Irish team find molecule can block diseases

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have made a breakthrough which could help to block certain inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. The discovery centres on a molecule called MCC950, which can suppress the ‘NLRP3 inflammasome' - an ... Read more →

Irish need to cut down on portions

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people need to cut down on the portion sizes of most foods they are eating, a new report has found. According to the report by Safefood, many consumers believe that portion sizes are only relevant to people who are dieting, and are not an issue at all for men or younger adults. Furthermore, ... Read more →

Stroke survivors may have higher cancer risk

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

It is already known that people with cancer have an increased risk of suffering a stroke. However, a new study has found that the opposite may also be true - those who suffer a stroke may have an increased risk of developing cancer. US scientists analysed data relating to over 3,200 people over the... Read more →

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 →