8 reasons resistance training is the best thing you can do for your body

Thursday 12th June 2014 - Karl Henry - Independent

Resistance training is unquestionably the best training that you can do. It will deliver more benefits than any other style of training, in every way. From mental to physical benefits and everything else, resistance work is where it's at. Yet so many people are scared of it. Firstly you need to rem... Read more →

Eating as a family lowers obesity risk research finds

Thursday 12th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

CHILDREN who eat breakfast and dinner with parents are less likely to be overweight than those who do not. But children who eat lunch with their parents are more likely to be overweight, research presented to the European Congress on Obesity revealed. The new study, named Energy, covered eight Eur... Read more →

Lupus: What to do when the body attacks itself

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Shane Cochrane - Independent

Jessica Doran knew something wasn't right, but it took weeks of tests and agonising pain before she was finally diagnosed with lupus. IT SHOULD have been an enjoyable night out with friends to celebrate her 17th birthday. But during the meal, Jessica Doran began to feel unwell. "I started getti... Read more →

Revolutionary MS drug must be free – Marie's widower

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Emma Jane Hade and Louise Hogan - Independent

THE partner of the late Marie Fleming has backed a campaign calling on the Government to make a new "revolutionary" drug available on a state scheme to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Tom Curran, whose partner Marie died from the condition late last year, has said that his only concern is that "peopl... Read more →

Daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

A daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown. The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Participants in the study were given a su... Read more →

Health case study: No rash decision on meningitis

Monday 9th June 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

The happy home life of nurse, Treasa Callanan, almost fell apart when her baby boy was struck down by meningitis, says Joy Orpen. Treasa tells of the battle to save little Fiachra's life and the signs every parent should watch for. Even though his mother is an experienced nurse, baby Fiachra Callan... Read more →

Hit the snooze button and get a good night’s sleep

Monday 9th June 2014 - Ciara Kelly - Independent

Adequate sleep is more closely associated with health and longevity than diet and exercise - I can’t get no sleep! If you, like me, are sleep-deprived, then you’re no different to 45 per cent of the rest of the population, who are stumbling around knackered every day from too little... Read more →

Weighing the facts: A frightening epidemic in numbers

Monday 9th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

28pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for adults between 1980 and 2013 47pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for children between 1980 and 2013 26.5pc - Irish girls under the age of 20 who are overweight or obese 26.6pc - Irish boys under th... Read more →

Extra 400 blood donations a week needed, IBTS urges

Friday 6th June 2014 - Fiona Gartland - Independent

Existing blood supplies down to just four days for most groups, says donor service. Some 13,500 donations are needed this month to maintain supply. Currently, just 3 per cent of those eligible actually donate blood. Paddy Bowler, director of operations with the service, pointed out that the World ... Read more →

HSE appoints expert panel to review medical card eligibility

Friday 6th June 2014 - RTE - RTE News

The HSE has announced the make-up of the expert panel that is to examine how medical card needs should be taken into account in the context of medical card eligibility. The panel is to be chaired by Prof Frank Keane, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and will be made up of 23 ... Read more →