First centre for successful ageing opened

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first dedicated centre of excellence for successful ageing has been officially opened by the President, Michael D. Higgins. The Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), which is located at St James's Hospital In Dublin, is the largest facility of its kind in Europe. The purpose-b... Read more →

New food pyramid launched

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new food pyramid has been launched, which highlights the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables. According to the Department of Health, research over the last decade has shown that eating habits in Ireland ‘are not consistent with optimal health'. In an effort to tackle this, it has... Read more →

Handful of nuts daily reduces disease risk

Friday 9th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Consuming a handful of nuts every day could reduce a person's risk of developing a number of diseases, including cancer and heart disease, a new study has found. UK and Norwegian researchers analysed 29 studies on nuts from around the world, involving some 819,000 people. They found that eating 20g... Read more →

Participants needed for breast cancer study

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Patients with metastatic breast cancer are being asked to take part in a study, which aims to help better understand and address their quality of life needs. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It refers to when the disease has spread to other parts of the body, su... Read more →

The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread)

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - The - The Journal

THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has announced new healthy eating guidelines and a new food pyramid, which stresses eating fruit and vegetables over carbohydrates like bread. The guidelines are aimed at providing advice on a balanced diet to the general public, and advise limiting high fat, sugar... Read more →

'Forgotten' illness must be tackled

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with heart failure every year in Ireland and it is the leading cause of hospitalisation here, yet just 7% of people can identify the condition's symptoms, a new report has highlighted. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to th... Read more →

New guide for parents of premature babies

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 4,500 babies are born prematurely in Ireland every year and many parents struggle to know what to do if their child ends up in a neonatal unit, the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA) has said. It has recently launched a guide for parents which aims to help them take a more active role in th... Read more →

Minimum unit pricing will reduce alcohol harm

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The first study to investigate the potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol at a population level has found that it will affect just 14% of drinkers. Minimum unit pricing is one of the measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. If passed, the price will be set at 10c p... Read more →

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 →