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#Health

# health - Saturday 3 November, 2018

More than 1,600 children and teens waiting over a year for psychology appointments

The HSE figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s mental health spokesperson James Browne.

Scientists identify potential antidote to paralysis-inducing toxin that causes botulism Npp

Scientists identify potential antidote to paralysis-inducing toxin that causes botulism

The neurotoxin is the most potent toxin known to exist and is considered a potential bioweapon.

TDs want women seeking abortions to be offered ultrasound imaging and heartbeat recording

A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.

# health - Friday 2 November, 2018

How access to health services differs if you've private insurance or are 'in the twilight zone'

Ireland’s two-tiered system contributes to the type of service patients receive, even from public providers, a new report has found.

# health - Thursday 1 November, 2018

Number of births continues to decrease as average age of mothers rises CSO

Number of births continues to decrease as average age of mothers rises

Teenage births have more than halved in a decade and the number of twins being born has increased significantly.

Medical cannabis products can now be prescribed in Northern Ireland

The move has been welcomed by some, while others say the new rules are still too restrictive.

# health - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

'Perfect storm' will see over 1,000 people on trolleys this winter

The IMO has said the situation won’t be due to a “flu crisis”, rather a “failure of policy”.

'Our living standards aren't improving because of the unwillingness by govt to correct market failures'

Despite strong headline growth figures, living standards in Ireland are actually below Italy and just a little above Cyprus, writes economist Robert Sweeney.

# health - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Philips issues worldwide recall of 660,000 faulty defibrillators

Three defibrillators manufactured by the company are affected.

# health - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Two cases of Irish children with polio-like disease reported this year AFP

Two cases of Irish children with polio-like disease reported this year

The HPSC has issued a warning to doctors over a global increase in incidents of the disease.

# health - Saturday 20 October, 2018

‘You’ve got everything now, you should be fine’: How youth workers are helping LGBTI+ people post-marriage referendum

Marriage equality and the Gender Recognition Act were two significant milestones in recent years, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

# health - Thursday 18 October, 2018

Opinion: 'Children need to learn the importance of exercise from their parents'

The most important message parents can give their children is that any form of activity is better than nothing at all, writes Dr Sarah Kelly.

# health - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight

A new report published today noted similar findings among parents of obese children.

# health - Sunday 14 October, 2018

Workers who stand as well as sit 'perform better and are happier'

Some offices have introduced sit-stand desks.

# health - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Decongestants 'should not be given' to young children with colds

New research shows there is no evidence that they alleviate symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose.

# health - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas

The legislation provides for changes such as minimum pricing and restrictions on advertising.

CervicalCheck: Report author says it's 'likely' that more women are affected

Dr Gabriel Scally told an Oireachtas Committee that an initial review to identify women involved was flawed.

'It's not a coincidence': HSE expert links latest mumps outbreak to discredited study of MMR vaccine

The HSE is still trying to determine how many people have been affected by the outbreak.

# health - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Michael Harty to vote against Budget over 'uninspired' and 'inadequate' measures

The independent TD said he is “very disappointed” by today’s announcement.

Superbug linked to deaths of eight patients at Limerick hospitals Cpe

Superbug linked to deaths of eight patients at Limerick hospitals

Of all the superbugs, CPE is the most difficult to kill with antibiotics.

# health - Monday 8 October, 2018

Most people want cost of cigarettes increased by fiver to fund cancer treatments

Budget 2019 is set to be unveiled tomorrow.

'Intense negotiations' ongoing between HSE and CervicalCheck labs before contracts expire

Existing contracts with two laboratories are due to expire this month.

# health - Sunday 7 October, 2018

'You forget your aches': Older Dubliners are taking over the Mansion House each week for a unique fitness class Don't Stop This post contains videos

'You forget your aches': Older Dubliners are taking over the Mansion House each week for a unique fitness class

The 12-week programme is aimed at older adults and run by non-profit organisation Siel Bleu Ireland.

# health - Thursday 4 October, 2018

Men account for eight in 10 suicides in Ireland

The overall rate of suicide deaths has decreased in recent years.

Vast majority of people believe that the HSE does not place enough focus on mental health services

Funding for mental health as a proportion of the overall health budget in Budget 2018 was just 6%.

# health - Monday 1 October, 2018

HSE spent €600,000 last year on debt collectors to chase patients for unpaid bills

The Irish Cancer Society recently called for the government to abolish inpatient charges for cancer patients in the forthcoming Budget.

Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike

The party’s alternative budget proposes a €1 billion boost for social housing.

# health - Thursday 27 September, 2018

About one in three stillbirths occur before 28 weeks but are not officially recognised

“To a mother or father, a second trimester stillbirth is no less tragic than a stillbirth at 28 weeks.”

# health - Monday 24 September, 2018

Celebrity-endorsed fad diets 'can do real damage to cancer patients'

The Irish Cancer Society wants to debunk some of the myths that exist around cancer.

# health - Sunday 23 September, 2018

It's not just for kids - even adults appear to benefit from a regular bedtime, study finds

The study found that irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers.

# health - Thursday 20 September, 2018

More than 5,000 requests for organ donor cards since Orla Tinsley documentary

On a typical day, the Irish Kidney Association would receive 20 to 50 requests for organ donor cards.

Free sanitary products to be provided in DCC community centres and libraries

Despite being essential, sanitary products are often priced as if they are luxury goods.

# health - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

HPV test won't be rolled out until next year

The test was previously expected to be introduced this autumn.

# health - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Irish professor's research finds failure rate of some vaginal mesh treatments 'unacceptably high'

The use of these devices has been suspended in Ireland pending the results of a review by the Chief Medical Officer.

'When a sick baby with partial facial paralysis smiles, it’s golden. Especially if it’s my baby'

Actor Rob Delaney has written a powerful essay about the death of his two-year-old son.

# health - Friday 14 September, 2018

Cannabis remains most commonly used illegal drug in Ireland

Levels of drug use in Ireland have increased in recent years.

Irish pharmacists want condoms to be made VAT-free

Currently they have a VAT rate of 13.5%.

# health - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Anorexia patients hide batteries in sanitary pads to appear heavier while being treated in hospital

Some also engage in “animated conversation” in an effort to burn calories.

# health - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Scally 'satisfied' with quality of testing in CervicalCheck labs

He also said how the families of the women affected were eventually told about the audit was “damaging, hurtful and offensive”.

# health - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

'Heartbroken at the disrespect shown': Criticism after leak of Cervical Check review

The review has concluded a commission of investigation does not need to be established.