Down syndrome services must be improved

Down syndrome services must be improved

Many children with Down syndrome in Ireland are having to wait years to access vital services through the State, such as speech and language therapy, Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has said. The charity is calling on the Government to increase services available to affected children. It highlighted that due to a lack of early interven...

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Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Males who are overweight or obese as teenagers may face an increased risk of developing severe liver problems later in life, a new study has found. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide and around one billion people are projected to be obese by 2030 if things continue as they are. A previous study had li...

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Govt urged to approve key CF therapies

Govt urged to approve key CF therapies

The Government is being called upon to finally approve groundbreaking therapies for cystic fibrosis. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines and medical technologies to see whether they are cost effective, recommended that Orkambi should not be funded by the HSE. Ork...

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Importance of cancer research highlighted

Importance of cancer research highlighted

Research has had a major impact on cancer, with more people surviving the disease today than ever before, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. It is gearing up for its biggest annual fundraiser, Daffodil Day, which takes place on March 24. This will be the 30th Daffodil Day to take place and over the last three decades, money r...

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Getting better sleep like winning lottery

Getting better sleep like winning lottery

If you want to feel like you have won the lottery, try improving the quality of your sleep. According to a new study, improving sleep quality can be as beneficial to health and happiness as winning around €230,000 on the lottery. UK researchers analysed the sleep patterns of more than 30,000 people over a four-year period. The...

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‘Harmless’ painkillers linked to heart risk

‘Harmless’ painkillers linked to heart risk

Commonly-used painkillers, which are considered harmless by many, may increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study has found. The findings centre on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, which are available over the counter. "Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without a...

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New survey on cluster headaches to be launched

New survey on cluster headaches to be launched

A new survey, which aims to determine the prevalence of agonising cluster headaches, is to be launched next week. According to the Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI), which is launching the survey on March 21, cluster headaches are often misunderstood or misdiagnosed and Ireland has one of the poorest records in Europe in terms ...

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People with disabilities less likely to get a job

People with disabilities less likely to get a job

People with disabilities in Ireland are less likely to get a job even if their disability does not create difficulties with everyday activities, a new study has found. According to the findings, just 31% of working-age people with a disability are in employment, compared to 71% of those without a disability. The study was commissi...

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MS service celebrating 5th anniversary

MS service celebrating 5th anniversary

An occupational service for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), which was originally established as a temporary, part-time service, is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The MS Occupational Therapy Service was established in St James's Hospital in Dublin in March 2012, with support from the charity, MS Ireland. While only temporar...

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Eye checks essential to detect glaucoma

Eye checks essential to detect glaucoma

People are being reminded that the only way to detect the eye disease, glaucoma, is through regular eye tests. According to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), glaucoma is often referred to as the ‘silent thief of sight' because it is usually symptomless in its early stages and people are often unaware they have it u...

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