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 →

Major investment in ambulance service announced

Monday 8th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fifty new ambulances are to be purchased this year as part of a major investment in the National Ambulance Service. Some €18 million in capital funding is being made available to the service in 2016, which will allow for the purchase of the new vehicles, as well as the refurbishment of a furth... Read more →

Longer breastfeeding linked to bed sharing

Monday 8th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who breastfeed are more likely to do it for longer if they share a bed with their babies, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at 678 women who were recruited midway during their pregnancy to take part in a breastfeeding trial. The study found that women who frequently shared a bed w... Read more →

Irish team in IBD breakthrough

Friday 5th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Hundreds of children in Ireland are affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however Irish scientists have made a breakthrough which could lead to new drug treatments for the condition. IBD refers to the conditions Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There is no known cause or cure and som... Read more →

'Stop using BMI as measure of health,' say researchers

Friday 5th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardiometabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy. The study provides more evidence to support the idea that a person's bod... Read more →

Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells

Friday 5th February 2016 - Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells - Medical News Today

Using mice, researchers have shown that clearing out senescent cells - cells whose ability to divide is permanently switched off and that accumulate with age - can increase lifespan without negative side effects. In a Nature paper, the team - from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, M... Read more →

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