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

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

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