'Sleep drunkenness' affects many

Wednesday 27th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

One in seven people may be affected by what is termed sleep drunkenness, which leads to confused and disoriented behaviour when forced awake. US researchers have found that 15% of people in their study had experienced an episode of 'sleep drunkenness' during the previous year. The condition involv... Read more →

E-cigarettes should be banned indoors - WHO

Wednesday 27th August 2014 - Stephanie Nebehay - Independent

Electronic cigarettes should be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs on their sale over health fears, the World Health Organisation has said. Despite releasing vapour instead of smoke the devices, officially known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), still carry a risk to those standi... Read more →

My name is David Walsh, I've had Parkinson's for 10 years

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - David Walsh - Independent

3am. Mind is open. Eyes are not yet open. I am almost afraid to open my eyes because I know the day begins and the complications of Parkinson's begin. No matter how hard I try to stabilise the body and stop the shaking and the tremor, starting in my gut, I know the second I open my eyes, it will get... Read more →

Given the gift of life... Ireland's transplant athletes

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - Joanna Kiernan - Independent

As the Irish Transplant Team competed in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships, participants hoped to bring comfort to the families of organ donors, who have given them the greatest gift of all - life. "It's a really positive way to give back to everybody who has contributed to y... Read more →

Children’s hospitals say no decisions made about future use of sites

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Sale of hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street or Tallaght could raise millions of euro to offset cost of new project, estimated at €650m. The three Dublin children’s hospitals say no decisions have been made about the future use of their buildings and land once the new national children&rsq... Read more →

Diabetes eye screen scheme on target

Monday 25th August 2014 - -

Diabetic RetinaScreen - the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme is on target to complete its first round of national diabetic screening for the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related eye disease whichcan lead to blindness. Diabetic RetinaScreen has already invited in excess of 1... Read more →

Smoking link to head/neck cancer deaths

Monday 25th August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

A new study conducted by by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) has found that head and neck cancer patients who smoke at the time of diagnosis have a significantly increased rate of death from cancer. The study has found that over one in two of these patients identified were smokers at ... Read more →

Robin Williams death has made us all think

Monday 25th August 2014 - Dr Ciara Kelly - Independent

Suicide affects 500 Irish families every year, including Ciara Kelly's own family. But for those thinking of suicide, there is help. I've been thinking a lot about Robin Williams, who died almost two weeks ago now, after taking his own life. It's incredibly sad that such a talented, funny man - who ... Read more →

'Back to front' guidelines on abortion

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Niall Hunter -

Nearly seven months after the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act came into effect, health professionals have to date only been issued with guidelines on how the appeals system where a woman is refused an abortion should operate. This 'back to front' approach to guidance on the operation of the... Read more →

Failure to take medicine as prescribed costs Irish government millions

Thursday 21st August 2014 - Ailin Quinlan - Independent

Many Irish patients take their medication incorrectly, costing the government millions and contributing to premature death rates. More than 70pc of us just say we "forgot," but there may be other reasons behind the failure of so many Irish patients to take the medicine prescribed for often severe he... Read more →

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