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How a family photograph could help diagnose a rare genetic disorder

Thursday 26th June 2014 - Alice Philipson - Independent

New software allows a computer to scour family snaps for facial features characteristic of conditions such as Down's syndrome. Doctors can now diagnose rare genetic disorders in children using family photographs. Newly developed facial-recognition software allows a computer to scour family snaps fo... Read more →

State to ban cigarettes sales from vending machines

Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Daniel McConnell and Eilish O'Regan - Independent

THE Government has given the go-ahead to ban 7,000 cigarette vending machines and outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s. Health Minister James Reilly took his war on tobacco a step further yesterday by securing Cabinet approval for a range of radical measures which may form part of new legis... Read more →

For the price of a coffee, you can help save our little boy's life

Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Ed Power - Independent

When John Glynn was told his son Gavin had inoperable cancer, he refused to 'enjoy the time they had left' and found a treatment in the US that gives his beloved boy a fighting chance. THE doctors had done their best, exhausted every possibility. But John Glynn wasn't ready to give up. In March, Jo... Read more →

HSE pledge on mental care death reporting

Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Irishhealth.com - Irishhealth.com

The HSE says it is making service improvements to ensure that all unexpected deaths in mental health services are reported on and investigated properly by local staff. Audits carried out by the HSE have revealed serious shortcomings in the manner in which deaths likely to have been from suicide wer... Read more →

The Benefits of Being Overweight

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Bernadette Rock - Independent

During all of my 16 years dedicated to chronic dieting and feeling out of control around food, one of my enduring beliefs was that being slim would mean I would be happier, confident and in control. Summertime sunshine tends to bring with it relentless advice on ‘5 easy steps to a toned tummy&... Read more →

Why counting beats instead of sheep may help insomnia

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Professor Patricia Casey - Independent

Listen up insomniacs: music comes out tops in a recent large-scale study of therapeutic sleep remedies. HAVE you ever woken in the middle of the night and listened to the seconds ticking; for hours? It's as if you can hear time passing. You may have gone to bed exhausted and not been able to nod of... Read more →

What can my son take for hay fever?

Tuesday 24th June 2014 - Dr Bernadette Carr - Irish Examiner

My eight-year-old son suffers from hay fever. He loves playing sports, particularly football. What over-the-counter medicines are safe for him to take? And is there anything I can do to help? This must be distressing for you and your son. It is important that since he loves playing sports to make ... Read more →

Time to worry? Scientists find link between stress and heart troubles

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

It is known that long term stress can cause fatal heart attacks and strokes, but scientists have never known why. Stress triggers our so-called ‘fight or flight’ mechanism which sends a surge of adrenalin to help the heart pump harder and increase blood flow to enable the body to fight ... Read more →

Health case study: Living with rheumatoid arthritis

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Joy Orpen - Independent

Former nurse, Sinead Gallagher, and her friend, Jeanette, set up a successful aesthetic clinic, says Joy Orpen, but then, following the birth of her fourth child, Sinead began to experience mysterious aches and pains. Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) does not mean an end to life as ... Read more →

Spread the word: butter's good for you after all

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Suzanne Campbell - Independent

In radical new research, scientists claim that this traditional family staple has unfairly been given a bad press for decades. Suzanne Campbell reports. In a provocative cover story, Time magazine urges us to ditch the health advice and eat butter. That's if you never stopped eating it anyway. ... Read more →