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Irish teens report lack of family support

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fewer Irish teenagers are taking up smoking at a young age, however many are not satisfied with their lives and feel that they do not get enough support from their family and friends, a new survey has found. The pan-European World Health Organization (WHO) survey looked at almost 220,000 young peop... Read more →

'Difficult' patients face misdiagnosis risk

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Patients may be more likely to be misdiagnosed if they are considered ‘difficult' by their doctor, a new study indicates. It has been widely suggested that the accuracy of a diagnosis may be adversely affected if a patient is considered difficult, but until now, there has been no evidence to ... Read more →

Chinese exercises may benefit heart health

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chinese exercises, such as Tai Chi, may help improve the health and quality of life of people with heart disease and high blood pressure, a new study has found. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise that involves a series of gentle movements that are performed in a slow and focused manner. This... Read more →

Some energy drinks have 16 teaspoons of sugar

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of different energy drinks on sale in Ireland has jumped in recent years and some of these products contain over 16 teaspoons of sugar or the same amount of caffeine as two expressos in just one serving. According to a new report by Safefood, a survey it carried out in 2002 showed that t... Read more →

Physical activity cuts Alzheimer risk in half

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who are physically active may have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has shown. US researchers looked at almost 900 people who were taking part in a 30-year heart health study. The average age of participants was 78 years. All had their physical acti... Read more →

PTSD common after breast cancer diagnosis

Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study has found. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after experiencing an intensely stressful event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It has been ... Read more →

PMS can have big impact on everyday life

Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost half of Irish women are prevented from participating in their usual weekly exercise routine because of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a new survey has found. PMS refers to the physical, mental and emotional symptoms which women may experience in the week or two before their monthly period. Mos... Read more →

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 →