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Shift work can have big impact on health

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 70% of people who work shifts regularly skip meals, while almost 80% do not get enough sleep, a new report into the habits of Irish shift workers has revealed. The report by Safefood found that shift workers face many barriers when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, including poor avai... Read more →

Many unaware of epilepsy-related deaths

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many families who have lost loved ones to epilepsy were not aware prior to the death that this neurological condition can be fatal, new research has found. According to new data from the International Epilepsy Deaths Register (EDR), which includes the recently established Epilepsy Deaths Register f... Read more →

More surviving breast cancer than ever before

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More women are surviving breast cancer today than ever before, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout October, the ICS is looking back on 40 years of research into this disease in order to highlight the many advances that have been m... Read more →

One in five exposed to passive smoke every day

Friday 21st October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost one in five people living in Ireland is exposed to secondhand smoke on a daily basis, a major new survey has revealed. According to the second annual Healthy Ireland survey, which involved almost 7,500 people aged 15 and older, 23% of the population are current smokers and 18% of people are ... Read more →

New report on risk factors for work illnesses

Friday 21st October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), such as back problems, account for 50% of all work-related illnesses in Ireland, while stress, anxiety and depression (SAD) account for 18%, new research has found. According to a new report by the Economic and Social Research Institute, in 2013, an estimated 55,000... Read more →

Food businesses urged to use MenuCal

Friday 21st October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's 22,000 food service businesses are being urged to use MenuCal, an online tool which helps to identify allergens and calculate calories for menus. The tool, which is free to use, was developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Its research suggests that as many as 95% of cons... Read more →

New cancer institute for Ireland

Monday 17th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new cancer institute, the first of its kind in Ireland, is to be developed by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and St James's Hospital. The incidence of cancer in Ireland is projected to double by 2040 and this new institute, which will be located at St James's, will serve a population of 1.4 million... Read more →

Over 5,600 Irish women sought abortion pills online

Monday 17th October 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

  More than 5,600 women in Ireland tried to buy abortion pills online over a five-year period using a leading web supplier based in the Netherlands, according to a new study. Pills were shipped by the Women on Web (WoW) site to 1,642 women in Ireland between 2010 and 2012, the research indi... Read more →

Passive smoking in youth can increase lung cancer risk

Monday 17th October 2016 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Non-smokers who were exposed to passive smoking in early life are at an increased risk of getting lung cancer, but only if they have genetic factors, a conference on cancer has been told. This risk was also associated with an earlier onset of the disease, in a person’s 50s rather than 60s, ac... Read more →

ED doctors critical of continued overcrowding

Friday 14th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Doctors working in Emergency Departments (ED) around the country have criticised the Government's failure to tackle the issue of overcrowding in hospitals. According to the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM), Budget 2017, which was announced on October 11, failed to address the serious... Read more →