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Planning permission granted for kids' hospital

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Planning permission for the new national children's hospital has been granted. An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the new hospital, which will bring together the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght, Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, can be bui... Read more →

New project to look at concussion in sport

Friday 29th April 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An international research project, which aims to examine the long-term effects of concussion in sport, has been launched in Dublin. The Concussion in Sport project wants to establish whether retired sports people have an increased incidence of, or suffer earlier onset of, neurodegenerative disorder... Read more →

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 →

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