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Over 50s have poor knowledge of shingles

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

People over the age of 50 have a poor knowledge of shingles, despite the fact that many are at risk of developing the condition, a new survey has found. Shingles is a viral disease that affects the nerves and surrounding skin. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chi... Read more →

Most do not know when fertility declines

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost eight in 10 adults do not know the age at which fertility begins to decline, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 79% of people are unaware when fertility starts to decline, with 41% believing it starts to decline at the age of 35. However, it actually begins to decline at the ... Read more →

New mental health service for Limerick

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new mental health service aimed at young people is to open in Limerick later this year, it has been announced. Jigsaw is a network of programmes across Ireland, which aims to make sure that every teenager and young adult has someone to talk to if they are having a mental health issue. It is aimed... Read more →

Exercise DVDs 'psychologically harmful'

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With losing weight and getting fit common resolutions at this time of the year, many people may be turning to exercise DVDs for help. However, a new study has found that some of these DVDs may be psychologically harmful. US researchers studied 10 popular instructor-led commercial exercise DVDs, eva... Read more →

Long waiting times for chronic pain patients

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chronic pain affects around 13% of the Irish population, however those affected have to wait an average of two years before seeing a doctor specialising in this area, an expert has warned. Chronic pain can be described as ‘pain which persists past the normal time of healing', which is taken, ... Read more →

Early weight loss may cut diabetes risk

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes, however young people who are obese can reduce their risk of developing diabetes later on if they lose weight early enough, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at the body mass index (BMI) of almost 5,000 men when they were aged 21 and... Read more →

Public urged to have eye tests

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being urged to have their eyes tested as part of their New Year resolutions. A recent survey of over 1,000 adults in Ireland found that more than half had not had an eye exam carried out in the last two years, which is the recommended maximum interval that should be left between exams. ... Read more →

Lifestyle key to preventing type 2 diabetes

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More than 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed if people adopted a healthier lifestyle, Diabetes Ireland has said. According to the national charity, which provides advice and support to anyone affected by the condition, the greatest number of people affected by type 2 diab... Read more →

Do not be tempted by counterfeit cosmetics

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish consumers are being urged not to purchase counterfeit cosmetics, after some were found to contain dangerous substances, including arsenic and lead. The call comes from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which said that it has identified harmful substances in a number of counterf... Read more →

Many festive treats loaded with sugar

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish families are being encouraged to reduce their intake of sugar this Christmas. According to Diabetes Ireland, the average mince pie contains up to five-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar and many other festive treats, such as Christmas-themed drinks from coffee shops, are also very high in sugar. ... Read more →