Looking behind the European medicines data breach

Important documents may have been taken following a data breach relating to Europe’s drug regulator – the European Medicines Agency (EMA). It seems that the data breach was politically motivated….

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The COVID Tracker App is Available to Download

The Covid Tracker app will help in the fight against coronavirus. Download the COVID Tracker app HERE. We’ll protect your privacy, and you’ll help us protect everyone. Stay safe. Protect…

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Clare Fire Service Achieves International Health and Safety Accreditation

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded the ‘ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System’ accreditation, which is the world’s first international standard for OH&S. ISO 45001…

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GSK gears up for trials as it pushes ahead with three possible Covid-19 vaccines and two antibody treatments

The British drugs group is working on three possible vaccines for the deadly virus with partners, as well as two antibody treatments.  It is also shipping record amounts of flu…

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The COVID vaccine timeline: Where the candidates are now—and what’s still to come

What you need to know about how long the winding path to a COVID vaccine will take and which companies are out in front. The mad dash to create and…

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Face Masks: What The Data Says

The science supports that face coverings are saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and yet the debate trundles on. How much evidence is enough? When her Danish colleagues first suggested…

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Stress Control Online

The first session of the HSE’s Stress Control Online is to be repeated again today at 2pm and 8.30pm. There was great feedback from those who participated in this the…

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HOW COULD COVID-19 SHAPE THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY?

Coronavirus, widely known by its official name COVID-19, has swooped the entire world by its feet. While we have witnessed pandemic attacks since the inception of the human race, this…

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Communities asked to Light up for Road Safety on World Remembrance Day

Council buildings across Ireland will ‘light up for road safety’ as part of this year’s ‘World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims’ on Sunday 15th November. Local Authority Road Safety Officers…

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Sperm DNA Fragmentation – a better biomarker

Conventional semen parameters are accepted to have limited diagnostic value for male infertility and poor prognostic value for ART success. In contrast, sperm DNA fragmentation has been shown to be…

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Israeli EMS Innovations

Israel’s unique experience is driving EMS innovation worldwide It’s the hope of every EMS agency around the world to provide fast and professional treatment to those in need of medical…

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COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 29 October

France and Germany to enter new lockdowns; India passes 8 million confirmed cases; Italy with record one-day increase in cases. 1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe Confirmed cases of…

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One Hundred Irish Retailers For All Your Online Christmas Shopping

From beauty and books to toys and tech, there’s a huge selection of homegrown companies to choose from The weeks ahead are going to be incredibly hard for Irish retailers…

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Ireland Becomes First Country in Europe to Introduce Second National Lockdown

The second lockdown, which will see a return to the 5km travel limit, will be in force until December 1. On Monday night, Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced that Ireland would…

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Ireland Braces for Level Five Restrictions Following NPHET Warning

Cabinet will today sign off on tighter measures for the entire country after NPHET advised a six week lockdown with the most severe restrictions. Cabinet will today sign off on…

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Sweden Rejected Covid-19 Lockdown – Could Ireland Learn From its Maverick Approach?

Sweden was the only major European country to reject lockdown and leave most of its bars, restaurants and shops open during the Covid-19 crisis. Ireland took the least maverick route…

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Countries Urged to Take Stronger Action to Stop Spread of Harmful Information

The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based…

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Studying and COVID-19

COVID-19 your questions answered The Government of Ireland is committed to protecting the health and safety of all people living, working and studying in Ireland during this time of unprecedented…

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COVID Research Updates This Month

Tests reveal silent reinfections in hospital workers. Nature wades through the literature on the new coronavirus — and summarises key papers as they appear. 28 September — Tests reveal silent reinfections…

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How Do Children Fight Off the Coronavirus?

The secret may lie in an “innate” immune response that targets unrecognised invaders, scientists say. Children may be less affected by the coronavirus because of a type of immune response…

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Face Masks: 20 Key Facts About Wearing Them Safely

The percentage of people in Ireland wearing face masks in public is quite low – far lower than the 83.4 per cent uptake reported in Italy. This is despite face masks…

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PUT ME ON THE FRONTLINE: HOMEBIRTH MIDWIVES DURING LOCKDOWN

Niamh Bates is self-employed Community Midwife who works with the HSE Homebirth Service. With many expectant mothers fearful of using hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, Niamh and her colleagues…

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RNLI’s ‘Launch a Memory’ campaign to see west of Ireland lifeboat remember 10,000 loved ones

