Facebook envy could lead to depression

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who use Facebook to compare their friends' lives to their own may be at risk of experiencing symptoms of depression, a new study suggests.US researchers set out to investigate if regular use of the popular social networking site could affect mental health.They surveyed over 700 college studen... Read more →

Pre-pregnancy health linked to child obesity risk

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who improve their health before they become pregnant could reduce their child's risk of becoming obese later in life, a new study indicates. There is already a growing body of evidence that suggests that a child's life in the womb and soon after birth can affect their risk of obesity. While s... Read more →

Teen screen time affects sleep

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The more time teenagers spend looking at various screens during the day, the poorer their quality of sleep is likely to be, a new study has found. Norwegian researchers looked at over 10,000 teenagers aged between 16 and 19. All were asked about the amount of time they spent looking at various scre... Read more →

Call for more community x-ray services

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Providing GPs with access to community-based x-ray services could reduce some of the pressure on Irish Emergency Departments (EDs), doctors have claimed. Currently in Ireland, if a patient suffers an extremity trauma - damage to one of their limbs, such as their hands or feet - they have to be refe... Read more →

Many cough medicines a waste of money

Friday 30th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Coughs are very common at this time of year, but people may be wasting their money on cough medications that have little or no effect, a new Irish study has found. According to the findings, many cough remedies that are available over the counter (OTC) in pharmacies have limited effectiveness when ... Read more →

Symptoms worsen in misunderstood patients

Friday 30th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Patients who feel that their doctors do not understand or believe them may experience a worsening of symptoms as a result, a new study suggests. According to UK researchers, patients who perceive their doctors to be lacking in understanding or acceptance may end up feeling distressed and angry, bot... Read more →

Rewards help pregnant smokers quit

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to quit the habit if they are offered financial incentives to do so, a new study has found. A recent report found that almost one in eight mothers in Ireland smoked throughout their pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of health ... Read more →

Big wait for kids' dermatology service

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who need to access dermatology services at Temple Street Children's Hospital now face being placed on an additional waiting list due to a lack of specialists, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has warned. Previously, children were placed on one of two waiting lists - urgent cases and those o... Read more →

Dementia care severely lacking

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 90% of nursing homes in Ireland have no dedicated dementia care units, despite the increasing number of people living with this condition, a major new survey has found. According to a new report based on the survey findings, dementia is currently ‘one of the biggest challenges facing g... Read more →

Most breast cancer info on web inaccurate

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is the most searched for cancer on the internet, yet much of the information available is either inaccurate or hard to read, Cork University Hospital (CUH) has said. Furthermore, one in three women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland has limited health literacy. This all means ... Read more →