Free childcare for homeless children

Free childcare for homeless children

Children aged five and under whose parents are homeless are to be offered free childcare for 25 hours per week, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has announced. According to the Minister for Children, Dr Katherine Zappone, 85% of children listed as homeless live in the Dublin region, and families registered as homeless i...

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Nurses will strike if necessary

Nurses will strike if necessary

The health service may be facing a winter of severe discontent after nurses voted overwhelmingly to back a campaign of action, which may, if necessary, include a series of one-day strikes. Following a nationwide ballot, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said that 90% of its members have voted for a campaign of a...

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World-first study on concussion launched

World-first study on concussion launched

A new study on sports concussion - the first of its kind in the world - has been launched by the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC). The pioneering pilot study will use the retina of the eye as a potential assessment tool in the diagnosis of concussion. The two-year project will involve 200 contact sport participants aged between...

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World-first study on concussion launched

World-first study on concussion launched

A new study on sports concussion - the first of its kind in the world - has been launched by the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC). The pioneering pilot study will use the retina of the eye as a potential assessment tool in the diagnosis of concussion. The two-year project will involve 200 contact sport participants aged between...

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All screen time should be limited

All screen time should be limited

It is already well established that children who watch too much television have an increased risk of becoming obese. However, a new study has found similar concerns when it comes to other screens, such as smartphones and tablets. According to US researchers, there have been many studies that have assessed the impact of TV on childh...

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Young kids have unlimited internet access

Young kids have unlimited internet access

Some children as young as five years of age have unlimited and unsupervised access to the internet, a major internal case review by the ISPCC has revealed. The review also found that children and young people in Ireland are often viewing age inappropriate material online, including violent and pornographic content. The data is base...

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Samaritans busier than ever – report

Samaritans busier than ever – report

The Samaritans answered almost 640,000 calls for help between October 2015 and September 2016, with its busiest time being between the hours of 6pm and midnight, a new report has shown. The Samaritans offer emotional support to people who are struggling to cope, including those with suicidal thoughts. The service is available 24 ho...

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Almost 550 patients on trolleys in one day

Almost 550 patients on trolleys in one day

Almost 550 people were waiting on trolleys in hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) and wards nationwide on Tuesday (December 13), according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). This figure is 63% higher than the same day last year, when 331 people were on trolleys. The hospitals worst affected included Cork Univers...

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New treatment can slow breast cancer growth

New treatment can slow breast cancer growth

An international cancer trial involving Irish doctors and patients has confirmed that a new treatment can significantly reduce the risk of cancer progressing in women with advanced breast cancer. The PALOMA-2 trial has found that the new drug palbociclib, when taken with the standard hormone therapy, letrozole, slows the progress o...

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New book for migraine sufferers launched

New book for migraine sufferers launched

A new Irish book, which aims to help people affected by migraine to self-manage this debilitating condition, has been launched. Migraine is a complex neurological condition affecting over 500,000 people in Ireland. It is usually characterised by a one-sided throbbing headache that can last hours or even days. These headaches can be...

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