Morning-after pill now easier to obtain

Monday 26th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Medical card holders will soon be able to obtain the morning-after pill free of charge from pharmacies without a prescription from their GP. Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) has been available to women over the counter in pharmacies since 2011. Prior to this, all women had to attend a doctor ... Read more →

How to get kids to eat their vegetables

Friday 23rd June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The key to getting children to eat vegetables lies in persistence, the results of a new study suggest. According to the findings, ‘repeated exposure' to vegetables at snack and mealtimes is key when trying to improve a child's diet. The UK researchers analysed a number of methods aimed at en... Read more →

Men also impacted by biological clock

Wednesday 21st June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While women's fertility is known to decline as they get older, fewer people are aware that semen quality also deteriorates with age, a fertility consultant has said. According to Dr Bart Kuczera of Beacon CARE Fertility, many men may delay starting a family for career and relationship reasons, but ... Read more →

New COPD awareness campaign launched

Tuesday 20th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is Ireland's fourth most common cause of death. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition ca... Read more →

Chronic pain has major impact on wellbeing

Monday 19th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of people who suffer with chronic pain find travelling and going on holiday difficult, new research has found. According to the findings, 49% of people struggle with their holidays, yet many of those affected rarely or never seek help from their doctor. Chronic or persistent pain is an... Read more →

Better mental health services for homeless needed

Friday 16th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Homeless people with mental health problems face a major struggle to get the help that they need, a new report has highlighted. The research report, Homelessness and Mental Health: Voices of Experience, looks at the personal stories of people with mental health issues who are also homeless. "... Read more →

Dementia - carers need more support

Thursday 15th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study has provided some insight into the massive toll caring for a spouse with dementia can take. According to the findings, almost half of carers spend all of their waking time looking after their spouse and 15% have given up their jobs to care for their loved one. This marks the largest st... Read more →

One-third of global population now overweight

Wednesday 14th June 2017 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Almost a third of adults and children around the world are overweight, a study has found. Many are at risk of potentially fatal diseases despite not being classified as obese, say researchers. Of four million deaths attributed to excess body weight in 2015, 40pc were cases in which body mass index ... Read more →

Better rheumatoid arthritis services needed

Tuesday 13th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Half of adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have to had to change jobs because of the condition, while 24% have had to reduce their hours, a new survey has found. RA is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the joints. Around 40,000 people in Ireland have the condition and it can start at an... Read more →

Men being reminded to look after health

Monday 12th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Men are being reminded that even small changes to their lifestyle could result in major health improvements. Men's Health Week runs from June 12 - 18 and the theme of this year's event is ‘It's all about HIM'. This marks the 18th year this event has run. It aims to increase awareness of the ... Read more →