Health service is at a 'critical point'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Patient safety is being compromised throughout the health service as a result of budget cuts in recent years, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said. According to the organisation, there is now major concern among healthcare professionals that this situation is at a critical point. "We are ... Read more →

2015 abortion referendum 'really bad idea'

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted that there will ‘never be perfect legislation that removes all tragedies related to pregnancy'. Speaking about a possible abortion referendum in the Dail on Thursday, he said that he believed it would be a ‘really bad idea' to hold such a refere... Read more →

Desire to have kids affects mental health

Friday 19th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women who do not conceive following fertility treatment have poorer mental health in the long run if they are unable to let go of their desire to have a child, a study has found. Welsh and Dutch researchers looked at over 7,100 women who had undergone fertility treatment in 12 different hospitals b... Read more →

'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 →