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 →

Hologram to advise visitors on hand hygiene

Wednesday 10th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A nurse hologram is being used by Dublin's Tallaght Hospital to remind visitors about the importance of hand hygiene.Visitors to the hospital can expect to receive a unique greeting from the hologram, which is based on an existing staff nurse, Helen Corrigan.The move is part of a new awareness initi... Read more →

Irish team seeking causes of MND

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A major new DNA mapping project, which aims to discover the causes of motor neurone disease (MND), has been launched in Ireland.MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which there is progressive degeneration of the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurones are the nerve cel... Read more →

WHO reports dramatic fall in malaria deaths

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - RTE -

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.It said cases are falling steadily, thanks to more people being diagnosed and treated, and more people getting bed nets.Yet progress against the mosquito-borne infection remains fragile.West African cou... Read more →

Irish men 'have less healthy diets'

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Irish men consume less healthy diets, are less aware of healthy eating guidelines and have a preference for larger portions than Irish women, a new report has found. According to the report, Men's Food Behaviour, which was published by Safefood, men's attitude to food is putting them at a disadvant... Read more →

Social groups protect mental health

Monday 8th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who strongly identify with social groups, such as sports clubs or choirs, may have a reduced risk of experiencing mental health problems, two studies have found.Scottish psychologists set out to investigate the link between group identification - a person's sense of belonging to a group - and... Read more →

Concern over Christmas blood supplies

Monday 8th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is appealing to members of the public to donate blood over the coming weeks.It said it is concerned about its blood supplies during the Christmas and New Year period."Traditionally holiday periods and especially the lead into the Christmas/New Year festivit... Read more →

New eye guide 'cuts through medical jargon'

Friday 5th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 224,000 people in Ireland are affected by conditions that cause vision loss and this figure is expected to reach 275,000 by 2020, Fighting Blindness has warned.The sight loss charity has launched a new patient guide to support people who have been diagnosed with retinal conditions. The aim of t... Read more →