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Irish people urged to walk more

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

A new health initiative is aiming to get Irish people off their sofas, as research shows that walking for just 30 minutes per day improves both physical and mental health. The initiative has been launched by Get Ireland Walking and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) and it involves a ‘21 Day Walk... Read more →

Irish teens face heart disease and infertility as obesity crisis grows

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Mark O'Regan - http://www.independent.ie

Obesity in young girls could mean they will find it impossible to have a baby later in life. Being seriously overweight can bring on early puberty, as well as lead to a range of infertility problems. Complications with the reproductive system, as well as health problems affecting the liver and pan... Read more →

New unit to help families stripped of medical cards

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Irish Independent - http://www.independent.ie

A special unit to deal directly with families who have lost their discretionary medical card is to be set up by health service bosses within weeks. The HSE unit will assign individual case officers to advise on the care, services and support available to those who have a severe disability or seriou... Read more →

Irish malaria vaccine trial proves successful

Friday 19th December 2014 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com

The first human clinical trial of any malaria vaccines to be carried out in Ireland has proven successful, scientists have said.Two new malaria vaccines were trialled in humans by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in Dublin and they were found to be well tolerated, produ... Read more →

Maynooth scientists identify diabetes protein

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE - http://www.rte.ie/news/

Scientists at Maynooth University have identified a protein that has the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes.Obesity is a key factor in Type 2 diabetes, because excess abdominal fat causes fat cells to release an inflammatory chemical, which can make the body less sensiti... Read more →

Free GP care for under sixes may be ready by Q2 next year

Friday 19th December 2014 - RTE - http://www.rte.ie/news

The HSE has said it hopes to implement free GP care for children under six years by the second quarter of next year.It also plans to have completed implementation of recommendations in the Keane Report on medical card eligibility by the final quarter of next year.The HSE 2015 national service plan w... Read more →

Many 'struggling to cope' - Samaritans

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=24282

The Samaritans responded to over a half a million calls for help this year, making 2014 the organisation's busiest year to date.Samaritans Ireland is a volunteer-led organisation, which provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings ... Read more →

National dementia strategy to focus on community care and stigma

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Mark Hilliard - http://www.irishtimes.com

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled a €27.5 million national dementia strategy that will focus on shattering the stigma of the diesase and supporting community care.Dementia affects about 50,000 people in Ireland, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. By 2041, the number affected is expect... Read more →

Lung cancer deaths rise in women as smoking takes its toll

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - http://www.independent.ie

Death rates for Irish women from lung cancer are continuing to rise because of the numbers who took up smoking when they were younger, a new report has revealed.It also highlights the increase in deaths from melanoma - the aggressive form of skin cancer - in men as a result of failure to protect the... Read more →

Menstrual age linked to heart risks

Tuesday 16th December 2014 - Deborah Condon - www.irishhealth.com

The age at which a female begins menstruating may affect her risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, a new study suggests. According to the findings, females who begin menstruating at the age of 10 or younger, or at the age of 17 or older, appear to have an increased risk of developing hear... Read more →