Top 9 after 9am: 6th August 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet (The Guardian)

More than 130,000 deaths from cancer would be avoided over a 20-year period if Britain’s 50- to 64-year-olds took a daily aspirin for 10 years, because the beneficial effects continue even when the aspirin is stopped, the authors say. The research was led by Prof Jack Cuzick, head of the centre for cancer prevention at Queen Mary University of London.

Shortage of GPs poses threat to Varadkar’s health cover plan rollout (Irish Independent)

A shortage of family doctors threatens to hold up the rollout of free GP care for everyone in the country. Nearly 30 percent of GPs will retire in the next 15 years and 22 percent of the existing workforce is only part-time.

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Top 9 after 9am: 5th August 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Universal Health Insurance plans ‘too ambitious’ – Varadkar (Irish Times)

The Universal Health Insurance plan would aim to eliminate the current two-tier system of public and private medicine and to end the practice of queue-jumping for treatment by people who can afford to pay for it. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar intends to delay the introduction of the Government’s plan, calling it “too ambitious.”

Violent video games ‘affect teenagers’ behaviour’ (Irish Independent)

A US study has shown that teenagers who play violent video games are also more likely to engage in “deviant behaviours”, including excessive drinking, smoking, stealing, fighting, and unsafe sex. The scientists recruited more than 5,000 US teenagers and conducted surveys of their use of video games from around the age of 14.

Top 9 after 9am: 1st August 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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New cancer therapies ‘will make chemotherapy obsolete in 20 years’ (Irish Independent)

Scientists are undertaking research to map 100,000 genomes to find the genes responsible for cancer and other rare diseases. This will allow invasive drugs to be replaced by sophisticated medicines to fix individual faulty genes; it will allow a more targeted approach to treatment.

New inhaled drug for COPD wins FDA approval (Medical News Today)

The FDA have approved the once-daily bronchodilator inhalation spray olodaterol for the long-term treatment of diseases which cause airflow obstruction. The drug is classed as a long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist (LABA), that works by helping the muscles around the airways in the lungs to stay relaxed and to relieve symptoms.

Top 9 after 9am: 31st July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Review calls for greater focus on doctors’ skills rather than on exam performance (Irish Times)

The review, by Prof Kevin Imrie, president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, said the college’s current training model had served Ireland well but changes were warranted due to factors such as changing healthcare demands and Ireland’s ageing population.

Drugs used to treat seizures in children recalled (Irish Times)

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), formerly the Irish Medicines Board, advised that ViroPharma SPRL recall several batches of the Buccolam Oromucosal Solution products from pharmacies. The drug is used to treat convulsive seizures in children and adolescents

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Top 9 after 9am: 30th July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

Pregnancy

Irish scientists behind radical new test for pre-eclampsia (Irish Independent)

A groundbreaking test to diagnose pre-eclampsia in pregnant women is being developed by a team of Irish scientists.  A simple urine test for a biomarker of a protein would allow detection of the condition at 26 weeks and may be ready for market within the next 18 months.

UK authorities meet to assess Ebola outbreak threat (Irish Examiner)

Health professionals have been warned to be vigilant for signs of the deadly virus after an outbreak which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa. The British government’s emergencies committee is to meet to discuss how to tackle the “new and emerging” threat of Ebola.

Top 9 after 9am: 29th July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Cystic fibrosis unit for children opens at University Hospital Galway (Irish Times)

The unit is a dedicated specialist facility for daycare and outpatient services for children with cystic fibrosis, where they can be treated in a physical environment specifically designed to reduce the risk of infection. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the new facility as “world class in what it is going to be able to do”.

Watchdog orders urgent action over conditions at autism home (Irish Independent)

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) ordered that immediate action be taken to address emergency evacuation procedures, as it found instances of major non-compliance across 10 areas, at the centre, which is operated by Autism West Ltd in County Galway.

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Top 9 after 9am: 28th July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Senior official warned budget cuts could put patients at risk (Irish Indepedent)

The top official in the Department of Health privately warned against excessive cutting in its budget for fear of placing patient safety at risk. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General at the Department of Health, stated clearly in an official letter that €108m in payroll savings identified on Budget day last October were not achievable.

State facing €1 billion bill for medical negligence claims (Irish Times)

Official Department of Health briefing material maintains that the number of clinical claims under active management by the State Claims Agency increased from 1,792 at the end of 2012 to 3,061 at the end of 2013.

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Top 9 after 9am: 25th July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Darkness ‘key to breast treatment’ (Irish Independent)

Research published in the journal of Cancer Research suggests that exposure to light at night makes breast cancer resistant to the widely used hormonal therapy tomoxifen. Such exposure shuts off night time production of the hormone melatonin which is “vital” for the success of this drug therapy.

Sunshine vitamin can boost cancer survival (Irish Independent)

Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D – known as the sunshine vitamin – have half the risk of dying compared with those with the lowest levels of the same vitamin. Scientists from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Edinburgh analysed data from almost 1,600 patients treated for non-metastatic bowel cancer – a form of the disease which has not spread to other parts of the body.

Top 9 after 9am: 24th July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Health and Ireland – the data which reveals a true picture of our health (Irish Examiner)

The Irish Examiner published results from a data-mining exercise revealing the health of each county in Ireland across 2o different categories. Death rates from breast cancer are highest in Waterford, while Limerick City has the highest infant mortality rate.

Secondary infertilty a growing problem (Irish Health)

An increasing number of Irish couples are having difficulty conceiving a second or subsequent child. The condition, known as secondary infertility, is more common than not being able to conceive at all, and is estimated to account for six out of 10 infertility cases in Ireland.

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Top 9 after 9am: 23nd July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Epidural may cut depression risk, study finds (Irish Times)

New research from China has found that those who have an epidural for pain relief during labour during a normal birth have a lower rate of depression than those who go without.

‘Pathogenic connection’ between cancer and autoimmune disorders (Medical News Today)

Research just published in the journal PLOS ONE demonstrates tumor cells and the cells implicated in autoimmune diseases both express the same inhibitors of cell destruction.

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Top 9 after 9am: 22nd July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

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Research offers fertility hope to women who must take anti-cancer drugs  (Irish Independent)

HARI, the national fertility centre at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, has been given research funding to develop a new technology which could see women who are undergoing chemotherapy freeze their ovarian tissue in the clinic.

Trinity plays key role in global schizophrenia breakthrough (Irish Times)

As part of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, research carried out in Trinity College Dublin has found 108 locations in the genome associated with schizophrenia. These findings have the potential to kickstart development of new treatments for the psychiatric disorder.

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Top 9 after 9am: 21st of July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

21st Jul

System faces overhaul after psychiatric hospital deaths (Irish Independent)

The number of deaths at mental health services in Carlow-Kilkenny/South Tipperary now totals at least 13 since August 2011 and includes three suicides of in-patients by the same means.

Social media driving rise in complaints to GMC: report (The Telegraph)

Complaints to the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council have doubled in five years with patients discussing their treatment on Twitter and Facebook identified as one of the main drivers.

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Top 9 after 9am: 17th of July 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

17th July

Reports into deaths of kids in care (Irish Health)

The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) has insisted that the way in which the State responds to vulnerable young people has ‘radically changed’. It made its comments following the publication of reports into the deaths of four young people. A report into a fifth death was not published at the request of the deceased’s family.

Childhood obesity and mental health are key concerns for paediatricians (Irish Medical Times)

A significant 62 per cent of Irish paediatricians who are members of the  Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Ireland say they are treating more children in their clinic who are overweight or obese than they did two years ago.

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