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“Building a Happy Baby” initiative launched at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A special initiative to promote mental health and wellbeing in babies has been launched at University Hospital Galway.
“Building a Happy Baby” aims to generate awareness around the importance of communication and appropriate responses in infant development.
The initiative consists of four special posters promoting simple messages that dispell common myths about what parents can do best for a developing baby.
The posters can be viewed at www.galwayhealthycities.ie

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NUIG study confirms spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites

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An NUI Galway study has confirmed that spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites.

A team of zoologists and microbiologists from the university have published their findings in the international journal Scientific Reports.

The research confirms a theory which has been debated among spider and healthcare specialists for many years, and explains a range of symptoms experienced by victims bitten by the invasive noble false widow spider in Ireland over the past decade.

The study shows that not only do spiders carry harmful bacteria, but those germs can be transmitted when a spider uses its fangs to bite.

Meanwhile, the presence of this antimicrobial resistance bacteria can make treating spider bites more difficult.

Co-lead author of the study and PhD student at NUIG’s School of Natural Sciences Neyaz Kahn says the findings are particularly significant for healthcare professionals – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Concern over 37 per cent rise in domestic disputes in county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the rise in domestic dispute incidents across the county.

Latest Garda statistics show a 37 percent rise in the number of domestic disputes with 436 recorded in the first 10 months of the year.

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly described the figure as ‘horrific’ at this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee.

She said very often this can concern serious violence and assault and is frightening in a county where there are not enough refuges and safe places for those involved.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley explained to the meeting that in cases of domestic disputes with no offence disclosed, Gardai check for any orders in place.

They then organise a call-back or series of call-backs and such cases are monitored closely.

He added that if there is a second or third call, the Superintendent has to view the investigation and will issue clear directions.

Deputy Connolly said such cases are a huge concern given the confines placed on many households due to the pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Call for Galway sports clubs to apply for funding under Capital Grant Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sports clubs in Galway are being urged to apply for funding under the Government’s new €40 million Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

The funding is being administered by the Department of Sport and applications can be made online from Friday December 11th until the 12th of February 2021.

The programme provides funding for infrastructure works such as sports pitches, tracks, floodlighting and any other projects that will increase participation in sports or improve performance.

To make an application clubs must be registered on the Department system and full details of the grant programme, including how to apply, are available on gov.ie/sportscapital.

Meanwhile, the scheme will prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas and those working towards increasing participation including for female and disabled users.

Labour Party City Councillor Niall McNelis is urging local sports clubs to begin preparing their applications as soon as possible.

He says it’s vital clubs get the support they need at this difficult time.

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