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Interventions to help smokers quit do work

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While early evidence for e-cigarettes is promising, there is not enough evidence yet to recommend them to people attempting to quit smoking, the Minister for Health has been advised. However, pharmacological interventions, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, are effective and goo... Read more →

New service offers addiction support to doctors

Friday 7th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new service aimed at supporting doctors, dentists and pharmacists with addiction or mental health issues, helped 47 practitioners in its first year of operation. The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) is an independent charitable organisation, which is supported by the representative an... Read more →

Patients to be surveyed on hospital experiences

Thursday 6th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to 27,000 patients are to be asked about their experiences in the country's hospitals as part of a major new survey. The aim of the National Patient Experience Survey is to give patients the chance to describe their hospital experiences, with this information then being used to improve the healt... Read more →

IBS a major cause of embarrassment

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 40% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) say that the condition is a major source of embarrassment for them, while almost 50% feel it has lowered their self-confidence, a new study has found. IBS is a disorder which results in the large intestine (colon) overreacting to a mild stimulu... Read more →

Reimbursement of new MS drug welcomed

Tuesday 4th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A decision by the HSE to reimburse a new medicine for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been welcomed by patients. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degeneration of the nerves. This results in a progressive deterioration in various functions control... Read more →

Bowel cancer very treatable if caught early

Monday 3rd April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bowel cancer is ‘extremely treatable' if caught early, so it is essential that people can recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and during this time, the ICS will be working to raise awareness of the dis... Read more →

Concern over lack of CF drug talks

Friday 31st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has expressed concern about a lack of contact between the manufacturers of two groundbreaking drugs and the HSE. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines and medical technologies to see whether they are c... Read more →

Importance of organ donation highlighted

Thursday 30th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The importance of organ donation is being highlighted ahead of Organ Donor Awareness Week, which runs from April 1-8. A total of 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland last year, including 172 kidney transplants, 58 liver transplants and 15 heart transplants. Some 230 of these organs cam... Read more →

Low B12 levels hit kids' cognitive abilities

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young children may have more cognitive problems if they have low levels of vitamin B12, a new study has found. According to the findings, those with low levels of the vitamin have more difficulties with cognitive tests such as recognising letters and doing puzzles. They are also not as good at inte... Read more →

Exercise slows decline in Parkinson's

Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Exercising for less than three hours per week is linked with a slower decline in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland... Read more →

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