Top 9 after 9am: 16th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

16th Apr

50 different strains of feared superbug MRSA circulating in Irish hospitals (Irish Independent)

Many of this number are more drug resistant and more virulent than the established MRSA strain. Techniques to analyse strains has advanced and we can identify them early. In general cases of MRSA have been in decline in Irish hospitals.

How text messages can eradicate waiting times in healthcare (The Guardian)

The NHS have piloted schemes to reduce waiting times and increase appointment attendance rates by the use of an automated system pushing text messages to patients. The claimed benefit makes this administration more efficient and frees up workers to focus on patient care.

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Top 9 after 9am: 15th of April 2014

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15th Apr

Arthritis: Chinese herbal remedy works just as well as standard drug (Belfast Telegraph)

A trial of 207 people over 24 weeks has shown that a traditional herbal remedy is not inferior to methotrexate, the standard arthritis therapy. Furthermore it has shown that a combination therapy of the herbal remedy and methotrexate is more effective with no notable side effects.

Deficiencies in national audit of services for children with Type 1 diabetes (Irish Examiner)

There were 2,518 children attending the centres in 2012 and the study showed that many were being deprived of insulin pump therapy, with usage ranging from 0 to 42%. Diabetes Ireland has welcomed the study saying it emphasises the need for change.

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Top 9 after 9am: 14th of April 2014

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14th Apr

Locals tell amazing donor stories (Dublin People)

Thank to improving techniques a record number of 294 organ transplants were carried out in 2013, despite there being the same number of donors last year as there was back in 2003. Some of the heart warming stories were told during organ donor awareness week

Doctors’ surgeries to offer out-of-hours appointments and Skype checkups (The Guardian)

10% of surgeries will offer Skype consultations to patients for evening or weekend appointments in the UK. The scheme will cost £50million and has been received well by many doctors, who will now be able to see an estimated 7 million more patients nationwide.

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Top 9 after 9am: 11th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

A surgeon sitting in front of screens of a Focal One device performs a prostate tumorectomy.

Prostate cancer tests underestimate aggressiveness of disease, says study (The Guardian)

Researchers found that more than half of a group of men whose cancers were initially classified as slow-growing and confined later turned out to have more dangerous tumours.

Stroke sufferers ‘paying for own rehab’ (Irish Health)

A man who suffered a stroke at the age of 22 received just 15 minutes of counseling following the event, a major conference has heard. Meanwhile, just one in 10 has access to psychological services following a stroke and 36% of sufferers end up paying for their own rehabilitation.

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Top 9 after 9am: 10th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

10th Apr

Doctors group points to ‘crisis in manpower’ (Irish Examiner)

“One in eight GPs in 64 years or older in this country. We’re at retirement age. We have a crisis in manpower” The Irish Medical Organisation has condemned moves by health minister regarding fees and costs as they look for a sustainable model of work & service.

ADHD treatment drugs affect BMI growth rates (Irish Medical Times)

In the most in depth ADHD study to date it was found that ADHD treatment slows the BMI rates of growing children early in development followed by a rapid increase of BMI later in adolescence.

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Top 9 after 9am: 9th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

9th Apr

Payment of ‘reasonable expenses’ to embryo donors suggested (Irish Times)

It is suggested new laws should be put in place for donors of ‘human reproductive material’. However it is uncleal whether this is a manageable project and a lot of grey areas exist, including the term ‘human reproductive material’

Brain-damaged baby can be removed from ventilator, court rules (BBC)

A baby who suffered irreversible brain damage can be removed from the ventilator keeping him alive, a court in Northern Ireland has ruled. “In short, he has no meaningful life and no dignity, nor will he have in the future,” were the words of the high court judge.

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Top 9 after 9am: 8th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

8th Apr

Half of sick days are due to stress (Irish Examiner)

Over 50% of employees say stress is common in their workplace. Despite this only 30% of companies but in place strategies to deal with stress of employees. New research has shown that companies that do deal well with it are more successful in the medium to long term.

Cost benefits a big attraction in generic route to prescriptions (Irish Times)

A very detailed article on the key differences of generic drugs. Key to mention is while a generic must have the same active ingredient, in the same concentration as a branded drug, the bioavailability may differ, as well as excipient (non-active ingredient) differences.

