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# Public Health

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# scott county indiana
The shocking story of the rise of HIV in one rural American community
From 2009-2013, Scott County, Indiana had three HIV infections. There have been 142 since January.
'Public health' initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed
Commercial interests have no place in public health, writes addiction counsellor Rolande Anderson.
# Food Safety
Restaurant closed for 'grave and immediate danger to public health'
The restaurant in Roscommon was reopened after five days
# Tallaght Hospital
The HSE are still preparing the country for a possible Ebola outbreak
A number of different public bodies attended a training event in Tallaght today.
# No apocalypse
Confirmed: 23 tests for Ebola performed on 14 people in Ireland
All came back negative.
# illness
One in six 3-year-olds have a serious longstanding health condition
Boys are 50% more likely than girls to have such conditions.
Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering
Scare tactics and misinformation should have no place in deciding public health policy.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the State right to crack down on smoking?
With new laws to restrict smoking, we’re asking: Nanny state gone too far? Or public health necessity?
# stubbed out
Ireland is one step closer to a ban on smoking near children in cars
A bill will go to the Dáil next week, and has government support.
# e cigs
Electronic cigarettes could save thousands of lives a year, say experts
A new editorial published in the British Journal of General Practice has hit out at “alarmist” criticism of the devices.
Ebola outbreak could easily have been averted, says expert
There has been criticism of the World Health Organisation over the slow response to the Ebola outbreak.
How cooking with coal and wood fires is killing millions around the world
…Especially women and children.
# China
Chinese man dies of bubonic plague after feeding his dog a marmot
Some 30,000 people have been kept inside the city of Yumen for a week.
# Concern
Drinking's role "airbrushed" out of reporting of Irish alcohol-related deaths
A study found that alcohol can be underplayed in media reports.
# joined up thinking
Cross-party TDs at least agree on one thing, the need to tackle alcohol abuse
The four main political parties were joined by Alcohol Action Ireland and Alastair Campbell to launch a new informal Oireachtas group on the issue.
# Tobacco
Public hearings to be held on proposals to standardise cigarette packaging
The general scheme of the bill to standard packaging on cigarettes is to be the subject of public hearings by an Oireachtas committee.
# sars
Chinese bats likely source of SARS virus - report
Researchers have also said that direct bat-to-human transmission is “plausible”.
Column: We should stop water fluoridation in Ireland because it’s needless – not dangerous
Anti-fluoride campaigners quote unreliable studies in opposition to water fluoridation, but the real reason we should stop adding it to public water is because it’s unnecessary and a waste of money, writes Craig Connolly.
# naked protest
The naked truth? Anti-fluoride protesters strip off to demand 'safe' water
The naked demonstration will “symbolise how we in Ireland have been stripped of our rights to clean safe water”, according to organisers.
# Smoking
Russia's ambitious anti-tobacco plan aims to cut smoker numbers by half
Russians still smoke plentifully on public transport and administrative buildings, but all that could change under an ambitious new anti-tobacco plan.
# Tobacco
Childers calls for Irish PR firms to declare tobacco clients
Childers said clients should be aware of certain Irish PR firms, which she claimed were “representing the tobacco industry and not being open and transparent about it”.
# Public Health
HSE urges public to 'look after health' given hospital crowding
The combination of holiday ailments and the winter vomiting bug mean hospitals are busier than they might usually be.
# Drugs
Taking antibiotics for colds and flu is pointless - pharmacists
Pharmacists have warned that overuse of antibiotics is a major public health threat – and that we could eventually run out of effective antibiotics.
# Infectious
Higher rate of infection among homeless 'put overall population at risk'
New data published in The Lancet shows much higher infection rates of TB, HIV and Hepatitis-C among homeless people.
# Dublin Water
Dublin water restrictions still in place to 'protect public health'
And read why one local resident in the Clontarf area is hoping for a particularly speedy resolution…
# Alcohol
"We're drinking too much as a country" - Shortall confirms alcohol restrictions
Junior minister says the cheap and easy availability of alcohol needs to be addressed to curb consumption.
# stubbed out
Beaumont Hospital bans smoking on its grounds
The HSE has set a target of banning smoking from the grounds of all health campuses by 2015.
# Malaria
One third of malaria drugs worldwide are fake - Lancet research
Counterfeit anti-malaria medicines are contributing to deaths across the world and also leading to drug resistance – putting billions of people at risk – according to researchers.
# Flu
Seventh resident from Donegal home dies of flu
Another resident of the private Nazareth nursing home in Buncrana has died from influenza, the seventh to succumb to the disease.
# Outbreak
HSE continues to investigate flu deaths at Donegal nursing home
Another patient at the Nazareth nursing home in Buncrana died today, but the HSE has said it was not related to the current outbreak.
# Waiting Lists
HSE: 178,000 waiting to see a consultant at an outpatient clinic
The Health Minister has said the number of people on waiting lists to see specialists is “utterly unacceptable”.
# Bird Flu
All clear: tests on Cork pheasants are negative for bird flu
A temporary exclusion zone is lifted after further tests on a flock of game birds in Clonakilty show bird flu had not spread.
# Bird Flu
Clonakilty bird flu "poses no risk to public health"
The Department of Agriculture said today that bird flu found in pheasants in Clonakilty is not the deadly H5N1 strain. However all biosecurity measures will remain in place in Barryroe, where results are expected on ill pheasants there.
# Mind Now
In pictures: Vintage health campaigns in Ireland
From murderous houseflies to challenging TB…
# Bird Flu
WHO delays decision on releasing new bird flu research
Researchers in the US and the Netherlands have developed new H5N1 strains which are more transmissible than the natural version.
Loss of nearly 2,000 nurses from HSE 'a major blow'
New figures have shown that 3,500 personnel – the vast majority of them nurses – are due to leave the HSE by the end of February.
# Health Spending
Ireland's health spending among highest in OECD
As a portion of the government’s income, Ireland’s health spending is higher than many of the world’s developed countries.
# Health
Ireland's vital signs: The nation's health over the last decade
New figures outline how Ireland’s health has changed over the last ten years. We’ve picked out what’s getting better – and what’s getting worse.
# Addiction
Addicts drinking hand sanitiser to get alcohol fix
The head of a service for drug users and the homeless in Ireland has said that some addicts are being driven to drinking hand sanitiser in an effort to get a fix of alcohol.
# Ecoli
Deadly E.coli outbreak caused by new strain, says WHO
The World Health Organisation has said preliminary tests suggest the wave of E.coli infection affecting Europeans has been caused by a new, mutant form of two different E. coli bacteria.