing an opt-out system of consent for organ donation, having promised relevant legislation “before the end of 2017” in the Programme for a Partnership Government ...
Routine hospital services 8216 under threat 8217 over strain new waiting list figures putting on systemWed, 9 Aug 2017 05:34:20 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIrish hospitals may soon be unable to guarantee “routine” services as a basic right to patients due to the severe strain record-breaking new waiting list figures are putting on the system. Health Minister Simon Harris was warned of the dire situation after it emerged that a historic 686,999 patients were forced to wait for vital care at the end of last month — up 150,000 in just a year and 9,500 since June alone ...
Costs to blame as just third of dads take paternity leaveWed, 9 Aug 2017 02:46:40 BSTIrish IndependentLow uptake of paternity leave uptake has been blamed on the "harsh reality" that new fathers cannot afford to take time off. New figures show 20,375 men took up the option to take two weeks' paternity leave in the scheme's first 11 months in operation. That is a rate of around 34pc when compared to the average of just more than 5,300 births a month last year. The weekly State payment for paternity leave is €235. Laura Erskine, a spokeswoman for parenting website MummyPages ...
Minister not in support of making paternity leave mandatoryTue, 8 Aug 2017 21:09:39 BSTIrish TimesBonding with baby: Regina Doherty notes ‘worrying lack of fathers taking up payment’ Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said there was a “worrying lack of fathers” taking up the paternity payment. File photograph: iStockPhoto Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said she is not in favour of making paternity leave mandatory for fathers ...
Concern over lack of uptake of paternity leave schemeTue, 8 Aug 2017 17:21:07 BSTRTEThe minister said the premise of the payment is to allow fathers to spend time at home to bond with their baby The Minister for Social Protection has expressed concern about the low number of men taking up paid paternity leave. Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Regina Doherty said that slightly more than 20,000 fathers availed of paid paternity leave since last September, yet there were 60,000 babies born in Ireland last year ...
Irish toddlers are now being treated for obesity says Temple Street bossTue, 8 Aug 2017 08:21:03 BSTExtra.ieToddlers as young as 15 months are being treated for obesity, the director of Temple Street Hospital’s obesity clinic has revealed. Dr Grace O’Malley, head of the ‘W82GO’ treatment centre in Dublin, told Extra.ie the average age of children being treated in the clinic is 11. And with an estimated 90,000 obese children in the country, Dr O’Malley said it’s vital that obesity treatment is not forgotten about in the new National Children’s Hospital ...
Mental Health Minister to visit Galway counselling serviceTue, 8 Aug 2017 08:16:41 BSTGalway Bay FMGalway Bay fm newsroom– The Minister for Mental Health is to visit Galway in October to see first hand the counselling work being carried out by Youth Work Ireland Galway. It follows an 11th hour reprieve for the service last month – after the organisation pleaded with the Government for further support to keep its doors open ...
Rise in live organ transplants as 50 people donate organs in 2016Tue, 8 Aug 2017 05:16:10 BSTIrish TimesNumbers on transplant waiting list increases to 587 people hoping for organ donors Cliona Marley from Donegal who underwent a heart transplant, with her mother Joan in April at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2017. The number of living organ donors in Ireland is on the increase according to figures which show 50 people donated an organ last year. A kidney is the organ most frequently donated by living donors. Partial pancreatic and liver donations are also possible ...
NIRG will test embryos for genetic abnormalitiesTue, 8 Aug 2017 00:26:31 BSTIrish Medical NewsA new National Institute of Reproductive Genetics (NIRG) has been established in Dublin to provide a range of genetic tests and services for couples that may be at risk of having a child with a genetic disorder. This institute is particularly relevant to women who have left it later in life to begin having a family; approximately 30 per cent of the embryos found in women in their early thirties are abnormal, with this figure soaring to 75 per cent when they are over the age of 40 ...
New Irish Cancer Society volunteer drivers recruited in Tipperary.Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:09:53 BSTNenagh GuardianPictured is the newest batch of volunteer drivers with the Irish Cancer Society, who will starting with the Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ on August 31st. An increase of 17% in patients needing the service in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary prompted a targetted recruitment campaign in these areas. This free transport service is available to patients attending University Hospital Limerick, St ...
Almost 1 000 people sign petition in Kerry village to recruit a doctorSat, 5 Aug 2017 11:37:49 BSTThe Irish ExaminerAlmost 1,000 people have signed a petition to help a Ring of Kerry village secure a doctor. A continuing GP service in Sneem and its surrounding area is at risk, with the village doctor, Patrick Malone, due to retire after 34 years, writes Anne Lucey. Advertising campaigns by the HSE have failed to attract a single offer for the post in the village, a National Tidy Towns’ winner ...
130 children waiting for psychology services in Sligo and LeitrimFri, 4 Aug 2017 07:21:16 BSTShannonside RadioThe latest figures from the HSE show there are more than 130 children on the waiting list for psychology services in Sligo and Leitrim. A deputy principal of a school in Drumshanbo describes the situation as ‘ridiculous’ and is calling for the patients to be treated elsewhere in the country. The HSE says there are currently nine psychology posts in primary care in Sligo/Leitrim, who deal with people of all ages ...
Demand for review of HSE computer systems as error affects 25 000 scans and X raysFri, 4 Aug 2017 01:25:32 BSTThe Irish ExaminerJoyce Fegan and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith A full review of the HSE’s computer system needs to take place after errors were detected in 25,000 medical scans. That is according to Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and the Social Democrats, who have demanded an immediate investigation into the error, which may have led to vulnerable people being given unnecessary treatments due to incorrect test results ...
CUH MUH NOT AFFECTED BY HSE COMPUTER ERRORThu, 3 Aug 2017 19:20:44 BSTC103 RadioThe statements come as the HSE's Chief Information Officer announces his resignation. Cork University Hospital has released a statement this evening advising patients, who have been imaged and treated in the CUH group, that they are not affected by the HSE's computer error. The Mercy University Hospital is also assuring its patients that the hospital is not affected by the issues as the hospital does not utilise the System ...
Patients may need tests redone after HSE technical flawThu, 3 Aug 2017 08:20:17 BSTRTEThe Irish Times said as many as 25,000 X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds could be affected It is understood that thousands of patients may need to have their medical tests redone after a major flaw was identified in the Health Service Executive's computer systems. The Irish Times has reported that the faulty computer software was discovered last week and an investigation is now under way ...
Mental health services remain severely understaffedThu, 3 Aug 2017 07:57:26 BSTbeat 102-103 radioMental health services need an extra 2,000 staff to function properly. That is the claim from Fianna Fáil who say the HSE has failed to spend any of an extra €15m earmarked for boosting staff numbers. New figures show only 93 extra staff have been hired so far this year. Some 5,954 children were waiting for a primary care psychology appointment June end 2017, of which 1,784 are waiting over a year ...
Irish Cancer Society Issues Stark Warning Over HPV VaccineWed, 2 Aug 2017 14:50:32 BSTRedFM (Cork)At least 40 girls who didn't get the HPV vaccine last year will die, according to the Irish Cancer Society. Only half of the 30 thousand eligible schoolgirls had the jab last year, a major drop on 2015 figures. The HSE says it will step up its campaign to promote the vaccine, claiming anti vaccine groups with false information have affected the uptake ...
HSE decision on muscular dystrophy drug 8216 at odds 8217 with EuropeWed, 2 Aug 2017 14:35:37 BSTMedical IndependentMuscular Dystrophy Ireland is today expressing disappointment at the HSE’s decision not to fund a drug for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This news followed a lengthy assessment process that spanned almost two years ...
