Ireland - Tuesday - Health
Tuesday - 15th January, 2019
The relationship between dates of people’s births and deaths...
Tuesday - 8th January, 2019
‘Illness is something you carry, that you live with . . . It’s a part of who you are’
In hospital the first time, a social worker came into my room. I was 16, in a children’s ward – ...
Tuesday - 18th December, 2018
Dreaming up sweet news for Christmas chocolate guzzlers
Are you getting in shape for the annual guzzlefest that is Christmas? Are your tastebuds salivating ...
Tuesday - 11th December, 2018
Healthcare is failing people with mental disorders
There have been, and probably always will be, some marked inequalities when it comes to healthcare. ...
Tuesday - 4th December, 2018
Tuesday - 27th November, 2018
So many people freeze up when I approach them
Hello friends and Merry Christmas! My name is Bobbie Hickey and I am 19 years old, born and raised i...
Tuesday - 20th November, 2018
Want to be a good patient? Question your doctor
Cervical cancer victim and campaigner Vicky Phelan has achieved so much in the face of adversity. He...
Tuesday - 13th November, 2018
Stealth antibiotic will only go so far in fight against resistance
The discovery of a new antibiotic is a rare event. Especially one that works in a novel way. Cefider...
Tuesday - 6th November, 2018
Screening for cervical cancer is a complex area and the Scally report (Dr Gabriel Scally’s Scoping...
Tuesday - 30th October, 2018
10 tiny changes to brighten your day
I’m a big believer that small changes can have a big impact on your mood and well-being. But for s...
Tuesday - 23rd October, 2018
Tuesday - 16th October, 2018
Days of danger of a catastrophic flu far from over
“Yesterday, from early morning till well after midday, cortege after cortege reached Glasnevin Cem...
Tuesday - 9th October, 2018
The contradictory messages about alcohol and health
After a record 1,000 days, the Public Health Alcohol Bill has passed through the Dáil. Amon...
Tuesday - 2nd October, 2018
the shocking waste in our health service
It is difficult to be a doctor and be “green”, or even slightly environmentally friendly. You wo...
Tuesday - 25th September, 2018
Got kidney stones? Try hopping on a rollercoaster
You’ve got to love quirky research. And it doesn’t get any quirkier than the annual Ig Nobel awa...
Tuesday - 18th September, 2018
the secret language of doctors
Next time you get a prescription from a doctor, have a good look at it. As well as the drug name, yo...
Tuesday - 11th September, 2018
Just how important is taking time off?
Listening to yoga music at bedtime, getting just the right amount of sleep and taking a regular holi...
Tuesday - 4th September, 2018
Too shy to shine?
Being shy does not have to limit your life. The first step to overcoming it is acceptance....
Tuesday - 28th August, 2018
Intuition still has a role to play in medical decisions
Would you like to be treated by a doctor who relies on his gut instinct? And have you ever found you...
Tuesday - 21st August, 2018
laughter really is the best medicine
“The best doctors in the world are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and Dr Merryman.” – Jonathan Swift&nb...
Tuesday - 14th August, 2018
An annual fundraiser, organised by racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Davy Russell, has raised ...
Tuesday - 7th August, 2018
Daddy left wedding service togo for a cigarette
When the pirate princesses (my O’Malley daughters) were small, Daddy used to play a word-game with...
Tuesday - 31st July, 2018
‘It is very complex and it doesn’t let go’
Audrey Tynan keeps a packed bag in her bedroom and always has someone on call to bring her to hospit...
Tuesday - 24th July, 2018
Neo-natal cameras benefit mother and child
Could anyone doubt the health benefits of a camera that links newborn children in a neonatal intensi...
Tuesday - 17th July, 2018
Training in the summer heat? Beware of heatstroke
It’s summer, the sun’s out (one hopes) and many readers will be training for or competing in man...
Tuesday - 10th July, 2018
Would you care if your doctor had a Mad Max tattoo?
Tattoos are a growing fashion item. Even the usually concealed ones are more visible now in the hot ...
Tuesday - 3rd July, 2018
Dental neglect – the painful reality some Irish children endure
Those of us of a certain age remember angst-filled visits to the dentist as children. In the days be...
Tuesday - 26th June, 2018
Irish absence from EU genome project could cause harm
Sixteen European Union countries have signed up to a European genome project to collaborate on DNA r...
Tuesday - 19th June, 2018
National Water Safety Awareness week continues until June 24th. Irish Water Safety and the babies an...
Tuesday - 12th June, 2018
Pop Up Picnics – the multi-sensory performances created for families with young children who have ...
Tuesday - 5th June, 2018
National Bike Week will be held from Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th. Highlights include fam...
Tuesday - 29th May, 2018
Animals responsible for spread of mild and deadly viruses
The deadly haemorrhagic virus is back. Dozens of cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic...
Tuesday - 22nd May, 2018
Why expectant mothers stop taking medication
Vulnerable groups, such as children, prisoners and people with an intellectual disability, are usual...
