8 ways to prolong your life right now

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - Gabrielle Monaghan - Independent

Gabrielle Monaghan takes a look at eight simple ways in which you can live a longer and happier life. Maureen Armstrong has just run the Dublin Women's Mini-Marathon for the 20th time. The Tipperary woman's dedication to the 10k race is all the more remarkable for the fact that she is 89. ... Read more →

Low blood pressure 'not always best'

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

LOW blood pressure is not necessarily best when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes, new research suggests. A study that turns conventional thinking on its head shows that in at-risk patients, a cut-off point is reached below which further reductions in blood pressure provide no added ... Read more →

Why the baby blues can fail to hit for years

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - Heidi Scrimgeour - Independent

A study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Australia has found that a mother's mental health is more likely to be in jeopardy several years after the birth of her first child. Researchers discovered maternal depression is more likely to strike when a woman's first child reaches four years o... Read more →

Ice cream can contain a fifth of daily calories

Monday 16th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

THEY may be hard to resist on a hot day but a single ice cream could be a fifth of your daily calorie requirements in one go. Ice creams contain up to 360 calories – but if you choose carefully, there are also many lower-calorie options on sale to minimise the damage. Following calls last we... Read more →

Alzheimer's breakthrough as memory loss drug in sight

Monday 16th June 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

A drug to prevent the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease is a step closer after scientists discovered why people with dementia cannot form new memories. It was previously thought that Alzheimer's was primarily caused by the build-up of plaques in the brain that stop neurons from firing... Read more →

If men’s cancers are so prevalent, why do we hear less about them?

Monday 16th June 2014 - Ronan McGreevy - Irish Times

Men have lower five-year cancer-survival rates, so they need to be proactive, like Willie Penrose. Men are more likely to die of cancer, and have lower five-year survival rates than women. According to figures produced by the National Cancer Registry, men have a one in seven, or 14 per cent, chance... Read more →

Bikini Season: Eight foods to beat the bloat

Friday 13th June 2014 - Freya Drohan - Independent

With dieticians advocating super foods, Paleo fanatics taking over Instagram, and celebrities promoting the latest fad (5:2 we’re looking at you) - the struggle to get bikini ready is as confusing as ever. It’s time to go back to basics- your body will naturally respond. Whether you&rs... Read more →

Foods to fuel your fertility

Friday 13th June 2014 - Paula Mee - Irish Times

Semen quality is on the decline but certain micronutrients can boost your chances of fertility This afternoon, students will be storming through the Leaving Cert biology paper. Despite the rather lengthy copy on human reproduction, the notes in our house contain only a handful of points about male ... Read more →

Opening up: the first step is the steepest

Friday 13th June 2014 - Aoife Valentine - Irish Times

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young Irish males. Why are they so reluctant to talk? Counselling services within universities have been put under severe pressure recently, with many colleges reporting waiting lists of up to six weeks. With one in five young people in Ireland suffering a m... Read more →

High protein diets 'cut stroke risk'

Thursday 12th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

High protein diets may protect against stroke, especially if they contain a lot of fish, scientists have said. Researchers analysed seven diet studies involving a total of 254,489 participants whose progress was monitored for an average of 14 years. Those who ate the most protein were 20pc less li... Read more →