Spread the word: butter's good for you after all

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Suzanne Campbell - Independent

In radical new research, scientists claim that this traditional family staple has unfairly been given a bad press for decades. Suzanne Campbell reports. In a provocative cover story, Time magazine urges us to ditch the health advice and eat butter. That's if you never stopped eating it anyway. ... Read more →

91-year-old cyclist shares his fitness advice

Friday 20th June 2014 - Alison O'Riordan - Independent

Two wheels are better than four, as far as 91-year-old cycling enthusiast Risteard Mulcahy is concerned. EXERCISE enthusiast and environmentalist Risteard Mulcahy relinquished his car when he turned 90 years of age and, two years later, the retired cardiologist is still pedalling his way around... Read more →

Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset

Friday 20th June 2014 - Rozanne Stevens - Independent

Dr Neal Barnard says diet and exercise could help fight Alzheimer's disease. FOR anyone with a friend or family member suffering from a degenerative brain disease, you know firsthand how cruel these can be. With greater understanding and awareness of these conditions, hopefully society will treat s... Read more →

Start exercising at 40 and lose those wrinkles

Friday 20th June 2014 - Peta Bee - Independent

Workouts plump the skin to keep it looking younger – and may reverse ageing in those taking up fitness in later life. Exercise can boost your bone health, keep you thin and lower your risk of getting a killer disease. It has never had a reputation for keeping wrinkles at bay, though, and I've ... Read more →

8 ways to prolong your life right now

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - Gabrielle Monaghan - Independent

Gabrielle Monaghan takes a look at eight simple ways in which you can live a longer and happier life. Maureen Armstrong has just run the Dublin Women's Mini-Marathon for the 20th time. The Tipperary woman's dedication to the 10k race is all the more remarkable for the fact that she is 89. ... Read more →

Low blood pressure 'not always best'

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

LOW blood pressure is not necessarily best when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes, new research suggests. A study that turns conventional thinking on its head shows that in at-risk patients, a cut-off point is reached below which further reductions in blood pressure provide no added ... Read more →

Why the baby blues can fail to hit for years

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - Heidi Scrimgeour - Independent

A study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Australia has found that a mother's mental health is more likely to be in jeopardy several years after the birth of her first child. Researchers discovered maternal depression is more likely to strike when a woman's first child reaches four years o... Read more →

Ice cream can contain a fifth of daily calories

Monday 16th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

THEY may be hard to resist on a hot day but a single ice cream could be a fifth of your daily calorie requirements in one go. Ice creams contain up to 360 calories – but if you choose carefully, there are also many lower-calorie options on sale to minimise the damage. Following calls last we... Read more →

Alzheimer's breakthrough as memory loss drug in sight

Monday 16th June 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

A drug to prevent the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease is a step closer after scientists discovered why people with dementia cannot form new memories. It was previously thought that Alzheimer's was primarily caused by the build-up of plaques in the brain that stop neurons from firing... Read more →

If men’s cancers are so prevalent, why do we hear less about them?

Monday 16th June 2014 - Ronan McGreevy - Irish Times

Men have lower five-year cancer-survival rates, so they need to be proactive, like Willie Penrose. Men are more likely to die of cancer, and have lower five-year survival rates than women. According to figures produced by the National Cancer Registry, men have a one in seven, or 14 per cent, chance... Read more →