Tuesday - 15th May, 2018
Resilience required to ride emotional rollercoaster of life
Mental health has been defined as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or ...
Tuesday - 8th May, 2018
CervicalCheck fiasco proves no news is not good news
There is a huge frustration as well as anger out there at the CervicalCheck debacle that may have co...
Tuesday - 1st May, 2018
With or without chemotherapy in the final months of life?
Aquestion: you are a cancer patient, faced with the following choice: four months free of chemothera...
Tuesday - 24th April, 2018
Dark humoured doctors need to watch their language
Rise up readers. Push back patients. It’s time for the populace to challenge the world of medical ...
Tuesday - 17th April, 2018
Kind voices that lift spirits on the farm and help save lives
‘You will never know how many you have saved.” This was the opening line of a lecture given by a...
Tuesday - 10th April, 2018
Lessons from great influenza pandemic for today’s world
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 million an...
Tuesday - 3rd April, 2018
Tradition of wake allows grieving to move at natural pace
As this is an Easter column, I thought I would share some recent reflections on death. Easter is a C...
Tuesday - 27th March, 2018
A simple guide to being a donor
Everyone has a vague idea about organ donation – knowing it involves a healthy organ being taken f...
Tuesday - 20th March, 2018
An apple a day can indeed keep the doctor away
Aphorisms have been around since the beginning of medical practice. Essentially medical proverbs, so...
Tuesday - 13th March, 2018
How to offset the unhealthy effects of shift work
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” William ...
Tuesday - 27th February, 2018
New shingles vaccine will stack odds of viral lottery in our favour
Childhood photographs of Dr H show it clearly. A mini-crater /depression right in the centre of my f...
Tuesday - 20th February, 2018
Readers must challenge fake health news
‘My sense is that of all the categories of fake news, health news is the worst. There’s more bad...
Tuesday - 13th February, 2018
The chances of surviving a brush with cancer have increased substantially in the last decade. A comb...
Tuesday - 6th February, 2018
Ask yourself three questions before visiting the doctor
‘GP campaign urges basic questions before trip to doctor” This headline in The Irish Times is a ...
Tuesday - 30th January, 2018
How Tony Booth changed my life more than anyone
Adoctor encounters thousands of patients in a lifetime’s work. Some they remember, while others fa...
Tuesday - 23rd January, 2018
Can we reverse type 2 diabetes? Yes, we can
Cure can be an elusive goal in medicine. Many diseases are chronic so that realistic goals are about...
Tuesday - 16th January, 2018
Never under estimate risk of acute worsening of your asthma
Asthma affects 470,000 people in the Republic; we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in th...
Tuesday - 9th January, 2018
The flu is here – what are the symptoms and what should you do?
The flu has arrived, folks. With latest figures showing a doubling in the rates of ILI (influenza-li...
Tuesday - 2nd January, 2018
Don’t let yourself to be shamed into New Year health resolutions
Today is the first day of new resolutions for many – the turning over of a new leaf in the annual ...
Tuesday - 19th December, 2017
Tuesday - 12th December, 2017
Every patient needs hope, but not from a spin doctor
“He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.” – Samuel Taylo...
Tuesday - 5th December, 2017
New definition of hypertension would have major impact
The new American guidelines for managing high blood pressure have just been published under the lead...
Tuesday - 28th November, 2017
Smart pills could short-circuit doctor-patient trust
As we become more aware of some borderline ethical practices by Facebook and other mega social media...
Tuesday - 21st November, 2017
Talking to teenage schoolboys about sexuality
Ireland’s traditional approach to sex education has let everyone down, writes Richie Sadlier:...
Tuesday - 14th November, 2017
Would you wear a face mask in public during flu epidemic?
With the flu season in the southern hemisphere winter just over – Australia had a record number of...
Tuesday - 7th November, 2017
we need to do more than just talk about it
Vaccination rates against the human papilloma virus (HPV) have dropped dramatically as a result of a...
Tuesday - 31st October, 2017
Non-smoker, normal cholesterol levels has heart disease. Why?
Up to 25 per cent of people who experience an acute cardiac event such as a heart attack have none o...
Tuesday - 24th October, 2017
Ignoring lower back pain is not an option – for most of us
Iwas taken aback to read recently that almost 70 per cent of us will experience lower back pain at s...
Tuesday - 17th October, 2017
Doctors’ only wear white coats now for decorating
The best thing you could say about the face that glowered from a page of the medical journal was tha...
Tuesday - 10th October, 2017
Why Limerick GP training scheme is a spectacular success
It was a bittersweet week in my office. We were sad because Gaia, our resident medical student for t...
Tuesday - 3rd October, 2017
GPs are like the priests – you see a lot of grey heads
The medical year has its internal rhythms and seasons, and autumn is a time of preparation for winte...
Tuesday - 26th September, 2017
Little cash but much cachet at the Ig Nobel awards
Did you know that taking up the didgeridoo reduces snoring or ever wonder why old men have such big ...
