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MND patients feel obligation towards carers

Friday 12th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

They often experience 'carer burden' While people with motor neurone disease (MND) are very grateful for the support of their families, they can sometimes agree to things they may not necessarily want, such as life-sustaining interventions, because they feel obliged to follow the wishes of their lo... Read more →

Zika virus: 'Strongest evidence yet' of effect on babies

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Unknown - BBC News

One of the US's most senior public health officials has revealed the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the Zika virus. Dr Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), was testifying before politicians in Washington. He said that data from the cases of two infant... Read more →

One eighth of patients suffer harm in hospital, says report

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

One in eight patients admitted to hospitals in Ireland over the course of a year suffers an unintended injury, with some dying, new research has revealed. And nearly three-quarters of these adverse events are preventable. The study is the first of its kind to examine the extent of medical mistake... Read more →

Could 'barring exit from blood vessels' stop breast cancer spread?

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

Researchers have discovered a protein that controls whether migrating breast cancer cells are allowed to push their way through the walls of blood vessels and continue their deadly journey to establish new tumors in other parts of the body. They suggest that finding a way to control the protein so ... Read more →

Most smokers ignore lung health

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The vast majority of smokers have never spoken to their doctor or pharmacist about lung health, a new survey has found. According to the findings from the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just 15% of smokers have raised the topic with their GP, while only 4% have spoken to a pharmacist. Just 3% have sp... Read more →

Fianna Fáil pledges extra 4,000 nurses and 500 consultants

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

Party says it will ‘review’ free GP care for under-6s and halt extension to under-12s Fianna Fáil has promised to recruit an extra 4,000 nurses, 500 consultants and 250 GPs over five years to boost the performance of the health service. The party says it will abandon plans by th... Read more →

Kildare disability centre closed after HIQA report

Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Unknown - RTE

St John of God Services have closed a residential centre for people with disabilities and have moved residents from two others following damning inspection reports from the Health Information and Quality Authority. The centres are on a campus in Celbridge, Co Kildare which is home to 137 peopl... Read more →

Consultants call for more hospital beds

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More beds are urgently needed in public hospitals if the problem of overcrowding is to addressed, hospital consultants have said. According to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA), the health service requires major investment and this must be prioritised by the incoming government. "I... Read more →

Wicklow could lead way with 'no-fry zone'

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Wicklow could lead the way for other counties in Ireland by creating a ‘no-fry zone' close to schools in order to protect children's health. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Obesity has made a submission as part of the public consultation process on the new Wicklow C... Read more →

Grandparent carers let down by social services

Monday 8th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Grandparents who have taken over the full-time care of their grandchildren because the children's parents are using drugs, feel they are taken for granted by social services, new research has shown. According to the findings, grandparents in this situation often face major difficulties, including m... Read more →

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