Suicide risk among bereaved loved ones

Friday 29th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who have lost a loved one to suicide are at an increased risk of dying by suicide themselves, a new study suggests. According to the findings, when someone loses a loved one suddenly, they are 65% more likely to attempt suicide if the deceased died by suicide and not natural causes. This br... Read more →

Children's food allergies related to immunosuppression

Friday 29th January 2016 - Yvette Brazier - Medical News Today

Scientists have found new evidence to explain how food tolerance emerges over time in normal individuals, according to research published in Science. Food allergies affect around 15 million Americans, including many children. Symptoms of allergies and intolerance can range from relatively minor, su... Read more →

Skin Conditions During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Friday 29th January 2016 - Lori Smith BSN MSN CRNP - Medical News Today

During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through a host of physical changes and the skin is not immune from these effects. Commonly, women experience changes in the skin's appearance, including dark spots on the breasts, nipples and inner thighs, melasma, linea nigra, stretch marks, acne, spider veins... Read more →

First National Maternity Strategy launched

Thursday 28th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

The country's first National Maternity Strategy has been launched, which aims to improve the quality and safety of mothers and their babies over the next 10 years. According to the strategy, women should have access to ‘safe, high-quality, nationally consistent, woman-centred maternity care'.... Read more →

Irish consumers eating less fat, sugar, salt, report finds

Thursday 28th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

Irish consumers are eating less salt, sugar and fat in their diet thanks to the reformulation of the products they consume, the food industry has claimed. The average daily sodium intake of an adult dropped at least 8 per cent between 2005 and 2012 as manufacturers cut the amount of salt in their p... Read more →

Food companies are told: cut hidden sugar by 10pc before 2020

Thursday 28th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Food companies will be told today to cut the amount of hidden 'added sugars' in popular products by 10pc in the next four years. And they must reduce levels of saturated fat by 5pc by 2020 to help tackle rates of obesity. The targets are expected to be set by Health Minister Leo Varadkar... Read more →

Muscular dystrophy services need improvement

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with the muscle-wasting condition, muscular dystrophy, need better health and social care services, including more accessible accommodation, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) has said. The charity has just launched its inaugural LOVEMDI awareness and fundraising campaign, which will take plac... Read more →

Major investment in public nursing homes

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Thirty-three public nursing homes are set to be replaced, while 57 will be refurbished or extended as part of a major investment in the sector. According to the Department of Health, this marks ‘one of the most comprehensive programmes of investment in public nursing home facilities in the hi... Read more →

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Joanne Silberner - NPR

Pregnant women and new mothers need more attention when it comes to screening for depression, according to recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. That came as part of the panel's recommendation that all adults should be screened, in a situation where they can be ... Read more →

Fertility experts in IVF breakthrough

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fertility experts have made a discovery that could help doctors to better understand why IVF fails repeatedly in some women. With IVF (in vitro fertilisation), a woman's eggs are fertilised with sperm outside the body in a test tube and then placed back inside her womb. The first IVF baby was born ... Read more →