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Public consulted on 'health identifiers'

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Members of the public are being asked to give their views on individual health identifiers (IHI) - unique numbers that will be assigned to all people using health and social care services in this country. An IHI is a unique, non-transferable number that will last for a person's lifetime. According ... Read more →

President signs drug legislation

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Emergency legislation banning the possession of certain drugs, including ecstasy, has been signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins. The legislation was brought forward by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, earlier this week after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a law banning the possess... Read more →

Warning to avoid unpasteurised milk

Wednesday 11th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), raw milk - i.e. milk that is unpasteurised - can contain harmful bacteria that increase the risk of foodborne illnesses. It has just published a report which contains the findings of a survey that confirms the presence of pathogens in raw mi... Read more →

Emergency drug legislation passed

Wednesday 11th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

The Dail has passed emergency legislation to ban the possession of certain drugs. The legislation will go to the Seanad today and will then be sent to the President to sign into law. The move comes after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a law banning the possession of over 100 drugs, includ... Read more →

Thyroid cancer risk after breast cancer

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Women who survive breast cancer have an increased risk of going on to develop cancer of the thyroid, particularly within five years of their breast cancer diagnosis, a new study has found. Until now, studies linking breast and thyroid cancer have been mixed, so US researchers decided to assess this... Read more →

Water fluoridation benefits older people

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Water fluoridation appears to have benefitted the oral health of older people in Ireland, according to a new study. Currently in Ireland, the public water supply is fluoridated. The practice is considered controversial by some, with anti-fluoridation campaigners arguing that adding substances to th... Read more →

Mental disorders common among young

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

More than half of young people in Ireland will meet the criteria for a mental health illness before they reach the age of 25, a study has found. Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Dublin's Mater Hospital traced 212 people from different schools in north Dublin who ... Read more →

Gout may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Monday 9th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

People with the common arthritic disease, gout, may have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. It causes sudden and severe episodes of joint pain, swelling, tenderness and warmth. It most commonly affects the... Read more →

Pro-vegetarian diet cuts heart risk

Monday 9th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

People who consume more plant-based foods than animal-based foods have a reduced risk of dying from heart disease, a new study has found. UK scientists looked at the diet and lifestyle habits of over 451,000 people from 10 European countries. All were aged between 35 and 70 and were monitored for a... Read more →

Prostate and breast cancer link found

Monday 9th March 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Women may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer if they have a close male relative who has battled prostate cancer, a new study indicates. While it is already known that people have an increased risk of developing either of these diseases separately if there is a family history of them... Read more →

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