Life with hepatitis C 8216 They pulled the plug on my treatment 8217Wed, 2 Aug 2017 14:30:52 BSTDrugs.ie“It was like being left at a stop for a bus that’s not coming” is how Patrick describes learning at a day’s notice that the treatment he was promised for his hepatitis C would not be going ahead. “I’d been referred to and accepted for the scheme to treat hepatitis in the community with the new drugs that are available ...
Relief for Carraroe residents as new GP to take office next weekWed, 2 Aug 2017 13:56:43 BSTGalway Bay FM– There’s relief for residents in Carraroe as the HSE has confirmed that a new GP will take up office next week. It’s after a doctor earmarked to replace local GP Dr Mary Feerick unexpectedly declined the position – leading to fears up to 1, 000 people could be left without cover from Friday. Local GP in Carraroe, Dr. Mary Feerick, is retiring on Friday – and until now, residents in Carraroe were left in the lurch as to what cover would be available to them ...
More than 450 Cork children waiting a year or longer for psychological assessmentWed, 2 Aug 2017 13:04:56 BSTThe Evening EchoCHILDREN in Cork are waiting the longest in the country for help with learning difficulties, problems with their social skills or adjusting their lives following a traumatic event with more than 450 children and teenagers waiting longer than a year for psychological assessments. New figures released by the HSE show there are 615 children and teenagers in Cork waiting longer than six months to be seen for initial psychological assessments, with 456 waiting a year or longer ...
National hepatitis C programme has not had clinical lead for five monthsWed, 2 Aug 2017 02:13:47 BSTIrish TimesProgramme has spent almost all of its €30m budget for 2017 in first six months of the year New figures from the European Centre for Disease Control show Ireland has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C infection in the EU, running at twice the international average ...
To tackle the contaminated blood scandal Britain must learn from CanadaTue, 1 Aug 2017 15:44:26 BSTThe GuardianTainted blood products have proven deadly in both countries. A new UK inquiry must draw on Canada’s struggle to secure a safe public supply Kat Lanteigne is the executive director of BloodWatch.org, a safe blood advocacy organisation‘Blood for profit was one of the leading causes of contaminated blood.’ Photograph: Joern Pollex/Getty Images he devastating impact of the contaminated blood disaster on British families is all too familiar to Canadians ...
Health reporter BBC NewsTue, 1 Aug 2017 05:31:09 BSTBBCScience Photo Library Babies will now receive six vaccinations in their first four months of life All babies born from Tuesday across the UK will have an anti-hepatitis B injection added to the other routine vaccinations they are given in their early life. The jab protects against viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Babies are already vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio. Public Health England said the new vaccine had been "shown to be safe" ...
Hepatitis C treatment fundingTue, 1 Aug 2017 01:20:03 BSTIrish TimesSir, – It is worrying that funding for the HSE’s hepatitis C programme has dried up ( Paul Cullen, Front page, July 31st It initially seemed a good idea to separate hepatitis C from other illnesses, allocate specific funding, create a special programme for hepatitis C patients and give them special attention ...
Hepatitis B added to routine baby injectionsTue, 1 Aug 2017 01:05:02 BSTBBCHealth reporter, BBC News Science Photo Library Babies will now receive six vaccinations in their first four months of life All babies born from Tuesday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have an anti-hepatitis B injection added to the other routine vaccinations they are given in their early life. The jab protects against viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Babies are already vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio ...
MInister s response signals the end of long term care in community hospitals CopeMon, 31 Jul 2017 09:27:10 BSTHighland RadioA ministerial response to a question tabled by Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher seems to confirm the end of long stay accommodation at three community hospitals in Donegal ...
Concern over low number of mental health staffMon, 31 Jul 2017 08:35:19 BSTShannonside RadioNew figures show a gap of 178 between the suggested number of community mental health staff and those currently employed by the HSE in the Shannonside region. The vision for change document, published in 2006, currently under review, was seen as the roadmap documents for mental health service and best practice when it was published ...
HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph 8217 s HospitalMon, 31 Jul 2017 07:31:13 BSTDonegal Daily0 The HSE and relatives of hospital patients have hit back at claims that beds are to close at a popular community hospital. The claims were made in calls to local radio station Highland Radio last Friday. However, the HSE said there was no truth to the claims. Among the claims being made were that dementia care beds and long term beds are being closed down at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar ...
Hepatitis C patient treatment stopped over fundingMon, 31 Jul 2017 05:55:52 BSTSligo TodayThe treatment of hundreds of patients with hepatitis C with potentially lifesaving drugs has been abruptly halted due to funding problems. The national hepatitis C programme has told hospitals not to make any further applications for funding support for patients until treatment numbers are ¿realigned¿ ...
Hepatitis C patients unable to get drugs due to funding problemsMon, 31 Jul 2017 01:04:24 BSTIrish TimesFunding freeze blamed on ‘significantly increased and unpredicted’ number of claims Just six months into the year, the €30m allocated by the Government to the hepatitis C programme is virtually spent and doctors have been told only their sickest patients will be approved this year. The treatment of hundreds of patients with hepatitis C with potentially lifesaving drugs has been abruptly halted due to funding problems ...
Worried locals campaign for a new doctorSun, 30 Jul 2017 13:03:32 BSTKillarneyToday.comSneem: petition for a new doctor CONCERN has been voiced that the busy village of Sneem will be left without a doctor when the long-serving GP retires in October. Worried locals have started a petition which will be submitted to the Government and the HSE insisting that a replacement doctor is provided for the busy tourist area. The local doctor, who has been the resident GP for 33 years, has been praised by locals as an “outstanding, caring and deeply committed professional” ...
Breastfeeding rates vary hugely between urban and rural areasFri, 28 Jul 2017 07:02:06 BSTIrish TimesFigures show stark difference between wealthier and more deprived parts of Dublin Ireland has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. Photograph: iStock Massive variations in breastfeeding rates between urban and rural areas, and between wealthier and more deprived parts of Dublin, are revealed in new figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE). Breastfeeding rates in affluent areas of Dublin are more than three times higher than in counties Donegal and Louth, the figures show ...
Maternal death is an every day risk MahonyFri, 28 Jul 2017 02:36:18 BSTIrish IndependentDr Rhona Mahony Picture: Arthur Carron National Maternity Hospital master Dr Rhona Mahony has acknowledged the tragic death of Malak Thawley, saying "every day we deliver women of their babies this awful potential is a possibility". Dr Mahony, writing in the hospital's annual report, did not refer to Ms Thawley by name but said it is "hard to imagine a more difficult outcome in medicine" ...
Woman whose son died after Portlaoise birth settles claimThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:50:16 BSTIrish TimesMargaret Browne’s son Darren died 20 minutes after birth in 1998 A woman whose baby son died twenty minutes after his birth at the Midlands Regional It was claimed then 27-year-old Margaret Browne was also told after the birth and and death twenty minutes later of her son Darren in 1998 the baby had died of organ failure and he had been missing organs ...
Tumour DNA blood test could help women with advanced breast cancerThu, 27 Jul 2017 11:49:15 BSTColeraine TimesA new blood test for tumour DNA could pave the way to potentially life-extending personalised treatment for women with advanced breast cancer. The test can detect and track alterations in 13 different genes, including some of the most important drivers of the disease. Scientists believe it could be used to tailor better individualised treatment to women as their cancer progresses. oEmbed --> The “liquid biopsy” can, for instance, identify new changes to the HER2 gene ...
Homeless people struggle to access healthcare report saysThu, 27 Jul 2017 07:31:04 BSTBBCGetty Images Homeless people are struggling to access healthcare, according to a new Wales-wide report. A third of people surveyed by housing charity Cymorth Cymru said health problems contributed to them losing their home. Seven recommendations have been made to health boards, landlords and councils to ensure better support. The Welsh Government said it welcomed the report and would consider its recommendations ...
