AF a bigger heart risk factor in women

Monday 25th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having an irregular heartbeat is known to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. However, a new study has found that this is a stronger risk factor in women. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the b... Read more →

Cereal killers: sugar levels to drop for many popular brands

Monday 25th January 2016 - Conor Pope - The Irish Times

The amount of sugar in many popular brands found on Irish supermarket shelves is set to tumble over the coming months. Kellogg’s yesterday announced plans to cut more than 723 tons of sugar from its cereals — including the likes of Frosties and Coco Pops — next year. The company d... Read more →

Major depression linked to disruption of brain's emotional networks

Monday 25th January 2016 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

Different regions of our brain need to work simultaneously in order for us to process emotion. But according to new research, such regions are disconnected among individuals who experience multiple episodes of major depression. Study coauthor Scott Langenecker, associate professor of psychiatry and... Read more →

Maynooth scientists in diabetes breakthrough

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish researchers have discovered a series of new compounds which mimic the beneficial effects of exercise in people with type 2 diabetes. Over 370 million people worldwide are estimated to have type 2 diabetes, including some 200,000 in Ireland. Exercise is known to have a beneficial effect on the... Read more →

Public again urged to avoid psychedelic drugs

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE has again urged members of the public, particularly young people, to avoid taking psychedelic drugs. Earlier in the week, six young people in Cork were hospitalised after taking a psychoactive drug known as N-Bomb. One of the young people remains in critical condition. N-Bomb, correctly kn... Read more →

Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures - Deborah Condon

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has become the third hospital in two days to postpone all non-urgent elective procedures, due to overcrowding in its Emergency Department (ED). On Thursday, Cork University Hospital and Dublin's Mater Hospital made the same decision due to major pressure in their EDs. A ... Read more →

New app to help people lose weight

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app, which aims to help people lose weight in a healthy way, has been launched by Safefood. The 'weight-mate' app helps people to set realistic goals and features a daily weight and physical activity tracker. It also contains over 400 calorie-counted recipes that have been developed by nutrit... Read more →

Many unaware of lung cancer dangers

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish people appear to have a lack of awareness about the dangers of lung cancer, new research suggests. According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, which was launched by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just over half of people are unaware that lung cancer is Ireland's biggest cancer killer, w... Read more →

Major pressure on Cork University Hospital

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 1,735 patients attended the Emergency Department (ED) in Cork University Hospital (CUH) between January 11 and 19, with almost 900 of these requiring inpatient admission. As a result of these high levels of activity, the hospital has postponed all non-urgent elective procedures today (January ... Read more →

Little improvement in brain cancer survival rates

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around 290 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer of the brain every year and there has been little improvement in survival rates over the last 20 years, a new report has found. The report by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) analysed the current trends relating to malignant prima... Read more →