Irish team in CF breakthrough

Thursday 26th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish and US scientists have made a major breakthrough in relation to cystic fibrosis (CF), which could lead to new treatments that help patients breathe easier. CF is a hereditary disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. It is caused by a defective gene, which along with its ... Read more →

Growing gap in life expectancy figures

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people are living an average of 15 years longer today when compared with people in the 1950s, new research has found. However, it also reveals a growing gap in life expectancy between social classes, with manual workers dying at a younger age than professionals. The research was carried out ... Read more →

Success for Cork infant with rare diabetes

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A baby born with a rare form of diabetes that only affects one in every 200,000 infants, has been successfully treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Ava Joyce from Douglas in Cork is now 18 months old, but in August 2013, she was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition, permanent neonatal di... Read more →

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 →