A new all-weather RNLI lifeboat, which will be permanently based at Clifden in Connemara, will proudly carry the names of up to 10,000 people, placed on it by their loved…

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National roll out of Virtual Platform for Health Appointments

Attend Anywhere is a safe, simple video conferencing tool, initially used in Scotland and now elsewhere that enables health professionals to continue to see patients, albeit virtually for a video…

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RTE aired a documentary yesterday looking at the battle to save lives on St James’ Hospital frontline during Covid-19 fight

Filmed in one of Ireland’s busiest hospitals in the midst of lockdown, RTÉ Investigates: Inside Ireland’s Covid Battle goes behind the scenes at St James’s Hospital, Dublin Brave Covid-19 patients,…

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Epidemic of Contaminated Waste

An epidemic of contaminated waste is following the Coronavirus The world is struggling to deal with the spread of another medical problem created by the coronavirus – a deluge of…

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Garda Colm Horkan RIP

The entire emergency services and wider public are in utter shock at the senseless loss of life of Garda Colm Horkan. Emergencyservices.ie and its team here would like to take…

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High Drama on the High Seas: Book on incredible RNLI Rescues

A new book providing a collection of first-hand accounts of some of the most dramatic rescues carried out by RNLI lifesavers around Ireland and the UK over the past 20…

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BANK HOLIDAY: CLEAN COAST INITIATIVE

With limited travel available to people this weekend, many of our country’s beautiful beaches will see heavy use as the fine weather continues. However, there remains a serious lack of…

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Defence Forces: The Army Cadetship Podcast

The Irish Defence Forces Podcast aims to provide interesting content on all aspects of the Irish military. It is a production of the Defence Forces Public Relations Branch. In this…

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How major cities are trying to keep people walking and cycling after the lockdown

Governing bodies are looking at ways to reduce traffic and pollution when the world eventually returns to work. Countries including Italy and Colombia have increased cycle lanes and banned some…

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PPE: What now for the global supply chain?

Covid-19 has turned the spotlight on healthcare supply chains, challenging 30 years of ever growing globalisation, writes Jane Feinmann As 2020 dawned, the idea that a healthcare procurement team should maintain…

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Put me on the Frontline: Ciarán Lanigan

Máirtín Breathnach interviews Ciaran Lanigan, Clinical Lead in the Croke Park testing centre. We were delighted to catch up with Ciaran Lanigan who oversaw the testing of the potentual Covid-19…

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Irish-based firm looks at blood-based alternative to a Covid-19 vaccine

Whether it’s starting from scratch to develop an entirely novel vaccine, or testing the effectiveness of an existing vaccination on Covid-19, healthcare companies across the globe have been working day…

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Free Emergency Medicine e-Learning Course for all medical students

The International Emergency Medicine Education Project (iEM) has been providing free emergency medicine educational resources for medical students since June 2018. Content produced by 175 contributors from 27 countries has…

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The Sniper – Infantry Weapons Wing Podcast

The Irish Defence Forces Podcast speaks to Sergeant Karl Johnston of the Infantry Weapons Wing on the history, concept and uses of snipers. Karl is a sniper instructor in the…

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Gardaí approach to Covid-19 policing

An Garda Síochána is putting a few challenging years of transformation behind it. But it really is in its approach to policing the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic that it…

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Millstreet Ambulance Brave the Shave

Four Paramedics from Millstreet Ambulance Station in Cork have decided to shave their heads – in the name of charity. The charities chosen by the participants are: Marymount Hospice, Cork…

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Bill Gates in his monthly blog says humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for coronavirus. One of the questions I get asked the most…

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5 Lessons From A Firefighter Life

Frédéric Jacquet is a retired volunteer firefighter based in France who has written about the shared lessons in both digital transformaton and firefighting. A couple of years ago, on top…

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Coronavirus Patients Are Reporting Neurological Symptoms

As case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise around the world, those afflicted are reporting neurological symptoms. Some studies report that over a third of patients show neurological symptoms. In the vast…

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Coughvid app will tell if you have Covid-19

Your smartphone will soon be able to listen to your cough and predict whether you’ve contracted COVID-19. Coronavirus patients have a distinctive cough that sounds different than other illnesses and…

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Civil Defence commended for its COVID-19 crisis response

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, T.D, speaking at the Civil Defence HQ, paid tribute to the significant contribution of Civil Defence and its volunteers to the national response to COVID-19. Nationally…

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Work from Home: The G2 Guide

Expect more! G2 is giving tips to work from home. https://learn.g2.com/hub/wfh-week