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Top 9 after 9am: 7th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

7th Apr

Groups join on cancer research (Irish Times)

The Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland have pooled resources to open a Collaborative Cancer Research Centre. The aim is for research into early breast cancer diagnosis and there will be up to 5 such centres opened in this collaboration.

World Health Day – The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases (Quality Point Tech)

This year vector borne diseases are the key issue. Vector borne diseases are caused by pathogens that are carried by hosts, which are unaffected by the pathogens themselves. Examples include mosquitos carrying malaria and dengue, and fleas that carried the pathogen that caused the black death.

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Top 9 after 9am: 4th of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

4th Apr

Coroner warns of dangers of contaminated alcoholic drinks (Irish Examiner)

A coroner in Donegal initiated an inquisition into the deaths of two young men. It is suspected that methanol poisoning was the cause of death, which can occur in contraband production of alcoholic beverages. Methanol is also a type of alcohol but can lead to poisoning and blindness.

E-cigarette poison calls more frequent (Tribune review)

The US has seen a dramatic rise in cases of poisoning involving e-cigarettes. Shockingly over half these cases involves children under 6 who are more sensitive to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes and are being affected by second hand smoking.

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Top 9 after 9am: 3rd of April 2014

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3rd Apr

Reilly says that universal cover won’t cost you more – but can’t give full figures (Irish Independent)

The Health Minister is aiming to create a bundle of care covered in the Universal Health Insurance scheme that will cover or subsidise drug costs. They are also looking to limit the services that private health insurance can offer. They can offer a higher standard of accommodation but not decrease time on medical waiting lists. Although there are lots of details to smooth out, this is a positive step and a great opportunity for health reform in Ireland.

A digital NHS is coming, now is not the time to be a luddite (The Conversation)

The care.data scheme may have been put on temporary hold, but the shift to a digital NHS seems undeterred. The massive benefits on both patient, doctor and health industry levels would seem to outweigh peoples nerves about releasing sensitive information. This weariness is typical of this industry but in the case discussed here it is no different to the advent of online payment. People need time to adjust to the idea of digitally access health records and in ten years it will seem incredible that health records were not accessible via the internet.

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Top 9 after 9am: 2nd of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

2nd Apr

Cabinet agrees universal health plans (Irish Times)

The government has allowed Health Minister James Reilly to publish a white paper on his plans for universal healthcare. Although there are still several barriers to universal healthcare coming in, there are plans to bring it in by 2019.

Autism charity shuts waiting list for help dogs (Irish Independent)

Assistance dogs have been trained as companions for children with autism, after research proving that they acted as a protective and calming presence. The waiting list for an assistance dog had only reopened in January but already the waiting list has grown to 2-3 years. As a result Irish Guide Dogs has had to close the waiting list until they clear the backlog.

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Top 9 after 9am: 1st of April 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

1st Apr

No alcohol the ‘only safe option for mothers-to-be’ (Irish Independent)

Several maternity hospitals have announced that any alcohol consumption may harm a foetus. Alcohol will pass from mother to child and can lead to learning deficits as well as complications during pregnancy and childbirth

Bowel cancer ‘hotspots’ revealed (Irish Health)

The Irish Cancer Society have released a statement that Cork, Leitrim and Louth are the most at risk areas for bowel cancer. The cause is unclear but it may be due to lifestyle or genetic factors.

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Top 9 after 9am: 31st of March 2014

Top 9 Irish Health News Stories after 9am

31st Mar

‘Medication errors due to illegible prescriptions and low staff levels’ (Irish Examiner)

In 2010, 6,882 medication errors were reported but up to 90% of medical errors are believed to go unreported. One major source of error is prescriptions that are unreadable. In the UK a computerised prescription model rules out this possibility.

Health now ‘doing less with less’ (Irish Health)

A Trinity College study has shown that between 2008 and 2012 Irish health services in general became more efficient but that we may see this change as of 2013 due to budget restrictions. The HSE spends a lot of time dealing with budget restrictions and the study suggests that a sustainable model has not been established, especially if further cuts occur.

 

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