Unexplained hep A cases linked to berries

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Consumers are being warned to boil any imported frozen berries for at least 60 seconds before eating them, in response to fears over a food-poisoning outbreak of the hepatitis A virus. According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), a few Irish cases of hepatitis A have been reported &lsq... Read more →

New app aims to help people caring for relatives with dementia

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

A free app has been launched to help the 50,000 family carers looking after people with dementia. The app from Home Instead Senior Care, is a pocket guide to dementia care. It provides access to quick, helpful tips from experts and other caregivers. Features include: 25 topic categories regardin... Read more →

Social media sites may aid weight loss

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who want to lose weight may achieve better results if they use social media websites for support, the results of a new study suggest. UK researchers analysed the results of 12 studies from Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, which focused on social networking services for people trying to lo... Read more →

Moderate exercise cuts heart failure risk

Monday 8th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Exercising moderately for one hour per day could significantly reduce a person's risk of developing heart failure, a new study suggests. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Symptoms include tiredness, ... Read more →

Tony Ward - Cancer was my hardest opponent to beat

Monday 8th September 2014 - Kim Bielenberg - Independent

Tony Ward had to overcome many challenges in his dazzling rugby career. But nothing prepared him for the cruel illness that turned his life upside down. Now, for the first time, he tells Kim Bielenberg about his toughest battle. He was renowned as a wizard in an Irish rugby shirt. He toured with th... Read more →

Irish team in cornea transplant breakthrough

Monday 8th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Around 100,000 people worldwide undergo a cornea transplant every year. Now researchers based in Galway have made a breakthrough which could reduce the risk of patients rejecting this type of transplant. Corneal eye disease is the fourth most common cause of blindness globally, affecting over 10 mi... Read more →

Puck Fair Draw Winner

Monday 8th September 2014 - Jerome O Sullivan

The Killorglin RFC Puck Fair Draw took place in Kingston's Bar on Saturday evening. Local man Paudie Cronin scoops the prize of €500.   Ticket was sold by Leslie West. Well Done Paudie... Read more →

Obesity ups blood pressure risk in kids

Friday 5th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obese children are almost six times more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to their healthy-weight peers, a new study has shown. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, causes silent damage to the blood vessels and the heart. If left untreated, this damage progresses over time... Read more →

Health insurance figures still falling

Friday 5th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The number of people with private health insurance is continuing to fall, new figures from the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) have shown. According to the latest figures, at the end of June 2014, 2,017,000 people held inpatient health insurance plans. This is 11,000 fewer people when compared to ... Read more →

New class of drug targets skin cancer

Friday 5th September 2014 - Dick Ahlstrom - Irish Times

A new kind of DNA-based drug has been used to treat a form of skin cancer. The researchers involved believe it may also prove effective in a more dangerous skin cancer – melanoma. The first human use of the drug, known as DZ13, was conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Aus... Read more →