Type 2 diabetes linked to poorer cognition

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with type 2 diabetes appear to have poorer cognitive functioning, a new study has found.Canadian researchers carried out a detailed analysis of all the available studies that investigated the link between type 2 diabetes and a reduction in cognitive abilities known as executive functioning.Ex... Read more →

Low vitamin D levels linked to severe stroke

Friday 13th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Strokes may be more severe in people with low vitamin D levels, the results of a new study indicate.Vitamin D is known to be essential for healthy bones, but recent research suggests that it has a major role to play in other parts of the body also. According to US scientists, low levels of this vita... Read more →

1 in 4 has chronic bad breath

Friday 13th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

One in four Irish people has chronic bad breath, but while the condition affects men and women equally, women are more likely to seek treatment, dentists have said. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), once people realise they have bad breath, also known as halitosis, it is easy to trea... Read more →

Loneliness common among chronically ill

Friday 13th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who develop a chronic illness are often beset by feelings of loneliness, even if they have a long-term partner, a new study has found. According to Canadian researchers, while many studies have looked at the effect of loneliness on illness, few have considered whether illness contributes to ... Read more →

Major development in stroke treatment

Thursday 12th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A major new international study involving Irish scientists has led to ‘the most significant development in stroke treatment in the past 20 years', it has been claimed. The findings of the study look set to revolutionise stroke treatment and could reduce stroke-related mortality rates by as mu... Read more →

1 in 5 suicides linked to unemployment

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Unemployment may be to blame for around 45,000 suicides worldwide every year, a new study has found. This figure is significantly higher than the number of suicides linked to economic crises, such as the recent global recession. Swiss researchers analysed the impact of unemployment on suicide betwe... Read more →

Fatal Foetal Abnormality Bill deafeated

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members' Bill has been defeated in the Dail by 104 votes to 20. The Bill, which was proposed by independent TD, Clare Daly, would have allowed for abortion in cases where an unborn baby had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality which meant they would no... Read more →

Warning about detergent child poisoning risk

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Paul Cullen -

Paracetamol and liquid detergent capsules were the most common causes of infant poisoning cases handled by a Dublin children’s hospital according to a new study. Drugs accounted for over half of the poisoning cases reported to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, but the appear... Read more →

Stress affects heart attack recovery in women

Tuesday 10th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Young and middle-aged women who suffer a heart attack tend to have a worse recovery than men, and stress may be partially to blame for this, a new study has found. Until now, research into the recovery outcomes of young and middle-aged women who suffer a heart attack has been limited, so US researc... Read more →

Most GPs oppose under-6 scheme - NAGP

Tuesday 10th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs have insisted that Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, has underestimated the amount of opposition to the proposed scheme of free care for children under the age of six. In recent days, the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which represents around half of the country's 2,300 GPs,... Read more →