New tests offer personalised treatment for late stage breast cancer patientsThu, 27 Jul 2017 03:50:47 BSTSky NewsA new blood test detects changes in 13 different genes which are closely linked to the progress of advanced-stage breast cancer. The test can detect alterations in 13 different genes A new blood test that can detect changes to tumour DNA could lead to life-extending treatments for women with late stage breast cancer ...
Ex bishop drafted in to help save contaminated blood inquiryWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:16:29 BSTThe GuardianFormer Hillsborough panel chair Right Rev James Jones asked to break stalemate by talking to victims boycotting proceedings The Right Rev James Jones at the Hillsborough memorial at Liverpool football club. Photograph: BBC Deputy political editor The Right Rev James Jones has been asked to break the stalemate by hosting talks with victims, who lack trust in the Department of(DH) to set up an independent investigation after being given contaminated blood by the NHS ...
UL Hospitals Group Admits To Continuing High Instance Of Hospital InfectionWed, 26 Jul 2017 08:30:29 BSTClare FMThe UL Hospitals Group has admitted that there continues to be a high incidence of a potentially serious infection in hospitals in the MidWest. While progress has been made in tackling other types of infection, the group’s Annual Report for 2016 has flagged issues with one such bug. Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports: 62 cases of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases or ESBL were recorded in the region last year, an increase of 29% in the previous year ...
Council considers whether fire service should accompany ambulances to major emergenciesWed, 26 Jul 2017 07:57:10 BSTHighland RadioAn Inishowen Councillor is calling on the HSE to allow the fire brigade attend a crash scene along with the ambulance service in the case of all emergencies. The motion was put forward at the latest sitting of Donegal County Council but the Councils response was that it may be a waste of valuable resources that could be needed elsewhere. The Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely however did agree to speak with the National Ambulance Service about the issue ...
Starting university soon. Watch out for your mental healthTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:20:37 BSTIrish TimesThe start of the academic year is a pressure point for many students Pressures on new students include finding themselves in a new setting without their old schoolfriends. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill As a new academic year looms, many will face it with hope and excitement. For others it may bring anxiety and a scary new world. Researchers from the University of Manchester found that the month of September is a peak time for youth suicides in England and Wales ...
New CoAction centre is uniqueTue, 25 Jul 2017 07:21:54 BSTSouthern StarStory by Kieran O'Mahony Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath, cutting the tape to officially open the new CoAction Building in Clonakilty on Wednesday, May 31st last. Also included are, from left, Kevin Hodnett, chairman of CoAction Clonakilty; Jean Buttimer, vice-chairperson CoAction Clonakilty; Reggie Chamber The recent official opening of a new €2 ...
Government s hospital pass to HSE on approval for new medicinesTue, 25 Jul 2017 06:09:02 BSTIrish TimesApproval has been handed back to the HSE but without any more money for drugs The Minister for Health Simon Harris was vocal ahead of the agreement that such decisions should not become a political football. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Even as the Minister for Health was making a lifelong commitment last week, his department was walking away from another one made just a year previously ...
High admissions today at Naas Hospital spurring appeals for people to use GP or K Doc services for medical assessment where possible.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:51:24 BSTKildare NowPeople who are now ill in Co Kildare are today first being asked to contact their GP, before attending Naas Hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital said: “Naas General Hospital is experiencing high levels of attendances and admissions today. As a result, the HSE’s Escalation Policy has now been activated at the hospital. In order to assist us we are requesting that patients in the first instance, consider using their GP or K-Doc services for medical assessment, where possible ...
Council in talks with HSE about acquiring land at former St Finan s HospitalMon, 24 Jul 2017 09:44:18 BSTRadio KerryPhoto: Google Maps Kerry County Council is in talks with the HSE about acquiring land at the former St Finan’s Hospital in Killarney. At the recent monthly meeting, Kerry Independent Alliance Cllr Michael Gleeson asked the council to give an update on the Victorian building and its lands, which he says have played a huge role in the economic life of the entire area ...
HSE No dedicated out of hours suicide service for CorkMon, 24 Jul 2017 09:11:11 BSTThe Evening EchoTHE HSE is relying on emergency rooms and charities to deal with people experiencing suicidal ideation outside of normal office hours. They confirmed they have no dedicated out of hours suicide intervention service in Cork, in a reply to a parliamentary question from Cork South Central Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath ...
Children hit by wait of 18 months for heart clinicFri, 21 Jul 2017 02:35:28 BSTIrish IndependentChildren with serious heart conditions are now having to wait 18 months to see a specialist at an outpatient clinic, a leading paediatric cardiologist has warned. Dr Orla Franklin said the delays were affecting children attending Temple Street Hospital in Dublin, including those awaiting a diagnosis for obstruction to blood vessels, valve problems or even a hole in the heart."I don't know if anyone is going to die, but I do know there is a risk," she warned ...
St Jamess Hospital trials virtual reality headsets on elderly patientsThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:02:56 BSTDublin LiveThe technology is being explored as a possible way to help those with early stage dementia St. James’s Hospital has announced plans to use virtual reality headsets to help engage and 'stimulate' elderly patients. It makes St James's Hospital the first in Ireland to use virtual reality - which is being explored as a possible way to helping those with early stage dementia - as a means of caring for residents ...
Campaigner looks forward to inquiryThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:59:11 BSTDown RecorderBRIAN Carberry has never been able to enjoy what most people would call a normal life. Since haemophilia was detected shortly after birth, he has required regular transfusions of a blood-clotting protein. His health problems then took a significant turn for the worse when he was infected with contaminated blood in the 1980s and contracted hepatitis C. In recent years the 50 year-old has also battled TB, which he believes is linked to his health troubles, and Non Hodgkins lymphoma ...
Contaminated blood scandal survivors boycott meeting with health officialsThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:42:20 BSTITV (UK)Campaigners say the Department of Health should not be allowed to oversee investigations into itself. Survivors of the contaminated blood scandal and their families are refusing to meet with Government officials ahead of an official of an official inquiry into how they were left exposed to disease. Members of several groups have said they will boycott a planned meeting with the Department of Health (DH) which is intended to help set the terms of the review ...
Campaigners boycott UK Department of Health meeting over contaminated blood inquiryThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:25:31 BSTThe Irish ExaminerCampaigners and families of those affected by the contaminated blood scandal are boycotting a meeting with Department of Health officials over the remit of a UK-wide inquiry. Members of several groups have rejected the Government's proposed process for consultation on its scope, saying the department should not be involved in setting up an inquiry when it is under investigation itself ...
Calls to re establish dermatology clinics in LUHThu, 20 Jul 2017 08:19:38 BSTDonegal DailyFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the HSE and the Minister for Health to return dermatology clinics to Letterkenny University Hospital. Donegal patients are currently travelling to Sligo University Hospital for treatment since the HSE temporarily suspended outreach clinics at LUH in 2015. However a second consultant has now been appointed in Sligo, which should allow for outreach clinics to be resumed at LUH for Donegal patients ...
Google s science unit to target Zika carrying insects with 20m mosquitoesThu, 20 Jul 2017 08:18:56 BSTIrish TimesDoctored mosquitoes will be released in bid to kill off disease-carrying cousin Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika, sit in a petri dish at a research institute. File photograph: AP Twenty million doctored mosquitoes are to be released in California this week by a company owned by Google’s parent company in a bid to kill off a disease-carrying cousin ...
