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Having babies close together is safe

Monday 4th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Most of us are familiar with the term Irish twins - when siblings are born less than 12 months apart, sometimes even within the same calendar year. Until now, having babies close together was thought to increase the risk of prematurity and low birth weight, however a new study suggests that this may... Read more →

The facts about the Ebola Virus Disease

Thursday 31st July 2014 - Harriet Alexander - Independent

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has killed over 600 people since it was first diagnosed in February this year. We look at what exactly the disease is, and its symptoms. The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has killed over 600 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in Febr... Read more →

Why the full fat diet is not as unhealthy as you think

Thursday 31st July 2014 - Dr Michael Mosley - Independent

Six decades after experts told us that fat was bad for us, we're more overweight than ever. What if they got it wrong? Dr Michael Mosley on the diet myth no one wants to talk about. I read a study the other day that found that eating yoghurt would help you lose weight. Not surprising, because it is ... Read more →

'Five a day' is enough

Thursday 31st July 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

It is already known that consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables per day lowers a person's risk of death. Now a new study has found that this may be enough, as consuming more than five portions appears to offer no additional benefits. Previous studies have suggested that eating more fruit a... Read more →

400 complaints against doctors last year

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Niall Hunter - Irishhealth.com

A total of 400 complaints about doctors were made to the Medical Council last year, according to its latest annual report. This compares to 423 complaints made to the Council in 2012. Council statistics also show a major increase in doctors who have mental health issues being supported by its Heal... Read more →

Do not ignore medicine warnings

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Ignoring the warning messages that come with medicines is like ignoring the warning signs on a road while driving - it can be fatal, pharmacists have insisted. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), more and more people are failing to read the information leaflets that come with their medicin... Read more →

First malaria vaccine could be available by next year

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - Irish Times - Irish Times

GlaxoSmithKline submits application to European Medicines Agency for assessment. A British drug maker has come a step closer to making the world’s first malaria vaccine available for use. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) who will assess... Read more →

The shape we're in: Facts about Irish obesity

Monday 28th July 2014 - Kathy Donaghy - Independent

As a nation, we're getting fatter to the point of a crisis. It's especially prevalent among older people, according to a new report. The obesity time bomb is no longer just ticking - it has exploded with new evidence showing that a massive four out of the over-50s in this country are now overweight ... Read more →

Shift work ups diabetes risk

Monday 28th July 2014 - Niall Hunter - Irishhealth.com

Doing shift work can increase your risk of developing diabetes, according to new research. Researchers in China found that any period of shift work was associated with a 9% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with working normal office hours. And the risk is highest in men and in pe... Read more →

State facing €1 billion bill for medical negligence claims

Monday 28th July 2014 - Martin Wall - Irish Times

The State is facing a potential financial liability of more than €1 billion to deal with medical negligence claims in public hospitals and HSE facilities. Official Department of Health briefing material maintains that the number of clinical claims under active management by the State Claims Ag... Read more →