Obesity cuts life expectancy by 8 years

Friday 5th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity may shorten a person's life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive them of almost two decades of healthy life, a new study has found.According to Canadian scientists, obesity-related type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are to blame.They created a disease-stimulation model to esti... Read more →

Big jump in neurology waiting list

Thursday 4th December 2014 - Big jump in neurology waiting list -

The number of people waiting for more than one year for an outpatient appointment to see a neurologist has jumped in recent months, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) has warned. Neurological conditions affect the brain and spinal cord and these can include stroke, epilepsy, migraine and ac... Read more →

Death risk for babies of obese mums

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The babies of women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy have an increased risk of dying, with babies born to severely obese mothers facing the biggest risk, a new study has found. According to Swedish researchers, overweight and obesity are common among women of childbearing age and previo... Read more →

Many dismiss cancer warning signs

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many people dismiss the potential warning signs of cancer as less serious symptoms, a new study has found. The UK research noted that just 2% of people who had experienced a recent symptom often associated with cancer actually thought that the disease could be the cause. As part of the study, 1,70... Read more →

Call for nationwide smoky coal ban

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

An estimated 9,000 lives have been saved since a ban on smoky coal was introduced in Dublin in 1990 and this ban needs to be extended nationwide as a matter of urgency, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has said. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, including one in every five children. Sm... Read more →

Bilingualism delays Alzheimer's by 5 years

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Being able to speak two languages fluently may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by up to five years, a new study suggests. Dementia currently affects around 36 million people worldwide, including some 40,000 people in Ireland. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accountin... Read more →

HIV's ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, finds study

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - RTE -

Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. Scientists said the research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventu... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - DR NINA BYRNES -

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it?   ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is ... Read more →

No link between antibiotics and asthma

Monday 1st December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A large new study appears to confirm that there is no link between the early use of antibiotics and a rise in childhood asthma.  Previous studies have suggested that if a mother take antibiotics while pregnant, or her child is given antibiotics in early life, that child has an increased risk o... Read more →

Boys more likely to be stillborn

Monday 1st December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Baby boys are more likely to be stillborn than girls, a new study has found. UK researchers reviewed over 30 million births worldwide and found that the risk of a stillbirth was 10% higher in boys. Globally, this is a loss of some 100,000 additional baby boys every year. "The numbers speak for the... Read more →