Cancer info provided to 82,000 in 2013

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 82,000 people were provided with information and support by the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service (CIS) last year, a new report has shown.The CIS is made up of the National Cancer Helpline, online services and Daffodil Centres, which provide information and support in local hosp... Read more →

Jump in calls to abuse counselling service

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of individual callers to a telephone service that provides counselling to people who have been abused has jumped by 22% so far this year.Over half of these callers have said they were sexually abused, a slight increase on the same period last year.Connect Counselling, which is part-funded... Read more →

New ambulance transfer service for kids

Monday 15th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new critical-care ambulance service, which will transfer seriously ill children between hospitals, has been launched.The Paediatric Retrieval Service can transfer seriously ill children, up to the age of 16, from hospitals anywhere in Ireland to Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital and Our L... Read more →

Memory problems linked to stroke risk

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who are highly educated and who complain about lapses in their memory may have an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. According to Dutch researchers, it is already known that stroke can cause memory problems, but they wanted to investigate whether the reverse was true - that memo... Read more →

New dementia resource for Cork

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new website, which aims to offer support to people diagnosed with dementia in the north Cork area, has been launched.An estimated 42,000 people in Ireland are currently affected by dementia, around 26,000 of whom live in the community. In the north Cork area, it is estimated that almost 1,000 peop... Read more →

Drug cuts breast cancer rates by 29%

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many women with breast cancer are given the drug, tamoxifen, to reduce the risk of the disease recurring. However, now a new study has found that the drug also has a major preventive effect in women at risk of the disease, which remains constant for at least two decades.According to the findings, th... Read more →

Asthma risk for kids in parent bed

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Toddlers who share a bed with their parents may have an increased risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a new study suggests.Dutch researchers monitored the health of over 6,100 mothers and their children every year until the children were six years of age. Information on wheezing and asthma... Read more →

Poor sleep in old age linked to dementia

Thursday 11th December 2014 - John von Radowitz -

Study participants who spent the least amount of time in deep "slow wave" sleep were significantly more likely to lose brain cells than those who slept the most deeply.The research also showed that lack of oxygen caused by the snoring condition sleep apnoea increased the risk of tiny areas of damage... Read more →

Not enough sleep ups kids' obesity risk

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children who do not get enough sleep or who have sleep-related breathing problems may have an increased risk of becoming obese by the age of 15, a new study suggests.According to US researchers, in recent years, ‘lack of sleep has become a well-recognised risk for childhood obesity'. Sleep-dis... Read more →

Rush hour traffic is bad for the heart

Wednesday 10th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People with heart disease should avoid being outside during rush hour traffic, experts have said.Over three million deaths worldwide are caused by air pollution every year and as many as one in three Europeans living in urban areas are exposed to air pollution levels that are considered above safe E... Read more →