Hospital equipment out of date says Irish Hospital Consultants AssociationThu, 20 Jul 2017 06:14:02 BSTBreaking NewsHospital waiting lists are out of control, according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association. The Association will launch its Pre-Budget Submission today. It states that Irish hospitals are out of date and need huge investment to end waiting lists and replace old equipment. President of the IHCA Thomas Ryan has said that spending on flagship projects, is hiding major shortfalls in other areas ...
New system to ease staffing crisis in the healthcare sectorThu, 20 Jul 2017 06:09:00 BSTIrish TimesCliniShare, the ‘Uber of healthcare’, can reduce reliance on agency workers Aimée Madden of CliniShift: “I knew the idea worked from my experience at Whitfield where I reduced our spend on agency staff to zero.” As the former chief executive of the Whitfield Clinic, a private hospital in Waterford, Aimée Madden was only too familiar with the staffing problems healthcare managers face every day ...
Over 1 500 patients have commenced treatment 8212 national hep C programmeThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Over 1,500 patients have commenced on direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment since 2015, beginning with those in most critical need, according to an update report from the National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme (NHCTP). The report, published in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Epi-Insight e-zine, also states that all patients with haemophilia have been offered treatment, with 90 per cent successfully treated ...
A HSE spokesperson said 8230Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Reporter Niamh Cahill’s recent story in the Medical Independent (MI) — ‘HSE ‘disappointed’ at ICGP ‘failure’ to fill GP training places’ — provoked huge reaction online over the past fortnight among GPs and the wider medical and healthcare professions (see social media comments on this page) ...
Plans being developed for national bacterial STI reference laboratoryThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Roles and responsibilities for a national bacterial STI reference laboratory have been drafted and are currently with external reviewers, the Clinical Lead in Sexual Health at the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) Dr Fiona Lyons has told the Medical Independent (MI). Ireland currently lacks a designated national bacterial STI laboratory, despite increasing cases of bacterial STIs and huge concerns internationally about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) ...
NAGP hires external advisors for GP contract negotiationsThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | The NAGP has hired three external advisors to assist it during GP contract negotiations with HSE and Department of Health officials. NAGP CEO Mr Chris Goodey told the MI ) that the advisors had been appointed for different subject areas as part of the contract negotiation process. “We have appointed a number of advisors but felt from a relationship point of view, it would be better not to have them in the room during talks,” Mr Goodey remarked ...
New mental health strategy 8216 not necessity 8217 8212 MinisterThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | The new Minister of State for Mental Health does not believe that a new mental health strategy may be necessary. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Minister Jim Daly said that many of the recommendations of the previous strategy, A Vision For Change, are relevant ...
Lack of progress on HCV registryThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Under 10 per cent of hepatitis C patients in Ireland are registered on the national HCV disease and treatment registry, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. One of the National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme (NHCTP) priorities for 2016 was the development of an existing HCV registry to a full disease and treatment registry ...
Delays continue in approving urgent paediatric postThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | A post for a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric diabetes in the north-west has yet to be approved, despite being vacant since April. The post at Sligo University Hospital (SUH) has not yet been advertised, as it is still awaiting approval nationally after being signed-off at Group level. Campaigners for diabetes services in the region have been calling for the post to be urgently filled ...
A new plan for cancer careThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Paul Mulholland reports on the recently-published National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 and gathers reaction from steering group Chair Prof John Kennedy and Clinical Lead of Cancer Trials Ireland Prof Bryan Hennessy Ireland’s cancer care has come a long way since the first national cancer strategy was published in 1996. That strategy sought to address the lack of both medical and nurse specialists, which was negatively impacting outcomes for patients ...
Time for renewed Vision on mental health.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Paul Mulholland examines the issues at play in respect of developing a new national mental health policy, with comment from mental health practitioners and the new Minister of State for Mental Health The future looked bright for mental health services just over a decade ago. A new comprehensive strategy, A Vision For Change , was launched in 2006 ...
Temple Street plans extension to hospital departmentsThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:36:01 BSTMedical Independent20 Iúil 2017 | Children’s University Hospital Temple Street is seeking ground-floor extensions for two of its departments. The applications for the extensions were made to Dublin City Council recently. The first application is for the development of a new ground-floor single-storey extension to the audiology department, within an adjacent hospital internal courtyard, to contain an audiology clinic and control room ...
Recruitment drive needed to boost staff numbers at Mayo University Hospital says local TDThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:31:48 BSTMidwest RadioThe HSE and Saolta Hospital Group need to undertake an urgent recruitment drive to boost staff numbers at Mayo University Hospital. That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary who was responding to the news that all elective surgery at the Castlebar hospital is being cancelled for the last 2 weeks of July and the last two weeks in August ...
Protest this Afternoon in Galway by North Connemara Ambulance GroupThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:31:48 BSTMidwest RadioA Connemara campaign group say they're being discriminated against when it comes to ambulance cover in the West. The North Connemara Ambulance Crisis Group is meeeting in Galway's Eyre Square at 2 o'clock thiis afternoon before marching on the HSE. Spokesperson Patricia Keane says they have documented evidence of horrific cases ...
Call to make respite care for people with disabilities a priorityThu, 20 Jul 2017 05:30:59 BSTDundalk LeaderSinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams met with Minister Finian McGrath as part of a delegation of Louth Oireachtas members to discuss the lack of dedicated respite care for people with disabilities in County Louth. The Louth TD’s had jointly written to Minister Simon Harris urging him to take action on a proposal that is currently with the Government which if funded could go some way to providing some of the respite care so badly needed in the short term ...
Pregnant Women Can Now Test At Home For Group B StreptococcusThu, 20 Jul 2017 04:57:54 BSTHerFamily.ieAccording to the HSE, one in five pregnant women carry the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacteria in their vagina and/or digestive system, but universal screening of carriers of GBS bacteria is not offered in Ireland. GBS bacteria are usually not harmful (infections affect only one in every 2,000 births) but they can be passed from mother to child during labour and can be highly dangerous for newborn infants ...
Drugs and alcohol putting health centre stageThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:11:36 BSTIrish TimesDrugs strategy no longer focused on criminal justice system One in four adults in the Republic have taken an illegal drug at least once in their lifetime. Drug use among young people is on the rise, while there are up to 1.35 million harmful drinkers here. These are the challenging statistics against which the new national drug strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, is set. The renaming of the latest drug strategy, which covers the period 2017 to 2025, is deliberate ...
Lack of trust in health department could derail blood contamination inquiryWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:20:14 BSTThe Guardiangroups ‘universally reject’ implicated department’s role overseeing inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people Thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s ...
Atypical mad cow disease detected in AlabamaWed, 19 Jul 2017 14:30:59 BSTDerry NewsUpdated 27 min ago .tnt-restrict-img-b3d4aec7-4f24-5963-bd94-4ca6dcc9b4b8 { max-width: 760px; } FreeImages An "atypical" variety of the animal illness known as mad cow disease was found in an 11-year-old Alabama animal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was detected during routine surveillance at a livestock market, the USDA said Tuesday in a statement ...
HSE Reassure Clare Representatives St Joseph s Is Still ViableWed, 19 Jul 2017 08:36:09 BSTClare FMHSE Mid-West has moved to reassure Clare’s elected representatives that St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis is still a viable facility. It follows a HIQA report which found major non-compliance in three areas and noted that the centre appeared “institutionalised”. The HSE took the unusual step to write to each councillor following concerns raised by Cathaoirleach Tom McNamara ...
Connemara Ambulance Crisis Group To March On The HSEWed, 19 Jul 2017 08:19:41 BSTClare FMA Connemara campaign group say they’re being discriminated against when it comes to ambulance cover in the West. The Ambulance Crisis Group is meeting in Galway’s Eyre Square at 2 o’clock this afternoon before marching on the HSE. Spokesperson Patricia Keane says they have documented evidence of horrific cases ...
