Parental guidance: Danger of overusing asthma inhalers

Helen O’Callaghan hears about the overuse of reliever inhalers.

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Singer Cara Dillon adds her voice to better understanding of the growing issue of diabetes

Singer Cara Dillon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007. Here she tell us how this has impacted her daily life.

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Handling diabetes: It’s manageable

Almost 250,000 people in Ireland must live with one form of diabetes or the other.

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Scientists say you really, really shouldn’t use homemade sunscreen from a recipe on Pinterest

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t necessarily give the best protection against sunburn.

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Thousands of healthcare workers expected to vote for strike action

SIPTU has been balloting workers in health service support grades in 36 hospitals in a dispute over pay.

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Cancer trial cutbacks depriving people of chance to live

More people who have cancer are asking about medical trials at a time when cutbacks are reducing the availability of potentially breakthrough treatments.

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Simon Harris: Hospital managers can't recruit staff 'willy-nilly'

The Health Minister has warned hospital managers that they cannot recruit staff "willy-nilly" and must stay under budget.

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Eyes wide open - Elaine Crowley on her battle with sleep

IN our always-on lives all too often one of the first casualties is sleep. For TV presenter Elaine Crowley, it’s a constant challenge. “I have awful trouble getting to sleep. And if I wake up I can’t go back,” says the host of Virgin Media’s show, Elaine.

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Lee Ridley: ‘I think some people see my disability, rather than see who I actually am’

As his memoir is published, comedian and Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley talks to Hannah Stephenson about life, laughs and loneliness.

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More dental specialists needed for Govt targets to be met

The RCSI Faculty of Dentistry will today tell the Oireachtas Health Committee that the sector is under-resourced to meet the demands set out for it under a planned extension of services.

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Patients association calls for 'equity of access to healthcare'

Access to health services based on need should be a constitutional right, the Irish Patients' Association has urged.

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Campaign launched to encourage parents to swap junk food for healthy options

A new campaign is encouraging parents to swap treats for something a little healthier as research reveals that they have become everyday staples for children.

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Spot the signs of meningitis

It is vital to know symptoms, writes Helen O’Callaghan

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Almost 25% of childrens' meals contain junk food, study finds

High-fat foods such as biscuits, crisps, chocolate and sweets are the second-most consumed food group by children, a new study has found.

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Only in our 20s — but he’s scheduling time for sex

I’m 27 and I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years. Our sex life has started to drop off a bit. To fix this, he has started scheduling sex. He’s put it in our diaries for twice a week. It seems so clinical to me, and frankly it doesn’t work either. We don’t always do it on the appointed days.

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Learning the ropes: Skipping fever has taken hold at this Cork school

As rates of childhood obesity soar, one Cork school is reviving the once-common schoolyard activity of skipping to boost child fitness and co-ordination skills, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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7,000 children living with coeliac condition without knowing

Thousands of children are being failed by health services across the country according to the Coeliac Society.

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Simple ways to save on health insurance

John Hearne looks at how families could save more than €1,000 a year by switching health insurance.

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Even the dead are being politicised to highlight state of health services

There is a now traditional game of cat and mouse that goes on between politicians and medics writes Alison O’Connor.

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Hospital wards ‘are being used to house children in care’

Hospital wards are being used to house children at risk who are taken into care when Tusla is unable to find alternative safe lodgings in the community, the annual delegate conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will hear today.

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Long live life: Dr Eva Orsmond on how to slow down your biological clock

We can’t hold back the years, but a good diet and exercise can hugely improve your quality of life, Dr Eva Orsmond tells Arlene Harris.

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WIT signs up for groundbreaking international project to detect and treat brain tumours

Technology experts in Waterford have joined a global programme aimed at tackling one of the most aggressive forms of cancer by implanting tiny machines in the brains of patients affected.

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State too slow to make swap to unbranded medicines, says chief pharmacist

The Government is losing millions of euro each year by not swapping branded medicines for generic versions.

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Rehab defends decision to withdraw services due to funding problems

The chief executive of the Rehab group, Mo Flynn has defended the organisation’s decision to announce that it will withdraw services unless it receives more funding from the HSE.

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Are standing desks actually worth using?

Many of us feel we should try them, but is a standing desk really the antidote to office-worker health hazards?

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Beacon Hospital reveals Ireland's most advanced radiotherapy machine

Beacon Hospital in Dublin has announced that it now houses Ireland’s most advanced radiotherapy machine.

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Trendy bendy: Older people sign up for Pilates classes

Pilates is much more than just another exercise regimen. The trendy bendy movement provides many health benefits, writes Margaret Jennings

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Superbugs to become big killer, warns GP

By 2050, death from superbugs will outstrip the number of people dying from a cancer, a Cork GP has warned.

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Consultants had sent warning in second letter over Waterford hospital morgue crisis

The four consultants at the centre of the Waterford hospital morgue crisis warned in a second letter in March they may have to cancel their mortuary services to the hospital.

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Calls for Taoiseach to apologise over 'dismissive' attitude to Waterford hospital claims

Sinn Féin has demanded Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologise for his "dismissive" attitude over the Waterford hospital morgue claims and launch an immediate independent inquiry amid fears the situation could be repeated in other parts of the country.

