Some low-fat foods have more calories than full-fat

Friday 30th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

SOME low-fat supermarket products – several of which are on sale here – contain more calories than the food's ordinary full-fat version. Most low-fat products have a third fewer calories, yet one in 10 had more or the same calories than alternatives. A study which will be presented to ... Read more →

Health guide: Ten ways to get your children active

Friday 30th May 2014 - Grainne Cunningham - Independent

Irish children have been given a D-minus for physical exercise in the new report grading youngsters in 15 countries worldwide, but here's our brilliant guide to help get them moving. Irish children spend too much time on the couch and too little on their feet, according to a new international repor... Read more →

Five Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Independent - Independent

Today is National Fish & Chip Day, and to celebrate the mighty chip, we offer five healthier alternatives... You know the feeling, you want a portion of chips, but you don't want all the guilt that goes with their carby goodness. Luckily, there are lots of foods that allow you to replicate ... Read more →

Believe it or not, cynics three times more likely to develop dementia

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown. Believing that others are motivated by selfishness or that they lie to get what they want appears to radically increase the risk of cognitive decline in later life. Cynicism has previou... Read more →

The ins and outs of hay fever

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Patricia Murphy - Independent

Dr. Paul Carson of Slievemore Clinic offers expert advice when it comes to battling dreaded summer hay fever. The arrival of summer is a joyful time for the majority of us but for those suffering from hay fever it can be a season of dread. Invisible clouds of pollen wreak havoc with the sinuse... Read more →

Too much light in bed can raise obesity risk

Thursday 29th May 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study, scientists found. The Breakthrough Generations Study... Read more →

Sharing my struggle with mental illness has really helped

Wednesday 28th May 2014 - Fiona Kennedy - Independent

Fiona Kennedy iis urging fellow sufferers to reach out to family and friends for help, for love and support and most vitally, a listening ear. Mental illness thrives on secrecy and isolation, says Fiona Kennedy. She is urging fellow sufferers to reach out to family and friends for help, for lov... Read more →

Expose your body to cold conditions to drop some weight

Wednesday 28th May 2014 - Peta Bee - Irish Examiner

YOU may be holding out hope for a summer heat wave, but the hottest way to get in shape this summer is to keep your cool. Forget hot yoga, stifling gyms and bubbling hot tubs, the most effective way of shedding body fat and boosting your metabolism is to stay in cold temperatures as often as you ca... Read more →

Children hit as arthritis sufferers' medical cards cut

Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

NEARLY two-thirds of arthritis sufferers said their discretionary medical cards have been removed or put under review – leaving some unable to afford their medication. Children who have the painful condition have been particularly badly hit and the removal or review of the cards has affec... Read more →

Diet a factor for 40% of IVF patients

Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Claire O'Sullivan - Irish Examiner

As research shows high cholesterol levels can reduce a couple’s chance of conceiving a baby, a leading Irish fertility expert has said up to 40% of his new patients may have fertility problems due to their poor lifestyle. Research in the US has shown that when one or both people in a couple h... Read more →