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TRIAGE TRENT LOGISTICS

Triage and treatment tents have become ubiquitous in the current pandemic, improving throughput and keeping infectious but relatively well patients outside of the hospital. Emergency physician Josh Bucher, assistant professor…

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WORLD versus VIRUS

World Versus Virus is a weekly podcast from the World Economic Forum. Coping with COVID if you’re blind, and other stories in our new podcast WHO’s Bruce Aylward tells us how…

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Decoding Covid-19

Seven human coronaviruses in seven graphics By the end of the day, there will be probably  550,000 Covid-19 cases , resulting in almost 24,000 fatalities worldwide. After its discovery last December, in…

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COVID-19: France calls unemployed to work in fields as borders stay closed

The French government has called on employees who are on temporary lay-offs to make themselves available to help farmers with seasonal harvests. But such ‘agricultural patriotism’ does not go well…

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What to eat to boost your immune system?

COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Fruits Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. Fruits are sources of many essential nutriments that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber,…

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Safeguarding our lives and our livelihoods

In a thought-provoking article, expert contributors to global consultancy firm McKinsey & Co outline the urgency to win the battle with Covid-19 Everything has changed. Just a few weeks ago, all…

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BE ON CALL – HSE OVERWHELMED

Over 50,000 people have contacted the HSE to be ‘On Call for Ireland’ over the last three days after the national health body called on those former health staff who…

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National Pandemic Influenza Plan

This National Pandemic Influenza Plan is based on eight core elements: communications strategy telephone hotline outlining the responsibilities of the public surveillance antiviral drugs pandemic vaccine reorganisation of health services…

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COVID-19 CRISIS RESPONSE HANDBOOK

The Official Emergency Services Crisis Response Handbook will contain information on: 1. Getting ready: Emergency preparedness and crisis response.  2. Protecting and empowering: community-based protection; protection interventions, specific needs, legal standards and…

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Emergency Services in County Mayo Potentially Under Threat

A recent report published by The Connaught Telegraph have indicated that  Mayo’s emergency services are heading towards a point of not being viable anymore unless quick action is taken. Speaking…

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Coast Guard Helicopter Currently Not Licensed to Land at New National Children’s Hospital

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has confirmed recently that an Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter will not be permitted to land on the elevated helipad at the new…

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SLA’s To Ensure Continuity In Cross-Border Services In Case Of No-Deal Brexit

As reported by Valerie Ryan in the Irish Medical Times, it is not anticipated that there will be any break in services across the 30 Service Level Agreements currently in…

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Latest Figures Show 11% Increase In Emergency Calls

Ireland’s 999/112 emergency call centres handled almost 2.1 million calls last year, an increase of over 11% on 2017, recent data has shown. The Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) has…

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Air Corps Continue To Make Significant Emergency Response Contribution

The Irish Air Corps carried out more than 300 Air Ambulance missions in 2018 with the more than half of those taking place in the west of Ireland. The primary…

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RSA Chief Wants Mobile Devices For Gardaí to Detect Disqualified Drivers

peaking yesterday on World Remembrance Day for Road victims the Road Safety Authority chief Moyagh Murdock said that mobile access to a national database is essential for gardaí in order…

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The History of the Ambulance Service

One of the most important services in this world is definitely the Ambulance Service. Without the hardworking paramedics providing quick aid around the clock, many of us would be helpless…

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Garda Band to Play St Bridget’s Blanchardstown on Tuesday

The fantastic Garda band will be in concert at St Brigid’s Church in Blanchardstown this coming Tuesday (October 30th) The concert will start at 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm and…

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European Police Marathon in Dublin this Sunday

The European Police Championships Marathon will be held in Dublin this coming Sunday (Oct 28th). The marathon will be in conjunction with the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2018. The annual…

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New ‘Safe-Injecting’ Centre To Open On Dublin’s Merchant’s Quay

The planned new State-funded injecting centre for chronic heroin and cocaine addicts in Dublin’s inner city is to cater for around 60 addicts each day and is to open at…

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Air Ambulance Close To Lift-Off

Ireland’s first community air ambulance service is set to take off before Christmas— but it won’t be a doctor-led service as had been anticipated and hoped for. The decision has…

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25% Of A&E Admissions Unnecessary According To New Study

Almost a quarter of A&E admissions could be potentially avoided in a better functioning health system, according to a new study which indicates that some of these unnecessary admissions are…

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450 Calls Dealt With By Voluntary First Aid Organisations During Storm Emma

