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Could Vitamin D help prevent the Flu/colds??

A new study, from researchers in Queen Mary University, London has been published in The British Medical Journal. This new evidence shows that taking extra vitamin D could protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections. A review was performed looking at 25 clinical trials in 14 countries. They found that the effects were strongest […]

Wondering about the BCG vaccine for babies?

Until a couple of years ago, every baby received a BCG vaccination in the hospital at birth to prevent against Tuberculosis. If you have had a baby in the last year or two you may be wondering why they have not had this vaccination at birth? The HSE has reported that this vaccine will not […]

New year, new you!

The start of the new year is an excellent time to look after your health and address any health concerns and bad habits that you may have. If you’re a smoker, this is an excellent time to quit! If you need help we can offer smoking cessation advice and support. An excellent resource for helping with […]

Feeling depressed or down this Christmas?

Christmas can be a difficult time for a lot of people, especially as it is the season where people feel that they are expected to be happy and merry and out celebrating. The reality is that Christmas can be a very sad, even traumatic time for some people.  This time of year can accentuate how […]

If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy-are you taking folic acid??

If you are planning a pregnancy or are in your first trimester of pregnancy, it is very important that you take a daily supplement of folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Recent research carried out in the Coombe Hospital has shown that less than one quarter of women are […]

Antibiotic Resistance on the rise!

European Antibiotic Awareness Day is on November 18th. The goal of this day is to increase awareness regarding antibiotic resistance in Europe which is on the rise. Both patients and doctors have a significant role to play in preventing antibiotic resistance which could have potentially disastrous consequences if it continues to increase at this rate […]

Time to stop smoking?!

As we are coming into the Winter months, we are seeing more patients presenting with chest infections which can become quite serious especially if there is a history of smoking or asthma. If you are a smoker and are looking to quit, please make an appointment with your doctor for smoking cessation advice and support […]

Flu Vaccine

The new annual flu vaccine will be available in the surgery for 2016/2017 this September. Seasonal influenza vaccine should be given for all patients >65 years, pregnant women, healthcare workers, residents of nursing homes, carers and the following at-risk groups: Chronic heart disease including acute coronoary syndrome Chronic liver disease Chronic neurological disease including multiple […]

If you are pregnant-are you aware of the pertussis vaccine?

According to advice from the HSE all pregnant women between 27-36 weeks should have the pertussis vaccination to prevent their baby from getting whooping cough. If you have questions regarding this please ask your doctor/midwife at your next antenatal visit or look at the information on the following website: http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/pregvaccs/pertussis/

Zika Virus Update – what you need to know

You may have read recently about a new virus – Zika virus – that is affecting South America. It is a virus, spread by mosquitoes, which was known to affect parts of Africa and Asia in recent decades, but has recently spread to new areas and has been implicated in a rise in specific birth defects. […]

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