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Thousands use asthma inhalers incorrectly

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

As many as 300,000 people with asthma in Ireland are not using their inhalers properly, increasing their risk of suffering a serious asthma attack, the Asthma Society of Ireland has warned. According to the society's CEO, Averil Power, up to 60% of all people with asthma do not have the condition u... Read more →

Low awareness of meningitis symptoms

Friday 28th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of Irish parents think that a distinctive rash is the first symptom of meningitis, however in reality, this often appears after other symptoms, and sometimes does not appear at all, a new survey has found. The survey of 700 parents was carried out on behalf of the ‘Tackle Meningit... Read more →

500+ cancers detected by BowelScreen

Thursday 27th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 500 cancers were detected by the National Bowel Screening Programme, BowelScreen, between October 2012 and December 2015, a new report has shown. However, uptake of the programme remains low, with just 40% of those invited during this period taking up the offer of screening. Around 2,500 peop... Read more →

Importance of vaccines highlighted

Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE is reminding people of the importance of vaccinations, following a number of measles outbreaks and related deaths in Europe. It has insisted that complacency about vaccines could lead to deaths in Ireland. A number of European countries have reported measles outbreaks recently. In the last... Read more →

Fake news impacting vaccination rates

Tuesday 25th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Major concern has been expressed about the impact of social media campaigns and fake news when it comes to vaccination-associated risks. According to the Irish Medical Organisation's (IMO) new president, Dr Ann Hogan, who oversees vaccination campaigns as part of her work, these campaigns are promo... Read more →

Warning about drinking during pregnancy

Monday 24th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 600 babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Ireland every year, a public health specialist has warned. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Dr Mary O'Mahony, a specialist in public health medicine at the HSE, pointed out that alc... Read more →

Cycling to work linked to major health benefits

Friday 21st April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who cycle to and from work have a much lower risk of developing heart disease and cancer, a new study has found. They also have a reduced risk of dying from all causes. Researchers in Scotland looked at over 264,000 people with an average age of 53. The participants were asked about their c... Read more →

1 in 5 regularly buy gluten-free foods

Thursday 20th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 20% of Irish people regularly shop for gluten-free products, despite the fact that just 1% of the population has been medically diagnosed with coeliac disease, new research has shown. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest this prot... Read more →

Concern over oral health of older people

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of older people in Ireland have not visited a dentist in at least three years, despite the fact that good oral health is essential for overall wellbeing, a new study has found. According to researchers in Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin (TCD), there is growing concern among h... Read more →

Almost 9,500 on hospital trolleys in March

Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 9,500 hospital patients were on trolleys last month - the highest figure recorded during any month of March between 2006 and 2017, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its latest ‘Trolley Watch' figures, a total of 9,459 patients admitted for inpatie... Read more →

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