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Breakthrough blood test can detect eight different cancers

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A new blood test for cancer has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumours before they have spread elsewhere in the body, offering hope of early detection, researchers said.


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Aldi is first to ban energy drinks for under-16s here

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Aldi has become the first retailer in Ireland to ban the sale of energy drinks to children.


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Number of patients given wrong scan diagnosis at University Hospital Kerry has risen to nine

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:06:11 +0000

The number of patients who were given a wrong scan diagnosis in University Hospital Kerry has risen to nine.


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Facility had just one member of staff looking after 17 residents - watchdog

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Elderly people could have been injured in the communal room of a private nursing home where only one member of staff was on duty to look after 17 residents, an inspectors' report has revealed.


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New jab offers hope of curing hayfever

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A vaccine against hay fever could be ready within three years after human trials showed a major reduction in symptoms.


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More than 20 people - including those who had no other illness - have died as a result of flu

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:38:34 +0000

THE flu has killed 24 patients, including people who had no other illness this winter, it was revealed today.


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Long-awaited legislation raises moral dilemmas

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Confirmation that the State will help fund couples to choose the sex of their baby to avoid having a child with a serious genetic disease will open up new concerns that we are on a moral slippery slope.


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Doctors battling to halt the spread of measles

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Public health doctors are trying to contain a potential outbreak of measles in Limerick. A case has been confirmed in the city and as a precaution the HSE is writing to all patients identified as being at risk of exposure, advising them that they may be at risk of infection.


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Overcrowding in hospitals leads to six flu outbreaks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Six outbreaks of flu have already occurred in overcrowded hospitals this winter - highlighting the risks to vulnerable patients.


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How deadly signs of meningitis can mimic flu symptoms

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

People suspected of contracting the potentially deadly meningitis bug - which can mimic the flu - must seek immediate medical attention despite hospital overcrowding, a support group has warned.


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Parents will be allowed to choose sex of their baby under proposed new legislation

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Parents will be allowed to choose the sex of their baby under proposed new legislation, it emerged yesterday.


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Sufferers with lung cancer 'get less sympathy'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

One in five people in Ireland has less sympathy for someone with lung cancer compared to patients with other forms of the disease.


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HSE confirm measles case in Ireland amid 'ongoing large outbreaks' in Europe

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:40:37 +0000

The HSE have confirmed a case of measles in Limerick and are warning those who may have been exposed to the virus that they may be in danger of getting infected.


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Breakthrough in prostate cancer testing could cut the need for painful biopsies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A simple blood test that confirms the presence of prostate cancer could prevent 70pc of painful biopsies, scientists believe.


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Ombudsman: HSE treatment abroad scheme must be better

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has told the HSE it must improve its treatment abroad scheme, which pays for patients to avail of care they cannot receive here.


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'There are lots of old people waiting on trolleys in there, it's just terrible to see them'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Amid warnings by medics that a blast of Arctic air would only serve to worsen the spreading of the flu virus, the swirling snow and bitter wind outside the Midland Hospital in Tullamore served as yet another reminder that this crisis is far from over.


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Low uptake of pneumonia jab threatens elderly

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A vaccine that can reduce the risk of suffering flu-related pneumonia has a low uptake among over-65s and people with long-term diseases.


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Revealed: Healthy children among 50 to die from flu in five years

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:28:51 +0000

Up to 50 children have died from flu in the last five years, including a minority of young victims who were healthy with no previous risk factors.


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'Up to 400 people a year die from overcrowding', Micheál Martin tells Dáil

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:18:43 +0000

UP to 400 people die each year due to hospital emergency department overcrowding, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.


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'Not acceptable' - 73 children on trolleys in emergency departments over the last two weeks, INMO reveals

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:32:09 +0000

A lack of beds has forced 73 children to languish on trolleys in emergency departments in the last two weeks, it emerged today.


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Hospitals 'expecting the worst' as viral epidemic ready to peak

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

Nurses are bracing themselves for a deluge of patients at hospitals around the country as the flu epidemic is expected to peak later this week.


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Disabled girl abandoned at birth 'failed by HSE and Tusla'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A teenage girl with Down syndrome and autism, who was abandoned at birth, received inadequate supports from Tusla and the HSE, the Children's Ombudsman has found.


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Mother 'devastated' after sudden death of son (15) who was hit by flu-like symptoms

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A mother says her heart has been "broken into a million pieces" in the wake of her 15-year-old son's sudden death after suffering flu-like symptoms.


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'My loveable brother might be alive if cath lab was open in Waterford' - grieving sister of man who died in ambulance

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0000

A woman whose brother died in an ambulance while being transferred from Waterford to Cork for a critical heart operation has challenged TDs to back a Dáil motion today demanding 24-hour cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW).


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Comfort kits handed to patients to help them cope with A&E

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:03:38 +0000

A nurse who has worked in a critical care unit for 11 years has compiled a kit that helps make long waits more bearable for patients in A&E.


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