Gardening for just 10 minutes a week can cut risk of death - study

Thursday 21st March 2019 - Sally Wardle - Independent

Gardening for just 10 minutes a week can cut risk of death - study Walking or gardening for just 10 minutes per week could cut the risk of death, new research suggests. Even low levels of physical activity are linked to a reduced chance of dying from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other illn... Read more →

Fitting Exercise into the Working Day

Wednesday 20th March 2019 - Margaret Young - The Irish Times

Fitting Exercise into the working day We desk-bound workers find ourselves wondering how we can fit exercise and movement into the already hectic schedules of our working day. If you have a busy job or a long commute, or both, you may find that by the time you have gotten home, eaten and cleaned u... Read more →

Superfood or stroke risk - what's the truth about eggs?

Wednesday 20th March 2019 - Madeleine Howell -

Superfood or stroke risk - what's the truth about eggs?   Along with avocado and green juice, eggs have been hailed as a superfood in recent years. However, a new study of significant scale has now tarnished their halo somewhat. The findings claim cholesterol-rich eggs are detrimental ... Read more →

Irish children consuming 250pc of recommended daily maximum of sugar

Friday 15th March 2019 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

Sweet-toothed children in Ireland are consuming two-and-a-half times more sugar every day than they should, a new report has warned. Ireland is among several European countries where youngsters are eating or drinking more than the recommended maximum intake of "free" sugars. They are added to food... Read more →

Irish birth rate still high but first-time mothers are among oldest in EU

Thursday 14th March 2019 - Anne-Marie Walsh - Irish Independent

Ireland has the third highest fertility rate in the EU, although the average woman is older than 30 when she has her first child. There is also a high proportion of women who start their family in their 40s compared with other nations. New official figures show the people of this country sti... Read more →

Number of cases of deadly superbug on the rise

Wednesday 13th March 2019 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

Cases of a deadly hospital superbug are escalating, despite a major drive to reduce infections on wards. New figures show there were 536 patients found to have the dreaded CPE bug last year, compared to 433 in 2017. CPE lives harmlessly in the gut but can be dangerous if it gets into the blo... Read more →

People urged to follow six-point plan to reduce chances of developing dementia

Tuesday 12th March 2019 - Eilish O’Regan - Irish Independent

People have been urged to follow a six-point plan to reduce their chances of developing dementia. Dublin psychiatrist Prof Brian Lawlor, who is chair of the ‘Dementia: Understand Together’ campaign said although we cannot escape some risk factors , such as age or our genes, there are si... Read more →

Number of mumps cases soars by 650pc in the space of a year

Monday 11th March 2019 - Claire Murphy - Irish Independent

Confirmed cases of the mumps have jumped by 650pc in a year. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) confirmed that so far this year a total of 451 mumps cases had been notified. This compares to 60 for the same period in 2018. Throughout the whole of last year, a total of 575 cases... Read more →

Death toll from flu rises to 54

Friday 8th March 2019 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

The death toll from flu this winter has risen to 54 - but the worst is over. The majority of deaths have occurred in people aged 65 and older. However, levels of flu are continuing to wane and are now below baseline levels for the first time since early January. Swine flu was the dominant v... Read more →

Worrying steroid trend still exists' despite 80pc fall in seizures

Thursday 7th March 2019 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

A large haul of nearly 100,000 anabolic steroids illegally imported into Ireland was seized last year. The amount seized was down by a staggering 80pc compared to the previous year, but the country's medicines watchdog said it still has serious concerns about the drugs. Some 449,411 anabolic... Read more →