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  1. Sports clubs good for mental health

    Being an active member of a sports club has a positive impact on mental health, irrespective of age or gender, a new study has found. According Austrian researchers, while social networking is increasingly popular thanks to things like Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter, ‘real' social contact is on the decline. They decided to investigate the effect of sports club membership on health by analysing 1,685 papers on this topic. They found that being an active member of a sports club during chi
  2. No such thing as 'healthy obese' - study

    People who are overweight have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack even if they are otherwise healthy, a new study has found. According to the findings, even if a person has healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels, they are still at risk if they are carrying excess weight. Previous research has suggested that some people are not affected by the negative health effects of overweight and obesity. In medical literature, they are referred to as ‘metaboli
  3. Public urged to talk about mental health

    Members of the public are being encouraged to come together and talk about mental health over a cup of tea during the month of September. The month marks Suicide or Survive's (SOS) annual National Tea Break campaign, which encourages families, friends, colleagues and the wider community to come together and talk, and raise much needed funds for the charity. SOS was founded in 2003 and it is dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with mental health. It provides a range of innovative p
  4. More 'hypo' awareness needed

    Members of the public are being encouraged to become more aware of diabetes-related hypoglycaemia (hypos) - a fall in blood glucose levels that can cause a range of symptoms, including drunk-like disorientation, confusion and crankiness. Those with diabetes who take insulin and certain medications known as sulphonylureas are at risk of experiencing a hypo. However the affected person may not even be aware they are having one, so it is essential that the general public becomes more aware of this
  5. Record numbers on trolleys so far this year

    Over 57,600 patients were left waiting on hospital trolleys in the first seven months of this year, figures have shown. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Oragnisation's (INMO) trolley watch figures, the number of patients left waiting on trolleys in July of this year (6,353) was 6% lower than the same period in 2016 (6,739). However, the overall number of patients left waiting on trolleys between January and July 2017 is the highest number ever recorded for this period. Some 57,674 pe
  6. Drink promotions rife ahead of Leaving results

    The HSE has expressed concern about the number of drinking promotions already on offer to young people getting their Leaving Cert results this week. Over 55,000 people are due to receive their results on August 16 and many of these are expected to attend parties in nightclubs and other venues nationwide that night. The HSE is urging parents to talk to their children about alcohol, pointing out that direct alcohol promotions are already taking place. "Examples of these events pages online enco
  7. HSE will not fund muscular dystrophy drug

    A decision by the HSE not to fund a drug for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been described as hugely disappointing. There are around 30 types of the neuromuscular condition, muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is the most common and most severe type, mainly affecting boys. It affects around one in every 3,500 male births and usually boys with the condition lose their ability to walk between the ages of 10 and 14. By their late teens, they tend to lose strength in their upper bodies, inc
  8. Patients may need tests redone over IT error

    The HSE has launched an investigation into a major flaw of its IT system, which may lead to thousands of patients having to undergo their medical tests again. According to a report in the Irish Times, the problem relates to images of patients' tests, including X-rays, ultrasounds and MRIs, which are held at the HSE's National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS). This system stores diagnostic images electronically. It was found that when images were archived at the NIMIS, the ‘less
  9. Concern over online GP consultations

    The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has expressed concern about the use of online GP consultations. The organisation, which represents doctors in Ireland, has insisted that online GP consultations ‘should not and cannot' replace face-to-face consultations. It has urged patients to ‘proceed with caution', emphasising that without a physical exam, online consultations can lead to incorrect diagnoses or non-compliance with clinical guidelines. According to the IMO's GP chairperson,
  10. Dublin 'perfect home' for EU Medicines Agency

    Ireland has submitted its formal bid to relocate the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Dublin. The EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU. It ensures that all available medicines are safe, effective and of high quality. The agency employs almost 900 people and is currently located in London, but will have to move from this location as a result of Brexit. The Government decided to put Dublin forward as a potential

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