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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Sick

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One in six 3-year-olds have a serious longstanding health condition
Boys are 50% more likely than girls to have such conditions.
Five people are infected with Ebola every hour in Sierre Leone
New cases being recorded are doubling every few weeks.
€800 worth of equipment stolen from ambulance for critically ill children
The money could have funded two ‘angel trips’.
People needed to push BUMBLEance to raise cash for new ambulance for sick children
The BUMBLEance Mega Push team started from Dingle and are on day 6 but need more pushing power to make it to Dublin by Friday.
Authorities investigating viral video of man kicking squirrel into the Grand Canyon
The shocking video emerged online over the weekend.
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.
"It is only a matter of time before a stressed out parent is pushed over the edge"
Nurses caring for seriously ill children have written an open letter to Minister for Health James Reilly about the lack of discretionary medical cards for their patients.
Health inspectors find 'dirty' mattresses and 'soiled' flooring at Waterford Regional Hospital
The authority said the hospital has requested additional funding to replace 300 mattresses in the hospital.
Scientists have proven a good sleep could actually cure your cold
Experiments on fruitflies showed faster recovery and better survival rates for the ones that had more sleep.
41 People Who Have Already Made Themselves Sick With Easter Chocolate
Celebrating Easter in its true spirit.
9 essential Irish remedies for everyday ailments
It’ll work wonders, sure just give it a go.
HSE says hospitals will be smoke-free by 2015
This will be the last year that people can light up a cigarette on hospital grounds.
Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy
Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.
All set for Christmas, but now you're sick? What should you take to help?
Confused about over-the-counter medicines? If you’re sick what should you ask for?
Love/Hate’s Fran, Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn
Four-year-old Merryn was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.
Column: Families who assist their loved ones to die will continue to feel the full wrath of the law if it is not changed
Today, the case began of Gail O’Rorke who has been charged under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 for assisting an MS sufferer to die.
Column: The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release, it must continue
Mandela did not topple white rule single-handedly – nor did he ever claim to, writes David Cronin, who says that while he retains a deep admiration for Mandela, he did turn his back on some of his beliefs.
Delay in appointing National Children's Hospital design team but construction begins in 2015
A new Programme Director John Pollock has been tasked with ensuring the National Children’s Hospital gets built.
Dr. Who-apalooza... and 4 other weekend TV highlights
Whether you’re staying in or going wild we’ve got the telly for you.
7 Instagram photos that will make you feel better about your cooking
We feel sick.
Children's hospital performs moving Katy Perry lip dub
There’s just… something in our eye. Or several things. There are several things in our eyes.
Cases of whooping cough on the increase in developed countries
A symposium is to be held in Dublin that will look at why there were 400 cases of whooping cough in Ireland in 2012, double the number than in 2011.
One third of Irish people have avoided a GP visit due to money constraints
Worryingly, six per cent of parents in a survey also said they could not afford to bring a sick child to the doctor over the past year.
John Kerry's wife Teresa Heinz Kerry in critical but stable condition in hospital
Teresa Heinz Kerry was hospitalised on Sunday for an unknown illness.
10 things Ferris Bueller taught us about pulling sickies
Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero!
Nelson Mandela's condition remains the same, serious but stable
It marks the second hospitalisation in as many months for the frail anti-apartheid hero, who will turn 95 in July.
Prayers for Mandela as country urged to 'let him go'
It is the fourth hospital stay since December for Mandela, who turns 95 next month.
Column: 'I've the best day job in Ireland' says Barretstown CEO
People often think that working with ill children must be upsetting, but it is anything but, says Barretstown’s Dee Ahearn, who writes about how Barretstown helps children and families enjoy life again and why we all need to help ensure that work continues.
Aslan's Christy Dignam diagnosed with cancer
The band have asked for support from fans and for privacy for Dignam, his wife, Kathryn and daugher, Kiera.
Column: ‘I was in work one day and diagnosed with cancer the next’
Being told you have a tumour can be a devastating shock, but there is no need to face the battle alone, says cancer survivor Sheila Hyde.
The burning question*: Is it okay to keep a tissue up your sleeve?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
Hillary Clinton hospitalised with blood clot
Doctors discovered the clot while Clinton was undergoing a routine follow-up examination after she fainted earlier this month.
Brendan Rodgers sick, will miss QPR clash
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been sent home from London with a bug.
Christmas bug: Sick Nadal postpones return to action
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of his scheduled return date at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week.
Vhi issues warning ahead of busiest day for treating accidents and injuries
Coughs, colds, trips and falls are the most common injuries and illnesses around Christmas. Watch yourselves.
Pharmacists: Increased prescription charges may lead to people being hospitalised
The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that hiking up the cost of prescriptions for people on low incomes could end up costing the government a lot more money than it will save.
FF to call on Government to scrap sick pay reforms
The party describes the reforms as “job-destroying” and is to table a motion on them before the Dáil this week.
Outbreak of Norovirus in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital
The hospital has appealed to the public to refrain from making unnecessary visits.
Senators ask: Why won't the State set aside money for terminally ill children?
A group of Senators are asking the State to put aside money for a home nursing care programme for children – but it looks unlikely to pass.
Here is the week’s news… skewed
BREAKING via The Mire wire: Govt ‘chuggers’ make walking down Grafton Street impossible and Clint Eastwood helps in the search for Ireland’s Health Minister.