Vaping: 6 facts you need to know about e-cigarettes

Wednesday 24th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

The facts surrounding the rise of the e-cigarette. Usually powered by a rechargeable battery, electronic cigarettes allow users to simulate smoking by vaporising liquid nicotine and other additives. They contain no tobacco. More than 95pc of e-cigarettes are produced in Shenzhen, southern China.... Read more →

Kids getting too many treat foods

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to cut down on the amount of treat foods they are giving their children and replacing them with healthier snacks. Previous research suggests that as much as 20% of children's daily calorie intake comes from foods such as crisps, sweets and biscuits. As part of its ongoing ca... Read more →

Focus on mental health at Ploughing Championships

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost one in four people believe that those with mental health problems are not trustworthy, while at least one in three people admit they would not treat someone with a mental health problem the same as they treat others, a survey has shown. The results were released by St Patrick's Mental Health... Read more →

Plan to end homelessness 'unachievable'

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The plan to end long-term homelessness in Dublin by 2016 is ‘now clearly unachievable', the Simon Community has warned. According to Sam McGuinness of the Dublin Simon Community, over 1,400 people have to take shelter in emergency accommodation in the Dublin region every night, ‘with li... Read more →

Skin cancer in men on the increase

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

  The number of men developing skin cancer in Ireland has jumped by over 21% since 2009, new figures indicate. The figures were released by VHI Healthcare to mark its sponsorship of Blue September - a national campaign that aims to raise awareness and funds for male cancers. According to the... Read more →

Palliative care 'not just for last days of life'

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

There is a common perception that palliative care is all bout providing pain relief to older people during their last days of life. However, a new campaign aims to change this belief. ‘Making the Most of Life' is a nationwide campaign coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Pa... Read more →

Call for more school breakfast clubs

Monday 22nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

No child should start the school day without a nutritious breakfast and an investment of just €1.8 million by the Government could ensure that the most vulnerable children in the country get a good breakfast at school every day, according to a new report. The report, Supporting the Development... Read more →

Health service is at a 'critical point'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Patient safety is being compromised throughout the health service as a result of budget cuts in recent years, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said. According to the organisation, there is now major concern among healthcare professionals that this situation is at a critical point. "We are ... Read more →

2015 abortion referendum 'really bad idea'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted that there will ‘never be perfect legislation that removes all tragedies related to pregnancy'. Speaking about a possible abortion referendum in the Dail on Thursday, he said that he believed it would be a ‘really bad idea' to hold such a refere... Read more →

Desire to have kids affects mental health

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women who do not conceive following fertility treatment have poorer mental health in the long run if they are unable to let go of their desire to have a child, a study has found. Welsh and Dutch researchers looked at over 7,100 women who had undergone fertility treatment in 12 different hospitals b... Read more →