The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread)

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - The - The Journal

THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has announced new healthy eating guidelines and a new food pyramid, which stresses eating fruit and vegetables over carbohydrates like bread. The guidelines are aimed at providing advice on a balanced diet to the general public, and advise limiting high fat, sugar... Read more →

'Forgotten' illness must be tackled

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with heart failure every year in Ireland and it is the leading cause of hospitalisation here, yet just 7% of people can identify the condition's symptoms, a new report has highlighted. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to th... Read more →

New guide for parents of premature babies

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 4,500 babies are born prematurely in Ireland every year and many parents struggle to know what to do if their child ends up in a neonatal unit, the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA) has said. It has recently launched a guide for parents which aims to help them take a more active role in th... Read more →

Minimum unit pricing will reduce alcohol harm

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The first study to investigate the potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol at a population level has found that it will affect just 14% of drinkers. Minimum unit pricing is one of the measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. If passed, the price will be set at 10c p... Read more →

Big weight gain over years ups cancer risk

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Significant weight gain over a number of years can increase a person's risk of obesity-related cancers by over 50%, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at more than 300,000 people in America over a 15-year period. All were aged between 18 and 65 and while some had gained a little weight du... Read more →

New vaccines will be introduced next month

Thursday 24th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Will target illnesses common in young children. Children will be able to avail of two new vaccines from December 1, following an agreement between the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the Department of Health and the HSE. From that date, any babies born after October 1 of this year can avail of t... Read more →

Not enough women taking folic acid

Thursday 24th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Vitamin cuts risk of serious defects in babies While the vast majority of women are aware of the benefits of taking folic acid, only around one-third actually take this important vitamin, a new survey has revealed. Folic acid is a B-group vitamin, which is known to reduce the risk of neural tube d... Read more →

Improper use of antibiotics a major concern

Thursday 24th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

These essential drugs may become ineffective Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Ireland, the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has warned. The discovery and development of effective antibiotics in the 1940s and 1950s meant that many serious infections such a... Read more →

Major investment in COPD services needed

Thursday 17th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to 380,000 people in Ireland have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), however many of these remain undiagnosed and untreated, COPD Support Ireland has warned. The national charity is calling for major investment in this area. COPD is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disor... Read more →

Most over-50s know little about shingles

Thursday 17th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Just one in five people over the age of 50 in Ireland is well informed about shingles, a new survey has found. Shingles is a viral disease that affects the nerves and surrounding skin. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox,... Read more →