Many Irish unaware they can travel for treatment

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish patients who face lengthy waiting lists for medical treatment here are entitled to seek treatment abroad and be reimbursed by the HSE, however few patients seem to be aware of their rights in this area, it has been claimed. The Cross-Border Directive (CBD) came into effect on June 1, 2014 and... Read more →

Exercise reduces COPD death risk

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with COPD can reduce their risk of dying if they undertake even moderate exercise, a new study has found. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caus... Read more →

Young adults with diabetes very vulnerable

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young adults with type 1 diabetes are ‘a hugely vulnerable group of patients', a leading doctor has claimed. According to Dr Kevin Moore, a consultant endocrinologist at Tallaght Hospital and Naas General, adolescence is a minefield even in normal circumstances. However, when diabetes is adde... Read more →

Food intolerance often confused with allergies

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Food allergies can have a big impact on quality of life, however many Irish people incorrectly think they have an allergy, when they actually have a food intolerance, a symposium in Dublin has been told. Speaking at the event, Dr Aideen Byrne, a specialist in paediatric allergies at Our Lady's Chil... Read more →

Irish teens report lack of family support

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fewer Irish teenagers are taking up smoking at a young age, however many are not satisfied with their lives and feel that they do not get enough support from their family and friends, a new survey has found. The pan-European World Health Organization (WHO) survey looked at almost 220,000 young peop... Read more →

'Difficult' patients face misdiagnosis risk

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Patients may be more likely to be misdiagnosed if they are considered ‘difficult' by their doctor, a new study indicates. It has been widely suggested that the accuracy of a diagnosis may be adversely affected if a patient is considered difficult, but until now, there has been no evidence to ... Read more →

Chinese exercises may benefit heart health

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chinese exercises, such as Tai Chi, may help improve the health and quality of life of people with heart disease and high blood pressure, a new study has found. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise that involves a series of gentle movements that are performed in a slow and focused manner. This... Read more →

Some energy drinks have 16 teaspoons of sugar

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of different energy drinks on sale in Ireland has jumped in recent years and some of these products contain over 16 teaspoons of sugar or the same amount of caffeine as two expressos in just one serving. According to a new report by Safefood, a survey it carried out in 2002 showed that t... Read more →

Physical activity cuts Alzheimer risk in half

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who are physically active may have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has shown. US researchers looked at almost 900 people who were taking part in a 30-year heart health study. The average age of participants was 78 years. All had their physical acti... Read more →

PTSD common after breast cancer diagnosis

Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study has found. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after experiencing an intensely stressful event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It has been ... Read more →