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Trends in treated problem drug use: 52% rise in cases entering drug treatment from 2005 to 2010

12 December 2011

Figures released today by the Health Research Board (HRB) show a significant increase in the total number of people entering drug treatment in Ireland. The data is published in a report called 'Trends in treated problem drug use...[more]

Health Research Board figures show 638 drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland in 2009

5 December 2011

The number of heroin-related deaths increased by 20% in 2009. The latest figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show a total of 3,334 deaths in the six-year period 2004 to 2009. Of...[more]

HRB launches 'A Picture of Health 2011'

1 December 2011

The Health Research Board today launched its annual Picture of Health publication, which highlights in non-technical language recent and exciting developments arising from Irish health research that it has funded.[more]

Increase in the number of first admissions to Irish psychiatric units and hospitals

17 November 2011

Figures published today by the Health Research Board show first admissions to Irish psychiatric units and hospitals increased from 5,972 in 2009 to 6,266 in 2010.[more]

New report reveals the latest drug trends across Europe

15 November 2011

HRB compares situation in Ireland with European findings. The Annual report 2011 from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) will be published today. The Health Research Board (HRB) provides the...[more]

Intellectual disability services - trends and future needs

9 November 2011

The Health Research Board publishes today the Annual Report on service provision and service demand among people with an intellectual disability.Trends observed in the report include, increased provision of services, an increase...[more]

HRB releases latest trends in treated problem alcohol use in Ireland

8 November 2011

The Health Research Board published a paper today entitled 'Treated problem alcohol use in Ireland 2005-2010'. Figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) show that the number of cases of treated problem...[more]

Current and future disability service requirements highlighted

1 November 2011

Continuing the trend established in previous years and despite considerable levels of service provision, future requirements for rehabilitation and therapeutic services by individuals with a physical and/or sensory disability...[more]

Health research improves health care

26 October 2011

A new initiative by the Health Research Board and Beaumont Hospital aims to give patients and the public a far better understanding of the strong links between research and patient outcomes.

Stark evidence about child and adolescent mental health

11 October 2011

HRB-funded research indicates that 15% of 11-13 year old children fulfil criteria for a current mental disorder, and that there are critical gaps between best practice guidelines and actual clinical practice when transitioning...[more]

Private health insurance has major impact on cancer screening uptake

19 September 2011

A Health Research Board (HRB) funded study carried out by the J. E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway has found that there are significant differences in cancer screening uptake across income groups, and that...[more]

Trends highlighted in numbers resident in psychiatric units and hospitals

26 July 2011

Fewer overall psychiatric residents, greater proportion of patients resident in general hospital psychiatric units, greater capacity for patients under 18 years, decrease in involuntary admissions and decrease in proportion of...[more]

Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Ireland

12 July 2011

Statistics published by the Health Research Board (HRB) today showed a rise in alcohol-related deaths in Ireland for the years 2004-2008. The findings are from the first ever national report on trends in alcohol-related deaths...[more]

Building a healthier Ireland and a better health service

13 June 2011

The Health Research Board (HRB) today launched its 'Review of population health research and health services research in Ireland'. The review, informed by the thinking of leading experts, provides clear evidence on the greater...[more]

Ministers for Health and Research announce ?3million funding for four health research projects

7 June 2011

Superbugs, heart attacks and various cancers all targeted in key projects. Dr James Reilly T.D., Minster for Health, and Mr Seán Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research and Innovation, have today (Wednesday, June 8th 2011) jointly...[more]

New insights into links between stress and cancer

31 May 2011

HRB funded researchers in Trinity College Dublin have discovered that blocking a particular stress response can significantly reduce the metastasis (or spread) of breast cancer.[more]

New HRB Discovery Centre

29 March 2011

Research into children's health is focus of new HRB Discovery Centre, Cork. More than 2,000 babies and children will benefit over the next six years from a new, dedicated paediatric research facility opening today in Cork. The...[more]

Provision and demand for services among people with physical and sensory disability highlighted

16 December 2010

The demand is still high for rehabilitation and therapeutic services among people with a physical and/or sensory disability, in spite of high levels of service provision in this area recently. This is one of the findings of the...[more]

Increase in numbers seeking treatment for, or dying from, sedative misuse in Ireland

15 December 2010

There has been an increase in recent years in the number of cases* presenting for treatment, and in the number of people dying, as a result of misuse of sedatives (benzodiazepines), such as diazepam. [more]

Health research supports innovation and saves money in health service

7 December 2010

New report published by the Health Research Board demonstrates impacts from funded research. A new report published today by the Health Research Board (HRB) demonstrates the potential impact of HRB-funded research on people's...[more]

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