Jump in number of living kidney donors

Tuesday 7th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 170 kidney transplants took place last year, 50 of which came from living donors, new figures have shown. According to figures from the Department of Health, this is the highest number of living donor kidney transplants ever recorded. In 2008, just 10 kidneys came from living donors and the hi... Read more →

Five surprising food myths that could be impacting your health and weight

Monday 6th March 2017 - Orla Walsh - Independent

Is organic food better for you? Are eggs bad for you? Finding out the truth about what's good for you is a minefield - so dietitian Orla Walsh separates the fact from the fiction. Myth 1: avoid foods that contain E numbers An E number is a reference number given to a food additive that h... Read more →

1,400+ waiting to see a genetic consultant

Friday 3rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 1,400 children were waiting to see a genetic consultant at the end of January, a major conference has been told. Delegates were warned that there is currently a serious lack of funding for genetic services, which is only adding to waiting lists. The issues was highlighted at an all-island con... Read more →

Call for cigarette plain packaging start date

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is calling on the Government to replace branded cigarette packs with plain ones as soon as possible. According to the charity, a survey it carried out found that 78% of people support the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products. "There is a clear a... Read more →

Prescription charges reduced for over-70s

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Prescription charges have been reduced for 390,000 people over the age of 70. From March 1, those over the age of 70 will be charged €2 per prescription item, a reduction of 50c. Meanwhile the maximum monthly limit per person or family will fall from €25 to €20. According to the Min... Read more →

Alcohol consumption increased last year

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish people drank more alcohol last year compared to the year before, with spirits and cider seeing the biggest jumps in consumption, new figures have shown. According to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners, the average Irish person aged over 15 consumed 11.46 litres of alcoh... Read more →

Fruit and veg may lower COPD risk

Monday 27th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

COPD is Ireland's fourth biggest killer and smoking is the main cause. However, a new study has found that former and current smokers may reduce their risk of the disease if they consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a numb... Read more →

People should eat 10 fruit and veg per day

Friday 24th February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost eight million premature deaths could be avoided worldwide if people consumed more fruit and vegetables, new research has found. According to the findings, eating 800g of fruit and vegetables every day - that is around 10 portions - could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths globally. UK res... Read more →

4 million cancer deaths avoided in EU since 1988

Thursday 23rd February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over four millions deaths from cancer have been avoided in the European Union (EU) since the late 1980s, thanks to improvements in prevention, detection and treatments, a major new study has found. The research also makes predictions for 2017 and notes than while fewer women will die from cancer in... Read more →

Walking benefits advanced cancer patients

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with advanced cancer could enjoy an improved quality of life if they walked for just 30 minutes, three times a week, a new study has found. According to UK researchers, ‘rather than shying away from exercise, people with advanced disease should be encouraged to be more active and incor... Read more →