Schools still providing unhealthy foods

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many secondary schools are continuing to offer their students unhealthy foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has claimed. It carried out a survey of 39 post-primary schools and found that over half (51%) offered their students non-chilled snacks, including sw... Read more →

Dementia risk for underweight middle-aged

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Middle-aged people who are underweight may have an increased risk of going on to develop dementia, a new study has found. UK researchers analysed the medical records of almost two million people, which had been collected over a 20-year period. The average age of those involved was 55, while the ave... Read more →

CF services badly hit in recession

Thursday 9th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Services for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) have been hit by significant cutbacks since the start of Ireland's economic crisis, including staff shortages and delays in developing and opening essential hospital facilities, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has said. According to the charity, which wor... Read more →

Eggs lower risk of type 2 diabetes

Wednesday 8th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly eat eggs may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study has found. Few studies have assessed the link between egg consumption and diabetes and any findings have been inconclusive, so researchers in Finland decided to investigate further. They looked at the di... Read more →

Low support for free GP care for under-6s

Wednesday 8th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While most people are in favour of free healthcare, the vast majority do not believe that providing free GP care to all children aged five and under should be the first step towards this, a new survey has found. The survey of 1,000 adults was carried out last month on behalf of the National Associa... Read more →

Comparing on Facebook linked to depression

Wednesday 8th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who spend lots of time on Facebook comparing their lives to the lives of their friends may be at risk of developing symptoms of depression, new findings suggests. According to US researcher, Mai-ly Steers, of the University of Houston, while the idea of ‘social comparison' is nothing n... Read more →

Course to help teachers ID suicidal students

Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A training programme which aims to help teachers identify students who may be suicidal is being held by the bereavement charity, Console, later this month. According to Console CEO, Paul Kelly, a range of complex problems can lead to suicidal ideation in secondary school and college students such a... Read more →

Domestic abuse affects mental health

Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new study has highlighted the impact domestic violence can have on the mental health of women. According to the findings, as well as their physical injuries, victims of domestic abuse are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems, including depression and psychotic symptoms. UK a... Read more →

People urged to talk about palliative care

Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People are being encouraged to talk about their experiences of palliative care - both good and bad - as part of a new campaign. Palliative care is aimed at people whose conditions cannot be cured. The goal is to provide the best quality of life in the time they have left, which can be anything from... Read more →

Thursday 2nd April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Every hour that a person spends watching television on a daily basis could increase their risk of developing diabetes by more than 3%, a new study has found. US researchers looked at over 3,200 overweight adults who had been enrolled in a diabetes prevention programme in the late 1990s. While this ... Read more →