Suicide calls to Childline

More than 300 children who were at urgent risk of suicide called Childline last year, the ISPCC has revealed. The children’s charity, which runs the Childline service, said that over 1,000 children made contact last year about issues relating to suicide and of these, over 300 ‘had already acted on … Continue reading

Medically Supervised Injecting Centres

The Ana Liffey Drug Project has called for the provision of medically supervised injecting centres (MSICs) in Dublin, to allow drug users to inject illegal drugs under medical supervision. According to the project’s director, Tony Duffin, ‘the level and nature of public injecting in Dublin city centre is seriously concerning’, … Continue reading

Bowel Cancer- The Embarrassing Disease

Around 2,400 men and women are newly diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in Ireland, yet many people still find the disease very embarrassing to talk about, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. It has revealed that more people view the bowel cancer section on the ICS website than … Continue reading

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