Advice for long, hot days is not to be sneezed at. Eight things you can do to help control your hay fever.

Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Kathy Donaghy - Independent

For the 20pc of us who suffer with varying degrees of hay fever, summer can be a time of sheer misery. The pollen released by plants, trees and grasses around this time of year triggers an allergic reaction in hay fever sufferers. Sneezing, itchy and running noses, streaming eyes and even headaches ... Read more →

Dáil to debate deaf advocacy service cut. Irish Deaf Society say withdrawal of funding will leave ‘gaping hole’ in supports for deaf

Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

A decision by the Department of Environment to stop funding an advocacy service for deaf people is to be debated in the Dáil today. Fianna Fail TD John Browne is to raise the matter, and its implications for other voluntary bodies, under topical issues in the Dáil this afternoon. ... Read more →

Detailed guidelines on legal abortion released. Termination permitted when there is ‘real and substantial threat’ to woman’s life.

Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Kitty Holland - Irish Times

Detailed guidance on the circumstances in which a woman may legally have an abortion – when there is a real and substantial threat to her life – have been circulated to some health professionals. The guidelines, on implementing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, were drawn up ... Read more →

'I'll fight my pancreatic cancer my way' says Irish dad of one who has recorded 'fun' video for his baby daughter to watch after he dies

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 - Majella O'Sullivan - Independent

FACING a bleak prognosis like his there are not many who would decide to record a fun video clip about fighting cancer. But Darren Mullery is fighting cancer his way and wants to give hope to other sufferers that there still is life after a cancer diagnosis. He also wants to leave a legacy for his ... Read more →

State to compensate women who had controversial childbirth operations

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 - Dan Griffin - Irish Times

Symphysiotomy survivors to be given between €50,000 and €150,000. Women who had a symphysiotomy during childbirth will qualify for compensation payments of up to €150,000 under an ex-gratia redress scheme announced by the Government. Minister for Health James Reilly drafted proposals... Read more →

African leaders to discuss Ebola outbreak

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 - RTE - RTE News

Health ministers from 11 west African nations and experts in disease control are meeting in Ghana's capital to plan "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Mo... Read more →

Children born after fertility treatment 'more likely to be autistic and schizophrenic'

Tuesday 1st July 2014 - Independent - Independent

Scientists with the University of Copenhagen studied 2.4million children over 40-year period. Children born to women with fertility problems have a 33 per cent greater risk of suffering with mental illness, a study has claimed. The research looked at 2.4million children in Denmark between 1969 and ... Read more →

We need to have a talk about the taboo subject of death

Tuesday 1st July 2014 - Deirdre Reynolds - Independent

It's always been a taboo subject as nobody wants to discuss death. But now many are... and a lot of them are still in the full of their health. At just 31, Jennifer Muldowney has already planned her funeral. Despite being in perfect health and having youth on her side, the Dublin woman has decided o... Read more →

Reilly rejects calls for more funding for procedure for morbidly obese patients

Tuesday 1st July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Leading endocrinologist wants to be able to resume life-saving gastric bypass operations. Minister for Health James Reilly has rejected calls by a leading obesity expert for a resumption of life-saving gastric bypass operations on dangerously obese public patients. Endocrinologist Prof Donal O&rsq... Read more →

The world's best and worst diets revealed

Monday 30th June 2014 - Kate Quilton - Independent

Kate Quilton travelled the globe to countries with 80pc obesity — and one where a village has found the secret of eternal youth in search of the world's best and worst diets. I’m in hospital to see my dad. He’s sitting up and chatting away like he’s propping up the bar at his... Read more →

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