Hospitals using 'unclean' equipment

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A ‘significant' number of public hospitals inspected in 2014 were found to be using unclean patient equipment, a new report has revealed. Hand hygiene practices among some staff members were also called into question. The report has just been published by the Health Information and Quality A... Read more →

'Do not take selfies with eclipse'

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Doctors are urging people to take proper care of their eyes during Friday's solar eclipse, which will see most of northern Europe, including Ireland, fading into near darkness for several minutes. A solar eclipse is a rare event during which the moon covers the sun. People in Ireland will not be ab... Read more →

Dangers of liquitabs to kids highlighted

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents and childminders are being reminded of the importance of keeping liquid detergent capsules out of children's reach. Also known as liquitabs, these products are made up of concentrated liquid detergent within a soluble package which breaks down after coming into contact with water. They can ... Read more →

Breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are breastfed may have higher IQ scores and earn more money in the long-term, a new study has found. According to researchers in Brazil, while the short-term benefits of breastfeeding are clear, the long-term benefits have yet to be established. They set out to assess whether breastfeedi... Read more →

Diabetes has major global economic impact

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While it is known that type 2 diabetes can have a major impact on health, a new study has, for the first time, highlighted the impact it also has on the global economy and labour markets. UK researchers set out to assess the economic impact of type 2 diabetes around the world. They analysed data fr... Read more →

40% higher cancer risk for obese women

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are obese have a 40% increased risk of developing a number of different cancers, including bowel, womb and kidney cancer, new figures have revealed. According to Cancer Research UK, obesity is known to increase a woman's risk of developing at least seven different types of cancer - bowel,... Read more →

Energy drinks increase blood pressure

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of energy drinks increases the blood pressure of healthy young adults, especially if they do not consume caffeine on a regular basis, a new study has found. Energy drinks, which are popular among teenagers and young adults, can contain up to three times the amount of caffeine found ... Read more →

The battle for our children's health

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government is being urged to automatically grant medical cards to children with severe disabilities. The call comes from national campaign, Our Children's Health, which is working to ensure that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition is entitled to a full medical car... Read more →

Regular lack of sleep linked to high BP

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly fail to get enough sleep appear to have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. However, it rarely carries any signs or symptoms. In fact, a person c... Read more →

Tobacco-free world by 2040 'possible'

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The sale of tobacco worldwide should be phased out by 2040, public health researchers have insisted. The international group of health and policy experts claim that with sufficient political support and increased action against the tobacco industry, a tobacco-free world - where less than 5% of adul... Read more →