World eating more unhealthy foods

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of unhealthy foods, such as sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, is outpacing the consumption of healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, in most parts of the world, a major new study has found. This marks the first study to assess the quality of diet in 187 countries cov... Read more →

Response to obesity 'unacceptably slow'

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The global obesity epidemic is not being tackled effectively, experts have said. According to their claims, which are published in The Lancet medical journal, childhood obesity rates have jumped significantly in less than a generation and while these rates have started to level off in some countrie... Read more →

12% of dads develop postnatal depression

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

As many as one in nine Irish fathers suffer with paternal postnatal depression, the results of a new study suggest. Postnatal depression is generally associated with women during the first year after their baby is born. Symptoms can include low moods, feelings of sadness and loneliness, frequent cr... Read more →

Barriers facing students with disabilities

Wednesday 18th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of students with disabilities going on to third level education is on the increase, however major barriers remain for many, a new report has found. The report was published by the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD). It found that in the academic year 2013/14... Read more →

Biggest fall in smokers since 2009

Wednesday 18th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of smokers in Ireland fell by 70,000 last year, the biggest annual drop since 2009, the HSE has announced. According to its National Tobacco Control Office, which has monitored national smoking prevalence every month since 2003, smoking prevalence in people aged 15 and older was 19.5% in... Read more →

Naps beyond 2 may not benefits kids

Wednesday 18th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who nap beyond the age of two may have poorer sleep quality overall, a new study suggests. The length and quality of sleep toddlers get over a 24-hour period has a major impact on their health and development. By the time a child is two, they are usually getting most of their sleep at nigh... Read more →

'Unlimited' use of sunbeds banned

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New rules governing the use of commercial sunbeds are to be introduced next month, including a ban on ‘unlimited' use, the Department of Health has confirmed. From March 2, users of commercial sunbeds will be required to wear protective eyewear and will have to be supervised throughout, in an... Read more →

Major changes to family legislation

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The ‘most important change' to family legislation in the history of the Irish State is being discussed in the Cabinet today (February 17). According to the Toaiseach, Enda Kenny, the Child and Family Relationships Bill is ‘the most important change in family legislation since the founda... Read more →

Irish team find molecule can block diseases

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have made a breakthrough which could help to block certain inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. The discovery centres on a molecule called MCC950, which can suppress the ‘NLRP3 inflammasome' - an ... Read more →

Irish need to cut down on portions

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people need to cut down on the portion sizes of most foods they are eating, a new report has found. According to the report by Safefood, many consumers believe that portion sizes are only relevant to people who are dieting, and are not an issue at all for men or younger adults. Furthermore, ... Read more →