Fall in cases of MRSA and C.diff

Tuesday 25th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people contracting the hospital superbug, MRSA, has fallen significantly in recent years, new figures from the Department of Health have shown. Rates of another superbug, C.diff, also appear to be on the decline. MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a form of the bac... Read more →

Breathing for life: Huge progress in asthma treatments

Tuesday 25th November 2014 - Joy Orpen -

Having asthma is like trying to breathe through a soggy straw. That is how Breda Flood (63), from Co Wexford, describes this often frightening condition, which causes the airways to become constricted, making it difficult to breathe. SHAREIt's a problem that only arose when Breda was in her 30s; no... Read more →

Asthma, COPD linked to bowel disease

Monday 24th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People with diseases of their airways, such as asthma, are more likely to have an inflammatory bowel disease, a new study has found. This marks the first population-based study to investigate the link between diseases of the airways and the incidence of bowel diseases. Canadian researchers used a ... Read more →

Bad marriage could 'break' heart

Monday 24th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Staying in a bad marriage could literally break your heart, the results of a new study suggest. US researchers analysed data relating to around 1,200 married men and women and found that older people who were in bad marriages had a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to people in happy... Read more →

Exercise reduces Parkinson's risk

Monday 24th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who undertake even a ‘medium amount' of exercise may reduce their risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand peop... Read more →

Simple infections 'could become killers'

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Antibiotic resistance is now a ‘global public heath crisis', the Department of Health's chief medical officer has warned. According to Dr Tony Holohan, we are at a stage in which the developments of modern medicine, which all of us take for granted, are at risk. "This is an era in which the ... Read more →

Obesity costs $2 trillion a year

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity costs the world almost the same amount of money as smoking and costs significantly more than alcoholism, researchers have claimed. According to a new research paper by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), more than 2.1 billion people - 30% of the world's population - are now overweight or o... Read more →

200 cancers detected by BowelScreen

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 200 cases of bowel cancer have been detected by BowelScreen, the National Bowel Screening Programme, since it began last year, early results show. Some 2,500 people are newly diagnosed with bowel (colorectal) cancer in Ireland every year and around 1,000 people die from it annually, making i... Read more →

Fats in processed food affect memory

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Men who eat a lot of trans fats, which are found in processed foods, have poorer memory, a new study suggests. Trans fats are artificially produced fats that are used in thousands of processed foods, from deep fried food and frozen pizza to biscuits, margarine and ready-meals. US researchers looke... Read more →

Pre-pregnancy weight linked to kids' heart risk

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Adults have a much higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke if their mothers were overweight or obese before they became pregnant, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that people whose mothers were overweight before pregnancy have an increased risk of diabetes, high cholester... Read more →