It was announced that 450 calls were dealt with by voluntary first aid organisations since last Wednesday, February 28th due to Storm Emma. Volunteers working for the Irish Red Cross,…

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Blizzard And Stay Indoors Warnings Lifted

Met Eireann has lifted its blizzard warning and removed instructions for the public to stay indoors until 6pm this evening. However, a status red snow-ice warning is currently in place…

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Gardai & RSA Issue Severe Weather Warning For Motorists Not To Make Any Unnecessary Journeys

Many roads across Ireland remain “treacherous” and “impassable” today due to Storm Emma striking the country. Both the Gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued severe weather warnings…

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New Trauma System for Ireland Will Lead To Better Outcomes For Patients- Harris

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said that a new trauma system for Ireland will lead to better outcomes for patients. He said it will make sure they get to…

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Free Webinar About Women’s Hearth Health By Dr. Amy Doneen

In celebration of American Heart Month, Dr. Amy Doneen, co-founder of the BaleDoneen Method (BDM), a science-based approach focusing on preventing and treating Cardiovascular disease (CVD), will present a free…

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Final Report on Rescue 116 Crash Will Not Be Completed By Anniversary of Tragedy

Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) have released a statement informing the public that a final report on the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 crash last March will not…

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Woman Calls Ambulance Service For Advice On A Broken Egg

An unnamed caller reached out to a UK ambulance service for advice on a broken egg in her fridge. The operator replied: “This is the ambulance service, we cannot advise…

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Artificial intelligence is helping emergency services spot cardiac arrest calls in Denmark

Artificial intelligence is being used on emergency service calls in Denmark to help spot signs of cardiac arrest. A virtual assistant called Corti is being used by some emergency service…

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Step Out And Become More Active With The Irish Red Cross

If you’re around Drogheda tomorrow (Saturday, January 20th) you may want to put on your walking shoes and join The Irish Red Cross for their first Healthy Steps walk of…

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The 24th Annual Coiste Siamsa Garda Sportstar Awards

The 24th annual Coiste Siamsa Garda Sportstar Awards ceremony will be held at The Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise tomorrow (Friday), 19th January, 2018. The awards are presented to Garda members…

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Health tips for Firefighters

According to recent studies, 53% of career fire-fighters are classified as overweight or obese. This article provides some tips for fire-fighters who are looking to adopt healthier nutrition habits with…

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National Ambulance Service Introduced 91 New Vehicles Into Its Services During 2017

The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) introduced 91 new vehicles into its services during 2017. This was enabled by a capital spend of €14.5 m. The vehicles, along with equipment…

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National Day Of Rememberance For Road Crash Victims This Sunday

“World Day of Rememberance for Road Traffic Victims” occurs on the third Sunday in November each year. This Sunday, November 19th, will draw the public’s attention to road traffic collisions,…

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Irish Startup Company Claims European Comission Prize At European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017

Donegal based startup, DroneSAR Ltd has won the European Commission prize announced on Tuesday night (November 7th, 2017) in Tallinn, Estonia at the awards ceremony for the 14th European Satellite…

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Learning How To Do CPR Could Help You Save A Life

The latest statistics show that in Ireland, an average of 10,000 people die from cardiovascular disease each year with 5,000 of these deaths from a sudden cardiac arrest. 70% of…

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A Significant Drop In Bonfire Related Incidents For Clare Emergency Services

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service answered to seven bonfire related incidents over the Halloween period for 2017. This is a decrease of over half, in comparison to 2016, when…

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DMHG Campaign Ask The Public “Are You Winter Ready?”

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) have created its Winter Ready Campaign in an attempt to promote staying healthier this winter. DMHG is asking its staff, patients and the wider public…

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New Ambulances For Dublin Fire Brigade Fitted With Solar Panels And Re-Generative Braking

Dublin Fire Brigade’s new ambulances have been “fitted with solar panels and re-generative braking”. According to a tweet on the Dublin Fire Brigade’s Twitter page, the adjustments will “help recharge…

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More Than 80 Members Of Emergency Services Showcased Their Skills In Co. Donegal

More than 80 delegates from the Emergency Services took part in an innovative conference Expo on Saturday last (October 21st, 2017) at Finner camp in Co. Donegal showcasing the specialist…

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Status Orange Wind Warning For Southern And Western Coastal Counties

A deepening depression known as Storm Brian will cause heavy winds across southern and western coastal counties in Ireland tonight. Orange level wind warnings for coasts of Mayo, Galway, Clare,…

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Right Care, Right Place, Right Time – Improving Access to Care

