7,000+ cancers detected by BreastCheck

Wednesday 15th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 1.2 million mammograms have been provided to women as part of BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, since its introduction in 2000, and more than 7,400 cancers have been detected. The programme is launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging all women aged between 50 and 64 to... Read more →

GPs should not treat teens as kids

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs need to be aware of how fast teenagers can change and they should not treat this group ‘as though they were young children', a new study has found. GPs in a medical practice in Ballymun in Dublin carried out research into their teenage patients to see how often and why they were attending... Read more →

Irish worry about skin tone, wrinkles

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost two in three Irish people say they feel less attractive than people from other countries because of their skin tone, a new survey has found. According to the findings, half of Irish people describe their skin tone as pale, while almost three in four say they have a ‘pink twinge' to the... Read more →

Tango may aid Parkinson's patients

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Dancing the tango may benefit some patients with Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland are affected and there is no cure. ... Read more →

Many still not aware of bowel cancer

Monday 13th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Most people are unaware of just how prevalent bowel cancer is, the HSE has said. Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, with over 2,200 new diagnoses every year. While the disease is most commonly seen in people aged between 55 and 74, younger people can al... Read more →

Diabetes in elderly can be difficult to manage

Monday 13th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people worldwide over the age of 60 is expected to jump from 605 million in 2000 to two billion by 2050, and this has major implications for diabetes care, Irish doctors have warned. According to the doctors, treating people with type 2 diabetes can be particularly challenging if they... Read more →

Serious life events up diabetes risk

Monday 13th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who experience a serious psychological event during their first 14 years of life, such as the death of a loved one, may be more likely to go on to develop type 1 diabetes, the results of a new study indicate. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, but both genetic and environmental f... Read more →

Schools still providing unhealthy foods

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many secondary schools are continuing to offer their students unhealthy foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has claimed. It carried out a survey of 39 post-primary schools and found that over half (51%) offered their students non-chilled snacks, including sw... Read more →

Dementia risk for underweight middle-aged

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Middle-aged people who are underweight may have an increased risk of going on to develop dementia, a new study has found. UK researchers analysed the medical records of almost two million people, which had been collected over a 20-year period. The average age of those involved was 55, while the ave... Read more →

CF services badly hit in recession

Thursday 9th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Services for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) have been hit by significant cutbacks since the start of Ireland's economic crisis, including staff shortages and delays in developing and opening essential hospital facilities, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has said. According to the charity, which wor... Read more →