Irish scientists in lung cancer breakthrough

Irish scientists in lung cancer breakthrough

Irish scientists have discovered that a drug used to treat alcohol addiction may have a role to play in combatting chemotherapy resistance among patients being treated for the most common type of lung cancer. Over 1,800 people die every year in Ireland from lung cancer. Chemotherapy is a key part of treatment for many patients, how...

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12,000+ contacts made to rape helpline in 2016

12,000+ contacts made to rape helpline in 2016

Over 12,300 contacts were made to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's (DRCC) National 24-hour Helpline last year, an increase on 2015's figure. According to the centre's Annual Report and Statistics 2016, a total of 12,388 contacts were made to the helpline via phone, email, text or social media, and around half of these were first-tim...

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Fundraising essential for diabetes services

Fundraising essential for diabetes services

An estimated 225,000 people have diabetes in Ireland, however the organisation which works to improve the lives of those affected receives just 50% of the funding it requires from the HSE, relying on fundraising and membership fees for the remainder. Diabetes Ireland was established 50 years ago in 1967 and since then, it has becom...

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Lots of support for breastfeeding mothers

Lots of support for breastfeeding mothers

Mothers and mothers-to-be are being reminded that there is a range of supports available to those who want to breastfeed. This week is National Breastfeeding Week and the theme of this year's event is ‘Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference'. Currently in Ireland, 58% of mothers are breastfeeding their babies when discharged fro...

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8,000+ patients on trolleys in September

8,000+ patients on trolleys in September

The number of patients left waiting on hospital trolleys continues to increase, with one hospital alone recording over 900 patients on trolleys during the month of September, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its latest ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 8,101 patients admitted for care were ...

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Many at risk of pneumococcal disease

Many at risk of pneumococcal disease

Over a half a million people aged 65 and older in Ireland are at risk of developing pneumococcal disease, a serious illness that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. Pneumococcal disease is caused by a common bacterium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, which can attack different parts of the body. If the bacteria infect the lu...

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Health workers urged to get flu vaccine

Health workers urged to get flu vaccine

The Minister for Health has appealed to all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine so that both they, and the patients in their care, are protected. Launching the 2017/18 seasonal influenza vaccination campaign, Minister Simon Harris also urged patients to ask any healthcare worker who is looking after them whether they have had...

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Homecare services should be regulated

Homecare services should be regulated

Homecare services need to be regulated in Ireland as a matter of priority, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. According to HIQA CEO, Phelim Quinn, there is currently ‘no system in place to ensure that vulnerable people are receiving safe and high-quality care in the home setting'. "All people under ...

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New mobile heath unit for rough sleepers

New mobile heath unit for rough sleepers

A new mobile health unit for homeless people who sleep rough in Dublin has been officially launched by the Minister for Health. The unit is a specially fitted Mercedes Sprinter van, which replaces an old vehicle that was no longer fit for purpose. This service, which has been provided by Safetynet and the Dublin Simon Community sin...

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CervicalCheck has most successful year to date

CervicalCheck has most successful year to date

The National Cervical Screening Programme, CervicalCheck, recorded its most successful year in 2016, a new report has shown. According to the report, which looks at the programme's activities from September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2016, 79.7% of women who were eligible to have a free smear test, availed of the offer. This is the hig...

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