Holidaymakers urged to check standards

Thursday 29th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Whether it is protecting your eyes from the sun or using armbands and life jackets in the water, holidaymakers are being urged to check the standards of the products they are using over the summer months. According to the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), if products do not meet certa... Read more →

Exercise lowers postnatal depression risk

Tuesday 27th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Exercising during pregnancy and after giving birth may help to reduce symptoms of postnatal depression, new research suggests. Postnatal depression generally occurs during the first year after a baby is born. Symptoms can include low moods, feelings of sadness and loneliness, frequent crying for no... Read more →

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 →