Campaign group to mount protest in Galway over lack of ambulance cover for WestWed, 19 Jul 2017 07:39:11 BSTbeat 102-103 radioA protest is being planned in Galway’s Eyre Square this afternoon over ambulance cover for the West. A Connemara campaign group claim their human rights are being violated over a lack of vital services. Patricia Keane from the Ambulance Crisis Group says patients often have to wait two to three hours for an ambulance. The group is meeting at 2pm with a clear message for the Health Minister Simon Harris over what they believe is an unacceptable problem ...
From psoriasis to prickly heat we reveal the signs to look for and the natural and medical ways to get reliefTue, 18 Jul 2017 05:31:53 BSTMirrorLifestyle Baring your flesh in the sunshine can bring some unexpected and nasty skin conditions (Image: Getty) We all dare to bare a little more flesh in the summer. But while small amounts of sunshine can improve skin conditions , sweat, chlorine, dehydration and abrasion from sand and salt can also make things a whole lot worse... Here’s our guide to common skin problems – and solutions ...
Over Next 25 Years 1 in 3 People Will Experience CancerMon, 17 Jul 2017 20:17:12 BSTThurles Information“Cancer is a big problem here in Tipperary as indeed it is elsewhere in Ireland. This year more than 40,000 people will receive the news from their doctor that they have cancer and their world and that of their families will be turned upside down. That figure represents 110 new cases every single day of the year; 4 of those cases each day will be from Co. Tipperary. Those numbers are set to double over the next 25 years – within our lifetime 1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with cancer” ...
Mental illness One man s storyMon, 17 Jul 2017 16:41:14 BSTThe Evening EchoAS I grew up, I would have partied a lot, from a young age and through my twenties. I did over-step the mark on many occasions, experimenting in drugs and excessive drinking, like a lot people at that time. We seemed to have endless amount of money but if I knew what I know now, I might have taken a step back. We were uneducated about mental health. I hurt my family, friends and partners over the years and I have to live with that shame every day ...
Green light for new euro 9.5million Radiology DepartmentMon, 17 Jul 2017 08:30:55 BSTDonegal NewsBy Harry Walsh WORK on a new €9.5 million Radiology Department at Letterkenny University Hospital will commence in the coming weeks, it has emerged. The contract award for the new unit was formally approved on Friday afternoon last and work is expected to take eighteen months to complete. Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager, said the new unit will contain the most modern X-Ray, Dexa, Ultra Sound and MRI scanning facilities together with two CT scanners ...
Fianna F il criticises proposed funding cut for breastfeeding campaignMon, 17 Jul 2017 07:44:09 BSTThe Irish ExaminerFianna Fáil says a proposed funding cut to maternity hospitals to promote breastfeeding for new mothers is short sighted and should be reversed. The HSE is set to withdraw €50,000 per year, under the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, to maternity hospitals that are taking part in a programme to promote breastfeeding. Waterford TD Mary Butler says Ireland has exceptionally low levels of breastfeeding mothers, and this programme was designed to help new mothers make an informed decision ...
HSE approves funding for new two storey office block at Limerick hospitalMon, 17 Jul 2017 06:12:33 BSTLimerick LeaderGreen light for the construction of a two-storey office complex at UHL Capital funding has been approved by HSE for the new office block at the Dooradoyle facility THE HSE has approved funding for the construction of a two-storey office complex at University Hospital Limerick. A spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group has said that the accommodation is for pathology and laboratory staff at UHL ...
Health and science reporter BBC NewsFri, 14 Jul 2017 21:31:10 BSTBBCMost cases of C. difficile are not actually caused by the bug being spread round hospitals, a study suggests. A team from the University of Oxford said "more and more deep cleaning ain't going to do any good". Analysis of every C. diff infection in Oxfordshire for more than three years showed less than a fifth of cases had been spread between hospital patients. Researchers said there was a growing awareness of animal and community sources of infection ...
Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry say campaignersFri, 14 Jul 2017 05:31:14 BSTBBCGetty Images The UK inquiry into contaminated blood products must establish lessons that improve public safety, campaigners in Scotland have said. Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s. Prime Minister Theresa May ordered an inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday. But Haemophilia Scotland said there were still questions about how the UK-wide inquiry would be carried out ...
Contaminated blood scandal inquiry should be independentThu, 13 Jul 2017 21:31:09 BSTBBCBrian Carberry is one of about 6,000 people across the UK to have been infected with hepatitis C A County Down man who contracted hepatitis C because he was given contaminated blood has said a government inquiry into the issue should be independent. Brian Carberry, 49, from Downpatrick, received haemophilia treatment as a child in the 1970s. In the 1970s and 1980s some blood products used to treat the disease were imported from the US ...
The Guardian view on the contaminated blood scandal justice at lastThu, 13 Jul 2017 18:43:27 BSTThe GuardianIt is 30 years late, but welcome all the same. Finally victims must get the truth A blood transfusion and haematology department of a hospital. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian f the number of people killed by contaminated blood had all died at once, it would have been seen for what it is: a huge and terrible disaster for which the only response was a full public inquiry. At least 2,000 have been killed by a treatment they believed would save their lives. Many were haemophiliacs ...
Not to be sniffed at Irish scientists discover a possible cure for coldsThu, 13 Jul 2017 09:10:29 BSTIrish IndependentCold comfort: Customised drugs could fight infections. Stock Image Irish scientists are behind new research that may have unlocked a cure for the common cold and flu. The Trinity College researchers, who are part of an international team, have investigated how viruses cause disease in humans. The results were published in scientific and medical journal 'Nature Communications'. Scientists discovered that a 1 ...
Cork suicide prevention strategy launchThu, 13 Jul 2017 08:53:03 BSTThe Evening EchoA NEW suicide prevention strategy for Cork is due to be launched later this month by Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly TD. The HSE has confirmed Minister Daly will launch ‘Connecting for Life Cork’ on July 26, a plan tailored to meet the specific needs of Cork City and County ...
Only 1 in 10 women take full maternity leaveThu, 13 Jul 2017 06:31:26 BSTTipp FMPhoto; pixabay A study’s found only around one in ten mums take a full year’s maternity leave. Women are legally allowed 12 months off, with the first six months paid. A survey of two-thousand parents has found many go back for financial reasons, while others fear time off will jeopardise their job ...
Development of kids at risk if mums to be lack vitamin DThu, 13 Jul 2017 02:34:23 BSTIrish IndependentThe HSE advises that vitamin D is 'particularly important' as part of a balanced diet for pregnant women and those planning on having children. Picture posed Women who do not get enough vitamin D in pregnancy may have children with poorer social and motor skills, according to new research. The HSE advises that vitamin D is "particularly important" as part of a balanced diet for pregnant women and those planning on having children ...
Advice for people with psoriasisThu, 13 Jul 2017 00:09:40 BSTMullingar AdvertiserPsoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterised by raised patches of red and scaly skin. The scales are often itchy, but it is more unsightly and annoying as large dry white flakes of skin are continuously visible. This is due to an over-production of skin layers. The most common areas affected are around the hairline, behind the ears, in the joints such as the elbow, wrists, ankles, and knees ...
New way of reading scans can predict heart attack risk research findsWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:02:08 BSTThe GuardianResearchers says colour of fat surrounding a heart’s arteries can predict risk, meaning expensive drugs can be given to those most likely to benefit‘If this technique lives up to its promise it could help people avoid a potentially fatal heart attack.’ Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi for the Guardian Heart attacks may soon be easier to predict thanks to a method of reading routine heart scans that can pinpoint those most at risk, research suggests ...