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Surge in number of health professionals suffering from depression and stress

The Practitioner Health Matters Programme found that non-consultant hospital doctors, consultants and GPs made up 75% of new referrals.

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Family of deceased relative send complaint to Waterford hospital over mortuary facilities

Management at University Hospital in Waterford have received a complaint about mortuary facilities at the hospital from the family of a deceased person whose remains were kept in conditions which have been described by pathologists as "unfit for purpose".

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HIV-suppressing drug can stop virus being transmitted, study says

Experts said the findings needed to be spread more widely.

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Partnerships will drive the future of healthcare in Ireland

Advanced genomic analysis will transform how we practice medicine and how doctors will treat patients, from prevention to cure, says Prof Owen P Smith.

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Family consent rates must be focus when providing opt-out system of organ donation, say IKA

The focus must be on improving rates of family consent when providing an opt-out system of organ donation, the Irish Kidney Association has urged.

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Leo Varadkar: I don’t know what the absolute truth is over Waterford hospital claims

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied calling consultants at the centre of claims about inadequate mortuary services at University Hospital Waterford liars.

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Hospital group investigating after patient notes found 'outside the grounds of the hospital'

Labour Senator Ged Nash is calling on the Data Protection Commissioner to investigate the discovery of hospital patient notes in a garden in Drogheda earlier this week.

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New blood tests to detect brain cancer could be in hospitals within three years

ClinSpec Diagnostics hopes the technology can reduce delays in referral times for patients.

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523 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals

There are 532 patients waiting on a bed in hospitals around the country this morning.

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Six easy ways to boost your memory

Sleeping in a hammock, getting more rest, drawing and reading aloud might help you remember things for longer, writes Shane Cochrane.

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Film poem shows energy involved in the art of ageing

Artist Collette Nolan and poet Gerry Murphy led community workshops in Cork’s Glucksman gallery that resulted in a film poem, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Doctor burnout putting ‘enormous strain’ on health service

A recent study shows up to a third of doctors meet the criteria for burnout

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Grow your greens for mental health

A FEW months after Caitriona Kelly’s father died, she got an overwhelming urge to grow tomatoes just as he had done.

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New concussion data: 'We can’t stand still when it comes to figuring out how best to treat issues like this'

A prophet can live a frustrating life, especially if he, or she, suggests a treatment for injury diametrically opposed to conventional wisdom. One such voice spoke at IMO annual meeting in Killarney yesterday when Dr Tadhg Crowley outlined a new approach to treating concussion.

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The Shape I'm In: Ireland rugby star Megan Williams

WHEN she’s not playing rugby for Ireland, top sportswoman Megan Williams enjoys her job as physical activities co-ordinator in a Dublin secondary school, mixing up activities for her students.

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Do you risk losing key nutrients by switching from milk to non-dairy alternatives?

Once we sloshed cow’s milk over our cereal but now it’s all about choice. But do we risk losing key nutrients by switching to non-dairy options, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Fishing for soul: The benefits of reconnecting with nature

Angling can make you a happier, healthier person. Helen O’Callaghan looks at the benefits of getting into a river and reconnecting with nature

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Finding the cure: Immunotherapy offers hope to children battling cancer

Helen O’Callaghan talks to two leading doctors who are driven to find targeted therapies with minimum long-term toxicities to treat childhood cancer.

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Working life with Dr Angie Brown

Dr Angie Brown, Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) medical director and consultant cardiologist at the Bon Secours Hospital, Beacon Hospital and Hermitage Clinic.

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Health Minister considering mandatory vaccinations for children

The government is considering making vaccines for children mandatory.

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Lucia takes lead role in cardiac charity

Lucia Ebbs has been appointed CEO of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Ireland.

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RSA revise medical fitness to drive guidelines for mini-stroke sufferers

Sufferers of a mini-stroke will be off the road for just one week.

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Parkinson's: four unusual signs you may be at risk

Do you move around a lot during your sleep? Or have you lost your sense of smell? New insights into Parkinson’s disease suggest that these might be the early signs of changes in the brain that mean you are at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s.

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5 ways to improve your family’s eating habits on holiday

It’s easy to fall into bad eating habits abroad – especially when travelling with children. Thomas Cook share tips on how eat healthy when away.

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Want to cut down on sugar? Experts reveal how to slash your intake in 6 simple steps

We all know too much sugar is bad for us – but quitting the habit is hard. Liz Connor asks experts for their top handy hints.

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Irish Cancer Society calls for VAT on sunscreen to be reduced

The Irish Cancer Society is calling for the VAT on sunscreen to be reduced.

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Ask an expert: What are DOMS and how can I reduce the aches and pains?

If you’re struggling to walk after your workout, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness, says Liz Connor.

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Co-ops are good for our mental health and our community

Co-operatives are good for our well being, says Valerie O’Connor

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Fianna Fáil raise concerns about lack of costings for SláinteCare

Fianna Fáil has criticised the Government over a failure to provide costings for the 10-year health strategy, SláinteCare.

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This is why you really should go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day

Those weekend lie ins might be a little more harmful than you think.

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