Even mild cholesterol ups heart risk

Tuesday 27th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Having even mildly elevated cholesterol levels in your 30s can significantly raise your risk of heart disease later on, a new study has found. US researchers looked at almost 1,500 adults taking part in a long-term ongoing study. All of the participants were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) at ... Read more →

Women urged to get smear tests

Monday 26th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish women are being reminded of the importance of undergoing screening for cervical cancer - a disease that kills thousands of women elsewhere in Europe who do not have access to the high-quality screening that is available here. This week is European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and in Irelan... Read more →

Dentists call for return of free treatment

Monday 26th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Dentists are urging the Government to reintroduce the scale and polish procedure free of charge to patients. Previously in Ireland, under the medical card and PRSI dental schemes, dental patients were eligible to certain subsidies for treatments such as fillings and extractions, and they could avai... Read more →

Many afraid to discuss cancer symptoms

Monday 26th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Some people may avoid going to their GP with warning symptoms of cancer because they are afraid of wasting their doctor's time, a new study has found. Others are afraid that they will be diagnosed with the disease or they simply blame their symptoms on somthing else, such as ageing. The UK study l... Read more →

Type 1 diabetes on the increase

Friday 23rd January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The most common form of diabetes found in children - type 1 diabetes - is on the increase in most countries worldwide, including Ireland, an international conference held in Dublin has been told. Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, type1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition not related to wei... Read more →

Flesh bug a bigger child killer than meningitis

Friday 23rd January 2015 - CLODAGH SHEEHY -

SEVEN children have died from a flesh-eating bug which has been spreading over the past two years – and is now killing far more children than meningitis. Over half of the 66 children who contracted it had to be treated in intensive care units, and 70pc of these needed surgery. The invasive G... Read more →

Rare food allergy leaves babies fighting for lives

Friday 23rd January 2015 - Irish Independent -

The babies can suffer severe vomiting and diarrhoea hours after eating some trigger foods which can cause hypovolemic shock, an emergency condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood through the body. The cases of the illness, known as Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES), we... Read more →

Major new Irish study on prostate cancer

Thursday 22nd January 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The long-term quality of life of men who have survived prostate cancer varies significantly depending on the main treatment they received, a new Irish study has found. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in men. Every year in Ireland, over 2,000 men are newly diagnosed with the ... Read more →

Too much TV linked to junk food consumption

Thursday 22nd January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who watch excessive amounts of television tend to eat more junk food and have a poorer understanding of healthy nutrition, a study has found. According to US researchers, a number of previous studies have found a link between time spent in front of the TV and unhealthy food consumption. "In... Read more →

Smartphones reduce kids' sleep

Thursday 22nd January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who sleep in the same room as their smartphone may be getting less sleep every night, a new study has found. The US study involved over 2,000 children aged nine and 12, the majority of whom had some sort of small screen, such as a smartphone, by their bed at night. The researchers found t... Read more →