What is Ebola?

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE Key facts Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. … Continue reading

Ireland faces €100m bill in Doctors back pay

Ireland faces €100m bill as doctors take case over pay deal Consultants to sue over Government’s failure to pay wage increases of up to €40,000 per year promised under 2008 contract Under the terms of the contract, consultants agreed to new work practices, restrictions on private practice and to be rostered … Continue reading

Good news for Irish Parents

ReachOutParents.com, a new website to provide parents with information regarding their children’s mental health, has been launched at today’s Technology for Well-Being Conference in Dublin. The online resource has been developed based on the results of a three-year research project that gathered information from parents across Ireland. The project found … Continue reading

Have you ever woken up during your Operation?

While most episodes of accidental awareness while under general anaesthesia are short-lived, they can lead to long-term psychological distress, a major new study carried out in Ireland has found. General anaesthetics are medications that cause patients to lose consciousness so that they are unaware of surgery. Accidental awareness during general … Continue reading

Back to school heavy bags causing back pain? – go digital……

  7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags According to Silicon Republic, it appears that some 7,000 fewer students will be plagued by back problems caused by carrying heavy bags full of books. Education tech provider Wriggle says it has kitted out 7,000 Irish schoolkids with digital school bags. … Continue reading

80% of our over 50 population are overweight

  80% of over 50s overweight or obese   According to irishhealth.com almost 80% of Irish people over the age of 50 are overweight or obese, a new report has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of people over 50 are overweight, while a further 36% are obese. Furthermore, based … Continue reading

Cost of cigarettes to be doubled?

Minister for Health James Reilly has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Dr Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before … Continue reading

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities get a €9m boost

An Irish-led €9m EU research programme aimed at creating assistive technologies for people with autism and intellectual disabilities has been launched in Dublin recently. The research is co-funded by the EU Marie Curie ASSISTID Cofund and the Irish charity RESPECT. This wide-ranging research project in this specific field is the … Continue reading