Skin cancer in men on the increase

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

  The number of men developing skin cancer in Ireland has jumped by over 21% since 2009, new figures indicate. The figures were released by VHI Healthcare to mark its sponsorship of Blue September - a national campaign that aims to raise awareness and funds for male cancers. According to the... Read more →

Palliative care 'not just for last days of life'

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

There is a common perception that palliative care is all bout providing pain relief to older people during their last days of life. However, a new campaign aims to change this belief. ‘Making the Most of Life' is a nationwide campaign coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Pa... Read more →

Call for more school breakfast clubs

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

No child should start the school day without a nutritious breakfast and an investment of just €1.8 million by the Government could ensure that the most vulnerable children in the country get a good breakfast at school every day, according to a new report. The report, Supporting the Development... Read more →

Health service is at a 'critical point'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Patient safety is being compromised throughout the health service as a result of budget cuts in recent years, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said. According to the organisation, there is now major concern among healthcare professionals that this situation is at a critical point. "We are ... Read more →

2015 abortion referendum 'really bad idea'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted that there will ‘never be perfect legislation that removes all tragedies related to pregnancy'. Speaking about a possible abortion referendum in the Dail on Thursday, he said that he believed it would be a ‘really bad idea' to hold such a refere... Read more →

Desire to have kids affects mental health

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women who do not conceive following fertility treatment have poorer mental health in the long run if they are unable to let go of their desire to have a child, a study has found. Welsh and Dutch researchers looked at over 7,100 women who had undergone fertility treatment in 12 different hospitals b... Read more →

'Fat shaming' does not work

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Making people feel ashamed about their weight does not help them to lose it. In fact, many may simply gain more, a new study has found. UK researchers set out to investigate the popular theory that discrimination or ‘fat shaming' encourages people to lose weight. Types of discrimination inclu... Read more →

Gaining just 5lbs raises BP

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Gaining just five pounds in weight can raise a healthy adult's blood pressure, a new study has found. While many people are aware of the dangers of gaining a lot of weight, US scientists wanted to investigate any potential dangers associated with gaining a small amount - between five and 11lbs. Si... Read more →

Bullied kids face nightmares, terrors

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Twelve-year-old children are much more likely to suffer from nightmares, night terrors or sleep walking if they were bullied between the ages of eight and 10, a new study has found. Sleep-related disorders such as nightmares and night terrors are known as parasomnias. UK researchers decided to look... Read more →

Smoking dads up kids' asthma risk

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children have a greater risk of developing asthma if their fathers smoked before their conception, a study has found. This marks the first study to investigate the link between childhood asthma and a father's smoking habits prior to conception. Norwegian scientists looked at the smoking habits of ... Read more →