Many using asthma inhalers incorrectly

Many using asthma inhalers incorrectly

Some 60% of people with asthma in Ireland are not using their inhalers properly, which could be aggravating the condition, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has warned. The society and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) have launched a new awareness campaign aimed at encouraging people to ensure that they are using their inhalers cor...

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Irish team lead major Parkinson’s project

Irish team lead major Parkinson’s project

Irish scientists are at the forefront of a major new research project, which aims to improve our understanding of Parkinson's disease so that better treatments can be developed. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. There is currently no cure. One mill...

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Give your brain a workout

Give your brain a workout

People are being encouraged to give their brains a workout in order to reduce their risk of developing dementia. This week is National Brain Awareness Week and as part of the event, the Dementia: Understand Together campaign is calling on people to keep their brains fit and healthy and reduce their risk of dementia. An average of 1...

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HPV vaccine uptake rate now at 70%

HPV vaccine uptake rate now at 70%

The uptake rate for the HPV vaccine has increased to 70%, up from just 50% two years ago, the HSE has said. According to Dr Lucy Jessop, head of the HSE's National Immunisation Office, these figures are ‘extremely encouraging'. "It is important that Ireland has achieved such a marked increase in such a relatively short period...

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CervicalCheck compensation scheme announced

CervicalCheck compensation scheme announced

A compensation scheme for women affected by the non-disclosure of the CervicalCheck audit has been established, the Minister for Health has announced. Minister Simon Harris confirmed that he had secured Government approval to proceed with the ex-gratia scheme for the 221 women affected or their next of kin. The amount of money to b...

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Big jump in drug-related deaths

Big jump in drug-related deaths

Drug-related deaths in Ireland jumped by 71% between 2004 and 2016, the latest figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) have revealed. According to the figures, 736 people died from a drug-related death in 2016 compared to 431 in 2004. This means that in 2016, at least two people died every day as a result of poisoning, trauma ...

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Big jump in drug-related deaths

Big jump in drug-related deaths

Drug-related deaths in Ireland jumped by 71% between 2004 and 2016, the latest figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) have revealed. According to the figures, 736 people died from a drug-related death in 2016 compared to 431 in 2004. This means that in 2016, at least two people died every day as a result of poisoning, trauma ...

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Businesses urged to support Daffodil Day

Businesses urged to support Daffodil Day

Businesses are being urged to support cancer patients and their families by helping to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society's (ICS) biggest annual fundraiser, Daffodil Day. Daffodil Day 2019 takes place on Friday, March 22, and the ICS is appealing to companies to help support their customers and staff affected by cancer by hos...

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Search is on for Asthma Youth Champions

Search is on for Asthma Youth Champions

Children and teenagers with asthma are being called on to get involved with a new initiative, which aims to find out what they think needs to be done to improve asthma services for young people in Ireland. The Asthma Youth Champions programme has been developed by the Asthma Society of Ireland and it is calling on primary and secon...

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Support day for people with lymphoedema

Support day for people with lymphoedema

People affected by the painful swelling condition, lymphoedema, are being invited to attend a national support day later this month. Lymphoedema is a long-term swelling condition caused by a build-up of fluid in the body's tissues. This occurs when the lymphatic system, a key part of the immune system which normally drains fluid aw...

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