Over-50s face range of health issues

Thursday 9th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People over the age of 50 often face a range of health issues, such as depression, pain and obesity, however despite this, they continue to make significant contributions to their families and communities, a new report has shown. According to the latest findings from the Irish Longitudinal Study on... Read more →

15 Ways to control asthma

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Niamh Cahill - Independent

The cold and flu season is well and truly under way and for some asthma sufferers, symptoms are worse during winter. This is a worry for many considering over 470,000 Irish people suffer from asthma. One in every five children and one in 10 adults have asthma. The condition is the most common... Read more →

Jump in number of living kidney donors

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 170 kidney transplants took place last year, 50 of which came from living donors, new figures have shown. According to figures from the Department of Health, this is the highest number of living donor kidney transplants ever recorded. In 2008, just 10 kidneys came from living donors and the hi... Read more →

Five surprising food myths that could be impacting your health and weight

Monday 6th March 2017 - Orla Walsh - Independent

Is organic food better for you? Are eggs bad for you? Finding out the truth about what's good for you is a minefield - so dietitian Orla Walsh separates the fact from the fiction. Myth 1: avoid foods that contain E numbers An E number is a reference number given to a food additive that h... Read more →

1,400+ waiting to see a genetic consultant

Friday 3rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 1,400 children were waiting to see a genetic consultant at the end of January, a major conference has been told. Delegates were warned that there is currently a serious lack of funding for genetic services, which is only adding to waiting lists. The issues was highlighted at an all-island con... Read more →

Call for cigarette plain packaging start date

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is calling on the Government to replace branded cigarette packs with plain ones as soon as possible. According to the charity, a survey it carried out found that 78% of people support the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products. "There is a clear a... Read more →

Prescription charges reduced for over-70s

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Prescription charges have been reduced for 390,000 people over the age of 70. From March 1, those over the age of 70 will be charged €2 per prescription item, a reduction of 50c. Meanwhile the maximum monthly limit per person or family will fall from €25 to €20. According to the Min... Read more →

Alcohol consumption increased last year

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish people drank more alcohol last year compared to the year before, with spirits and cider seeing the biggest jumps in consumption, new figures have shown. According to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners, the average Irish person aged over 15 consumed 11.46 litres of alcoh... Read more →

Fruit and veg may lower COPD risk

Monday 27th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

COPD is Ireland's fourth biggest killer and smoking is the main cause. However, a new study has found that former and current smokers may reduce their risk of the disease if they consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a numb... Read more →

People should eat 10 fruit and veg per day

Friday 24th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost eight million premature deaths could be avoided worldwide if people consumed more fruit and vegetables, new research has found. According to the findings, eating 800g of fruit and vegetables every day - that is around 10 portions - could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths globally. UK res... Read more →