Always chilly. From an underactive thyroid to Raynauds disease here are some possible explanationsWed, 12 Jul 2017 09:10:47 BSTIrish IndependentWhy do some people to feel the cold more than others? From an underactive thyroid to Raynaud's disease, Jamie Ball investigates the possible explanations Poor circulation, which generally affects middle-aged and older people, contributes to a poor tolerance of the cold.'A jumper is something a parent puts on a child when the parent feels cold." Ever heard that one? For anyone from early-middle age onwards, the wisdom of that witticism grows warmer each year ...
Organ donation how to register for a donor card and how to opt outTue, 11 Jul 2017 11:54:26 BSTThe Irish SunEvery year 400 people die while waiting for a donor organ, here's how you can help More than 50,000 people in the UK are currently alive due to an organ transplant, according to the NHS. Around 23 ...
quot Stroke is the appropriate name because it strikes like a thunderbolt quotTue, 11 Jul 2017 08:33:19 BSTIrish TimesSome 10,000 Irish people will have a stroke-related event this year, Irish first in world to get ‘innovative’ stroke treatments about 3 hours ago Vincent Byrne (51) is a stroke survivor who was fortunate enough to be able to avail of thrombectomy at Beaumont after he suffered a stroke five years ago ...
Assertiveness is the cure for Irish disease to pleaseTue, 11 Jul 2017 07:03:50 BSTIrish TimesBeing assertive is not just about saying no - most adults have difficulty saying yes too Be decisive. Photograph: Getty Images I rarely disagree with the opinions expressed by columnist Lucy Kellaway. In a recent column,“The sheer bliss of just saying no”, she wrote: “Yes can be said by any old fool, while no requires character, commitment and courage ...
Irish first in world to get innovative stroke treatmentsTue, 11 Jul 2017 06:07:40 BSTIrish TimesSome 10,000 Irish people will have a stroke-related event this year, and a further 30,000 are living with a disability due to stroke Vincent Byrne (51) is a stroke survivor who was fortunate enough to be able to avail of thrombectomy at Beaumont after he suffered a stroke five years ago ...
Coffee cuts risk of death from strokes and heart disease studies findTue, 11 Jul 2017 05:51:18 BSTIrish TimesCoffee lowers the risk of dying from several medical conditions, scientists suggest Coffee could have life-prolonging benefits, according to two studies. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and liver disease and a host of other ailments, new research suggests. The finding, contained in two large studies, applied regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, with the effect higher among those who drank more cups of coffee a day ...
Feeling chilly. Raynauds disease syndrome or phenomenon...Tue, 11 Jul 2017 02:37:30 BSTIrish IndependentWhy do some people to feel the cold more than others? From an underactive thyroid to Reynaud's disease, Jamie Ball investigates the possible explanations Some feel the cold more than others'A jumper is something a parent puts on a child when the parent feels cold." Ever heard that one? For anyone from early-middle age onwards, the wisdom of that witticism grows warmer each year ...
HSE moves step closer to providing new UHG emergency departmentMon, 10 Jul 2017 09:27:28 BSTConnacht TribuneGalway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is evaluating a number of expressions of interest it has received from firms interested in designing a new emergency department at UHG. The two-stage process will see suitable contractors invited to tender for the project. The project would accommodate the long sought after new emergency department for the hospital over two floors, while women’s and children’s services would be located across five floors. It’s envisaged the project would be carried out in phases ...
Hepatitis B jab to be added to immunisations of babies born in UKSun, 9 Jul 2017 16:39:48 BSTThe GuardianBabies born from the 1 August will be offered new “hexavalent” jab in effort to clamp down on infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended in 1992 that babies should be immunised against the virus. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images All babies born in the UK will receive the hepatitis B jab as part of their routine immunisations from the autumn in an effort to drive down viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer ...
Only person in Ireland suffering from rare vein disease We have yet to hear from Health Minister...all Im asking for is a chanceSat, 8 Jul 2017 22:17:14 BSTIrish IndependentDeclan and Charlotte Connolly (Photo: Connolly family) Charlotte and Declan Connolly (Photo: Connolly family) Declan Connolly speaks to TDs outside the Dáil after their walk from Mullingar (Photo: Connolly family) The only person in Ireland suffering from a rare vein and artery disease has asked Health Minister Simon Harris to "walk in her shoes" ...
Galway University Hospitals begins paperless record system migrationFri, 7 Jul 2017 11:15:40 BSTTechCentral.iePictured: Ann Cosgrove, Saolta; Seamus Butler, HSE Office of CIOO; Paula Power and Chris Kane, GUH; Anthony Dooher, Kainos; Martin Molloy and Dr Ramona Mcloughlin, GUH; and Vincent Jordan, HSE Office of CIO Kainos Evolve to implement five-year project The HSE, Saolta University Health Care Group and Galway University Hospitals (GUH) have signed a contract with software firm Kainos Evolve to implement a new electronic based patient record system ...
Crisis in respite care for children in Donegal must be addressed MacLochlainnFri, 7 Jul 2017 10:56:25 BSTHighland RadioCalls have been made on the Government to address what’s been described as a ‘crisis’ in respite care for children in Donegal. Figures released by the HSE show that there were 1,583 overnight hours of respite care provided to Donegal families in the first quarter of 2016 while during the same period this year there were 1,024 hours provided – a drop of nearly a third. The date was obtained by Sinn Fein in a response to a Parliamentary Question ...
HSE Says St. Kevins Is Salvageable Following Report By Structural EngineerFri, 7 Jul 2017 09:08:03 BSTRedFM (Cork)The HSE says it has been found to be "salvageable" The Irish Examiner reports that a recommendation to knock the building has not been made however two dormer pediments in the section of the building damaged by fire will be marked and dismantled stone by stone. A more detailed inspection will be carried out in the coming weeks once the building has been made safe ...
Limerick woman writes to Minister to clarify cuts to breast cancer supportsFri, 7 Jul 2017 06:11:43 BSTLimerick Leader'Disgraceful gender-based attack on a very vulnerable group' – Niall Collins Valerie Murphy, of Valerie’s Breast Care, with customer Mary Lynch Picture: Michael Cowhey A LIMERICK woman has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to clarify the policy on cuts of supports to breast cancer patients “once and for all”. Valerie Murphy, a specialist in prostheses and support wear for breast cancer patients, based in Askeaton, says the confusion has caused a lot of “stress and worry” ...
Experts discuss child mental healthFri, 7 Jul 2017 05:34:58 BSTThe Irish ExaminerThe new Mental Health Minister Jim Daly has admitted services for children with mental health difficulties are “not good enough” and that he is “not happy with them”. Mr Daly made the admission during a Seanad Public Consultation Committee meeting on child mental health services where he said he hoped to bring a proposal to set up an Oireachtas Committee on Mental Health to the Dáil today ...
Nursing homes have to be upfront on all fees HarrisFri, 7 Jul 2017 03:36:00 BSTIrish IndependentHealth Minister Simon Harris Picture: Damien Eagers Legislation to force private nursing home owners to be more transparent about top-up fees for Fair Deal residents may be introduced if the owners don't act voluntarily, Health Minister Simon Harris has warned ...
New scheme promised as waiting list for home care support hits 4 600Fri, 7 Jul 2017 02:54:56 BSTIrish IndependentSupports: Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly Thousands of elderly people are languishing on a waiting list for HSE home care help - and the number has risen since the beginning of the year. The number of people waiting for HSE free home care supports has climbed to 4,600 as demand for the service, particularly among the elderly, continues to grow ...
Health and science reporter BBC News websiteThu, 6 Jul 2017 05:31:16 BSTBBCMedia playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Scientists in Japan develop a technique for finding cancerous cells throughout the body The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan. The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process ...
