Obesity costs $2 trillion a year

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity costs the world almost the same amount of money as smoking and costs significantly more than alcoholism, researchers have claimed. According to a new research paper by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), more than 2.1 billion people - 30% of the world's population - are now overweight or o... Read more →

200 cancers detected by BowelScreen

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 200 cases of bowel cancer have been detected by BowelScreen, the National Bowel Screening Programme, since it began last year, early results show. Some 2,500 people are newly diagnosed with bowel (colorectal) cancer in Ireland every year and around 1,000 people die from it annually, making i... Read more →

Fats in processed food affect memory

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Men who eat a lot of trans fats, which are found in processed foods, have poorer memory, a new study suggests. Trans fats are artificially produced fats that are used in thousands of processed foods, from deep fried food and frozen pizza to biscuits, margarine and ready-meals. US researchers looke... Read more →

Pre-pregnancy weight linked to kids' heart risk

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Adults have a much higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke if their mothers were overweight or obese before they became pregnant, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that people whose mothers were overweight before pregnancy have an increased risk of diabetes, high cholester... Read more →

Self-test products 'not 100% reliable'

Thursday 20th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People are being reminded that self-test health products, such as pregnancy tests and blood sugar testing kits, are not 100% reliable. According to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the availability of self-test health products is increasing, but it is important that people using suc... Read more →

Women shouldn't ignore their father's medical history

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Eilish O'Regan -

Around one in 70 women will get ovarian cancer in their lifetime - and for most women with a family history of the disease, their risk will not be much higher than that of the rest of the population. Nearly 380 Irish women are newly diagnosed with the cancer annually. If a woman has a first-degree ... Read more →

Irish workers want to become healthier

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Just 15% of workers are provided with healthy food choices in their company canteens or vending machines, a new survey has found. According to the findings by the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), many of Ireland's workers want to become healthier and would like to see their employers playing ... Read more →

Stop using antibiotics for common illnesses

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many people still believe that antibiotics can help to treat common illnesses such as colds, the flu and earaches, however this is not the case, the HSE has said. It has just launched a new online support to help people deal with common provides a range of informat... Read more →

Galway doctors focusing on diabetes

Tuesday 18th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Doctors in Galway are attempting to work out why some people develop type 2 diabetes, while others do not. According to Dr Francis Finucane, a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital (GUH), working this out ‘will help us develop better therapies for tomorrow'. "The diabetes ... Read more →

Diabetes - many confused about food labels

Friday 14th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A healthy diet is essential for the estimated 207,000 Irish people with diabetes, however many of these struggle with shopping for food, especially when it comes to reading labels, Diabetes Ireland has said. In an effort to tackle this, the national charity, which offers support and education to th... Read more →