Are saturated fats good or bad for our health?

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Ailin Quinlan - Independent

Saturated fat has long been demonised by nutritionists, but new research has indicated that eating moderate amounts makes good health sense. You've heroically avoided steak and swapped butter for marge - but the latest food news could leave a bad taste in your mouth. Despite everything we've been t... Read more →

Doctor visits keep BP in check

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Adults are more likely to have their blood pressure under control if they visit their doctor at least twice a year, a new study has found. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, causes silent damage to the blood vessels and the heart. If left untreated, this damage progresses over time an... Read more →

Dentists' anger over kids' clinic closure

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Dentists have expressed their outrage over the closure of a HSE dental clinic in Dublin that provides urgent treatment to children. However, Fine Gael has insisted that no child will be left without treatment. The clinic at St James's Hospital provides dental care to around 3,000 children per year.... Read more →

Travellers have poorer asthma control

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Members of Ireland's Traveller community tend to have higher rates of asthma and poorer control of the condition compared to the general population, however a new health initiative aims to tackle this problem. Research by the Department of Health has previously shown that Travellers often face cert... Read more →

Students should know meningitis signs

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

College students are being urged to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. According to ACT for Meningitis, a charity which aims to raise awareness about the potentially fatal disease, while many people associate meningitis with young children, it tends to peak again dur... Read more →

Exercise 3 times a week cuts depression risk

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who are physically active three times a week may reduce their risk of depression, a new study suggests. UK researchers followed the progress of over 11,000 people born in 1958, until they reached the age of 50. Levels of physical activity and depressive symptoms were recorded at regular inte... Read more →

Obesity speeds up ageing of liver

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists have discovered that obesity greatly accelerates ageing of the liver, which could explain why obese people have a greater risk of developing many age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. According to Prof Steve Horvath of UCLA in the US, while it has long been suspected that obesity c... Read more →

New cardiac arrest CPR video launched

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Cardiac arrest kills around 5,000 people in Ireland every year, however a new initiative by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is hoping to bring this figure down. The foundation has just launched a new hands-only CPR video. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a lifesaving skill that can keep a he... Read more →

IMO concern over HSE Ebola plans

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has expressed concern about the HSE's contingency plans in the event of a case of Ebola being detected here. The IMO met with the HSE on Wednesday to discuss the issue and outlined a number of concerns it has with the plans. It queried the wisdom of advising pat... Read more →

Docs should know signs of eating disorders

Friday 17th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions and all doctors in contact with children should be aware of the warning signs, experts have warned. Eating disorders refer to a number of illnesses that are characterised by disordered eating patterns and negative thou... Read more →