South Africa at leading edge of Surgery with a transplant first

First ever successful penis transplant completed after 9-hour operation Surgeons in South Africa have successfully transplanted a penis for the first time ever after a marathon nine-hour operation. In a groundbreaking piece of work, the surgeons – from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital – made the life of a … Continue reading

Good news for Medical Fact finding on Google

Google to put accurate medical facts into its search results Search giant Google said it is changing how it displays medical search queries and will now put fact-checked medical information into its Knowledge Graph. According to Google, one in every 20 searches is health-related. The new medical information will underpin … Continue reading

Breakthrough in the detection of Ebola

A major breakthrough in the prevention of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus is gaining pace, now that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved a 15-minute test designed to be easy to administer. This test is reportedly the fastest available in determining weather a person has been infected … Continue reading

Defeated Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill

After the votes in the Dail The Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members’ Bill was defeated 104 votes to 20. Clare Daly independent TD proposed the Bill, which would allow for abortion in cases where an unborn baby had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality which meant they would not … Continue reading

Child obesity risk linked to pregnancy behaviours

Women who improve their health before they become pregnant could reduce their child’s risk of becoming obese later in life, a new study indicates. A child’s life in the womb and soon after birth can effect their risk of obesity evidence suggests. While some Studies have identified early life risk … Continue reading

Risky drinking and long working hours linked

New study suggests that working more than 48 hours a week in linked to people drinking too much alcohol. Risky alcohol intake is considered to be more than 14 standards drinks per week for women and more than 21 for men. Scientists set out to examine the link between working … Continue reading

Emergency Department overcrowding critical

Emergency Department overcrowding critical – Overcrowding in hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) has reached an ‘all time high’, nurses have claimed. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 563 patients were waiting on trolleys on Monday morning including 50 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, 41 in … Continue reading

Do you know how much fibre to eat?

Do you know how much fibre to eat? Most people are unaware of how much to eat. A new survey has found that the majority of Irish adults don’t know how much fibre they should be consuming and half have never had their cholesterol tested. This survey showed that 90% … Continue reading