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

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

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