More research on water fluoridation needed

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A major review has found ‘no definitive evidence' that water fluoridation produces either positive or negative health effects, however further studies on this topic are needed, the Health Research Board (HRB) has said. Currently in Ireland, the public water supply is fluoridated. The practice... Read more →

Obesity in pregnancy a major risk

Friday 29th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new study involving Irish scientists has highlighted the increased risks pregnant women face if they are obese. According to the findings, global rates of maternal obesity are now at epidemic proportions and these women, along with their babies, face a range of health risks. Maternal obesity ref... Read more →

Cork brain study needs participants

Friday 29th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People aged 50 and older who are living in Cork are being invited to take part in innovative brain health research, which could improve their quality of life. The Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) is to become the first satellite site of the NEIL (Neuro Enhancement for Independent Lives) Memo... Read more →

Jack and Emily most popular baby names

Friday 29th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 67,000 births were registered in Ireland in 2014, with Jack and Emily continuing to be the most popular baby names. According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), a total of 67,462 births were registered last year - 34,785 boys and 32,677 girls. While this is almost ... Read more →

Summer most dangerous time on roads

Thursday 28th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 70,000 speeding offences have been detected so far this year, with one in 10 of these found to be travelling at least 30km/h above the posted speed limit, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has said. Along with the Gardai, it is appealing to drivers to slow down this bank holiday weekend and thro... Read more →

New plan for catastrophic injury payments

Thursday 28th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New legislation that would see catastrophically injured people receiving annual payments instead of a lump sum, has been proposed. Under the current system, people who suffer catastrophic injuries, for example as a result of medical negligence, receive the cost of future care in the form of a lump ... Read more →

Bounce-related injuries increase in May

Thursday 28th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being warned about the potential dangers of trampolines and bouncy castles. According to the VHI SwiftCare Clinics, which are based in Dublin and Cork, May is typically the time when bounce-related injuries tend to become more common because of the Communion season and the oncoming summ... Read more →

Ireland's smacking law criticised

Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The controversial issue of parents smacking their children is being highlighted again after the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that Ireland has violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment. Earlier this week, the ISPCC called on the Government to introduce a ... Read more →

Experts to advise on new cancer strategy

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A steering group to advise the Department of Health on a new cancer strategy for the country has been established. The National Cancer Strategy Steering Group is made up of a number of experts in the field and will be chaired by consultant medical oncologist at St James's Hospital, Prof John Kenned... Read more →

Bowel cancer risk for overweight teens

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenagers who are very overweight may be much more likely to develop bowel cancer later in life, a new study has found. It is already known that obesity in adulthood can increase the risk of this disease, however it is unclear what impact excess weight in adolescence may have. Swedish and US resear... Read more →