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  1. How to get kids to eat their vegetables

    The key to getting children to eat vegetables lies in persistence, the results of a new study suggest. According to the findings, ‘repeated exposure' to vegetables at snack and mealtimes is key when trying to improve a child's diet. The UK researchers analysed a number of methods aimed at encouraging children to eat more vegetables and from this, they were able to determine the three most effective approaches. The most successful method was found to be ‘repeatedly offering' vegeta
  2. HSE launches LGBTI network for employees

    The HSE has launched a new support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees. The aim of the HSE LGBTI and Allies Network is to create an inclusive workplace, which welcomes and supports all employees, ensuring that they can participate fully in the workforce. "Employees of the health service bring a range of skills, talents, diverse thinking and experience to the organisation. We are committed to creating a positive working environment for all staff. We wa
  3. Morning-after pill now easier to obtain

    Medical card holders will soon be able to obtain the morning-after pill free of charge from pharmacies without a prescription from their GP. Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) has been available to women over the counter in pharmacies since 2011. Prior to this, all women had to attend a doctor and obtain a prescription first. There is a fee for the drug for non-medical card holders, but until now, if women with a medical card wanted to obtain the drug free of charge from their pharmacy, th
  4. Health service heavily reliant on foreign doctors

    Around 700 new doctors graduate from Ireland's six medical schools every year, however the Irish health service is heavily reliant on foreign-trained doctors, according to a new report. The report from the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Health Workforce Research Group states that Ireland's increasing need for doctors is mainly being met by employing those who have been trained in other countries. It points out that the percentage of Irish doctors on the Medical Council register co
  5. Scald injuries a big problem in under-3s

    Burns and scald injuries are a ‘significant problem' in Ireland, particularly in relation to children under the age of three, a new study has highlighted. Researchers from the HSE Midlands' Department of Public Health focused on all paediatric burn admissions to hospitals in 2014, with particular emphasis on the role of hot beverage scalds among children. The study found that during this time, there were 233 hospital cases among children aged zero to 18 years, with the peak incidence occ
  6. Many with overactive bladder avoid GP

    One in four Irish women aged between 40 and 70 has experienced symptoms of an overactive bladder (OAB), however almost half of these have not visited their GP with the condition, new research has found. According to the findings, at least one in five women aged over 40 would be too embarrassed to go to their GP with OAB symptoms, while almost one in five believe the condition is part of ageing and ‘can't be helped'. Almost one in four has never even heard of the condition. OAB affects h
  7. Men also impacted by biological clock

    While women's fertility is known to decline as they get older, fewer people are aware that semen quality also deteriorates with age, a fertility consultant has said. According to Dr Bart Kuczera of Beacon CARE Fertility, many men may delay starting a family for career and relationship reasons, but like women, ‘they too are impacted by their biological clock which declines with age'. "We often hear about a women's struggle to conceive but very little about men, which can make men who find
  8. New COPD awareness campaign launched

    A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is Ireland's fourth most common cause of death. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caused by a narrowing of the airways. An estimated half a million people in Ireland are affected, however many of these are undiagnosed. It is the fourth most common cause of death in Ireland after lun
  9. Record number of patients on trolleys in May

    The number of patients left waiting on trolleys in hospitals nationwide has again reached record levels, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its latest ‘Trolley Watch' figures, there were 8,154 patients left waiting on trolleys last month compared to 6,627 during May of last year - this marks an increase of 23%. Ten years ago, there were 4,051 patients on trolleys during the month of May. This year's May figure was 101% higher. The hospitals with the
  10. Doctors warn of selfie-related injury risks

    People need to be educated about the potential risk of injury when taking selfies, doctors in Galway have warned. According to a team from the department of trauma and orthopaedic surgery in University College Hospital Galway (UCHG), the selfie phenomenon ‘has exploded over the past two years'. However, while selfies have been linked with a large number of mortalties, traumas, such as fractures, have rarely been publicised. The doctors decided to focus on this issue by highlighting four

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