News

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 →

Major diabetes exhibition this weekend

Thursday 17th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with diabetes and their families are being encouraged to attend a major health and wellbeing event this weekend. The Diabetes Health & Wellbeing Exhibition takes place on Sunday, November 13, in Dublin. This free event will include education workshops, health checks and an opportunity to... Read more →

New resources for people with type 2 diabetes

Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming, with many people having to overhaul their entire lifestyle. In response to this, Diabetes Ireland has launched a new comprehensive booklet and online educational programme aimed at helping people to live well with this condition. According to the ... Read more →

Being a Scout benefits mental health

Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Being a Scout or Guide may benefit a child's mental health later in life, a new study has found. The results are based on a lifelong study of almost 10,000 people who were born in the UK in 1959. Scottish researchers found that those who had been active members of the Scouts or Guides tended to hav... Read more →

Less salt being used in processed foods

Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There has been a significant reduction in the salt content of a number of food products available in Ireland, particularly processed meats, such as rashers and sausages, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said. It has published an update of its annual salt monitoring programme, which h... Read more →