Image: HSE.com On 29 April 2021, Sláintecare hosted the 9th Right Care, Right Place, Right Time, Webinar – ‘‘Improving Access to Care” This webinar shared stories from Sláintecare funded projects…

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Cavan Civil Defence Q&A Featuring John Maguire

On last week’s podcast, Jack Mullen, our EMS editor had the pleasure of being joined by Cavan Civil Defence Officer, Mr. John Maguire C.D.O.  Cavan County Civil Defence was set…

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INMO conference calls for urgent action on “long COVID”

Frontline nurses and midwives experiencing long-term COVID symptoms are not getting the medical or employment supports they need, the INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) Annual Delegate Conference has warned….

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Launch of the Government’s ‘Be Summer-Ready’ Information Campaign

The Government today launched the ‘Be Summer-Ready’ 2021 Public Safety Information Campaign. This campaign provides advice across a wide range of topics on staying safe this summer. The focus of…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets

EMA confirms overall benefit-risk remains positive At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should…

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New research shows how immune response to TB differs in babies

The immune response to tuberculosis (TB) differs in adults and newborn babies due to the way immune cells use energy to kick into gear in a bid to kill the…

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AstraZeneca vaccine to be restricted for use with Irish people over 60

Reports say it will be a precautionary recommendation as questions still being asked on safety in older patients The expert committee advising the government on vaccines is expected to recommend…

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Irish Coast Guard achieves ‘Great Place to Work’ award

The Irish Coast Guard was pleased to announce that the organisation had been certified by the GPTW Institute as a ‘Great Place to Work’. The Coast Guard partnered with the…

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EU medicines regulator to discuss AstraZeneca jab and blood clots

This image was originally posted to Flickr by Gencat at https://flickr.com/photos/37074368@N06/50929347266. It was reviewed on 10 February 2021 by FlickreviewR 2 and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-zero. The European Medicines Agency…

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New Treatment Can Reduce Risk of PPE Facial Injuries in Frontline Healthcare Workers

Image courtesy of SARAH SEDDON A study has found that a new ‘care bundle’ can reduce the incidence of Facial Pressure Injuries (FPIs) in frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers caused by…

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Telemedicine Cannot Fully Replace in-person Paediatric Care

In response to the rollout of paediatric telemedicine due to COVID-19, researchers have identified implementation considerations regarding these services. The study, led by the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI University of…

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Scientists Closer to Developing a New Test For Coeliac Disease

Scientists are moving closer to developing a test for coeliac disease that could save sufferers weeks of discomfort before a test to diagnose the condition. The condition is currently diagnosed…

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Northern Ireland’s healthtech expertise to spur growth in the Middle East

Covid-19 has completely transformed the healthcare sector – especially when it comes to the adoption of technology. The global digital health market is expected to surpass $504.4bn by 2025, according…

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Minister for Health approves increase in number of Medical Intern and Postgraduate Training Places

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, is pleased to announce an increase of 120 medical intern posts plus additional postgraduate training places and Post CSCST Fellowship posts for July…

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Ireland’s medtech success – there’s nothing lucky about it

*The views expressed are not necessarily those of Emergency Services Ireland but rather of John Von Benecke* John von Benecke, CEO of Locate Bio, analyses how the combination of R&D from…

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Renewed Cancer Consortium partnership between Ireland, Northern Ireland and U.S agreed

Image: www.med-technews.com The governments of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States of America have come together to strengthen their fight against cancer through a renewed tripartite partnership. Pictured signing…

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The future of robotics in healthcare

Image courtesy of www.healtheuropa.eu NEURA Robotics introduces an innovative robotic assistant with the potential to transform clinical care. The data which shows that robot-assisted procedures accounted for 15.1% of all…

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THE DOG DETECTIVES CATCHING PROSTATE CANCER

DOGS have the ability to detect aggressive prostate cancer from urine samples, new research reports.  The pilot study was carried out by Medical Detection Dogs, Great Horwood, Milton Keynes, UK, a nonprofit organisation that carries…

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Minister announces a public consultation for the future management and preservation of the Curragh Plains

Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday announced (March 2021) the launch of a public consultation process seeking views on the best way to…

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Shimmer Launches Pulse+ the First Line Extension for its Verisense® Wearable Sensing Platform

Shimmer Research, a global leader in wearable technology for research applications, today launched Verisense Pulse+, a new sensor for the Verisense platform.  Verisense Pulse+ provides photoplethysmogram (PPG), galvanic skin response…

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