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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# illness

All time
'Tackle Ebola now, or live with it forever'
The UN Special Envoy on the virus says speed is of the essence.
# Palliative Care
'We had to face facts that maybe our little girl was not going to make it'
LauraLynn palliative carers are looking after 40 families, who say the HSE respite could be organised a lot quicker.
# illness
One in six 3-year-olds have a serious longstanding health condition
Boys are 50% more likely than girls to have such conditions.
# Ploughing Championships
€800 worth of equipment stolen from ambulance for critically ill children
The money could have funded two ‘angel trips’.
Column: How running helped me cope with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Doug Leddin will run in Las Vegas this year to raise awareness of the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
# late diagnosis
76-year-old woman diagnosed with cystic fibrosis is Ireland's oldest ever case
The woman is the oldest ever first presentation of the condition in Ireland.
# wishes granted
"Make-A-Wish took my daughter's mind off her Leukaemia treatment"
Amelia and Ashley have both had the trip of a lifetime thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
# Ebola Outbreak
World Bank pledges $200 million to help fight Ebola
A second American is due to land in America today, while it is “unlikely” a third American has contacted the disease.
# Science
Dublin scientist awarded €250k grant for breast cancer research
Dr Alex von Kriegsheim based at UCD will investigate the role a small protein called ‘ISG15’ plays.
# contagion
A man and his dog have been diagnosed with plague in the US
The man is still alive but the dog died after contracting pneumonic plague.
# irish hospice
49 cyclists, 700km and one very good cause
Dozens of Irish people are set to cycle across Spain to raise vital funds for night nurses.
# Sick children
Expert panel on discretionary medical cards need to be 'generous and inclusive'
The closing date for submissions to the expert panel is today.
# Assisted Suicide
UK man paralysed in road accident loses 'right to die' court battle
Paul Lamb wants the legal right to end his life with the help of a medic.
More than 200 million people in Europe bring one of these cards on holidays
More than 8 million citizens carried a card in 2013 compared to the previous year.
Politicians express their condolences on the death of Gerry Conlon
Gerry Conlon spent 14 years in prison for an IRA bombing that he played no part in.
# What now?
'Medical card review suspension means nothing to us - they already took ours away'
Alex White says a special section of the HSE will be tasked with dealing with those that have already had their medical cards revoked.
# families battle
Over 50,000 sign petition over discretionary medical cards as parents say 'no more'
The campaign wants the law changed so that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition automatically gets a full medical card.
# our childrens health
'How sick does my child have to be?' - Campaign calls for medical cards for all seriously ill children
Those launching the campaign said they will maintain a presence outside Government Buildings until legislation is changed.
# Death Toll
Five new deaths from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia
The dead included men and women aged from their 60s to 80s.
# Apology
Samsung pledges compensation for factory workers who contracted incurable diseases
The company’s CEO said that it would employ a third party to “make due compensation” to victims and their families.
# melanoma monday
Infographic: Here's how you spot skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of the disease in Ireland and most cases can be prevented if caught early. Here’s how to do that…
# gra conference
1,000 gardaí are assaulted each year
Members of the GRA’s executive council said there is a need for a new system to address this, as well as legislation with harsher penalties for anyone who attacks a member of the force.
# Bethany Home
Children died of malnutrition, syphilis, heart failure at mother and baby home
The children were extremely young, with some dying from syphilis, convulsions, heart failure and malnutrition.
10 reasons sick days are utterly torturous
Home is where the hell is.
# world tb day
TB hasn't gone away - it's a silent killer
The disease affects 9 million people around the world every year.
# donor to lab
Tracing The Blood Line: Here’s what to expect when you give blood
Have you ever considered giving blood and have you ever wondered how the whole thing works?
# anaphylaxis
Tragic death inspires push to get lifesaving EpiPens in public places
An online petition has been started by a councillor who was horrified by the death of a teenage girl in Dublin.
# Infection
Swine flu case confirmed in second Cork hospital
Mercy University Hospital has confirmed a case of the Influenza H1N1 today.
# unexplained
Rare, polio-like illness paralyses children in California
The syndrome which has no known cure has appeared in five children in the US.
# Outbreak
Visitor restrictions in place at Kerry General Hospital
An outbreak of a “flu-like” illness has effected the hospital.
# feeling bod
Brian O'Driscoll sits out Ireland training with bug, must prove fitness on Thursday
The Irish management team will start to piece together their starting XV this evening but the outside centre has a big training session ahead of him.
# Swine Flu
Boy from Northern Ireland diagnosed with swine flu
The child, who became ill at the weekend, has been transferred to a hospital in Glasgow.
# 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.
# Death
Swine flu kills elderly man in Spain
The man had also been suffering from unspecified diseases, and died at a hospital in Zaragoza.
# Right to die
One Irish person used Swiss euthanasia clinic last year
Dignitas helped a total of 202 people to die last year.
# Memorial
Israel holds state funeral for Ariel Sharon
Later today, Sharon’s body will be taken from the Knesset to his farm in southern Israel for burial.
# Health Insurance
Cost-saving report recommends initiatives to encourage young people to take out health insurance
The independent report contains 32 recommendation on how to reduce costs for the health insurance market.
# manflu
The 9 unmistakeable symptoms of manflu
Have you, or has someone close to you, been afflicted by this condition?
Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS
Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…
# Sisters
Twin with breast cancer donates skin and fat tissue to sister who also has cancer
Twin sisters Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer were both diagnosed with breast cancer only months apart.