Bullying 'worse than maltreatment'

Tuesday 28th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who are bullied by their peers suffer worse mental health problems in the long term than those who have been maltreated by adults, new findings suggest.UK researchers looked at over 4,000 people taking part in a UK study of parents and children, and more than 1,200 people taking part in a s... Read more →

Morning after pill policy 'unacceptable'

Monday 27th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Pharmacists have called for an end to the practice whereby women with medical cards who wish to obtain the morning after pill free of charge have to attend their GP for a prescription first. The emergency hormonal contraceptive, Norlevo (levonorgestrel), has been available to women in pharmacies wi... Read more →

Chronic pain has major impact

Monday 27th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

One in eight adults in Ireland suffers with chronic pain and some of these people are at risk of becoming addicted to pain relief medication, a conference has been told. Chronic pain is considered to be pain in the body that lasts longer than three months. Back, joint and neck pain are the most com... Read more →

Hormonal imbalance impacts fertility

Monday 27th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Hormonal imbalance is a common cause of infertility in females, however many women attempting to get pregnant are unaware of this, a fertility doctor has warned.Currently in Ireland, as many as one in seven couples have fertility issues, and according to Dr Ahmed Omar, medical director at Beacon Car... Read more →

'You cannot outrun a bad diet'

Thursday 23rd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While exercise is essential for good health, it will not counteract the negative impact of a poor diet, experts have claimed. They insisted that nobody can outrun a bad diet, even athletes. According to the experts, while exercise has a key role in staving off diseases such as heart disease and di... Read more →

Concern over kids' move to adult diabetes care

Thursday 23rd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Most children being treated for type 1 diabetes transition to adult services when they finish secondary school. However, despite being a very vulnerable time for these young people, there are still no national guidelines governing the move from paediatric to adult services, doctors have warned. The... Read more →

Warning over online slimming tablets

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people are being warned about the dangers of buying slimming products over the internet, following the death of a young woman in the UK. The warning comes from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), following the death of a 21-year-old English student earlier this month. Eloise (El... Read more →

Mindfulness may benefit recurrent depression

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A type of mindfulness-based therapy may offer an alternative to people with long-term depression who no longer want to take antidepressants, scientists have claimed. Mindfulness aims to show people how to pay attention in a specific way, focusing on the present moment and what is happening around t... Read more →

Higher insurance premiums fast approaching

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public who do not have private health insurance are being reminded that from the start of next month, anyone aged 35 or older who takes out insurance will be charged extra. From May 1, private health insurers will be allowed to load premiums by 2% per annum from the age of 35, as par... Read more →

Women invited to ovarian cancer seminar

Tuesday 21st April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are concerned about or affected by ovarian cancer are being invited to attend a seminar on the disease next month. Around 330 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year, making it the sixth most common female cancer. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘silent disease... Read more →