Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Non-Verbal Autistic Teenager Given A Voice

Sixteen-year-old Fiacre Ryan’s life was transformed because of the Rapid Prompting Method, an innovative way of dealing with the effects of autism, and he now wishes to expand its use in Ireland and lower the stigma often associated with autism. Diagnosed with autism at age three, it was difficult for friends and family to fullyRead more..

108-Year-Old Irish Woman Has Been to a Doctor Exactly Once

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph shortly following her 108th birthday in July, County Antrim woman Maud Nicholl (left, with Telegraph reporter Donna Deaney) revealed that she has only been to see the doctor once since 1909. “I don’t feel my age in the slightest, in fact I have never felt my age,” sheRead more..

Superbugs Be Gone

Dublin Institute of Technology start-up company Kastus was the recent recipient of a Knowledge Transfer Ireland award, which promotes publicly-funded research in Ireland, for their new antimicrobial solution designed to kill so-called “superbugs” like MRSA, Ecoli, fungus associated with athlete’s foot, and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. Kastus CEO John Browne says their solution will kill what theRead more..

Record Overcrowding in Irish Hospitals

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald (below) published a comprehensive and substantive  document on Dublin’s Mater Hospital, which in June was the third most overcrowded hospital in Ireland, behind University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Galway, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization. The Mater “provides not just a local service butRead more..

Irish Universities: Leading the Way in Life & Health Science

Irish universities are at the forefront of medical science. Here are some of the recent breakthroughs they have made in understanding human health.  ℘℘℘ Queens University Belfast Improving the prognosis and quality of life for patients with bowel cancer is the aim of researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. Patients with bowel cancer are currently offeredRead more..

First Findings in From NASA Twin Study

The first results from a years-long study about the effects of prolonged space travel involving celebrated Irish American astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly (below, left and right) were released by NASA in January. The study, aptly named the Twins Study, compared biological samples shared by the brothers after Scott’s nearly year-long posting at theRead more..

The Celtic Curse

Coming to terms with hemochromatosis. ℘℘℘ When I began researching hemochromatosis for this story, I knew only the basic facts: that hemochromatosis is a genetic condition that causes the body to store high levels of iron; that the body has no way of getting rid of that excess iron; and that, if left untreated, it canRead more..

“Molly, you have Alzheimer’s”

A grandmother’s legacy lives on in the work of Muireann Irish, whose research has shown that people with dementia don’t just lose the ability to remember the past, they also lose the ability to envisage the future. ℘℘℘ One of my favorite memories of my grandmother, Molly Lowney, is calling in to her house everyRead more..

Living in Each Other’s Shadow

We should be attendant to any story that involves love, even when it’s the strange and wonderful bond between a cat and human. ℘℘℘ Earlier this summer my cat died. I know it’s not important in the scheme of things, but it left me reeling. For days I was buffeted by my grief in theRead more..

Sláinte! All Hail the Humble Spud

Edythe Preet writes about Ireland’s relationship with its signature crop. ℘℘℘ Back in first grade, my “see Spot run” primer told how Dick and Jane grew potatoes in their backyard and roasted them in an autumn leaf bonfire. If those kids can do that, I thought, so can I. Mom supplied a few spuds thatRead more..