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#Public Health

# public-health - Thursday 22 December, 2016

FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits

An ongoing online campaign against in-school vaccinations is not based on scientific evidence, and is contradicted by volumes of it.

# public-health - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

FactCheck: Is Denis Naughten right about the deaths caused by air pollution in Ireland?

The Climate Action Minister says four people die every day due to air pollution. We put his claim to the test.

# public-health - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

The average commuter adds 800 calories a week to their diet, a new report has found

Research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that people who commute for long periods of time are potentially “shortening their lives”.

# public-health - Sunday 14 August, 2016

FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?

FactCheck delves into an on-air dispute over a major issue lurking on the horizon for Ireland.

# public-health - Monday 25 July, 2016

First baby born in Europe with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain

An aborted foetus in Slovenia also had microcephaly.

# public-health - Monday 11 April, 2016

FactCheck: Is Ireland really one of the world's most obese countries?’s FactCheck puts some alarming recent headlines to the test.

# public-health - Monday 1 February, 2016

WHO declares Zika virus an international emergency

The organisation made the announcement this evening.

# public-health - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Millions of Americans could be banned from smoking in their own homes

And anyone who doesn’t comply could be evicted.

# public-health - Monday 19 October, 2015

From Business ETC A bad hangover won’t just hurt your head – it’s damaging the country as well Can It

A bad hangover won’t just hurt your head – it’s damaging the country as well

A new US study has calculated the cost of binge drinking to the economy.

# public-health - Friday 11 September, 2015

Government does NOT intend to ban vaping in pubs and offices

“Currently the evidence base does not support prohibiting vaping in public places…”

# public-health - Sunday 26 July, 2015

How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers

The facts (and figures) of life.

# public-health - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

The headshop ban pretty much worked, people stopped abusing headshop drugs

A new Trinity study shows that treatment for ‘legal highs’ dropped to virtually nil

# public-health - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Teenagers invent a condom that changes colour if you have an STI

It’s all about the molecules.

# public-health - Friday 24 April, 2015

The shocking story of the rise of HIV in one rural American community

From 2009-2013, Scott County, Indiana had three HIV infections. There have been 142 since January.

# public-health - Tuesday 14 April, 2015

‘Public health’ initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed

Commercial interests have no place in public health, writes addiction counsellor Rolande Anderson.

# public-health - Friday 10 April, 2015

Restaurant closed for ‘grave and immediate danger to public health’

The restaurant in Roscommon was reopened after five days

# public-health - Monday 24 November, 2014

The HSE are still preparing the country for a possible Ebola outbreak

A number of different public bodies attended a training event in Tallaght today.

# public-health - Thursday 16 October, 2014

# public-health - Monday 6 October, 2014

One in six 3-year-olds have a serious longstanding health condition

Boys are 50% more likely than girls to have such conditions.

# public-health - Saturday 4 October, 2014

Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering

Scare tactics and misinformation should have no place in deciding public health policy.

# public-health - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Poll: Is the State right to crack down on smoking? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the State right to crack down on smoking?

With new laws to restrict smoking, we’re asking: Nanny state gone too far? Or public health necessity?

Ireland is one step closer to a ban on smoking near children in cars

A bill will go to the Dáil next week, and has government support.

# public-health - Friday 5 September, 2014

Electronic cigarettes could save thousands of lives a year, say experts

A new editorial published in the British Journal of General Practice has hit out at “alarmist” criticism of the devices.

Ebola outbreak could easily have been averted, says expert

There has been criticism of the World Health Organisation over the slow response to the Ebola outbreak.

# public-health - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

How cooking with coal and wood fires is killing millions around the world

…Especially women and children.

# public-health - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Chinese man dies of bubonic plague after feeding his dog a marmot

Some 30,000 people have been kept inside the city of Yumen for a week.

# public-health - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Drinking’s role “airbrushed” out of reporting of Irish alcohol-related deaths

A study found that alcohol can be underplayed in media reports.

# public-health - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Cross-party TDs at least agree on one thing, the need to tackle alcohol abuse

The four main political parties were joined by Alcohol Action Ireland and Alastair Campbell to launch a new informal Oireachtas group on the issue.

# public-health - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

Public hearings to be held on proposals to standardise cigarette packaging

The general scheme of the bill to standard packaging on cigarettes is to be the subject of public hearings by an Oireachtas committee.

# public-health - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Chinese bats likely source of SARS virus – report

Researchers have also said that direct bat-to-human transmission is “plausible”.

# public-health - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Column: We should stop water fluoridation in Ireland because it’s needless – not dangerous

Anti-fluoride campaigners quote unreliable studies in opposition to water fluoridation, but the real reason we should stop adding it to public water is because it’s unnecessary and a waste of money, writes Craig Connolly.

# public-health - Thursday 11 July, 2013

The naked truth? Anti-fluoride protesters strip off to demand ‘safe’ water

The naked demonstration will “symbolise how we in Ireland have been stripped of our rights to clean safe water”, according to organisers.

# public-health - Saturday 1 June, 2013

Russia’s ambitious anti-tobacco plan aims to cut smoker numbers by half

Russians still smoke plentifully on public transport and administrative buildings, but all that could change under an ambitious new anti-tobacco plan.

# public-health - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Childers calls for Irish PR firms to declare tobacco clients

Childers said clients should be aware of certain Irish PR firms, which she claimed were “representing the tobacco industry and not being open and transparent about it”.

# public-health - Friday 4 January, 2013

HSE urges public to ‘look after health’ given hospital crowding

The combination of holiday ailments and the winter vomiting bug mean hospitals are busier than they might usually be.

# public-health - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Taking antibiotics for colds and flu is pointless – pharmacists

Pharmacists have warned that overuse of antibiotics is a major public health threat – and that we could eventually run out of effective antibiotics.

# public-health - Monday 20 August, 2012

Higher rate of infection among homeless ‘put overall population at risk’

New data published in The Lancet shows much higher infection rates of TB, HIV and Hepatitis-C among homeless people.

# public-health - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Dublin water restrictions still in place to ‘protect public health’

And read why one local resident in the Clontarf area is hoping for a particularly speedy resolution…

# public-health - Monday 23 July, 2012

“We’re drinking too much as a country” – Shortall confirms alcohol restrictions

Junior minister says the cheap and easy availability of alcohol needs to be addressed to curb consumption.

# public-health - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Beaumont Hospital bans smoking on its grounds

The HSE has set a target of banning smoking from the grounds of all health campuses by 2015.

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