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'If anything's going on in your life, running with other people does you good'

Tuesday 17th November 2015 - Vicki Notaro - Irish Independent

Josephine Dignam initially took up running to lose a few extra pounds for her daughter's communion. Three decades, five marathons and three half-marathons later, the 59-year-old mum of one tells why she's never looked back. Most people are content for running to be their own personal form of activi... Read more →

#MindYourself: 'It is our thoughts that fuel our stress'

Tuesday 17th November 2015 - Dr Paul D'Alton - Irish Independent

In day two of his guide to feeling happier, psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton explains why we shouldn't believe everything we think. It sometimes surprises people to hear a psychologist say that "thoughts and feelings are not facts". I often say to patients that when you really, really believe that some... Read more →

Exciting times in vision research

Tuesday 17th November 2015 - Health and Wellbeing - Irish Independent

People who have lost their eyesight are being given new hope thanks to breakthroughs discussed at a recent Fighting Blindness conference in Dublin. Prof Eberhart Zrenner, the German inventor of the implant known as the "bionic eye", believes that we are at a key time for patients with a range of ey... Read more →

Many eating too many 'free sugars'

Monday 16th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While it is well established that certain food and drinks, such as fizzy drinks, are high in sugar, Diabetes Ireland has expressed concern that many people may be unknowingly filing up on ‘free sugars'. Free sugars are classified as simple sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers or co... Read more →

Indian takeaways loaded with fat and salt

Monday 16th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

What are you having for dinner tonight? Beware - if you order an Indian takeaway, you may end up eating enough food for two people and far too much saturated fat and salt. According to a new report by Safefood, a typical starter, main course and pilau rice from an Indian takeaway contains significa... Read more →

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 →