The Week in Healthcare… (03-07/02)
  • Posted on: 07/02/2020
  • Category: Star News

The Week in Healthcare… (03-07/02)

In Healthcare this week, there was a spike in the number of patients on trolleys waiting for hospital beds on Tuesday, the WHO says there is a “window of opportunity” to stop the deadly new Coronavirus becoming a broader global crisis, personal trainers bust the myth of cardio being the best way to lose weight and researchers investigate MS treatment and cancer diagnosis.

Spike in number of patients on hospital trolleys as 640 wait for a bed

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said there were 72 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick, 64 at Cork University Hospital and 46 at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.  The INMO said it was the highest trolley figure since a record level of overcrowding was experienced on January 7th.

Coronavirus outbreak not yet pandemic, World Health Organization says

Sylvie Briand, head of WHO's Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, acknowledged that there was rapid spread of transmission in Hubei but said the situation "currently" was not a pandemic.

Is cardio the best way to lose weight? Personal trainers bust the myth

It’s easy to see where the myth comes from – a sweat-filled set on the treadmill just feels more loss-making than a lift – but weight loss is ultimately dependent on energy balance, and it doesn’t hugely matter in what form.

Trinity researchers in potential MS treatment breakthrough

An important discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been made by scientists from Trinity College Dublin.

First signs of cancer can be spotted decades before diagnosis, study finds.

Researchers believe their findings could open the doors to quicker and more effective methods of cancer diagnosis and treatment. “Unlocking these patterns means it should now be possible to develop new diagnostic tests, that pick-up signs of cancer much earlier.” - Dr Peter Van Loo, from the Francis Crick Institute and one of the researchers involved. 

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