New dementia resource for Cork

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new website, which aims to offer support to people diagnosed with dementia in the north Cork area, has been launched.An estimated 42,000 people in Ireland are currently affected by dementia, around 26,000 of whom live in the community. In the north Cork area, it is estimated that almost 1,000 peop... Read more →

Drug cuts breast cancer rates by 29%

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many women with breast cancer are given the drug, tamoxifen, to reduce the risk of the disease recurring. However, now a new study has found that the drug also has a major preventive effect in women at risk of the disease, which remains constant for at least two decades.According to the findings, th... Read more →

Asthma risk for kids in parent bed

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Toddlers who share a bed with their parents may have an increased risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a new study suggests.Dutch researchers monitored the health of over 6,100 mothers and their children every year until the children were six years of age. Information on wheezing and asthma... Read more →

Poor sleep in old age linked to dementia

Thursday 11th December 2014 - John von Radowitz -

Study participants who spent the least amount of time in deep "slow wave" sleep were significantly more likely to lose brain cells than those who slept the most deeply.The research also showed that lack of oxygen caused by the snoring condition sleep apnoea increased the risk of tiny areas of damage... Read more →

Not enough sleep ups kids' obesity risk

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children who do not get enough sleep or who have sleep-related breathing problems may have an increased risk of becoming obese by the age of 15, a new study suggests.According to US researchers, in recent years, ‘lack of sleep has become a well-recognised risk for childhood obesity'. Sleep-dis... Read more →

Rush hour traffic is bad for the heart

Wednesday 10th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People with heart disease should avoid being outside during rush hour traffic, experts have said.Over three million deaths worldwide are caused by air pollution every year and as many as one in three Europeans living in urban areas are exposed to air pollution levels that are considered above safe E... Read more →

Hologram to advise visitors on hand hygiene

Wednesday 10th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A nurse hologram is being used by Dublin's Tallaght Hospital to remind visitors about the importance of hand hygiene.Visitors to the hospital can expect to receive a unique greeting from the hologram, which is based on an existing staff nurse, Helen Corrigan.The move is part of a new awareness initi... Read more →

Irish team seeking causes of MND

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A major new DNA mapping project, which aims to discover the causes of motor neurone disease (MND), has been launched in Ireland.MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which there is progressive degeneration of the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurones are the nerve cel... Read more →

WHO reports dramatic fall in malaria deaths

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - RTE -

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.It said cases are falling steadily, thanks to more people being diagnosed and treated, and more people getting bed nets.Yet progress against the mosquito-borne infection remains fragile.West African cou... Read more →

Irish men 'have less healthy diets'

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Irish men consume less healthy diets, are less aware of healthy eating guidelines and have a preference for larger portions than Irish women, a new report has found. According to the report, Men's Food Behaviour, which was published by Safefood, men's attitude to food is putting them at a disadvant... Read more →