Two alcoholic drinks a day raises cancer risks says studyThu, 6 Jul 2017 01:09:25 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIrish people who drink an average of two alcoholic drinks a day are placing themselves at an increased risk of developing bowel and oesophageal cancer. A report by the medical group United European Gastroenterology (UEG) found that, although Irish people drink a “moderate” 1.9 alcoholic drinks a day — the average amount for the EU28 as a whole — this still greatly increases the risk of contracting a range of different cancers ...
HSE boss disappointed over delay in Galway mental health reviewWed, 5 Jul 2017 10:10:59 BSTGalway Bay FM– A health service boss says he’s disappointed that a review of mental health services in Galway and Roscommon has not yet been completed. The internal review was commissioned in mid-2015 by the HSE National Director for Mental Health. It was due to be completed by September last year– however, no report has yet been published, or received by the director. HSE Chief Operating Officer Tony Canavan says the delay is very disappointing – and the matter needs urgent attention ...
Have I got depression. You asked Google here s the answerWed, 5 Jul 2017 08:14:29 BSTThe GuardianEvery day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries Dr Jay Watts is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and senior lecturer‘If things are not so bad viewing your experiences as everyday sadness that will pass can help ensure you do not start to panic.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Depression is often as physical as psychological ...
Discovery Communications sounds alarm on risk of pandemic with July 6 world premiere of MosquitoWed, 5 Jul 2017 05:30:41 BST4traders.comAPA-Dakar ( Senegal ) As many in the world prepare for the warm summer months, Discovery will use its global reach to focus the world's attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9pm , on Discovery Channel and Discovery networks around the world ...
Harris vows to make access to cancer scans faster in 10 year planWed, 5 Jul 2017 04:21:27 BSTcampus.ieFaster access to scans to diagnose patients with cancer is among the key pledges in a 10-year strategy to be launched today. The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, to be outlined by Health Minister Simon Harris, promises to prioritise tackling inequalities in access to diagnostics as part of a major wide-ranging plan to improve survival rates from the disease ...
Irish parents urged to tackle obesity with playWed, 5 Jul 2017 01:25:57 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIrish parents have been urged to play traditional games with their children to help combat the obesity crisis among children. Games like hopscotch, skipping and kicking a ball against a wall help nurture fundamental motor skills and build up muscle in children. Grace O’Malley, specialist physiotherapist in paediatric obesity, said parents need to pass on old-fashioned playground skills to the next generation to ensure they get enough daily exercise ...
Four out of five child car seats still incorrectly fitted.Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:19:48 BSTRTEThe numbers of cars seats incorrectly fitted - and requiring major adjustment - remains stubbornly high. The Road Safety Authority has been running a campaign throughout the country to get people to check their child car seats are correctly fitted. The results are worrying. Four out of five seats still require "major" readjustment. This means they represent the danger of a "major impact" in the event of a crash ...
Over 2 400 children waiting for child mental health servicesTue, 4 Jul 2017 09:26:27 BSTIrish TimesBut many should not be on the list at all for this ‘catch-all service’, say senior practitioners There are currently 2,419 children and young people with mental health disorders on the waiting list for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Anne O’Connor, national director mental health, HSE, says our mission is actually to keep people out of CAMHS Sugru provides individual and group therapy to children and families in centres in Dublin, Athlone, Athenry and Galway city Dr John Hillery, ...
No breast cancer patient will suffer funding cuts says HarrisTue, 4 Jul 2017 09:11:03 BSTIrish IndependentMinister for Health Simon Harris Photo: Gerry Mooney The HSE had no authority to make a policy decision to cut the supports to women who had breast cancer surgery, Health Minister Simon Harris warned yesterday. He said he was extraordinarily angry and a "bit disgusted" at the HSE's decision to reduce the allowance to women who have had a mastectomy and need a prosthesis and other clothing supports. Changes in policy were a matter for the minister and the Department of Health, he added ...
200 Mothers And Babies Attended Sabina Higgins Breastfeeding Morning At The ras YesterdayTue, 4 Jul 2017 02:43:24 BSTHerFamily.ieOut of the world's 27 highest-income countries, Ireland has – by far – the lowest percentage of mothers who breastfeed their babies, currently standing at only 57%. Luckily, great measures are being put in place for this trend to change, and as part of this year's National Breastfeeding Week, events are being organized across the country aiming to support, inform and educate mothers (and everyone else) about breastfeeding ...
Multiple myeloma A low key kind of cancerTue, 4 Jul 2017 00:07:50 BSTIrish Times‘Many think of cancer as being local or having spread but myeloma is very different’‘Some people have a skeleton that holds up their body but I need a body that holds up my skeleton,’ says Joe O’Brien. Photograph: Eric Molloy Multiple myeloma is a low-key kind of cancer. In fact, you probably haven’t even heard of it, but it’s the second most common blood cancer in and every year 250 people will be diagnosed with it ...
No place for grown upsMon, 3 Jul 2017 02:37:15 BSTIrish IndependentScience student Sorcha McElchar has an extremely complicated medical condition. But she tells Joy Orpen, she is leading a very full and productive life, thanks to her medical team and to recent advances in treatments Photo by Steve Humphries Having a chronic medical condition can be tough, very tough. But imagine having to live with not just one, but several conditions simultaneously ...
U turn likely on controversial cutbacks for cancer survivorsMon, 3 Jul 2017 02:33:53 BSTIrish IndependentHealth Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Frank McGrath A u-turn looks inevitable on controversial cuts to post-operation supplies of supports for women who have battled breast cancer. The HSE has been forced to revise its plans to cut the supply of supports in several areas of the country as part of the move to extend the service nationwide. Under the new scheme, women were to have been provided with an allowance of only €68.50 for one breast prosthesis every two years ...
Irish student s life saving op after cousin donates two thirds of liver for first ever transplant of its kind in the NorthSun, 2 Jul 2017 22:24:15 BSTThe Irish SunThe 24-year-old from Omagh, Tyrone had an 80 per cent chance of not finding a suitable organ to transplant A STUDENT has received the ultimate gift from his cousin who donated part of his liver to help save his life. Aaron Smyth has now become the first patient from Northern Ireland to receive a live donor liver transplant, thanks to his cousin Robert ...
Six jobs the new World Health Organisation leader should prioritiseSat, 1 Jul 2017 10:04:23 BSTThe GuardianDr Tedros should steer clear of vertical disease programmes pushed by donors, be prepared for his authority to be questioned, and tighten the purse strings People hold placards of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the new WHO director general, during a rally on his campaign trail. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty he first ever African director general of the World Health Organisation assumes office on Saturday ...
Looking for answers What hospitals can do to improve supports available to traumatised next of kinSat, 1 Jul 2017 01:19:39 BSTThe Irish ExaminerTony Twomey’s family felt abandoned by hospital staff in the wake his sudden death. They spoke to Catherine Shanahan in the hope of generating a debate about what hospitals can do to improve the supports available to traumatised next of kin On May 28 last, Eleanor Twomey picked up a copy of the Irish Examiner and the headline hit her like a hammer.“Desperate for the Truth: Family seek answers after daughter, 20, died in hospital A&E,” it read ...
New report shows increase in liver disease deathsFri, 30 Jun 2017 06:11:42 BSTITV (UK)More than 800 people in Wales died from liver disease in the last five years - an increase of almost 20%. The Government's Annual Statement of Progress for Liver Disease found that 40% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day a week. It also showed that 59% of adults are overweight and obese. The most common causes of liver disease in the UK are down to lifestyle factors including obesity, excess alcohol consumption and blood borne viral hepatitis ...
