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#Public Health

# 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

# 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.

# public-health - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

One third of malaria drugs worldwide are fake – Lancet research

Counterfeit anti-malaria medicines are contributing to deaths across the world and also leading to drug resistance – putting billions of people at risk – according to researchers.

# public-health - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Seventh resident from Donegal home dies of flu Flu

Seventh resident from Donegal home dies of flu

Another resident of the private Nazareth nursing home in Buncrana has died from influenza, the seventh to succumb to the disease.

# public-health - Friday 6 April, 2012

HSE continues to investigate flu deaths at Donegal nursing home

Another patient at the Nazareth nursing home in Buncrana died today, but the HSE has said it was not related to the current outbreak.

HSE: 178,000 waiting to see a consultant at an outpatient clinic

The Health Minister has said the number of people on waiting lists to see specialists is “utterly unacceptable”.

# public-health - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

All clear: tests on Cork pheasants are negative for bird flu

A temporary exclusion zone is lifted after further tests on a flock of game birds in Clonakilty show bird flu had not spread.

# public-health - Monday 2 April, 2012

Clonakilty bird flu “poses no risk to public health”

The Department of Agriculture said today that bird flu found in pheasants in Clonakilty is not the deadly H5N1 strain. However all biosecurity measures will remain in place in Barryroe, where results are expected on ill pheasants there.

# public-health - Sunday 25 March, 2012

In pictures: Vintage health campaigns in Ireland Mind Now This post contains images

In pictures: Vintage health campaigns in Ireland

From murderous houseflies to challenging TB…

# public-health - Friday 17 February, 2012

WHO delays decision on releasing new bird flu research

Researchers in the US and the Netherlands have developed new H5N1 strains which are more transmissible than the natural version.

# public-health - Saturday 21 January, 2012

Loss of nearly 2,000 nurses from HSE ‘a major blow’ HSE

Loss of nearly 2,000 nurses from HSE ‘a major blow’

New figures have shown that 3,500 personnel – the vast majority of them nurses – are due to leave the HSE by the end of February.

# public-health - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Ireland’s health spending among highest in OECD

As a portion of the government’s income, Ireland’s health spending is higher than many of the world’s developed countries.

# public-health - Monday 19 December, 2011

Ireland’s vital signs: The nation’s health over the last decade

New figures outline how Ireland’s health has changed over the last ten years. We’ve picked out what’s getting better – and what’s getting worse.

# public-health - Saturday 3 December, 2011

Addicts drinking hand sanitiser to get alcohol fix

The head of a service for drug users and the homeless in Ireland has said that some addicts are being driven to drinking hand sanitiser in an effort to get a fix of alcohol.

# public-health - Thursday 2 June, 2011

Deadly E.coli outbreak caused by new strain, says WHO

The World Health Organisation has said preliminary tests suggest the wave of E.coli infection affecting Europeans has been caused by a new, mutant form of two different E. coli bacteria.

# public-health - Thursday 21 April, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Irish men predicted to live nearly a decade longer by 2041

Public health tables released today display a wealth of information about how Irish people live, die and procreate – and how that may change in the near future.

# public-health - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE GROWTH IN ‘medical tourism’ has been blamed for the spread of a new antibiotic-resistant superbug found in European hospitals.

The germ represents a “clear and frightening danger”‘ and may become a worldwide endemic, an article in today’s Lancet Infectious Diseases calims.

The bacteria, which have been isolated in 37 cases in Britain and in India, have developed near total resistance to all forms of antibiotics.

The team of international researchers who made the discovery describe the emergence of the germs as a “worldwide public health” threat and call for “co-ordinated international surveillance”.

The researchers described how common bacteria such as E.coli have begun to pick up a specific gene, called NDM-1, that renders them resistant to all but the most powerful antibiotics.

The NDM-1 gene has “an alarming potential to spread and diversify among bacterial populations”, they warn.

The spread of the super-resistant gene had been aided by international travel, and by so called “medical tourism” – the trend for people to travel abroad for cosmetic surgery and other procedures – the authors claim.

A number of the UK patients presenting with the resistant bacteria “had undergone elective, including cosmetic, surgery while visiting India or Pakistan”, the report reveals.

The grim news comes just as the swine flu pandemic is declared officially over.