Seven simple steps reduce disease risks

Friday 13th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Following seven simple lifestyle steps can reduce a person's risk of developing a range of serious conditions, including heart disease, cancer and kidney disease, a new study has revealed. US researchers set out to assess the impact of following the American Heart Association's ‘Simple 7' - t... Read more →

Food allergies may not affect siblings

Friday 6th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Good news for parents. Just because one of your children has a food allergy does not automatically mean your other children will also be allergic. US researchers looked at 1,120 children, all of whom had a sibling with a documented food allergy. They found that 53% of the children had a food sensit... Read more →

Kids with dogs have lower asthma risk

Friday 6th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children who grow up around dogs may have a reduced risk of developing asthma. Children who grow up around dogs may have a reduced risk of developing asthma. Currently in Ireland, one in five children has asthma. The link between early life contact with dogs and the development of the disease has ... Read more →

Pregnant women advised not to sit too much

Friday 6th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pregnant women with symptoms of depression are more likely to sit for long periods during their second trimester, increasing their risk of higher weight gain and developing gestational diabetes, a new study has found. Sedentary behaviour, such as sitting for long periods, has already been linked to... Read more →

Short-sightedness on the rise in children

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of children becoming shorted-sighted is on the rise, however this risk can be reduced if young people stop looking at various screens and spend more time outdoors, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. According to AOI optometric advisor, Lynda McGivney-Nolan, a number ... Read more →

New website on palliative care

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new website, which aims to provide information about palliative care throughout Ireland, has been launched. The site has been launched to coincide with Palliative Care Week 2015, which runs until October 31. This event has been coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative C... Read more →

Awareness of pneumo bug remains low

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 400,000 people over the age of 65 are at risk of contracting the potentially fatal bug, pneumococcal disease, yet almost two in three of these are unaware that the disease can be life threatening, a new awareness campaign has highlighted. Pneumococcal disease is caused by a common bacterium, S... Read more →

15 facts about obesity

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Ailin Quinlan - Irish Independent

As Ireland looks set to be the fattest nation in Europe, we are all looking for ways to fight the flab. But where do we start? We talk to Ireland's foremost obesity expert Professor Donal O'Shea to separate fact from fad. 1 The Energy-in, Energy-Out formula isn't as simple as you think Eat less an... Read more →

The trick to triumphing over your sweet tooth

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

Most of us admit to having sweet tooth - but there are ways of distracting ourselves from over-indulging. Remember you are more likely to indulge a sweet tooth if you're hungry, so always eat three well-balanced meals, spread evenly, and have healthy ingredients, such as fruit, nuts or low-fat yogu... Read more →

Study urges moderation in red meat intake

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Patrick J. Skerrett - Harward Health Publications

A study linking red meat and mortality lit up the media in more ways than one. Hundreds of media outletscarried reports about the study. Headline writers had a field day, with entries like “Red meat death study,” “Will red meat kill you?” and “Singing the blues abo... Read more →