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Importance of organ donation highlighted

Thursday 30th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The importance of organ donation is being highlighted ahead of Organ Donor Awareness Week, which runs from April 1-8. A total of 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland last year, including 172 kidney transplants, 58 liver transplants and 15 heart transplants. Some 230 of these organs cam... Read more →

Low B12 levels hit kids' cognitive abilities

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young children may have more cognitive problems if they have low levels of vitamin B12, a new study has found. According to the findings, those with low levels of the vitamin have more difficulties with cognitive tests such as recognising letters and doing puzzles. They are also not as good at inte... Read more →

Exercise slows decline in Parkinson's

Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Exercising for less than three hours per week is linked with a slower decline in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland... Read more →

Concealed pregnancies still persist today

Monday 27th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Concealed pregnancies still occur in Ireland today and are often negatively covered by the media, which can have a detrimental impact on affected women and their babies, new research has found. A concealed or hidden pregnancy refers to a situation where a woman hides her pregnancy, keeping it a sec... Read more →

Waist-to-hip ratio linked to womb cancer

Friday 24th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who have a higher hip-to-waist ratio may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the womb, a new study has found. The findings strongly suggest that central obesity may have a key role to play in this type of cancer. Central obesity refers to when the majority of body fat is stored aro... Read more →

Be careful giving medicine to children

Thursday 23rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being reminded to be particularly cautious when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose can be harmful. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the correct dose of medicine can vary depending on a child's age, weight and symptoms and as children grow, dosages can change.... Read more →

Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Males who are overweight or obese as teenagers may face an increased risk of developing severe liver problems later in life, a new study has found. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide and around one billion people are projected to be obese by 2030 if things continue as... Read more →

Getting better sleep like winning lottery

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

If you want to feel like you have won the lottery, try improving the quality of your sleep. According to a new study, improving sleep quality can be as beneficial to health and happiness as winning around €230,000 on the lottery. UK researchers analysed the sleep patterns of more than 30,000 ... Read more →

'Harmless' painkillers linked to heart risk

Monday 20th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Commonly-used painkillers, which are considered harmless by many, may increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study has found. The findings centre on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, which are available over the counter. "Allowing these drugs to be purchased wi... Read more →

Eye checks essential to detect glaucoma

Thursday 16th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being reminded that the only way to detect the eye disease, glaucoma, is through regular eye tests. According to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), glaucoma is often referred to as the ‘silent thief of sight' because it is usually symptomless in its early stages and peopl... Read more →