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Thousands using asthma inhalers incorrectly

Tuesday 8th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

As many as two-thirds of people with asthma in Ireland could be making their condition worse by not using their inhalers correctly, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has warned. It has just launched a major campaign in conjunction with the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), to encourage people to ensure... Read more →

Wasp stings could help fight some cancers research reveals

Monday 7th September 2015 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Getting stung by the Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista may not be such a bad thing if you have cancer, research suggests. The wasp's venom contains a powerful "smart" drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, a study has shown. In tests, it has been shown ... Read more →

15 tips to banish insomnia

Monday 7th September 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

Insomnia adversely affects the health of about 15pc of Irish people, writes Isobel Hayes, but some simple changes to your routine can improve the quality of your sleep. Most of us have woken up at 4am at one time or another and struggled to get back to sleep. But for about 15pc of Irish people, ins... Read more →

Living with pets and allergies

Monday 7th September 2015 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

We Irish love our domestic pets, but they are increasingly being found to cause allergies. And look further than Rover the dog, because cats, rabbits, hamsters and other furry pets can also cause allergies. Around half of all asthmatic children are allergic to cats, while 40pc are allergic to dogs.... Read more →

Too much TV linked to fatal blood clot

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who watch television for prolonged periods are at an increased risk of developing a fatal blood clot. According to the findings from Japan, those who watch TV for five hours or more per day significantly increase their risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is the name given to a ... Read more →

Spotlight on childhood cancer in September

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The bravery of children diagnosed with cancer is being highlighted throughout the month of September, as part of the annual Light It Up Gold campaign. The campaign is run in Ireland by the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF), but is part of an international campaign that originated in the US. As part... Read more →

Look after your health at Electric Picnic

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People attending this weekend's Electric Picnic music and arts festival are being urged to look after their health. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), dehydration, sunburn, diarrhoea and unprotected sex are the biggest threats to the health of festival goers. "We are advising people to p... Read more →

Kids catch up to eight colds a year

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Risk increases at back-to-school time The average school child in Ireland can expect to catch up to eight colds and two to three bouts of viral gastroenteritis per year, pharmacists have warned. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), most common childhood illnesses are contagious and with ch... Read more →

UCD scientists in arthritis breakthrough

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who are most likely to suffer the severest effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can now be identified early and provided with more aggressive treatments earlier on, thanks to a discovery by scientists at University College Dublin (UCD). RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affect... Read more →

All doctors need to know eating disorder signs

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

All doctors who are in contact with children should be aware of the warning signs of eating disorders, experts have said. Eating disorders are a range of illnesses that are characterised by disordered eating patterns and negative thought processes regarding body weight and shape. They include anore... Read more →