Timely access to services key for patients

Timely access to services key for patients

Timely access to services, clear communication and being treated with respect are some of the main things that patients want from the Irish health service, a new study has revealed. The study, My Healthcare, My Future, is based on interviews with 1,000 current and future Irish patients, focus groups, and interviews with healthcare ...

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Pop-up radio station to focus on mental health

Pop-up radio station to focus on mental health

A mental health awareness campaign is aiming to set a Guinness World Record by holding the world's largest mindfulness lesson next week. Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) is a mental health awareness and education campaign run by St Patrick's Mental Health Services. As part of this campaign, WIMS Radio will broadcast live from St Patrick's H...

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Burnout among doctors can be tackled

Burnout among doctors can be tackled

It is possible to tackle burnout among doctors, a new study has found. Burnout is characterised by emotional exhaustion, loss of purpose and de-personalisation - treating people as if they are objects. It can lead to personal issues such as depression and alcohol abuse, but may also impact patient care. It can also result in increa...

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Premature babies have smaller kidneys

Premature babies have smaller kidneys

Babies born prematurely have smaller kidneys and higher blood pressure when they reach adulthood, a new study has found. Being born prematurely can cut short a baby's development in a number of areas, such as lung and cognitive development. Canadian researchers decided to look into this in relation to kidney development and blood p...

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Mixed ancestry may protect against MND

Mixed ancestry may protect against MND

A major new research project on motor neurone disease (MND) will see researchers from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) travelling to Latin America to try to determine whether mixed ancestry may protect people from developing this disease. MND is a neurological condition in which there is progressive degeneration of the motor neurones i...

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Nurses on cancer ward to begin industrial action

Nurses on cancer ward to begin industrial action

Nurses in a busy cancer ward are to begin industrial action this week over inadequate and unsafe staffing levels. The nurses, all members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), are set to begin their action in the oncology/radiotherapy ward at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on October 5. The action will take the form...

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Speed a big factor in motorcycle collisions

Speed a big factor in motorcycle collisions

Speed was a contributory factor in almost half of all fatal collisions involving motorcyclists between 2008 and 2012, a new report has shown. Furthermore, almost one-third of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents during this time had consumed alcohol. The fourth Pre-Crash Report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) was presente...

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Greater understanding of palliative care needed

Greater understanding of palliative care needed

Many people are unaware that palliative care can last for years and that this approach also offers support to families, friends and carers, a new survey has shown. Palliative care is aimed at people whose conditions cannot be cured. The goal is to provide the best quality of life in the time they have left, which can be anything fr...

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Ageism has negative impact on health

Ageism has negative impact on health

Older people are often subject to negative attitudes and this can have a major impact on their physical and mental health, a new survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The survey questioned over 83,000 people in 57 countries and 60% of its respondents said that older people are not respected. The lowest levels ...

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High BP linked to cognitive issues in children

High BP linked to cognitive issues in children

An increasing number of children are developing high blood pressure and this may have a serious impact on their cognitive abilities, such as verbal and memory skills, a new study has found. High blood pressure (hypertension) has been increasing among children in recent years and this is thought to be largely due to the rising preva...

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