Most believe doctors tell the truth

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Deborah Condon

The vast majority of people trust doctors to tell the truth, a new survey has found. According to the findings, nine in 10 people trust that their doctors will be truthful and a similar number are satisfied with the doctor they attend most often. Some 43% believe that doctors' practices have impro... Read more →

Over 45% have private health insurance

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 46% of the population now has private health insurance, the latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) have shown. According to the HIA, at the end of March 2016, 2.126 million people had inpatient health insurance plans - that is 45.9% of the population. At its peak in 2008, j... Read more →

Obesity costs Europe billions

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity will have a ‘devastating' impact on healthcare costs and productivity throughout Europe unless it is urgently tackled, the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has warned. It made its comments in the wake of several international reports, which show that the number of ... Read more →

More people using web to research health

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of Irish people using the internet to research health problems is on the increase and around 70,000 people have purchased medicines online, a new survey has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of adults use the internet to look up health matters, while 24% use it to source informati... Read more →

Gluten-free diet not a healthy option for all

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are no proven health benefits to switching to a gluten-free diet unless a person has coeliac disease or an allergy to wheat, researchers have said. People with coeliac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms can include weight loss, abdominal pa... Read more →

Teen fruit consumption cuts breast cancer risk

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women may have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer if they consumed a lot of fruit as a teenager. While fruit and vegetables are thought to help protect against breast cancer, studies have provided conflicting results. However most of these studies have looked at fruit consumption during mid... Read more →

Gestational diabetes affects baby's body fat

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat when they reach two months of age compared to babies born to mothers without the condition, a new study has found. This marks the first study to show that gestational diabetes causes such early changes in the baby, despite there be... Read more →

Major conference for type 1 diabetes

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major conference aimed at people living with type 1 diabetes is to take place later this year. Last October, the first Thriveabetes (Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes) Conference took place, with 190 people in attendance. This year's event is expecting around 300 people and includes a programme specifi... Read more →

Spinal cord injury services lacking

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Services for people with spinal cord injuries in Ireland are severely lacking, with some new patients facing major delays in accessing rehabilitation and some young people left to live in ICUs or nursing homes because home care packages to help them live independently are not available. According t... Read more →

Lack of commitment to mental health funding

Friday 13th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The new Programme for Government does not contain a detailed commitment to mental health funding, it has been claimed. According to Mental Health Reform, while the programme does state that the mental health budget ‘will be increased annually during the lifetime of this new Government', there... Read more →