Obese people 'unlikely' to reach normal weight

Monday 20th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

An obese man has only a one in 210 chance of ever achieving a normal weight again, while an obese woman has a one in 124 chance, a new study has found. UK researchers tracked the weight of almost 280,000 people between 2004 and 2014. They assessed the probability of obese people reaching a normal b... Read more →

Exercise benefits brains of older people

Friday 17th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Older adults can improve their brain function by exercising more, a new study has found. US researchers set out to determine the ideal amount of exercise required to experience benefits in the brain. They followed healthy adults aged 65 and older for a six-month period. None of the participants had... Read more →

Pain can affect holidays, work

Thursday 16th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many people are currently jetting off on, or are just back from, their summer holidays. However, a new survey has found that almost one in seven Irish people are affected by pain while on holiday. The survey of over 970 adults nationwide was carried out in March and April and found that 15% of peop... Read more →

People with disabilities more likely to be poor

Thursday 16th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with a disability are more likely to be poor and depend on social welfare for their income, a new report has revealed. The report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) looks at the educational and employment experiences of people in Ireland with disabilities. The findings are ... Read more →

Drinking during pregnancy common in Ireland

Tuesday 7th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is very common in Ireland and women are much more likely to drink while pregnant if they smoke, a new study has found. UK researchers carried out of a study of almost 18,000 women in four countries - Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They found that drink... Read more →

Sugary drinks kill thousands worldwide

Tuesday 7th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Sugary beverages, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices, may be responsible for as many as 184,000 deaths worldwide every year, according to a global report. US researchers analysed 62 dietary surveys involving over 611,000 people that had been carried out in 51 countries between 1980 and 2010. Dat... Read more →

Packaging key to kids' food choices

Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children are more likely to reach for healthy foods if the packaging appeals to them, a new study has found. "The food industry has a lot of experience in using marketing effects to increase product sales amongst children. By comparison, there is very little knowledge about how such marketing effec... Read more →

Avoid squatting in skinny jeans

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

If you need to carry out a task that involves lots of squatting, do not wear skinny jeans, doctors have advised. They have found that squatting in this type of clothing for long periods of time may damage muscle and nerve fibres in the legs. Writing in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & P... Read more →

Major funding cut for domestic abuse charity

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The extension of a vital national helpline for women who are victims of domestic abuse may be delayed because of a cut in funding. According to Women's Aid, the national domestic violence support service, it has seen ‘an unexpected and significant 20% cut to its statutory funding by Tusla, th... Read more →

People visiting their GP more often

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

As Ireland pulls out of recession, people are starting to visit their GP more often, new data has shown. According to the 2015 Pfizer Health Index, during the recession, there was a decline in people visiting their GPs for check-ups or if they felt unwell, however this has started to change. Some ... Read more →