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Fidgeting may be good for you

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An increasing number of studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods is bad for our health. However, a new study suggests that fidgeting movements may counteract some of these adverse health effects. UK researchers examined data from a study involving over 35,000 women aged between 35 and 69.... Read more →

Participants needed for autism costs study

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Families affected by autism are being invited to take part in a new study, which aims to determine the true costs of raising a child with this condition. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs c... Read more →

Our GP gives advice on how to recover after childbirth and what to do when your sense of smell goes

Monday 28th September 2015 - Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

Our GP gives advice on how to recover after childbirth and what to do when your sense of smell goes. Question: I am due my first baby in a few weeks. I have managed to read lots of information about the delivery and my mood after, but how will my body will recover? Dr Nina replies: The early days ... Read more →

The truth about superfoods

Monday 28th September 2015 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

Certain foods have been assigned 'super' status and attributed mighty powers said to benefit our health dramatically. Dietitian Jennifer Sygo examines these so-called superfoods and debunks some of the myths surrounding them. Whole foods have literally hundreds, even thousands, of active compounds,... Read more →

Bedtime tablets reduce diabetes risk

Monday 28th September 2015 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

Taking blood pressure medications at bedtime, rather than in the morning, halves the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) involved 2,012 patients without diabetes, 97... Read more →

Bedtime tablets reduce diabetes risk

Monday 28th September 2015 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

Taking blood pressure medications at bedtime, rather than in the morning, halves the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) involved 2,012 patients without diabetes, 97... Read more →

Majority support tax on sugary drinks

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 60% of Irish people would support the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in order to help reduce the rate of childhood obesity, a new poll by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has revealed. In its pre-budget submission, the IHF is calling for a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. ... Read more →

Kids urged to read for MS

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Children around the country are being urged to get reading in an attempt to raise much needed funds for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The MS Readathon, which is now in its 28th year, is Ireland's largest school-sponsored reading initiative. The event will take place from October 9 to ... Read more →

Walking 25 minutes a day can add seven years to your life research reveals

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Jennifer Cockerell - Irish Independent

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life, health experts have said. New research shows regular exercise can reduce ageing and increase the average life span. Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George's University H... Read more →

New app for people with rheumatoid arthritis

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app has been launched to help Irish people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affects the joints, causing them to become inflamed. Around 40,000 people in Ireland are affected, almost three in four of whom are women. The RAISE app has b... Read more →