New unit to help families stripped of medical cards

Tuesday 3rd 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 →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 - Dr. Nina Byrnes - Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is known as... Read more →

Eat raw, living food to improve your body and mind

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 - Dr. Brian Clement - Independent

Anyone who is feeling unwell should first look at the foods they eat, writes Dr Brian Clement, who believes that cooked food compromises our capacity to heal. I HAVE been director of Hippocrates Health Institute, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, for the last 34 years. At our health institu... Read more →

Just 80,000 will benefit from Coalition's medical card U-turn

Friday 30th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

The Government's decision to suspend the review of discretionary medical cards will only benefit around 80,000 people – leaving one million, including pensioners, still facing a crackdown this year. Despite the rowback, the thousands of patients who have lost their discretionary cards will no... Read more →

Some low-fat foods have more calories than full-fat

Friday 30th May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

SOME low-fat supermarket products – several of which are on sale here – contain more calories than the food's ordinary full-fat version. Most low-fat products have a third fewer calories, yet one in 10 had more or the same calories than alternatives. A study which will be presented to ... Read more →

Health guide: Ten ways to get your children active

Friday 30th May 2014 - Grainne Cunningham - Independent

Irish children have been given a D-minus for physical exercise in the new report grading youngsters in 15 countries worldwide, but here's our brilliant guide to help get them moving. Irish children spend too much time on the couch and too little on their feet, according to a new international repor... Read more →

Five Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Independent - Independent

Today is National Fish & Chip Day, and to celebrate the mighty chip, we offer five healthier alternatives... You know the feeling, you want a portion of chips, but you don't want all the guilt that goes with their carby goodness. Luckily, there are lots of foods that allow you to replicate ... Read more →

Believe it or not, cynics three times more likely to develop dementia

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown. Believing that others are motivated by selfishness or that they lie to get what they want appears to radically increase the risk of cognitive decline in later life. Cynicism has previou... Read more →

The ins and outs of hay fever

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Patricia Murphy - Independent

Dr. Paul Carson of Slievemore Clinic offers expert advice when it comes to battling dreaded summer hay fever. The arrival of summer is a joyful time for the majority of us but for those suffering from hay fever it can be a season of dread. Invisible clouds of pollen wreak havoc with the sinuse... Read more →

Too much light in bed can raise obesity risk

Thursday 29th May 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study, scientists found. The Breakthrough Generations Study... Read more →