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Importance of regular eye tests highlighted

Monday 16th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Blindness and other vision problems affect over 220,000 Irish people and cost the country in excess of €2 billion every year, yet 50% of visual impairment can be corrected if diagnosed and treated properly, eye experts have said. This week is Healthy Eyes Awareness Week and according to the As... Read more →

Road users urged to be extra cautious

Friday 13th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - irish

Road users are being urged to be extra cautious over the coming days due to poor weather conditions. Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning nationwide for ice, sleet and snow and this is expected to last until Saturday. As a result, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is calling on people to b... Read more →

Sunbeds users get cancer at younger age

Friday 13th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who use sunbeds are not only at an increased risk of developing the most deadly type of skin cancer, they also tend to develop the disease at a younger age compared to non-users, a new study has found. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and around 900 new cases are diagnosed in... Read more →

Brain activity differences in autism identified

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have identified differences in the brain activity of people with autism, which may explain some of their behaviour. They have found that an area of the brain called the gyrus of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACCg) signals when something surprising takes place in people without an ... Read more →

Flu season began earlier this year

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 270 people have been hospitalised with flu this winter, with 15 of these requiring care in intensive care units (ICUs), the HSE has said. According to the HSE, flu season, which refers to the time during winter when there is an increase in people affected, usually begins in January. However th... Read more →

Major roads linked to dementia risk

Monday 9th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who live close to major roads may have a small increased risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Precious research has suggested that air pollution and traffic noise may adversely affect the brain, so Canadian scientists set out to determine if there was any link between living cl... Read more →

Flu 'not to blame for ED overcrowding'

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government has been criticised for blaming the current overcrowding problems in Emergency Departments (EDs) on an increased number of flu cases. The HSE this week confirmed that many hospitals are experiencing a ‘significant surge in demand', due to an increase in the number of flu and wi... Read more →

Road users urged to be seen

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Road users are being reminded of the importance of being seen at this time of the year. Fewer hours of daylight and poor weather conditions can reduce visibility on our roads, so it is essential that motorists use dipped headlights during daytime hours and walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists wear h... Read more →

Cancer has big impact on mental health

Friday 6th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cancer has a major impact on the mental health of patients, with as many as four in five survivors suffering with anxiety and/or depression a year after their diagnosis, a new study has found. Researchers in Malaysia looked at 1,362 patients, almost a third of whom had breast cancer. The participan... Read more →

Processed meat may worsen asthma symptoms

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Eating large amounts of processed meats, such as ham, sausage and salami, may worsen the symptoms of asthma, a new study has found. According to the findings, four or more servings of cured and processed meats per week appear to have the greatest impact on the lung condition. French researchers se... Read more →