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HSE highlights importance of flu vaccine

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health and the HSE are reminding people in at-risk groups to get themselves vaccinated against the flu. The HSE provides the annual flu vaccine free of charge to people who are considered at risk of contracting the illness. These are:-Everyone aged 65 and older-Pregnant women-Anyon... Read more →

Asthma risk is higher if your grandmother smoked

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Children whose grandmothers smoked have a heightened risk of asthma even if their mothers avoided the habit, a study has shown. Evidence that the lifestyle sins of the grandmother can skip a generation and be visited upon her grandchildren comes from a large Swedish study. It adds to growing evide... Read more →

€3B investment plan for health announced

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Opposition describe it as a 'wish list' The Minister for Health has announced a €3 billion investment package for the health service as part of the Government's Capital Plan for the next six years. According to Minister Leo Varadkar, this investment will ‘support the transformation of h... Read more →

Conference on advocacy for older people

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Topics will include elder abuse. A major conference aimed at helping different professionals advocate for improved services and rights for older people, is to be held in October. The Sage National Conference will include a number of high-profile speakers, such as the Minister for Health, Leo Varad... Read more →

Some wraps contain almost 1,000 calories

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While many people think that wraps may be a healthier lunch option, a new report has revealed that some contain more calories than a Big Mac and large fries from McDonalds. The report by Safefood, What's in your Favourite Wraps?, was based on a survey of almost 240 takeaway wraps purchased in 80 re... Read more →

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 →