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Anxiety and depression linked to increased cancer death risk

"Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer," The Independent reports. Analysis of English and Scottish data found a link between mental distress and cancer mortality, which remained even after other factors such as smoking were tak ...

Young people’s annual statistics from NDTMS released today

The latest 2015-16 young people’s statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) show that there were 17,077 young people (under the age of 18) in substance misuse services,. ...

Thousands of studies could be flawed due to contaminated cells

dating back 60 years," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on research that suggests ...

News story: Norovirus: all you need to know to prepare

Norovirus is an unpleasant vomiting bug that usually lasts about 2 days. There’s not much that can be done to treat it but there are ways to reduce the risk of passing it on to those around you. It is highly contagious and so it’s important to practise go ...

News story: Increase in cases of Legionnaires' disease in Palmanova, Mallorca

Public Health England (PHE) has seen a recent increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to a town called Palmanova, in Mallorca, Spain. Since mid-September, 17 British travellers have returned from the area with ...

PAC to discuss governance issues with HIQA

The Public Accounts Committee will focus on governance and management of conflict of interest issues at the Health Information and Quality when it meets tomorrow morning, Thursday, 19 October 2017. ...

Cross-Border Healthcare Directive

If you are entitled to public health services in Ireland, you can access those health services in another European Union country and be repaid the cost if you meet certain requirements. The amount that can be refunded is the cost of the public healthcare ...

Urgent need for staffing in Children’s mental health services- Seanad Public Consultation Committee report

There is a chronic lack of standardised services and a lack of clarity surrounding the operation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Ireland, particularly from the perspective of service users, according to a new report on Children’s M ...

Clarification regarding tendering for all apsects of the revised Lifeline service

A news story on Lifeline broadcast on 17 October 2017 reported that a particular named provider would ...

Keeping people with dementia active during winter months

Published date:  Wed, 18/10/2017 Directorate:  Nursing In line with our dementia ‘Still Me’ campaign and the fast approaching winter months, it is important to keep people with dementia active by engaging in activities that they are interested in and are n ...

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the Joint Committee on Health

**Check Against Delivery ** Introduction          Chairman, Committee Members I am very pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you once again today. I will make a brief opening statement and then take questions from the Committee Members. First ...

Final results from the third annual retail survey show campylobacter levels continue to fall

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens. ...

Study on GP referrals to weight management schemes 'positive and encouraging' says RCGP Chair

"Losing weight through a combination of responsible dieting and appropriate physical activity is one of the best things people can do to avoid developing, or lessen the impact of type 2 diabetes – but we know that many patients struggle to lose weigh ...

Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78

Published date:  Tue, 17/10/2017 Directorate:  Health Protection The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 and 78 years old that they are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine. Every year in Northern Ireland, around 1,000 people in ...

Committee on the Eighth Amendment continues hearings on health care issues

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment will continue its focus on health care issues at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 October 2017. ...

New guide to support overseas doctors moving to the UK launched

The web-based resource, called 'A Guide for Overseas Doctors: Living and working the UK for GPs and their families', offers constructive advice and practical support to doctors, bringing together relevant information and showcasing the UK as a g ...

Communications Climate Action & Environment Committee to discuss waste tyres regulation and EU legislative proposals

The Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment will carry out scrutiny of Statutory Instrument 2017-400 Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017, new regulations for dealing with waste tyres which came into force in Octobe ...

Funding to retain nurses in care of older people

Published date:  Tue, 17/10/2017 Directorate:  Nursing The Public Health Agency (PHA) is delighted to have been successful in securing a significant grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. ...

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris on Storm Ophelia

Today has been a difficult and challenging one for our health services and I want to thank all of those who came to work today and went above and beyond. We do expect some continued disruption over the coming days but we can expect a gradual return to nor ...

Dr Mahmoud Fikri

World Health Organization announces with great sadness the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. ...

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