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 →

Pharmacists call for Minor Ailment Scheme

Wednesday 10th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Pharmacists are calling for the introduction of a Minor Ailment Scheme for medical card holders, which they insist will provide ‘more timely access to appropriate healthcare at no extra cost to the State'. The call came from the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) in its pre-Budget submission. The un... Read more →

Hormone Horoscopes: How analysing your menstrual cycle can help you understand your body better

Wednesday 10th September 2014 - Beverly Turner - Independent

Beverly Turner decides to keep a diary of her menstrual cycle is an effort to shine a light on her body mind and mood. After she became addicted to a 'hormone horoscope', Beverly Turner decided to follow its advice for one month. Here is what happened...  I recently came across a website ... Read more →

Unexplained hep A cases linked to berries

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Consumers are being warned to boil any imported frozen berries for at least 60 seconds before eating them, in response to fears over a food-poisoning outbreak of the hepatitis A virus. According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), a few Irish cases of hepatitis A have been reported &lsq... Read more →

New app aims to help people caring for relatives with dementia

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

A free app has been launched to help the 50,000 family carers looking after people with dementia. The app from Home Instead Senior Care, is a pocket guide to dementia care. It provides access to quick, helpful tips from experts and other caregivers. Features include: 25 topic categories regardin... Read more →

Social media sites may aid weight loss

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who want to lose weight may achieve better results if they use social media websites for support, the results of a new study suggest. UK researchers analysed the results of 12 studies from Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, which focused on social networking services for people trying to lo... Read more →

Moderate exercise cuts heart failure risk

Monday 8th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Exercising moderately for one hour per day could significantly reduce a person's risk of developing heart failure, a new study suggests. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Symptoms include tiredness, ... Read more →

Tony Ward - Cancer was my hardest opponent to beat

Monday 8th September 2014 - Kim Bielenberg - Independent

Tony Ward had to overcome many challenges in his dazzling rugby career. But nothing prepared him for the cruel illness that turned his life upside down. Now, for the first time, he tells Kim Bielenberg about his toughest battle. He was renowned as a wizard in an Irish rugby shirt. He toured with th... Read more →