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E-cigarettes safer than tobacco smoking - report

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes because they are much safer than tobacco smoking, British doctors have insisted. According to a new report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK, e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking and ‘are likely to be beneficial to public ... Read more →

Public patients left waiting for cancer tests

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Public patients can be left waiting up to 20 times longer than private patients for vital cancer tests, a new report has shown. According to the findings, some public patients were left waiting for up to 480 days for important tests. The figures are contained in a report based on an in-depth surve... Read more →

Hay fever sufferers face tough summer ahead

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Hay fever sufferers are being warned that pollen production is expected to be extremely high this summer. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. While most people are affected by grass pollen, pollen from trees and flowers can also be a problem for some sufferers. Symptoms can include a runny... Read more →

Even a few extra kilos increases heart risk

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While it is already well established that obesity increases the risk of heart failure, a new study has found that even a few extra kilos can increase this risk. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese, while a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Researchers in Nor... Read more →

Many find it difficult to describe pain

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chronic pain can have a major impact on quality of life, but many sufferers find it difficult to describe what they are going through and so delay discussing their pain with their doctor, new research has shown. Chronic pain refers to pain or discomfort that affects a person all of the time, or on ... Read more →

Call for abolition of prescription levy

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists have called for the abolition of the prescription levy, insisting that many patients simply cannot afford the fee. In the past, people with medical cards obtained their prescription medicines from pharmacies with no fees attached. However, in 2010, a prescription levy of 50c per item wa... Read more →

New outpatient gynaecological service opened

Monday 25th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One of the country's busiest maternity hospitals has opened a new outpatient gynaecology service, which will help to tackle waiting lists. The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin city centre delivers around 8,500 babies every year, however it also diagnoses and treats common gynaecological problems in women... Read more →

Diversion of mental health funds 'unacceptable'

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is unacceptable that mental health funds are being used to ‘prop up' other parts of the health service, Mental Health Reform (MHR) has said. This week, it emerged that €12 million of this year's mental health budget is being diverted to other parts of the health service. MHR promotes... Read more →

Sugar tax will not solve nation's dental crisis

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish children have high levels of tooth decay, but introducing a sugar tax to tackle this ‘will not provide a miraculous quick fix solution', dentists have warned. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), studies show that around half of all Irish 12-year-olds and three-quarters... Read more →

Asthma can have big impact on quality of life

Friday 22nd April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost three in four people with asthma in Ireland say that the condition impacts on their quality of life, while almost half say it leaves them feeling tired and drained, a new survey has found. Around 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, but many people do not have good control of their conditi... Read more →

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