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This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Dr Catherine Conlon: Respiratory illness clusters in China - what is it and what are the risks?
The public health doctor looks at the concerns over an increase in respiratory illness in children in northern China.
Last year
Summer Covid wave causing 'havoc' for businesses struggling with staff shortages
Flight cancellations from airlines are one symptom but there are others.
With infection levels high, there are knock-on effects across several sectors.
The hospitality sector was already short-staffed before the recent wave.
Unions are calling for increased protections including the INMO in hospitals.
With cases on the rise, what is the current advice if you catch Covid-19?
Covid-19 cases rise more than 26% in single week
All time
Russia now has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world
The country has 232,243 cases, surpassing the UK and Spain.
Man goes on trial accused of causing serious harm to two ex-girlfriends by passing on HIV
The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.
More people are being hospitalised because of problems with their teeth
The IDA is calling on the Tánaiste to reinstate the PRSI dental scheme.
More antibiotics would stop rise in dangerous Strep B infections in babies - scientists
New research has recorded a rise of 60% in cases of the infection over the past 25 years in the Netherlands.
Government to consider free nicotine patches for pregnant women
Minister of State Alex White told the Dáil yesterday that it is estimated that between 18 per cent and 21 per cent of Irish women smoke during pregnancy.
Stocks of antibiotic Augmentin could run out 'within months'
The antibiotic treats infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and may be unavailable in Ireland until late next year.
"Radical action" needed to tackle lack of handwashing in hospitals
However, head of transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, David Hickey, said that sanctions were “stupid”.
Slight drop in STIs - but gonorrhoea at highest figures ever recorded
There were 1,110 cases of gonorrhea in Ireland last year – an increase of one third on the previous year.
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.
The Evening Fix... now with added tastes from home
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One in 20 patients has hospital acquired infection
5.2 per cent of patients get infection within two days of admission, after a medical device was inserted or after surgery.
New study finds that babies with pets are healthier
New research has found that babies who have contact with cats and dogs are less likely to develop respiratory infections.
Wash your hands: Irish start-up aims to beat hospital superbugs worldwide
The Irish company has been chosen by the WHO to promote hand hygiene globally. Thirty-five percent of healthcare facilities are at an inadequate or basic level.
Rates of MRSA drop to the lowest recorded in Ireland
However, we still has a “relatively high” prevalence of the infection in comparison to the majority of European countries.
Measles cases on the rise - report
While incidences of MRSA were the lowest ever recorded by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the number of measles cases in Ireland rose by 149 per cent last year.
Superdrug could cure all viral infections
US researchers say they’ve developed a drug that could cure the common cold, ‘flu and other ailments not affected by antibiotics.