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World-first study on concussion launched

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study on sports concussion - the first of its kind in the world - has been launched by the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC). The pioneering pilot study will use the retina of the eye as a potential assessment tool in the diagnosis of concussion. The two-year project will involve 200 conta... Read more →

All screen time should be limited

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is already well established that children who watch too much television have an increased risk of becoming obese. However, a new study has found similar concerns when it comes to other screens, such as smartphones and tablets. According to US researchers, there have been many studies that have a... Read more →

New treatment can slow breast cancer growth

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An international cancer trial involving Irish doctors and patients has confirmed that a new treatment can significantly reduce the risk of cancer progressing in women with advanced breast cancer. The PALOMA-2 trial has found that the new drug palbociclib, when taken with the standard hormone therap... Read more →

Flu cases on the increase

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of people contracting the flu has risen in recent weeks are those in at-risk groups who have not already done so, are being urged to get themselves vaccinated against the illness. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI... Read more →

Public urged to donate blood over Christmas

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public who are eligible to donate blood are being urged to do so during the holiday period, as blood supplies are often difficult to maintain at this time of the year. Over 1,000 people require blood transfusions every week in Ireland, however, just 3% of the population currently giv... Read more →

Advice for families coping with addiction

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The important role that families play when it comes to coping with addiction is being highlighted as part of a new Christmas campaign. 'Family Matters' has been launched by the Rutland Centre, the country's largest private addiction rehabilitation centre. It aims to provide advice to those battling... Read more →

First centre for successful ageing opened

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first dedicated centre of excellence for successful ageing has been officially opened by the President, Michael D. Higgins. The Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), which is located at St James's Hospital In Dublin, is the largest facility of its kind in Europe. The purpose-b... Read more →

New food pyramid launched

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new food pyramid has been launched, which highlights the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables. According to the Department of Health, research over the last decade has shown that eating habits in Ireland ‘are not consistent with optimal health'. In an effort to tackle this, it has... Read more →

Handful of nuts daily reduces disease risk

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Consuming a handful of nuts every day could reduce a person's risk of developing a number of diseases, including cancer and heart disease, a new study has found. UK and Norwegian researchers analysed 29 studies on nuts from around the world, involving some 819,000 people. They found that eating 20g... Read more →

Participants needed for breast cancer study

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Patients with metastatic breast cancer are being asked to take part in a study, which aims to help better understand and address their quality of life needs. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It refers to when the disease has spread to other parts of the body, su... Read more →