Tuesday - 19th September, 2017
sort out toxic stress before it sorts you out
Burnout is an evocative term. It conjures up images of an engine flaming out. But rather than being ...
Tuesday - 12th September, 2017
we have the ingredients
“Maybe I just want to fly, I want to live I don’t want to die, Maybe I just want to breathe, may...
Tuesday - 5th September, 2017
Reduce cancer risk by taking the Pill? Really?
For many younger women the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is the “go-to” method to control fertil...
Tuesday - 29th August, 2017
Seventy-five years of chemotherapy is worth celebrating
One in three of us will develop cancer during our lives. When it happens we expect to be treated wit...
Tuesday - 22nd August, 2017
Feeling hot hot hot
Is running good for your libido?...
Tuesday - 15th August, 2017
Time to start sweating about the Lucifer effect
If you are going to name an extreme heatwave you can’t beat Lucifer as a moniker. Which is what th...
Tuesday - 8th August, 2017
Doctors have a sense of humour? Tell me another one
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy” – George Gershwin It’s a bank holiday column...
Tuesday - 1st August, 2017
Country or city living – what is the healthy option?
For downsizing city dwellers the property pages of The Irish Times during the summer months offer an...
Tuesday - 25th July, 2017
Can doctors look after patients properly when they are exhausted?
I woke up with a start. My car was attached to a set of railings across the road from the main entra...
Tuesday - 18th July, 2017
False diagnosis of penicillin allergy may be widespread
One of the most frequent medical questions in consultations is “are you allergic to any medication...
Tuesday - 11th July, 2017
Experts need to learn when to say ‘I don’t know’
‘One of the most common errors that experts make is to assume that, because they are smarter than ...
Tuesday - 4th July, 2017
Fear of pain can be enough to hurt you
What place could the term nocebo (“I shall harm”) possibly have in modern medicine? As the “da...
Tuesday - 27th June, 2017
Does stress cause infertility? A look at a painful subject
‘Having a fertility problem can be a really lonely and miserable place to be. Fertility treatment ...
Tuesday - 20th June, 2017
Patient suggestions to improve doctors’ terminology
Doctors sometimes become overly absorbed in the challenge posed by uncertain diagnoses. A recently d...
Tuesday - 13th June, 2017
Voting for the strict parent is what some people do:...
Tuesday - 6th June, 2017
Importance of asking right question in the right way
‘It is truly astounding how powerful our words can be in shaping people’s reception of informati...
Tuesday - 30th May, 2017
What sport you like shows what type of doctor you will be
Settle down please, Final Med class. Thank you. I am sure you are as relieved as I am to hear that t...
Tuesday - 23rd May, 2017
Sifting the truth from the waffle your patients tell you
The customer in the travel agent’s might not have known what she wanted, but she certainly knew wh...
Tuesday - 16th May, 2017
the nocebo versus the placebo
If you are one of the many people in Ireland who take a cholesterollowering statin, you will be fami...
Tuesday - 9th May, 2017
High blood pressure could kill you – so deal with it
Like so many people, I have high blood pressure. Yet, with the exception of occasional dizziness on ...
Tuesday - 2nd May, 2017
Have you ‘foie gras’ liver? It’s time to do something about it
If you don’t drink or have a low alcohol intake that guarantees you will never get cirrhosis of th...
Tuesday - 25th April, 2017
Science, not war, was good for medical research
Medicine and armed conflict may seem unlikely bedfellows. Especially following the recent use of the...
Tuesday - 18th April, 2017
Calling all chocoholics! Some evidence to help ease the guilt
Hello fellow chocoholics! Are you in good form after enjoying an Easter egg over the weekend? Just i...
Tuesday - 11th April, 2017
Go tribal and avoid heart disease – here’s how
How would you feel if some 60 per cent of your diet was made up of fruit, vegetables and nuts? And i...
Tuesday - 4th April, 2017
Tuesday - 28th March, 2017
We need to pay doctors for spending time with patients
Doctors spend a significant amount of time learning communication skills. Firstly in medical school,...
Tuesday - 21st March, 2017
Get your body clock ready before you lose an hour of sleep next Sunday
Are you someone who struggles to get a good night’s sleep? If so, don’t expect to be refreshed w...
Tuesday - 14th March, 2017
Will you replace the smear taker with a swab?
It is rare to meet a patient who feels nonchalant about a pelvic examination or cervical smear. The ...
Tuesday - 7th March, 2017
Is fear of Trump the phobia of phobias?
Idon’t like heights. I’m okay on ladders but as soon as the visible distance between me and terr...
Tuesday - 28th February, 2017
How much empathy is too much empathy?
How important is it that your doctor is empathetic? Until recently I would have responded with an em...
Tuesday - 21st February, 2017
Could ‘alt-right’ policies threaten public health?
Right wing populism – á la Trump, Marie Le Pen and others – is on the march. In the US ...
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