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# Disease

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# Infection
MRSA has been in Irish hospitals for 40 years, but it's getting more dangerous
New research at TCD is looking to find out which strains will become the most dominant.
# chiquit-ing death
The world's banana crop is in danger of 'massive destruction'
The UN has warned that we have to act now to avoid the destruction of the world’s banana crop.
# disease and prevention
The Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland are joining forces to battle the disease
A new €7.5 million fund has been announced to bring higher education institutions and teaching hospitals closer together.
# Disease
Cases of malaria in Ireland rise for the third year in a row
71 were recorded last year.
# Outbreak
Ebola has now spread into Liberia, say Irish aid workers
The deadly virus has already killed more than 60 people and infected many more.
Column: I can’t bear to look into someone's eyes and tell them they will probably die
My patients see my white coat as a lifejacket. But the truth is that the chance of surviving drug-resistant TB is down to the roll of a dice, writes Dr Jennifer Hughes.
# Outbreak
TCD scientists find significant increases in MRSA strains outside of hospitals
Between 2002 and 2011, researchers identified a 44-fold increase in the prevalence of PVL-positive MRSA.
# wash your hands
CDI is more common than MRSA and kills one in three Irish patients infected
Unlike MRSA, alcohol wipes do not stop the spread of CDI.
# problems
Padraig Harrington reveals he's had treatment for skin cancer
The three-time major winner lost his father, Patrick, to cancer and said that he wanted to raise awareness of the disease.
# Health
Over half of Africa remains at "moderate to high" risk of malaria
However, seven countries – Cape Verde, Eritrea, South Africa, Ethiopa, Swaziland, Djibouti and Mayotte- have low enough transmission rates to make elimination a feasible goal.
# CT scans
New way to avoid risky biopsies in diagnosis of deadly lung disease
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis kills as many people as breast cancer does every year in the United States.
Column: I lost my daughter to meningitis – why is a vaccine for MenB still not provided?
We have a vaccine for a common strain of meningitis, yet it’s not on from the immunisation schedule. What is the delay? asks Siobhán Carroll.
# World Leprosy Day
Leprosy victims crippled and suffering because of fear and prejudice
There are about 200,000 cases of leprosy reported every year – with the poorest countries worst affected.
# Genetics
Ever heard of Alpha-1 deficiency? Here's why you might want to get tested
One in 25 people is a carrier for Alpha-1 deficiency, but it remains somewhat of a hidden disease.
# Disease
Scientists find first definitive proof MERS disease infects camels
Researchers cannot conclude whether the humans on the farm where a recent outbreak took place were infected by the camels or vice versa.
# Disease
First meningitis B vaccine now available privately in Ireland
The Meningitis Research Foundation has called for the vaccine to be implemented nationally for all children.
# manflu
The 9 unmistakeable symptoms of manflu
Have you, or has someone close to you, been afflicted by this condition?
# Disease
Mortalities due to cancer, heart disease significantly down in last decade
Life expectancy in Ireland has also increased by a full four years since 2000 to reach 80.6 today, over the OECD average, according to a report published today.
# Infectious Disease
Experts warn that the polio outbreak in Syria may threaten Europe
Two experts have warned that areas such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Austria, where vaccination coverage is low, could be most at risk.
# Syria
UN warns of Syria polio outbreak after cluster of cases reported
A cluster of potential cases came to light in recent weeks. It comes as efforts continue to stage a peace conference aimed at resolving the ongoing conflict.
# Support
Patient group launched for people with severe respiratory disease
COPD is a lung condition that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe due to obstruction of the airways.
# badger culling
On patrol with Britain's badger cull saboteurs
The cull in Gloucestershire is aimed at tackling the spread of TB in cattle but opponents say this will do little to combat the disease.
# Disease
World's first malaria vaccine could be available for African children
GlaxoSmithKline will seek regulatory approval next year to market the vaccine against the disease which killed 660,000 in 2010.
# Peru
Peru's coca growers being encouraged to switch to... coffee plants
Not a bad idea in the fight against drugs – but low prices and coffee plant diseases getting in the way.
# spine
Spinal fluid test could give early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
The first signs of having the disease include body tremors, but this new test could give a diagnosis before symptoms present.
# memory loss
Too much red meat and iron supplements linked to Alzheimer's disease
A UCLA study shows that elevated levels of iron can damage brain tissue, contributing to the cause of the disease.
Column: How I live my life with Motor Neurone Disease
Three years ago, Karl Hughes was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, but he says it’s encouraged him to keep a positive mental attitude and to appreciate the time you have with your loved ones.
# piercings
Warning: Tongue piercings affect speech, sense of taste and cause drooling
Dentists are warning young people about the risks of oral piercings, especially when getting them done abroad or at music festivals.
# Stress
Sperm from anxious dads produces stress-ready children
However a study also said that a reduced reactivity to stress can lead to diseases such as anxiety and depression.
# Addiction
Drug users need our compassion, says Elton John
Pop star says stigma and criminalisation increases chance that users get caught in lifetime cycle of addiction and disease.
# Type 2 Diabetes
Does 'type 2 diabetes' really exist?
A leading researcher believes that because ‘type 2 diabetes’ has various causes and treatments, the term is misleading.
# huntington's
Scientists identify early predictors for Huntington's disease
A new study shows that the results could be used in future drug trials for people who are gene positive for HD but who are not yet showing overt symptoms.
# Smoking
Smokers in Europe 'not being given enough help to quit'
A paper published in The Lancet medical journal calls for more action from authorities in Europe to combat smoking with over a quarter of the continent’s population said to be smokers.
# no smoking
3,726 lives saved by introducing the smoking ban in 2004
Ireland was the first country in the world to ban smoking in workplaces including restaurants, bars, and pubs.
# Asbestos
MEPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings
If passed in parliament, a new report would also see member states required to provide increased protection and training for workers.
# Children
Does promotion of child weight gain lead to disease later in life?
The authors of the report say that interventions that promote linear growth should be developed, tested and promoted.
# farms
Dead pigs in river show dark side of China food industry
Thousands of dead pigs found in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production.
# mummies
Study of mummies reveals heart disease may have been common in ancient world
The study of 137 showed a high prevalence of a disease that was thought to be cause by modern factors like smoking, obesity and lack of exercise.
Baby born with HIV may have been cured, scientists say
The child from Mississippi has been off medication for a year with no signs of infection in what could be on the second reported curing of the disease.
# clash of the ash
46 confirmed cases of ash dieback in Ireland
Minister Simon Coveney said he was “pleased” with the progress being made to control the disease.