Flu cases on the increase

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of people contracting the flu has risen in recent weeks are those in at-risk groups who have not already done so, are being urged to get themselves vaccinated against the illness. According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI... Read more →

Public urged to donate blood over Christmas

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public who are eligible to donate blood are being urged to do so during the holiday period, as blood supplies are often difficult to maintain at this time of the year. Over 1,000 people require blood transfusions every week in Ireland, however, just 3% of the population currently giv... Read more →

Advice for families coping with addiction

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The important role that families play when it comes to coping with addiction is being highlighted as part of a new Christmas campaign. 'Family Matters' has been launched by the Rutland Centre, the country's largest private addiction rehabilitation centre. It aims to provide advice to those battling... Read more →

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 →