New mental health information line launched

New mental health information line launched

A new dedicated information line for mental health has been launched. The Your Mental Health Information Line is a confidential freephone service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It aims to provide information on the various mental health supports and services that are available nationwide. "This new dedicated p...

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Homeless children unable to crawl or chew

Homeless children unable to crawl or chew

Some children born into homelessness in Ireland are unable to crawl or walk, due to a lack of space, and cannot chew food properly because of a lack of proper kitchen facilities, Social Justice Ireland has warned. The independent think thank and justice advocacy organisation insists that the Government's action plan for housing and...

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Many with heart failure are iron deficient

Many with heart failure are iron deficient

Up to 50% of people with heart failure are at risk of iron deficiency, which can have a major impact on their quality of life, experts have warned. With heart failure, the heart is not working as well as it should be. It cannot pump enough blood around the body because the walls of the heart have become too weak or too stiff to wor...

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Financial burden of cancer revealed

Financial burden of cancer revealed

A new report has revealed the massive financial burden that people with cancer have to deal with, with some facing additional costs of over €1,000 per month. The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has just released its second Real Cost of Cancer report, which shows that cancer patients are spending an average extra cost of €756 p...

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Trolley figures continue to climb

Trolley figures continue to climb

Some 85 patients were waiting on trolleys and chairs for a hospital bed in University Hospital Limerick on Monday morning - the highest figure ever recorded in an Irish hospital in a single day. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), which has been compiling trolley figures since 2006, the previous record o...

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New Irish study could make childbirth safer

New Irish study could make childbirth safer

A major new study, which could make childbirth safer around the world, has been launched by Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The study will focus on tests of foetal wellbeing during labour, with the aim of making monitoring less intrusive and potentially reducing the need for unnecessary interventions, such as caesarean sections. The ...

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Most teens not active enough – WHO

Most teens not active enough – WHO

Most teenagers worldwide are not physically active enough, putting their current and future health at risk, a major new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found. According to the findings, girls are less active than boys, particularly in Ireland. The results are based on data reported by 1.6 million young people a...

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1,000+ children supported by CARI in 2018

1,000+ children supported by CARI in 2018

Over 1,000 children were supported by CARI last year, the voluntary organisation that helps children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. CARI offers a range of support services to those affected, including a helpline, therapy sessions and a child accompaniment support service. According to the organisation's 2018 A...

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Alcohol still Ireland’s main problem drug

Alcohol still Ireland’s main problem drug

Over 54,000 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in Ireland between 2012 and 2018, figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) have shown. According to the figures, a total of 54,263 cases were treated during this time, including 7,464 in 2018. Many of those in treatment had been drinking more in one day than would be recomm...

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Number of smokers in Ireland has fallen

Number of smokers in Ireland has fallen

The number of smokers in Ireland has fallen from 23% in 2015 to 17% this year, the annual Healthy Ireland (HI) survey has revealed. According to the findings, this means there are now an estimated 165,000 fewer smokers than there were five year ago. Furthermore, 40% of current smokers have attempted to quit the habit in the last ye...

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