Participants needed for study on falls

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Older people living in Galway are being invited to take part in a study on the efficacy of Pilates in the prevention of falls. Some 7,000 people over the age of 65 are admitted to hospital every year in Ireland for the treatment of fall-related injuries. This can lead to major issues with quality o... Read more →

Women urged to avail of free smear tests

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women aged between 25 and 60 are being urged to avail of free smear tests provided by CervicalCheck, the National Cervical Screening Programme. The call came from CervicalCheck and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) at the launch of their Pearl of Wisdom campaign, which is part of Europea... Read more →

AF a bigger heart risk factor in women

Monday 25th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having an irregular heartbeat is known to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. However, a new study has found that this is a stronger risk factor in women. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the b... Read more →

Cereal killers: sugar levels to drop for many popular brands

Monday 25th January 2016 - Conor Pope - The Irish Times

The amount of sugar in many popular brands found on Irish supermarket shelves is set to tumble over the coming months. Kellogg’s yesterday announced plans to cut more than 723 tons of sugar from its cereals — including the likes of Frosties and Coco Pops — next year. The company d... Read more →

Major depression linked to disruption of brain's emotional networks

Monday 25th January 2016 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

Different regions of our brain need to work simultaneously in order for us to process emotion. But according to new research, such regions are disconnected among individuals who experience multiple episodes of major depression. Study coauthor Scott Langenecker, associate professor of psychiatry and... Read more →

Maynooth scientists in diabetes breakthrough

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish researchers have discovered a series of new compounds which mimic the beneficial effects of exercise in people with type 2 diabetes. Over 370 million people worldwide are estimated to have type 2 diabetes, including some 200,000 in Ireland. Exercise is known to have a beneficial effect on the... Read more →

Public again urged to avoid psychedelic drugs

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE has again urged members of the public, particularly young people, to avoid taking psychedelic drugs. Earlier in the week, six young people in Cork were hospitalised after taking a psychoactive drug known as N-Bomb. One of the young people remains in critical condition. N-Bomb, correctly kn... Read more →

Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures - Deborah Condon

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has become the third hospital in two days to postpone all non-urgent elective procedures, due to overcrowding in its Emergency Department (ED). On Thursday, Cork University Hospital and Dublin's Mater Hospital made the same decision due to major pressure in their EDs. A ... Read more →

New app to help people lose weight

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app, which aims to help people lose weight in a healthy way, has been launched by Safefood. The 'weight-mate' app helps people to set realistic goals and features a daily weight and physical activity tracker. It also contains over 400 calorie-counted recipes that have been developed by nutrit... Read more →

Many unaware of lung cancer dangers

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish people appear to have a lack of awareness about the dangers of lung cancer, new research suggests. According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, which was launched by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just over half of people are unaware that lung cancer is Ireland's biggest cancer killer, w... Read more →