Postnatal depression - phone support helps

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women suffering with postnatal depression could benefit greatly from telephone-based peer support, a new study suggests. Postnatal (postpartum) depression typically affects mothers within the first year of their baby's life, most often within the first four weeks. Symptoms can include low moods, fe... Read more →

Intense anger ups heart attack risk

Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who experience an episode of intense anger are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack within the next two hours, a new study has found. The findings appear to confirm previous research which has suggested that anger can be a trigger for a heart attack. Australian researchers asses... Read more →

Eating peanuts may prevent peanut allergy

Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children at high risk of becoming allergic to peanuts could stop this from happening by eating the offending products frequently from a young age, a new study has found. Until now, healthcare professionals have generally recommended that foods that can cause allergies, such as peanuts, should be av... Read more →

Overuse of anti-anxiety meds a big concern

Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people's relationship with anti-anxiety medication, such as Valium, is to be discussed by experts at an event open to the public this week. The event is part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's (RCSI) MiniMed Lecture Series, which sees a range of health-related topics being discusse... Read more →

World first for Irish fertility clinic

Monday 23rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

In a world first, an Irish couple whose child has a rare genetic disease are now expecting a baby unaffected by the same condition as a result of the fertility procedure, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The couple, who were treated at the Cork Fertility Centre - one of only two fertility ... Read more →

Asthma 'not taken seriously enough'

Monday 23rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People living with asthma in Ireland today do not believe the condition is taken seriously enough, a major new study has found. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma - the fourth highest prevalence of the condition in the world. However, many of those affected feel that because it is so preval... Read more →

Govt 'failing' kids in poverty

Monday 23rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government has received an ‘F' grade for its treatment of children living in poverty. The Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) has just published its annual Report Card, which every year grades the Government's performance on issues relating to children against its stated commitments in the 2... Read more →

Outpatient waiting figures continue to rise

Friday 20th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 61,000 people were waiting for more than one year for an outpatient hospital appointment in December of last year, an increase of more than 5,600 when compared to November. The figures are contained in the HSE's latest Performance Assurance Report, which covers the period December 2014. It no... Read more →

Jump in calls to dementia helpline

Friday 20th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Calls to a dementia helpline jumped by 20% last year, new figures have shown. The national helpline, which is run by the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, is the only dementia helpline in the country. According to the latest figures, 2014 was its busiest year to date, with a 20% jump in calls and a d... Read more →

World eating more unhealthy foods

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of unhealthy foods, such as sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, is outpacing the consumption of healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, in most parts of the world, a major new study has found. This marks the first study to assess the quality of diet in 187 countries cov... Read more →