Zinc lozenges cut colds by days

Friday 8th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Zinc lozenges could help reduce the duration of the common cold by almost three days, a new study has found. Previous research has suggested that zinc lozenges can reduce the length of a cold, but that this is more apparent in people with allergies. Researchers from Finland and the US decided to lo... Read more →

Make sure kids get 60 mins exercise per day

Friday 8th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Physiotherapists are reminding parents of the importance of making sure their children get at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. According to Nicola Lyden, a senior physiotherapist at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, summer is the perfect time of the year to introduce physical activity to... Read more →

Replace saturated fat with unsaturated

Friday 8th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A large study appears to confirm the long-held view that eating high amounts of saturated fat increases the risk of premature death. This US study is the most detailed investigation into the impact of dietary fats on health ever undertaken. According to the researchers, in recent years, there has b... Read more →

Junk food ads influence kids' eating habits

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children as young as eight describe junk food advertising as ‘tempting' and ‘addictive', with some admitting they could ‘lick the screen' when watching certain ads. According to a new report from Cancer Research UK, ads that use celebrities, funny voices and bright colours are cap... Read more →

'Hidden harm' of parental drinking highlighted

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children living with parents who drink in a harmful way are ‘among the most vulnerable in society', members of the Oireachtas have been told. The members were briefed on this issue at an event organised by the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm. According to its chairperson, Senator... Read more →

High rate of respiratory problems among farmers

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish farmers appear to have a high prevalence of respiratory problems, a new study has found. Researchers in Galway were prompted to undertake the study because of recent reports of increasing mortality rates within the Irish farming community and the high prevalence of respiratory problems in far... Read more →

Domestic violence helpline needs volunteers

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

One of the country's leading domestic violence organisations is seeking volunteers for its national helpline. Women's Aid has been offering support to women and children affected by domestic violence since its establishment in 1974. Last year, the organisation's helpline heard over 22,000 disclosu... Read more →

Prenatal exposure to painkiller linked to autism

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study has found a link between prenatal exposure to paracetamol and symptoms of autism and hyperactivity. According to Spanish researchers, this is the first study of its kind to find an independent association between the use of paracetamol during pregnancy and autism symptoms in children. ... Read more →

Kids in single-mother families 'well-adjusted'

Monday 4th July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While young children who grow up with single mothers have questions about the absence of their fathers, they tend to be well-adjusted and generally have positive feelings about family life, a new study has found. UK researchers focused on children who had been conceived as a result of donor insemin... Read more →

Always check standards of summer products

Friday 1st July 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With the school summer holidays upon us, people, especially parents, are being urged to ensure that products they buy for the summer months, such as sunscreen, have adequate standards. According to the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), standards ‘ensure that products are safe an... Read more →