Slimming pills bought online left woman with liver damage

Friday 23rd May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

A 35-year-old woman who took a food supplement she purchased on the internet to boost her energy and help lose weight ended up with severe liver damage and was told she needed a transplant. The case was highlighted yesterday by the Irish Medicines Board, which seized a haul of nearly €300,000 ... Read more →

High cholesterol may hit chances of having a baby

Thursday 22nd May 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

HIGH cholesterol levels may reduce a couple's chances of having children, a study has found. The US research suggests a link between raised cholesterol and infertility as well as heart disease. When both partners in a couple had high amounts of cholesterol in their blood it took the longest time t... Read more →

Can the new 5:2 summer diet really get us beach fit?

Wednesday 21st May 2014 - Victoria Lambert - Independent

Michael Mosley, the creator of the original fast plan, gives Victoria Lambert a pep talk about his new version to get us in shape for summer. Discussing one's diet with Dr Michael Mosley, journalist and medic, feels a bit like confessing directly to God. Michael may not claim to have created the wo... Read more →

Matchbox-sized implant 'can silence snorers'

Tuesday 20th May 2014 - Rebecca Smith - Independent

A SMALL device placed under the skin can relieve a type of chronic snoring that can double the risk of death, according to researchers. The matchbox-sized implant can regulate breathing throughout the night to combat central sleep apnoea, where sufferers temporarily stop breathing as they sleep. A... Read more →

Concern over airbrushed images

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Deborah Condon -

Images of celebrities and models that have been airbrushed or photo shopped ‘hold out an impossible ideal to young people of how they should look', MEP, Nessa Childers, has insisted. The member of the European Parliament made her comments at a seminar on airbrushing, which she hosted in conju... Read more →

A little labour for lots of fruit

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Gillian Fitzpatrick - Irish Independent

'THE caffeine withdrawals are probably the worst," Rosanna Davison (right) tells me – admittedly as I nurse a cup of my favoured double-shot coffee in a Dublin city centre cafe. "But on day three, you'll wake up feeling fantastic."  She has recently finished a 72-hour long juicing splurg... Read more →

Most kids' menus offer no vegetables

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Deborah Condon -

Less than half of Irish eating establishments include vegetables as part of their children's menus, new research indicates. According to a new report from Safefood, entitled Do you have a kids' menu?, just 42% of establishments listed vegetables on children's menus. This finding was based on a surv... Read more →

Tobacco giant says plain packaging could lead to State compensation

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Fiach Kelly - Irish Times

Legal opinion commissioned by cigarette producer says James Reilly’s plan could come at ‘high price’ for taxpayer. The world’s largest tobacco company has warned the Government the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes could lead to “an extremely high price&rd... Read more →

Getting help in a heart beat

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Charlie Taylor - Irish Times

When he was a top rugby player Frankie Sheahan tried to hide his heart condition, now he’s raising awareness. Anyone who has ever played sports competitively knows that feeling when your heart starts beating faster than usual. It’s usually a sign that you’ve got your game on and a... Read more →

Many five-year-olds overweight or obese

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Aoife Carr - Irish Times

Economic background and amount of ‘screen-time’ linked with poor eating. One in five five-year-olds is either overweight or obese, according to findings from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study published today. The latest findings represent the results of interviews with the f... Read more →