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  • Fundraisers for child with brain tumour

    02 November 2017 11:29 7

    Portadown Football Club and the Seagoe Hotel will be the venues for two very special fundraisers for a youngster currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. Cameron Truesdale (12) from Waringstown and his family are currently in Mexico for the treatment - which will cost a total of more than £300,000. He’s currently finishing off his second treatment

  • Judge turns down €25,000 settlement to boy who lacerated eyebrow at crèche as inadequate

    02 November 2017 06:20 1

    The court heard the boy had to stand on an unsteady stool to wash his hands in the bathroom when he was two years old. A JUDGE HAS turned down as inadequate a €25,000 settlement offer to a five-year-old boy who lacerated one of his eyebrows in a fall at a Dublin crèche. Samantha Cruess Callaghan, counsel for Lucas Murphy, of Ashgrove, Kill Avenue

  • Harris: healthy living campaign is empowering, not preachy

    02 November 2017 00:02 2

    Simon Harris has denied that a new healthy eating campaign is “preachy” and is urging parents to cut the amount of time their children spend on iPads. The health minister said the measures were about empowering people to take care of themselves. The initiative is believed to cost between €3.5 million and €4.5 million over five years. “The purpose of this campaign

  • Mater Hospital reaches milestone with robotic assisted surgeries

    01 November 2017 13:56 18

    The hospital invested €2m in the da Vinci robot The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin has performed the highest number of robotic assisted surgeries in Ireland. The da Vinci surgical assistant is being used across several procedures including urology, gynaecology, colorectal and cardiothoracic surgery. The hospital says it has resulted in "vastly improved

  • Mental health first aid training next week

    31 October 2017 22:36 2

    The Mental Health and Recovery Board is offering "Mental Health First Aid" training Nov. 6 and 7 from 8 a.m.-noon. each day at Coleman Professional Services in Ravenna. "Mental Health First Aid" is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact and overviews

  • How dangerous is the air where you live? UK's most polluted towns and cities revealed

    30 October 2017 23:07 1

    WHO's air quality database showed 44 out of 51 British towns and cities had failed its tests for fine sooty particles smaller than 2.5 microns across. The particles, known as PM2.5s, have been linked to causing heart disease and premature death and they should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air, according to the organisation. But a significant

  • Phoenix hospital name disrespects organ victims, chiefs warn

    30 October 2017 00:01 1

    Simon Harris has been urged to rename the Phoenix Children’s Hospital after medical chiefs warned it was insensitive to parents of deceased children whose organs were incinerated after being kept without permission. The chosen name of the €1 billion national children’s hospital on the campus of St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8 was announced by the health

  • Public health emergency declared due to “rapid and worrying increase” of new superbug in Ireland

    26 October 2017 07:52 1

    The latest ‘superbug’ is a particular problem in hospital settings. Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced that he is convening the National Public Health Emergency Team as a public health response to a new CPE/CRE superbug in Ireland. Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), also referred to as Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

  • Newborn baby died from lack of oxygen after mum spent 90 minutes alone during 'crucial' labour period

    25 October 2017 16:37 3

    Baby Stevie Cullivan was born limp and unresponsive at Midlands Regional Hospital at 11.59pm on April 28 2015. His mother Sandra Cullivan from Longwood, Co Meath was grieving the loss of her husband Stephen Cullivan, who died from a heart attack five months previously. She lost her baby two days later. The baby suffered some lack of oxygen or stress

  • » Today is World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day

    25 October 2017 05:57 14

    Campaigners in Ireland are hoping the event will raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with the conditions. In Ireland, around 40 babies are born with spina bifida every year, and 1 in 1,000 live births are born with hydrocephalus. Aideen Sutton from the charity SBHI says those with the debilitating spinal conditions face basic access issues