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Vitamin D supplements advised for all in winter

Thursday 28th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Experts recommend move from October to March for healthy bones, teeth, muscles People are being urged to consider taking a vitamin supplement in the winter months to ensure they get enough vitamin D. In a raft of new guidance an English health watchdog, Public Health England, (PHE) said vita... Read more →

Raw eggs safe for pregnant women to eat, says UK safety committee

Thursday 28th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Report from advisory committee states there is ‘very low’ risk of salmonella from eggs Raw eggs are safe for pregnant women to eat, a UK safety committee has recommended. A report from the advisory committee on the microbiological safety of food states there is “very low&rd... Read more →

Human nose can help kill superbugs, research claims

Thursday 28th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Scientists have discovered a microbe in some noses that can kill dangerous bacteria Scientists have found a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs and it comes from an unlikely source: the human nose. Researchers have discovered a microbe living in some people’s... Read more →

Dogs reduce stress in families with autism

Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Owning a dog significantly reduces stress levels among families who have a child with autism, a new study has found. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs can include an absence of eye contact,... Read more →

Jump in first-time callers to rape helpline

Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 12,000 people contacted the national helpline of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) last year, a new report has shown. According to the DRCC's Annual Report 2015, over 5,900 of these were first-time contacts - a 16% increase when compared to 2014. Around three in four callers to the ... Read more →

Blood disorders cost Europe billions

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The cost of treating people with blood cancers is much higher than the cost associated with treating many other types of cancers, two new studies have revealed. According to the findings, the cost of treating one patient with blood cancer is around twice as high than the average cost of treating pa... Read more →

First double hand transplant in UK

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The first person in the UK to undergo a double hand transplant has said it is ‘better than a lottery win'. Chris King (57) from Doncaster in England is only the second person in the UK to have undergone a hand transplant and is the first to have undergone a double hand transplant. A team fro... Read more →

Health budgets 'completely unrealistic' - IHCA

Monday 25th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Health budgets have ‘consistently been set at completely unrealistic levels' in recent years, hospital consultants have claimed. According to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA), hospital and mental health services have not been provided with adequate funding, which has resulted... Read more →

Children struggling with parental separation

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parental separation is a source of major anxiety for children, however the legal processes involved in separation, such as family courts and custody arrangements, are not child-centred and this can increase the distress of young people, the ISPCC has warned. Launching its Annual Report 2015, t... Read more →

More education benefits heart health

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with a higher level of education have a reduced risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack, a new study has found. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body. Symptoms include tiredness, shor... Read more →