Revolutionary MS drug must be free – Marie's widower

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Emma Jane Hade and Louise Hogan - Independent

THE partner of the late Marie Fleming has backed a campaign calling on the Government to make a new "revolutionary" drug available on a state scheme to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Tom Curran, whose partner Marie died from the condition late last year, has said that his only concern is that "peopl... Read more →

Daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

A daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown. The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Participants in the study were given a su... Read more →

Health case study: No rash decision on meningitis

Monday 9th June 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

The happy home life of nurse, Treasa Callanan, almost fell apart when her baby boy was struck down by meningitis, says Joy Orpen. Treasa tells of the battle to save little Fiachra's life and the signs every parent should watch for. Even though his mother is an experienced nurse, baby Fiachra Callan... Read more →

Hit the snooze button and get a good night’s sleep

Monday 9th June 2014 - Ciara Kelly - Independent

Adequate sleep is more closely associated with health and longevity than diet and exercise - I can’t get no sleep! If you, like me, are sleep-deprived, then you’re no different to 45 per cent of the rest of the population, who are stumbling around knackered every day from too little... Read more →

Weighing the facts: A frightening epidemic in numbers

Monday 9th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

28pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for adults between 1980 and 2013 47pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for children between 1980 and 2013 26.5pc - Irish girls under the age of 20 who are overweight or obese 26.6pc - Irish boys under th... Read more →

Extra 400 blood donations a week needed, IBTS urges

Friday 6th June 2014 - Fiona Gartland - Independent

Existing blood supplies down to just four days for most groups, says donor service. Some 13,500 donations are needed this month to maintain supply. Currently, just 3 per cent of those eligible actually donate blood. Paddy Bowler, director of operations with the service, pointed out that the World ... Read more →

HSE appoints expert panel to review medical card eligibility

Friday 6th June 2014 - RTE - RTE News

The HSE has announced the make-up of the expert panel that is to examine how medical card needs should be taken into account in the context of medical card eligibility. The panel is to be chaired by Prof Frank Keane, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and will be made up of 23 ... Read more →

Further drop in number of people with health insurance

Friday 6th June 2014 - RTE - RTE News

The latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority show that 21,000 people dropped their inpatient health insurance during the first three months of this year. There are now just more than 2 million people with inpatient cover, compared with almost 2.3 million people when the market peaked at t... Read more →

Drink only one glass of fruit juice a day, warn nutritionists

Thursday 5th June 2014 - Laura Donnelly - Independent

A single glass of fruit juice a day is the most anyone should drink, new guidelines say, as a British report warns that families are consuming unsafe levels of sugar. There is rising concern that sugar is one of the greatest threats to health, creating an obesity time bomb and contributing to spira... Read more →

Women told they may be wrong to have breasts removed

Thursday 5th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

Nearly three-quarters of women who have both breasts removed after a cancer diagnosis may be wrong to take the drastic step, a study has suggested. Researchers who studied 1,447 women treated for breast cancer found that 8pc of them had undergone a double mastectomy. But 70pc of these women did no... Read more →

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