Eilish O Regan is Health Correspondent with the Irish Independent, providing a range of coverage on health issues, including news and analysis.She has covered all the major health stories of recent years, including the CervicalCheck controversy, and has been at the forefront of reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic.A native of near Tralee in Co Kerry she comes from a family of bakers who enjoyed books and writing. She has a degree in English and History from Trinity College, Dublin.She has won several awards for her work including the National Newspapers of Ireland's Consumer Print Journalist of the Year and also has been named Healthcare Journalist of the Year.Her key drivers are to encourage people to improve their lifestyle to reduce disease risk and promote public hospital care for those who cannot afford health insurance.
The first three months of the year have been among the “worst” for hospitals coping with an influx of patients and infection control measures for Covid-19, HSE chief Paul Reid said today.
Expectant parents in Cork are being invited to sign up to take part in new research into how to understand their baby’s sleep and crying patterns as well as future solutions to colic and other conditions.
A leading adviser to the World Health Organisation described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries as “a random event” that might be explained by sexual behaviour at two recent raves in Europe.
At least 150 newborn children have not been diagnosed or treated for life threatening rare diseases over the past three years because of the Government’s failure to expand the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme, it was claimed today.
Worried relatives felt compelled to complain to a safety watchdog about a patient whose five calls to hospital staff to use the toilet went unheeded and another who it was claimed lost weight and was “not eating” as Ireland battled Covid-19 late last year.
Irish patients are less likely to be given the fresh hope offered by taking part in a clinical trial testing new treatments for illnesses such as cancer than those in other similar countries.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has expressed its deep concern that 35 children with cystic fibrosis (CF) aged between six and 11 years have been excluded from accessing the life-changing CF drug therapy, Kaftrio.
The phrase “clinically appropriate” was inserted into documents relating to the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at the request of the HSE in order to “future proof” it for obstetric and related services, HSE chief executive Paul Reid said today.
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