How to avoid passing cough and cold bugs to every family member

Tuesday 7th February 2017 - - Independent

If there’s one thing you can guarantee about a child, it’s that they’ll catch some — if not all — of the bugs going round their school or nursery. And what’s almost as certain is that someone else in the family — usually mum — will then catch it too... Read more →

Scientists in the US finally unlock mystery of why we need to 'sleep on it'

Monday 6th February 2017 - Ian Johnston

The purpose of sleep appears to be to help forget some memories so others can be stored for later use, two major new US studies suggest. For years, scientists have struggled to work out exactly why humans need to sleep for about a third of every day. The new research adds fresh weight to the idea... Read more →

Skipping breakfast 'raises risk of ill health'

Friday 3rd February 2017 - Saffron Alexander

Skipping breakfast or eating late in the day could raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity according to a new study. The study from a group of American researchers suggests that the time we eat our meal is equally as important as what we eat. Writing in the American Heart Associati... Read more →

15 ways to control diabetes

Thursday 2nd February 2017 - Dr Valerie Wilson

One in four people worldwide now have diabetes, and numbers are on the rise, but by making some small changes to lifestyle, you can achieve big differences in diabetes control. Diabetes is a condition where there's too much sugar (glucose) in the blood because the hormone insulin is absent (Type ... Read more →

But do they work? Trying out herbal medicine

Wednesday 1st February 2017 - Peter McGuire - Irish Times

There are lots of arguments both for and against the use of herbal medicine. Last year on these pages, I explored them in extensive detail, pointing out that while many conventional medicines are based on plant remedies, we can’t always assume that plants are safe. Now, it’s my turn to ... Read more →

How your sleep patterns could be contributing to your back pain

Tuesday 31st January 2017 - Dr Mary O’Keeffe, Dr Kieran O’Sullivan, Professor Chris Maher, Dr James McAuley - Independent

Sleep, like diet and exercise, is closely linked to general health and wellbeing. The amount and quality of sleep we get affects our health in many different ways. Research has strongly linked sleep problems to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stress, anxiety, depression and poor leve... Read more →

Early periods linked to early menopuase

Monday 30th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Early menstruation may increase the risk of premature menopause, a new study has found. According to the findings, girls who get their first period at the age of 11 or under are more likely to undergo early or premature menopause as adults. This risk is increased even more if they do not have any c... Read more →

Dr Nina Byrnes: The perils of juicing and its impact on your health

Friday 27th January 2017 - Nina Byrnes

Advice from our GP on the benefits of juicing and on whether or not a three-day juice fast will cause any damage. Q. 2017 is the year that I want to turn my health around. I got a juicer for Christmas and I have been looking into the area of juice fasts. I know there is no proof that it will deto... Read more →

Importance of regular eye tests highlighted

Thursday 26th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Blindness and other vision problems affect over 220,000 Irish people and cost the country in excess of €2 billion every year, yet 50% of visual impairment can be corrected if diagnosed and treated properly, eye experts have said. This week is Healthy Eyes Awareness Week and according to the As... Read more →

Importance of cervical screening highlighted

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women are being reminded of the importance of undergoing cervical screening, which is free for those aged between 25 and 60. This week is European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and to highlight this event, the national cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, has launched its annual Pearl of ... Read more →