Self-test products 'not 100% reliable'

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People are being reminded that self-test health products, such as pregnancy tests and blood sugar testing kits, are not 100% reliable. According to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the availability of self-test health products is increasing, but it is important that people using suc... Read more →

Women shouldn't ignore their father's medical history

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Eilish O'Regan -

Around one in 70 women will get ovarian cancer in their lifetime - and for most women with a family history of the disease, their risk will not be much higher than that of the rest of the population. Nearly 380 Irish women are newly diagnosed with the cancer annually. If a woman has a first-degree ... Read more →

Irish workers want to become healthier

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Just 15% of workers are provided with healthy food choices in their company canteens or vending machines, a new survey has found. According to the findings by the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), many of Ireland's workers want to become healthier and would like to see their employers playing ... Read more →

Stop using antibiotics for common illnesses

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many people still believe that antibiotics can help to treat common illnesses such as colds, the flu and earaches, however this is not the case, the HSE has said. It has just launched a new online support to help people deal with common provides a range of informat... Read more →

Galway doctors focusing on diabetes

Tuesday 18th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Doctors in Galway are attempting to work out why some people develop type 2 diabetes, while others do not. According to Dr Francis Finucane, a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital (GUH), working this out ‘will help us develop better therapies for tomorrow'. "The diabetes ... Read more →

Diabetes - many confused about food labels

Friday 14th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A healthy diet is essential for the estimated 207,000 Irish people with diabetes, however many of these struggle with shopping for food, especially when it comes to reading labels, Diabetes Ireland has said. In an effort to tackle this, the national charity, which offers support and education to th... Read more →

Kids' juices contain more sugar than Coke

Friday 14th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Some juice drinks aimed at children contain more sugar than Coca Cola, experts have warned. They carried out a survey of 203 fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies being sold in UK supermarkets and found that at least 25% contained the same amount or more sugar than Coca Cola, which contains five... Read more →

7,000 over-70 medical cards cut

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Government has been accused of ‘targeting vulnerable older people', after new figures revealed that almost 7,000 people over the age of 70 lost their medical cards during a one-month period. The figures that were released to Fianna Fail show that the number of people over the age of 70 wi... Read more →

One in five has chronic back pain

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Around 20% of Irish adults suffer with chronic back pain and for some of these, the cause of their pain can take years to diagnose, a new campaign has warned. The Europe-wide initiative, 'Don't Turn Your Back On It', has just been launched in Ireland and it is urging people to become more knowledge... Read more →

New test to detect diabetes risk

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Some 350,000 Irish people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next two decades, however many are unaware of this, Diabetes Ireland has warned. According to the charity, which provides support and education to people with diabetes, latest international figures estimate that over 225,0... Read more →