'Fat shaming' does not work

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Making people feel ashamed about their weight does not help them to lose it. In fact, many may simply gain more, a new study has found. UK researchers set out to investigate the popular theory that discrimination or ‘fat shaming' encourages people to lose weight. Types of discrimination inclu... Read more →

Gaining just 5lbs raises BP

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Gaining just five pounds in weight can raise a healthy adult's blood pressure, a new study has found. While many people are aware of the dangers of gaining a lot of weight, US scientists wanted to investigate any potential dangers associated with gaining a small amount - between five and 11lbs. Si... Read more →

Bullied kids face nightmares, terrors

Wednesday 17th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Twelve-year-old children are much more likely to suffer from nightmares, night terrors or sleep walking if they were bullied between the ages of eight and 10, a new study has found. Sleep-related disorders such as nightmares and night terrors are known as parasomnias. UK researchers decided to look... Read more →

Smoking dads up kids' asthma risk

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children have a greater risk of developing asthma if their fathers smoked before their conception, a study has found. This marks the first study to investigate the link between childhood asthma and a father's smoking habits prior to conception. Norwegian scientists looked at the smoking habits of ... Read more →

Tranquillisers may up Alzheimer risk

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who take a group of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study has found. Benzodiazepines, also known as sedatives or tranquillisers, are a group of medications that help to regulate sleep, ease agitation and reduce... Read more →

Community stroke services need overhaul

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Stroke patients who are discharged from hospital back into the community often face ‘chronic service shortages', which can have a devastating effect on their quality of life. However proper investment in community rehabilitation could make a major difference to these patients and save the Stat... Read more →

Daily breakfast cuts kids' diabetes risk

Friday 12th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new study appears to back up the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It found that children who eat breakfast every day are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to children who skip this meal or only eat it sometimes. UK researchers looked at the breakfast... Read more →

Sport may benefit boys' math skills

Friday 12th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Boys who are very physically active during their early years of school may have better reading and math skills, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland studied the link between physical and sedentary behaviour, and reading and arithmetic skills among almost 190 children aged between six and ei... Read more →

Waking during surgery a big fear

Friday 12th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

While most episodes of accidental awareness while under general anaesthesia are short-lived, they can lead to long-term psychological distress, a major new study carried out in Ireland has found. General anaesthetics are medications that cause patients to lose consciousness so that they are unaware... Read more →

Hospitals seeing more gunshot wounds

Wednesday 10th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

There has been a ‘dramatic increase in gun crime in Dublin over the last four decades' and this is placing a burden on hospital services not previously encountered, a new study has found. Researchers looked at all gunshot victims who ended up in the emergency department (ED) of Connolly Hospi... Read more →