Flu vaccine advised for high-risk groups after doubling of cases

Monday 19th January 2015 - Paul Cullen -

High-risk groups should get vaccinated against influenza following a doubling of the number of cases last week, the Health Service Executive has advised.Flu rates rose from 15.5 per 100,000 to 29 during the second week of January and are now above threshold levels, which means the illness is activel... Read more →

Flu now 'actively circulating'

Friday 16th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While flu levels are still relatively low, there has been an increase in cases over the last week and the illness is now ‘actively circulating in the community', the HSE has warned. It is urging people who are at risk to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible, despite concerns about th... Read more →

Rich, educated men drink more in later life

Friday 16th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People often drink less alcohol as they get older, however a new study into the drinking habits of people over the age of 45 has revealed that single, rich, educated men appear to be the most likely to drink more alcohol later in life. The UK study, which took 10 years to complete, involved 4,500 m... Read more →

Kids' sleep quality affects maths skills

Friday 16th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who get a good night's sleep perform better in maths and languages, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers looked at the link between sleep efficiency and academic performance in children. Sleep efficiency is a term used to described the quality of a person's sleep. It takes into accou... Read more →

13% of mums smoke during pregnancy

Thursday 15th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost one in eight mothers in Ireland smoked throughout their pregnancy and those who smoked the most were more likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to a new report. The report on maternal health behaviours is part of the Growing Up In Ireland study - a national study of almost 20,000... Read more →

Polar bear evolution key to heart disease treatment

Thursday 15th January 2015 - Paul Melia -

RESEARCH by Irish scientists into polar bears could help medics treat heart disease. The team looked at the bears' diet – plenty of fat and not drinking fresh water – and how it doesn't affect their bodies. "If you think about having a diet which is entirely animal fat-based, you'd be ... Read more →

One in four with heart failure wouldn't bother to get assistance

Thursday 15th January 2015 - Nicola Anderson -

Fewer than one in 10 people in Ireland are able to spot the signs of heart failure – and a quarter of people experiencing symptoms would wait a week "or not bother at all" to get medical advice. A new survey has exposed a "staggering lack of awareness" among Irish people about heart disease, ... Read more →

Concern over lung cancer rates in women

Wednesday 14th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish women have one of the highest lung cancer incidence and mortality rates in Europe, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. According to the society, ‘significantly more Irish women are dying from lung cancer than in other European countries'. "We are concerned that lung cancer morta... Read more →

'Never drink raw milk' - FSAI

Wednesday 14th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public are being reminded of the importance of only drinking milk that has been pasteurised. According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), drinking raw milk can pose serious health risks to consumers. This is also the view of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), whi... Read more →

Employees who work more than 55 hours a week more likely to consume 'risky' levels of alcohol

Wednesday 14th January 2015 - Jamie Merrill -

People who work longer are more likely to seek solace in alcohol, new research finds, sparking calls for employers to use European limits on the length of the working week. It has long been accepted that long days can lead to exhaustion, mental health problems and even relationship breakdown, but t... Read more →