Alcohol related deaths will take decades to reduceFri, 30 Jun 2017 06:10:20 BSTBBCIt will take decades to see the number of alcohol-related deaths fall significantly, a charity has warned. The comment comes after the Welsh Government said deaths had stabilised following a significant rise towards the end of the last decade. There were 463 deaths in 2015 and 504 in 2012, while all liver disease deaths were up 19.4% over the last five years. But substance misuse charity Cais said there are still many older people who had drinking problems ...
Deputy Gallagher calls on the HSE to immediately fund repairs to heart equipment at Letterkenny HospitalThu, 29 Jun 2017 08:36:17 BSTOcean FMA Donegal TD has called on the HSE and the Department of Health to immediately provide funds to replace heart monitoring equipment at Letterkenny University Hospital. The equipment had fallen into a state of disrepair. The situation has lead to a cut in services in the cardiology rehab services the hospital can now provide. Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher has criticised the HSE, saying it has failed to provide a budget to replace the equipment ...
Discussion document on Mater Hospital publishedThu, 29 Jun 2017 08:19:31 BSTDublin PeopleThe Mater Hospital discussion document was launched last week. A NEW discussion document on the Mater Hospital’s future highlights a €26.6 million spend on agency staff over the last eight years ...
Lowest Suicide Rate In Over 20 YearsThu, 29 Jun 2017 07:57:01 BSTToday FM radioBut there was an increase in women taking their own lives Fewer than 400 people died by suicide last year - the lowest level in more than 20 years. However, the latest figures from the National Self-Harm Registry show that while suicide rates dropped by 15.2 per cent among men, there was a 6.2 per cent increase among women. The biggest rise was among women over the age of 35, while the only male category to experience an increase was 55-64 year olds ...
Donegal Diabetes Association secure solutions in diabetes care crisisThu, 29 Jun 2017 07:22:11 BSTDonegal DailyThe Donegal Diabetes Association and Diabetes Ireland have received several commitments from Minister for Health, Simon Harris after a productive meeting yesterday. The group’s representatives Paul Gillespie and Gerard Gallagher were supported by Dr Anna Clarke and Professor Hilary Hoey of Diabetes Ireland and had the backing of five Donegal TDs at Government buildings as they put forward their case for increased resources for diabetes care in Letterkenny University Hospital ...
Cork missionary honoured for her work in South KoreaThu, 29 Jun 2017 06:48:40 BSTcatholicireland.netSr Philomena and her colleagues faced an extremely turbulent environment when they arrived at the end of the Korean War, with large numbers of people suffering from tuberculosis and malnutrition or in need of treatment for landmine injuries. At the award presentation: front l/r Dan O’Sullivan; Sr Phil O’Sullivan, Cork Person of the Month; Niamh Lehane, Lexus Cork. Rear l/r Pat Lemasney, Southern Advertising; Tina Quinn, AM O’Sullivan PR; Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser ...
60 of OPD activity should be moved to community 8211 HSE Primary Care Eye Services ReportThu, 29 Jun 2017 05:35:50 BSTMedical IndependentApproximately 60 per cent of the current adult and paediatric outpatient department (OPD) eye care work will transition to Primary Care Eye Teams (PCETs), once they are established, according to the long-awaited Primary Care Eye Services Review Group (PCESRG) Report ...
Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the Joint Committee on Health 28th June 2017Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:30:46 BSTDepartment of HealthCheck Against Delivery Introduction Chairman, Committee Members, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you once again. I am joined today by my Ministerial colleagues: Finian McGrath, Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities; Catherine Byrne, Minister of State with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and Health Promotion; and Jim Daly, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People ...
Call for expressions of interest in Irish Cancer Society Clinician Researcher AwardWed, 28 Jun 2017 14:35:48 BSTMedical IndependentThe Irish Cancer Society is inviting eligible candidates to submit an expression of interest for the Clinician Researcher Award 2017. According to the Society, this is intended to be a transformative investment in an individual who demonstrates great promise in driving and leading innovative new Irish cancer research. This individual would therefore be expected to currently have a strong record of research activity in their field and demonstrable record of collaborative research success ...
Couple to reunite in nursing home careWed, 28 Jun 2017 08:33:38 BSTThe Irish ExaminerBy Catherine Shanahan Health Correspondent By Daniel McConnell Political Editor In the end, no amount of red tape could withstand the outrage on the national airwaves, and the threat of separating an elderly couple after 63 years of marriage evaporated. Michael and Kathleen Devereaux will live out their days together in a Wexford nursing home after the Devereaux family highlighted their plight on RTE’s Liveline programme and the HSE was forced to backtrack through acres of bureaucracy ...
Fall in hospital diabetes patients over last decadeWed, 28 Jun 2017 01:24:35 BSTThe Irish ExaminerIrish Examiner Reporter Hospitalisation rates for heart failure and diabetes have fallen substantially in the last decade, according to a new report. The third annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System shows there has been a 40% reduction in in-hospital mortality rates for those hospitalised with a heart attack. The hospitalisation rate for diabetes fell by 30% between 2007 and 2014 to 129 per 100,000 population. It stood at 94 per 100,000 in 2016 ...
Harris tells HSE to resolve case of elderly couple separated for first time in 63 yearsTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:38 BSTThe Irish ExaminerThe HSE has been told to resolve a heart-breaking situation in which an elderly couple have been separated after 63 years of marriage. Michael Devereaux, 90, is living in a nursing home in Wexford, where he was accepted under the Fair Deal support scheme. His wife, Kathleen, who is 86, was turned down for a place in the same home ...
Stats show improving cancer survival rates need for better vaccination ratesTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:42:30 BSTRTEIn-hospital mortality rates, following admission with a heart attack, have fallen Newly-published healthcare statistics show reduced hospitalisation rates for diabetes and heart failure, as well as a fall in death rates after stroke. In-hospital mortality rates, following admission with a heart attack, have also fallen. The survival rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer are also improving. Rates of the healthcare acquired infection, MRSA, have also fallen ...
Surgery was immensely painful far worse than aggressive chemoTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:24:20 BSTIrish TimesIn his second piece for ‘The Irish Times’, Conor Lane, a young Irishman who was diagnosed with a rare cancer in London, writes about the major surgery that saved his life On February 1st last, I was in a London hospital ward, wearing a gown, having surgical lines drawn on my back and waiting to be rolled into theatre. My operation had been scheduled eight months after I received a diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare cancer more commonly found in children and teenagers ...
BBC navigationTue, 27 Jun 2017 05:31:18 BSTBBCJames Cavallini Up to 74,000 people in Scotland may be living with Hepatitis C, a disease which campaigners say is now curable A charity has called for greater efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C (HCV) from Scotland. There are about 37,000 people living with the virus - but campaigners say as many again are undiagnosed. A meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday will call on the NHS to alter its focus so Scotland can be free of the disease by 2030 ...
Charity calls for new focus to combat Hep C infectionsTue, 27 Jun 2017 01:40:10 BSTBBCBBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent Up to 74,000 people in Scotland may be living with Hepatitis C, a disease which campaigners say is now curable A charity has called for greater efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C (HCV) from Scotland. There are about 37,000 people living with the virus - but campaigners say as many again are undiagnosed. A meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday will call on the NHS to alter its focus so Scotland can be free of the disease by 2030 ...
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 ...
Can this research stop disease in its tracks.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:12:15 BSTSilicon RepublicHumankind advances on the back of research carried out in institutions and organisations around the world. Here, we hear from a Dublin City University researcher trying to improve our lives. Dr Ronan Murphy of(DCU) is leading a group of researchers working to uncover how a combination of genetics, diet and exercise can be used to manage chronic illness ...
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 ...
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 ...