Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Males who are overweight or obese as teenagers may face an increased risk of developing severe liver problems later in life, a new study has found. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide and around one billion people are projected to be obese by 2030 if things continue as... Read more →

Getting better sleep like winning lottery

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

If you want to feel like you have won the lottery, try improving the quality of your sleep. According to a new study, improving sleep quality can be as beneficial to health and happiness as winning around €230,000 on the lottery. UK researchers analysed the sleep patterns of more than 30,000 ... Read more →

'Harmless' painkillers linked to heart risk

Monday 20th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Commonly-used painkillers, which are considered harmless by many, may increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study has found. The findings centre on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, which are available over the counter. "Allowing these drugs to be purchased wi... Read more →

Eye checks essential to detect glaucoma

Thursday 16th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being reminded that the only way to detect the eye disease, glaucoma, is through regular eye tests. According to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), glaucoma is often referred to as the ‘silent thief of sight' because it is usually symptomless in its early stages and peopl... Read more →

Ophthalmology waiting lists 'out of control'

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some Irish patients face the risk of irreversible damage to their vision due to ophthalmology waiting lists that are ‘out of control', it has been claimed. According to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), the specialty of ophthalmology currently has the longest waiting list ... Read more →

People urged not to buy medicines online

Tuesday 14th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being warned of the dangers of sourcing prescription medicines online as there can be no guarantees about their safety. The warning was issued by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which has just published details of all of the illegal medicinal products it detained in 2016... Read more →

Planning lodged for new maternity hospital

Monday 13th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), which is to be built on the grounds of St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála. This project, which will see the current NMH on Holles Street move to St Vincent's, marks the singl... Read more →

Diagnosis of skin condition can take 8 years

Friday 10th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many people living with the skin condition, hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), remain undiagnosed and for those who do manage to get a diagnosis, this process can take up to eight years, according to a new campaign run by the Irish Skin Foundation. HS is also known as acne inversa. It is a chronic skin... Read more →

Over-50s face range of health issues

Thursday 9th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People over the age of 50 often face a range of health issues, such as depression, pain and obesity, however despite this, they continue to make significant contributions to their families and communities, a new report has shown. According to the latest findings from the Irish Longitudinal Study on... Read more →

15 Ways to control asthma

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Niamh Cahill - Independent

The cold and flu season is well and truly under way and for some asthma sufferers, symptoms are worse during winter. This is a worry for many considering over 470,000 Irish people suffer from asthma. One in every five children and one in 10 adults have asthma. The condition is the most common... Read more →