'If I hadn't gone to the GP I'd be dead' - lung cancer survivor Tony Walsh

Friday 12th January 2018 - Kathy Donaghy - Irish Independent

Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer. Late detection reduces survival rates, so we need to start listening to our lungs in order to spot the early signs. When Tony Walsh had a persistent cough for a few weeks, he put it down to a flu. It turned out he had lung cancer and he's now bac... Read more →

Siobhan Byrne: Take the first steps to a leaner, fitter, stronger you

Thursday 11th January 2018 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish Independent

Welcome to week one of our eight-week fitness challenge. For the next eight weeks we are going to be looking at how to create a sustainable fitness routine that you can adapt to your lifestyle to help get you fitter and leaner but, most importantly, to give you focus to challenge yourself and to... Read more →

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'I'm going from zero hours exercise to 100 days of walking'

Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Ciara Kelly - Irish Independent

I realise it's probably already too late to be wishing people a happy new year - but I'm slow about stuff like that and to me the whole start of January remains a time of note in terms of taking stock of your life and one where I like to think about how I'd like to start the year as I mean to co... Read more →

Unexpected strain of flu - not covered by vaccine - threatens further chaos in hospitals

Tuesday 9th January 2018 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

A strain of flu which is not covered by the only seasonal vaccine available free to at-risk patients is spreading and threatening to heap more misery on the country's emergency departments. Although 'Aussie flu' AH3N2 continues to be a major risk, it has been overtaken by a separate... Read more →

Coffee lowers the risk of heart failure and stroke

Monday 8th January 2018 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

A plant-based diet and drinking coffee may both help to reduce the risk of heart failure, say scientists. One study of five different kinds of diet found that people who ate a lot of fruit and vegetables were 42pc less likely to develop the condition than those who consumed fewer plant-... Read more →

HSE plans surgery for obese children

Friday 5th January 2018 - Fiona Dillon - Irish Independent

Preparations have begun to allow weight-loss surgery for obese children and teenagers to take place at the new National Children's Hospital, the country's top obesity expert has revealed. The HSE's clinical lead for obesity, Professor Donal O'Shea, said that gastric band surgery was desperate... Read more →

14 ways to manage indigestion

Thursday 4th January 2018 - Julia Molony - Irish Independent

Overdoing it on mulled wine and minced pies can lead to major stomach gripes at this time of year as the unholy trinity of bloating, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort make their presence known. Before reaching for the Rennies again, consider the following simple tips on how to manage indigestio... Read more →

New form of therapy is gold dust for acne sufferers

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - Jonathan Gray - Irish Independent

Acne patients are being sought to try a pioneering treatment that aims to banish unsightly skin blemishes with gold dust. Scientist are looking for 50 participants of all ages for the evaluation trial which will test the new therapy, called Sebacia. Already approved in the US, the treatm... Read more →

Children consume 'three times more sugar' than recommended - Nutritionist has simple tip to stop this

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Jennifer Cockerell - Irish Independent

Half the sugar consumed by children comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, according to a health watchdog. On average, children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more. This means that children can easily ... Read more →

Ten ways to save your health and improve indoor air quality

Monday 18th December 2017 - Dr Bruce Mitchell - Irish Independent

There is increasing recognition that air pollution is not just an outdoors problem, it is important to also consider indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is significant because it can affect our comfort, productivity and, most importantly, our health. You can influence your indoor air quality ... Read more →