Shift work has big effect on health

Tuesday 19th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who work outside a traditional nine-to-five schedule are more likely to be overweight, experience sleeping problems and may even have an increased risk of developing diabetes, a new study has found. According to US researchers, the potential health effects of shift work have become a major c... Read more →

Busy workers less active than they think

Monday 18th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People in busy jobs who believe they are achieving their daily recommended levels of physical activity while working, may be fooling themselves, a new Irish study suggests. According to Dr Eleanor McIntyre of Galway University Hospital, most adults spend around 60% of their waking hours in work, th... Read more →

Many women unaware of own cholesterol

Monday 18th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many Irish women over the age of 45 are unaware of their cholesterol number, despite high cholesterol being a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is responsible for 50% of all female deaths in this country. According to a new survey of over 500 adults, which was carried out in... Read more →

Chronic fatigue expert to talk in Ireland

Monday 18th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A leading international expert on the condition ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is to give two talks to members of the public later this month. ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) affects around 12,000 people in Ireland and symptoms can include overwhelming exhaustion, joint pain, musc... Read more →

Many unaware obesity is as bad as smoking

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity can reduce life expectancy as much as smoking, but most people are unaware of this, a new study has shown. In fact throughout Europe, there are widespread misconceptions about obesity and the damage it can cause. The study, Obesity: An underestimated threat, involved over 14,000 people in ... Read more →

70,000 screened for diabetic eye disease

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 70,000 people with diabetes have had their eyes screened as part of Diabetic Retina Screen (the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme), since it began in 2013. The aim of this programme is to prevent vision problems and blindness due to the eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, which is a... Read more →

Long-term depression ups stroke risk

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with long-term depression have an increased risk of suffering a stroke, a new study suggests. Furthermore, this risk of stroke may remain for some time even if symptoms of depression are reduced. US researchers looked at over 16,100 people aged 50 and older who took part in a 12-year study ... Read more →

1 in 5 will develop heart failure

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

One in every five people in developed countries is expected to develop heart failure despite the fact that this condition is largely preventable, experts have warned. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body... Read more →

Irish women having kids later in life

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The proportion of women in Ireland giving birth for the first time in their 40s is higher than the EU average, new figures have shown. According to the figures released by Eurostat, overall, women giving birth for the first time here are slightly older than the EU average. Currently, the majority o... Read more →

Poor services for people with Crohn's and colitis

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Poor services for people with Crohn's and colitis -

Around 20,000 Irish people are affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, yet public awareness of these conditions remains low and services for those affected are often inadequate, a major new report has shown. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are known collectively as inflammatory bowel dis... Read more →