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Alzheimer's could be caused by viruses like herpes

Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

Alzheimer's disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link. The worldwide team of 31 scientists and clinicians, which includes specialists from Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester Univ... Read more →

Hostile attitude linked to poor memory

Monday 7th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young adults who do not cope well with stress or who have have a hostile attitude may have an increased risk of experiencing thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study has found. US researchers assessed the personalities and attitudes of over 3,100 people with an average age of 25. The... Read more →

Life expectancy has jumped in last 100 years

Monday 7th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People born in Ireland in 1911 could only expect to live until their early 50s, a new report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has shown. The report, Life in 1916 Ireland: Stories from Statistics, was published to mark Ireland's centenary this Easter and to provide a snapshot of what life wa... Read more →

Exercise helps people cope after heart attack

Monday 7th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who exercise regularly have a better chance of survival if they suffer a heart attack. However, a new study has found that those who exercise are also more likely to cope better mentally in the aftermath. Norwegian researchers used data based on 120,000 people during three different time per... Read more →

Video games increasingly popular among kids

Friday 4th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Traditional chasing and running games, like hide and seek and tip the can, appear to be a lot less popular among Irish children than computer games, according to the results of a new survey. Children aged between six and 12, along with their parents, were asked a series of questions about what they... Read more →

Management of meds can be complex

Friday 4th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pharmacists are urging older people to ask them for help when it comes to the medications they are taking. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), research suggests that people who have to take medication for more than one condition are more likely to take this medication incorrectly. Current... Read more →

Emotional impact of cancer can last years

Friday 4th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis can affect patients and their families for years, a new report by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has shown. The report looked at the ICS's counselling service and it revealed that while 48% of those accessing the service did so within 12 months of discover... Read more →

NI team in world-first cancer trial

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Scientists in Belfast are leading the world's first trial of a new combination of cancer therapies, which may prolong the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer. Around 1,100 new cases of the disease are diagnosed in Northern Ireland every year, and almost 250 men die annually as a result. The... Read more →

Kids bombarded with alcohol messages in sport

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children and teenagers are being bombarded with messages about alcohol at sport events and this may encourage early drinking, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has warned. It was referring to a new study from the UK which found that alcohol sports sponsorship is linked with increase... Read more →

Small reduction in patients on trolleys

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More than 8,800 patients were left waiting on trolleys in hospitals nationwide last month, although this marked a small reduction on the numbers waiting during the same period in 2015, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its ‘Trolley Watch' figures, 8,885 ... Read more →