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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Disease

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# killer job
17 ways your office job is destroying your body
Heart disease, toxic air particles, dangerous bacteria – your office jobs is trying to kill you. Run away!
Column: My son has epilepsy and stigma still surrounds the disease
Today marks European Epilepsy Day, a disease which is still underfunded, understaffed and underdeveloped in Ireland, writes John Verling.
# illness
13 people died of influenza during Ireland's last flu season
All of the people who died were elderly, ranging from 81 to 98 years old.
# Research
Scientists say vaccine temporarily puts brakes on HIV
Team in Spain says it is best indication yet that a ‘therapeutic vaccine’ might be possible in place of anti-retroviral drugs.
Column: Why are we getting complacent with our sexual health?
We should know by now that having unprotected sex is not safe, writes Anna Quigley – so why are we engaging in risky sexual behaviour?
# Outbreak
Number of whooping cough cases doubles this year
The HSE says that the second successive year of doubling cases is “of concern” – and 80 per cent of hospitalised cases were babies aged between newborn and 5 months old.
# Health
People are living longer - but spending more time ill or injured
That is according to the largest ever study on global disease, which also shows that fewer children are dying every year from diseases such as malnutrition.
World Aids Day: Elimination of HIV and Aids blocked by 'poverty and complacency'
Although global rates of are dropping, complacency is a barrier to completely eliminating HIV, according to experts.
# Disease
FF calls for strong enforcement of measures to prevent ash dieback spread
A survey on sites with imported ash plants over the last four years is expected in the coming weeks.
# Climate Change
Report says climate change impacting negatively on human health
The report also says health problems and deaths related to climate change are likely to increase in the future.
# experience
How art and social media helps us understand what it's like to be ill
International symposium in Cork to hear how experience of illness expressed through music, dialogue, fiction, film and other arts – as well as through social media.
# Disease
Further restrictions on ash imports imposed as disease continues to spread
The new legislation adds restrictions to the countries from which it can be imported while also impacting its movement and export within Ireland.
# naked science
Super-sensitive test lets doctors see disease without microscope
The new test uses nano-particles to spot markers for cancer or the AIDS virus in human blood serum using the naked eye.
# trust me i'm a rat
Rats recruited to hunt for TB in Mozambique
The trained rodents are going to sniff out the disease, apparently.
# pandemic
New book documents the rise in pandemic diseases and wonders what's next
The book ‘Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic’ tracks previous pandemics and attempts to determine what the next one will be.
# lovesick
You really can die of a broken heart
It’s now a medical syndrome, you know.
# Australia
Australia shelves Aboriginal referendum
The country said there was not enough public support for the move, which would have recognised Australia’s original inhabitants in the constitution for the first time.
# TB
'Extensively drug-resistant' tuberculosis on the rise worldwide
A large international study has revealed alarming levels of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis across the globe.
# Smoking
Australian state's plan for smoke free generation faces opposition
The motion follows last week’s vote to introduce strict cigarette packaging laws in the whole country.
# Diabetes
Radiotherapy may increase diabetes risk for some childhood cancer survivors
A new study shows that the tail of the pancreas is exposed to radiation, patients are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes later in life.
# Tobacco
'Alarming' results show women starting to smoke younger - research
New research describes the global use of tobacco an “epidemic” – with women increasingly starting to smoke at younger ages and early half of adult men in developing countries still using tobacco products.
# Disease
VIDEO: How the Black Death (and potato blight) came to Ireland
Ireland was badly hit by fatal diseases over the centuries. These videos look at the history – and how Ireland coped – with some of these diseases.
# workhouse
What has happened to Ireland's workhouses?
Decades after their mass closure by the new Irish Free State, communities are pulling together to save their local workhouse.
# Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis patients begin move to new €22m unit
The new specialised facility at Dublin’s St Vincent’s Hospital comes after an eight-year campaign to provide those suffering with the condition with better care.
# Cystic Fibrosis
New drug for cystic fibrosis approved by European regulators
Regulators in Ireland must now approve the drug ahead of negotiations between the drug’s manufacturer and the HSE regarding pricing.
# blight
Explainer: When and why are blight warnings issued?
And what should potato-growers do in response? takes a look…
Column: 'There are 1800 people in Ireland who may have HIV but don't know it'
On Irish AIDS Day, Pam McHugh says people should ask themselves if they know their HIV status – and if not, why not.
# Stroke
Almost 60 per cent more women than men dying from stroke
New statistics have highlighted the risk of stroke amongst women in Ireland, showing that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
Column: Reforming our relationship with food can start in schools
Bodily wellbeing is a neglected subject in schools, writes UCD lecturer Frank Armstrong, even when it is a prime training ground for encouraging healthy lifelong habits.
# Health
Measles cases on the rise - report
While incidences of MRSA were the lowest ever recorded by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the number of measles cases in Ireland rose by 149 per cent last year.
# Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis ward to open at Crumlin hospital today
President Mary McAleese will be at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital today to open a state-of-the-art, four-bed ward for patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
# Aids
Homosexuality 'a disease', claims India's health minister
Homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and is causing the spread of HIV, says the man in charge of the health of 1.2 billion people.
HSE warns that half of all smokers will die for their habit
Between one and two billion euro is spent every year treating tobacco-related illnesses. The HSE has launched a new campaign to help smokers to quit.
# Public Health
Irish men predicted to live nearly a decade longer by 2041
Public health tables released today display a wealth of information about how Irish people live, die and procreate – and how that may change in the near future.
# Smoking
Passive smoking kills 600,000 every year
First global study confirms that secondhand smoke is a massive killer – and 200,000 of its victims are children.