Most popular baby names 2014

Over 67,000 births were registered in Ireland in 2014, with Jack and Emily continuing to be the most popular baby names. According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), a total of 67,462 births were registered last year – 34,785 boys and 32,677 girls. While this is … Continue reading

Nursing Staff shortage bring Beaumont ED to crisis point

Nurses at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital are to begin industrial action next month in response to ‘unsafe conditions in the Emergency Department (ED)’. The action by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is set to commence on June 10 in the form of a work to rule. This … Continue reading

Care of the Elderly

With the advances in medicine and health awareness there is an increase in the number of elderly in Ireland. The elderly can be a vulnerable group not unlike children. The importance to look after and have the best care available for our ever growing elderly population should be our priority. With old age inevitable for … Continue reading

Malaria vaccine

A vaccine for malaria, which was developed by Irish and UK scientists, has undergone its first human trials. Malaria is a tropical disease that is usually transmitted following a bite from an infected mosquito. According to the World Health Organisation, around 207 million cases of the disease occurred in 2012 … Continue reading

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