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Employees who work more than 55 hours a week more likely to consume 'risky' levels of alcohol

Wednesday 14th January 2015 - Jamie Merrill - http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/

People who work longer are more likely to seek solace in alcohol, new research finds, sparking calls for employers to use European limits on the length of the working week. It has long been accepted that long days can lead to exhaustion, mental health problems and even relationship breakdown, but t... Read more →

New app to track MS symptoms

Tuesday 13th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Over 30% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) - Ireland's most common disabling neurological condition - do not keep any record of their symptoms in between their medical appointments, a new survey has found. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degenerati... Read more →

Out-of-hours work bad for wellbeing

Monday 12th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

Employees who use technological devices to stay in touch with work out-of hours may be more stressed and face wellbeing issues, such as work-life balance, researchers have found.According to a team from the University of Surrey in the UK, using devices, such as smartphones and iPads, to stay in touc... Read more →

Acceptance of heart failure key to treatment

Monday 12th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

People with chronic heart failure who fail to accept their illness have a poorer quality of life, a new study has found.Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Around 20 million people are affected worldwid... Read more →

Diabetes camp to focus on lifestyle changes

Monday 12th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

Many people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not receive adequate information on the importance of moving to and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Diabetes Ireland has said.According to the national charity, which offers support and education to people with diabetes and their families, a hea... Read more →

Avocados may help reduce cholesterol

Friday 9th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Overweight and obese people who are put onto a cholesterol-lowering diet may see big benefits if they consume an avocado every day, a new study suggests.Fat is essential in the diet, however most of the fat we consume should come from unsaturated fatty acids, which avocados are known to be high in. ... Read more →

High risk of medication errors here

Friday 9th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/

Ireland has a ‘very fragmented healthcare system', which increases the risk of medication errors, researchers have warned.According to the researchers, while there is no national data on the incidence of medication errors in the Irish healthcare system, recent studies carried out in Irish hosp... Read more →

Antibiotic that kills bugs without resistance is discovered

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Reuters - http://www.irishtimes.com

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs.Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be trialled in humans, could ... Read more →

Fast food affects kids' academic skills

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

Children who eat fast food may have poorer academic skills, a study has found.The consumption of fast food has already been linked to a number of health problems in children, including an increased risk of obesity, but US researchers wanted to investigate whether this type of food also affects how c... Read more →

Simple test detects risk in heart failure patients

Thursday 8th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

People who attend Emergency Departments (EDs) with acute heart failure should have their blood sugar levels checked immediately, as this could identify if they are at risk of further health problems or even death, a new study has found.Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which ... Read more →