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Coffee lowers the risk of heart failure and stroke

Monday 8th January 2018 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

A plant-based diet and drinking coffee may both help to reduce the risk of heart failure, say scientists. One study of five different kinds of diet found that people who ate a lot of fruit and vegetables were 42pc less likely to develop the condition than those who consumed fewer plant-... Read more →

HSE plans surgery for obese children

Friday 5th January 2018 - Fiona Dillon - Irish Independent

Preparations have begun to allow weight-loss surgery for obese children and teenagers to take place at the new National Children's Hospital, the country's top obesity expert has revealed. The HSE's clinical lead for obesity, Professor Donal O'Shea, said that gastric band surgery was desperate... Read more →

14 ways to manage indigestion

Thursday 4th January 2018 - Julia Molony - Irish Independent

Overdoing it on mulled wine and minced pies can lead to major stomach gripes at this time of year as the unholy trinity of bloating, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort make their presence known. Before reaching for the Rennies again, consider the following simple tips on how to manage indigestio... Read more →

New form of therapy is gold dust for acne sufferers

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - Jonathan Gray - Irish Independent

Acne patients are being sought to try a pioneering treatment that aims to banish unsightly skin blemishes with gold dust. Scientist are looking for 50 participants of all ages for the evaluation trial which will test the new therapy, called Sebacia. Already approved in the US, the treatm... Read more →

Children consume 'three times more sugar' than recommended - Nutritionist has simple tip to stop this

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Jennifer Cockerell - Irish Independent

Half the sugar consumed by children comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, according to a health watchdog. On average, children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more. This means that children can easily ... Read more →

Ten ways to save your health and improve indoor air quality

Monday 18th December 2017 - Dr Bruce Mitchell - Irish Independent

There is increasing recognition that air pollution is not just an outdoors problem, it is important to also consider indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is significant because it can affect our comfort, productivity and, most importantly, our health. You can influence your indoor air quality ... Read more →

Missing the sunshine: Are Vitamin D supplements the cure-all to avoiding deficiency?

Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Rosa Silverman - Irish Independent

It goes by a variety of flattering names: the 'sunshine' vitamin, the superstar supplement, the cure-all. And if recent research is to be believed, vitamin D really does live up to its billing - good news for anyone feeling devoid of verve and vim as we approach the shortest day of the year. ... Read more →

Revealed: rapid weight loss diet could combat the diabetes epidemic

Monday 11th December 2017 - Dr Michael Mosley - Irish Independent

The results of a big new study which could revolutionise the way that not only type 2 diabetes but obesity are treated were released last week. The study, called DiRECT (Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial), which involved treating people with type 2 diabetes through a rapid weight loss diet, was ... Read more →

12 facts about breast cancer

Monday 4th December 2017 - Dr Reem Salman - Irish Independent

Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour found in Irish women, with 2,883 cases diagnosed each year. One in 10 women will get it at some stage in their lives. While it's most commonly detected after the age of 50, it can occur in younger women too, writes Dr Reem Salman. Some breast ca... Read more →

Stay on track for Christmas: Stop the excuses — make the most of the daylight hours by fitting in your exercise

Wednesday 29th November 2017 - Karl Henry - Irish independent

Light, glorious light! Every year I am fascinated by just how dark it gets in autumn and winter. It seems to get darker earlier every year, though I am fairly sure this is only in my mind. Over the coming weeks, I'll be bringing you my health survival plan to help you stay on track for ... Read more →