Families encouraged to reduce screen time

Families encouraged to reduce screen time

Families are being encouraged to put down their screens and play together more. The call comes as part of Safefood's START campaign, an ongoing campaign that aims to help families lead healthier lives. It was launched last year in collaboration with the HSE and Healthy Ireland, focusing on making small but important changes to chil...

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Low awareness of urological conditions

Low awareness of urological conditions

Awareness of urological conditions is alarmingly low throughout Europe, particularly among men, a new survey has found. According to the findings, men have a poor knowledge of key urological symptoms and in fact, women tend to know more about men's urology health issues than men do. Urological conditions include urinary tract infec...

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Major new cancer trial opens in Ireland

Major new cancer trial opens in Ireland

The world's first ever large scale trial to investigate whether aspirin can prevent early stage cancer from coming back after treatment, has opened in Ireland. The trial, called Add-Aspirin, aims to investigate whether taking aspirin daily for five years after undergoing standard cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery...

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1st charity air ambulance to begin work soon

1st charity air ambulance to begin work soon

The country's first charity air ambulance, which is expected to respond to up to 500 calls per year, recently arrived in Kerry. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) arrived at Kerry Airport from Wales on Setember 21. It will begin operating full-time daylight hours next month, bringing the population of a 10,000 square m...

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End-of-life care has improved in hospitals

End-of-life care has improved in hospitals

There have been many improvements in the provision of end-of-life care in Irish hospitals, however some areas still need attention, particularly in relation to how news is communicated to patients and their loved ones, the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, has said. He has published A Good Death: Progress Report - a follow-up to a report c...

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Fundraiser for vital kids’ cancer service

Fundraiser for vital kids’ cancer service

A new campaign is calling on people to become superheroes next month in order to raise funds for an essential service that allows children with cancer to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home. The Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service (POONS) in Cork is the only service of its kind in Ireland. As well as serving...

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Pioneering Irish study on asthma launched

Pioneering Irish study on asthma launched

A new Irish study aims to identify the underlying genetic factors that are common among people with asthma. This could lead to more accurate diagnoses and more personalised treatments for patients. Ireland currently has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world - an estimated 470,000 people are affected. The condition ac...

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Over half of AF patients have sleep apnoea

Over half of AF patients have sleep apnoea

Over half of Irish people with atrial fibrillation (AF) also have sleep apnoea, and those with this sleep disorder do not respond as well to AF medication as people without it, research has shown. AF causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the body. This can lead to pal...

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Over half of AF patients have sleep apnoea

Over half of AF patients have sleep apnoea

Over half of Irish people with atrial fibrillation (AF) also have sleep apnoea, and those with this sleep disorder do not respond as well to AF medication as people without it, research has shown. AF causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the body. This can lead to pal...

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Diabetes ups risk of dental problems

Diabetes ups risk of dental problems

While many people know that diabetes can affect various parts of the body, including the kidneys, nerves and eyes, far fewer are aware that the condition can also increase the risk of dental problems, the national charity, Diabetes Ireland, has said. It has launched a new partnership with Dental Care Ireland, a network of local den...

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