40% higher cancer risk for obese women

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are obese have a 40% increased risk of developing a number of different cancers, including bowel, womb and kidney cancer, new figures have revealed. According to Cancer Research UK, obesity is known to increase a woman's risk of developing at least seven different types of cancer - bowel,... Read more →

Energy drinks increase blood pressure

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of energy drinks increases the blood pressure of healthy young adults, especially if they do not consume caffeine on a regular basis, a new study has found. Energy drinks, which are popular among teenagers and young adults, can contain up to three times the amount of caffeine found ... Read more →

The battle for our children's health

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government is being urged to automatically grant medical cards to children with severe disabilities. The call comes from national campaign, Our Children's Health, which is working to ensure that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition is entitled to a full medical car... Read more →

Regular lack of sleep linked to high BP

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly fail to get enough sleep appear to have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. However, it rarely carries any signs or symptoms. In fact, a person c... Read more →

Tobacco-free world by 2040 'possible'

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The sale of tobacco worldwide should be phased out by 2040, public health researchers have insisted. The international group of health and policy experts claim that with sufficient political support and increased action against the tobacco industry, a tobacco-free world - where less than 5% of adul... Read more →

Public lecture to examine role of antibiotics

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public who want to find out more about how antibiotics work and the problems associated with their overuse, are invited to attend a public lecture on the topic. The issue is set to be discussed as part of the Royal College of Surgeons' (RCSI) MiniMed Lecture Series on Wednesday, Marc... Read more →

Heart disease in women underestimated

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is still commonly perceived as a bigger health issue for women than cardiovascular disease (CVD), despite the fact that CVD is the leading cause of death among women in Europe, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has said. According to the society, CVD kills over half of women in... Read more →

Public consulted on 'health identifiers'

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public are being asked to give their views on individual health identifiers (IHI) - unique numbers that will be assigned to all people using health and social care services in this country. An IHI is a unique, non-transferable number that will last for a person's lifetime. According ... Read more →

President signs drug legislation

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Emergency legislation banning the possession of certain drugs, including ecstasy, has been signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins. The legislation was brought forward by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, earlier this week after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a law banning the possess... Read more →

Warning to avoid unpasteurised milk

Wednesday 11th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), raw milk - i.e. milk that is unpasteurised - can contain harmful bacteria that increase the risk of foodborne illnesses. It has just published a report which contains the findings of a survey that confirms the presence of pathogens in raw mi... Read more →