Hit the snooze button and get a good night’s sleep

Monday 9th June 2014 - Ciara Kelly - Independent

Adequate sleep is more closely associated with health and longevity than diet and exercise - I can’t get no sleep! If you, like me, are sleep-deprived, then you’re no different to 45 per cent of the rest of the population, who are stumbling around knackered every day from too little... Read more →

Weighing the facts: A frightening epidemic in numbers

Monday 9th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

28pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for adults between 1980 and 2013 47pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for children between 1980 and 2013 26.5pc - Irish girls under the age of 20 who are overweight or obese 26.6pc - Irish boys under th... Read more →

Extra 400 blood donations a week needed, IBTS urges

Friday 6th June 2014 - Fiona Gartland - Independent

Existing blood supplies down to just four days for most groups, says donor service. Some 13,500 donations are needed this month to maintain supply. Currently, just 3 per cent of those eligible actually donate blood. Paddy Bowler, director of operations with the service, pointed out that the World ... Read more →

HSE appoints expert panel to review medical card eligibility

Friday 6th June 2014 - RTE - RTE News

The HSE has announced the make-up of the expert panel that is to examine how medical card needs should be taken into account in the context of medical card eligibility. The panel is to be chaired by Prof Frank Keane, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and will be made up of 23 ... Read more →

Further drop in number of people with health insurance

Friday 6th June 2014 - RTE - RTE News

The latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority show that 21,000 people dropped their inpatient health insurance during the first three months of this year. There are now just more than 2 million people with inpatient cover, compared with almost 2.3 million people when the market peaked at t... Read more →

Drink only one glass of fruit juice a day, warn nutritionists

Thursday 5th June 2014 - Laura Donnelly - Independent

A single glass of fruit juice a day is the most anyone should drink, new guidelines say, as a British report warns that families are consuming unsafe levels of sugar. There is rising concern that sugar is one of the greatest threats to health, creating an obesity time bomb and contributing to spira... Read more →

Women told they may be wrong to have breasts removed

Thursday 5th June 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

Nearly three-quarters of women who have both breasts removed after a cancer diagnosis may be wrong to take the drastic step, a study has suggested. Researchers who studied 1,447 women treated for breast cancer found that 8pc of them had undergone a double mastectomy. But 70pc of these women did no... Read more →

Positive attitude better than Botox

Thursday 5th June 2014 - Margaret Jennings - Irish Examiner

You don’t have to be younger, thinner or richer to feel ‘Fabulous’ after 50 it’s about zest for life. ARE you over 50 and yearning for your younger self? Get over it! A positive attitude is more youth enhancing than Botox. It trumps wrinkles, creaky knees, and a tendency to ... Read more →

21,000 drop health insurance in first quarter of year

Wednesday 4th June 2014 - Charlie Weston - Independent

PRESSURE on the public hospital system is set to intensify after new figures showed thousands more people have dropped their health insurance. Close to 50,000 people ditched their private health insurance last year, a move that will heap further pressure on Health Minister James Reilly. This is be... Read more →

New unit to help families stripped of medical cards

Wednesday 4th June 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

A special unit to deal directly with families who have lost their discretionary medical card is to be set up by health service bosses within weeks. The HSE unit will assign individual case officers to advise on the care, services and support available to those who have a severe disability or seriou... Read more →