Gluten-free diet not a healthy option for all

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are no proven health benefits to switching to a gluten-free diet unless a person has coeliac disease or an allergy to wheat, researchers have said. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms can include weight loss, abdominal pa... Read more →

Teen fruit consumption cuts breast cancer risk

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women may have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer if they consumed a lot of fruit as a teenager. While fruit and vegetables are thought to help protect against breast cancer, studies have provided conflicting results. However most of these studies have looked at fruit consumption during mid... Read more →

Gestational diabetes affects baby's body fat

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat when they reach two months of age compared to babies born to mothers without the condition, a new study has found. This marks the first study to show that gestational diabetes causes such early changes in the baby, despite there be... Read more →

Major conference for type 1 diabetes

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major conference aimed at people living with type 1 diabetes is to take place later this year. Last October, the first Thriveabetes (Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes) Conference took place, with 190 people in attendance. This year's event is expecting around 300 people and includes a programme specifi... Read more →

Spinal cord injury services lacking

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Services for people with spinal cord injuries in Ireland are severely lacking, with some new patients facing major delays in accessing rehabilitation and some young people left to live in ICUs or nursing homes because home care packages to help them live independently are not available. According t... Read more →

Lack of commitment to mental health funding

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The new Programme for Government does not contain a detailed commitment to mental health funding, it has been claimed. According to Mental Health Reform, while the programme does state that the mental health budget ‘will be increased annually during the lifetime of this new Government', there... Read more →

Doctors call on Harris to tackle capacity issues

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Hospital consultants have called on the new Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to urgently tackle ‘critical capacity deficits' within the Irish health service. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has written to the new Minister to outline the urgent need for investment in frontl... Read more →

Irish team to investigate gastric bypass

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish researchers are set to investigate the success of weight loss that comes about after a gastric bypass. Researchers at University College Dublin (UCD) and Ulster University, along with a team from Florida State University in the US, aim to investigate whether long-term weight loss from gastric... Read more →

Postnatal depression in men a big issue

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Postnatal depression among fathers is a ‘real and significant public health issue', however it is not widely acknowledged and there is little research in this area. According to University College Cork lecturer (UCC), Lloyd Philpott, while there has been a growing awareness about the burden o... Read more →

Irish children getting too many treats

Monday 9th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 40% of parents in Ireland give their children treat foods, such as crisps and chocolate, at least once a day, new research has found. According to the findings from Safefood, children under the age of five are given the most treats, with 50% getting a treat food ‘at least once a day or m... Read more →