Diabetes foot problem signals heart issues

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The loss of sensation that people with diabetes sometimes experience in their feet may predict their risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a stroke or heart attack, a new study suggests. Diabetes can cause blood vessel and nerve damage, particularly if the condition is poorly controlled.... Read more →

Ebola risk ‘extremely low’ in EU, says commissioner

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Medical Independent -

The EU is prepared in the “unlikely event” of the Ebola virus outbreak reaching Europe, according to the European Commissioner for Health. Speaking today after the WHO declared the worsening outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as a “public health emergency of international concern&rd... Read more →

Aspirin cuts risk of digestive cancers

Friday 8th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Taking aspirin can significantly reduce a person's risk of developing major cancers of the digestive tract, such as bowel cancer, a new study has found. The drug also reduces the risk of dying from these cancers. This marks the first time that scientists have reviewed all the evidence contained in... Read more →

'Prostate screening can reduce cancer deaths'

Friday 8th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Prostate cancer screening could reduce deaths from the disease by about a fifth, according to a major European study. However, the authors of the study of over 162,000 men conclude that routine blood test (PSA test) screening programmes for prostate cancer should not be introduced at this time. Do... Read more →

ED overcrowding worsens - INMO

Friday 8th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Emergency department overcrowding has worsened this summer compared to last summer, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). The INMO's latest trolley and ward watch figures have confirmed an 8% increase in overcrowding in July of this year compared to July 2013. The nurses'... Read more →

First stages of Universal GP Care in place by year end - Varadkar

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Sorcha Pollak - Irish Times

Minister for Health plans to delay introduction of UHI and postpone abolition of HSE. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar hopes the first stages of Universal GP Care for over-70s and under-6s will be in place before the end of the year. Mr Varadkar told RTÉ’s Today with Seán O&rsqu... Read more →

Big jump in overseas IVF enquiries

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of Irish people seeking information about fertility treatment abroad has risen significantly in recent months, new research suggests. According to the findings, these types of enquiries have jumped by almost 60% in the last six months alone. The lower cost associated with obtaining ferti... Read more →

Botox for my 40th birthday cured my excessive sweating

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Independent - Independent

Since her teens, Lizzy Noone sweated so excessively, she ruined clothes and was forced to change her outfits several times a day. But thanks to a minor procedure, sweat patches are a thing of the past, writes Joanna Kiernan. We have all been there; sweat patches are the one downside to a beautiful h... Read more →

Doctor's orders: Life really does begin at 40

Monday 4th August 2014 - Ciara Kelly - Independent

The era of the selfie seems to have heightened the self-criticism of the young and insecure. It's a cliche worth reiterating that youth is wasted on the young. Nowhere is that more obvious than in terms of their self-confidence. I was thinking this last week, when I saw an 18-year-old girl who was u... Read more →

6 reasons not to panic about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Ireland

Monday 4th August 2014 - Patricia Murphy - Independent

While the world is experiencing the worst ever outbreak of EVD, the threat to Ireland is very low. Here is six reasons not to panic. The world is experiencing a deadly outbreak of deadly Ebola Virus disease and has killed more than 700 people in West Africa. The disease has no known cure and only on... Read more →

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