Most hip and knee replacements last 25 years

Most hip and knee replacements last 25 years

A new study has been able to estimate, for the first time, how long hip and knee replacements are likely to last. At least 4,500 hip replacements are carried out in Ireland every year, along with over 1,500 knee replacements. "Patients often ask clinicians how long their hip or knee replacement will last, but until now, we have not...

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Smokers less likely to survive melanoma

Smokers less likely to survive melanoma

People who develop the most deadly type of skin cancer are 40% less likely to survive the disease if they smoke, the results of a new study indicate. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ireland. The majority of cases are non-melanoma skin cancer, which can almost always be cured if identified and treated early. How...

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Smokers less likely to survive melanoma

Smokers less likely to survive melanoma

People who develop the most deadly type of skin cancer are 40% less likely to survive the disease if they smoke, the results of a new study indicate. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ireland. The majority of cases are non-melanoma skin cancer, which can almost always be cured if identified and treated early. How...

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Major improvements in CF care in last decade

Major improvements in CF care in last decade

While there have been major improvements in the care of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Ireland, there is still a lot more to do to ensure that those affected ‘experience world-class health services to enable them to live their best lives possible', Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has said. The charity made its comments ahe...

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Flu still circulating in Ireland

Flu still circulating in Ireland

Thirty-four people have died from flu-related deaths this flu season and the illness is still circulating nationwide, the HSE has said. According to its latest figures, the circulation of flu fell slightly in the community in the week ending February 10 of this year, with GPs seeing an average of 50 patients per 100,000 population ...

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New study on unmet childcare and home care needs

New study on unmet childcare and home care needs

The people most likely to have unmet childcare needs in Ireland include poorer families and lone-parent families, a new study has shown. Meanwhile, those most likely to have unmet professional home care needs are families with an adult who has a disability. The study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) used data fr...

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INMO recommends acceptance of proposals

INMO recommends acceptance of proposals

The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is recommending that its members accept new proposals aimed at tackling understaffing and poor pay. Earlier this week, a three-day strike was suspended by the INMO, following a Labour Court recommendation, which includes the creation of a new enhanced nurse ...

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Concern over smear test result delays

Concern over smear test result delays

The interim director general of the HSE has said that she ‘remains concerned' about the length of time women are having to wait to obtain the results of their cervical smear tests. Speaking at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Health, Anne O'Connor noted that the length of time women are waiting for their smear test results...

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New drug safety campaign aimed at students

New drug safety campaign aimed at students

A new harm reduction campaign, which is aimed at reducing drug risks among third level students, has been launched by the HSE and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). According to the HSE, the most commonly used substances among the general public are alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamines. The campaign, #SaferStud...

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Nurses’ strike suspended

Nurses’ strike suspended

Nurses and midwives have suspended their planned three-day strike action this week, following a recommendation from the Labour Court. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the Labour Court recommendation ‘makes progress across all areas of concern to the INMO, including the key areas of safe staffing...

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