Antibiotic resistance high among children

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually treated with antibiotics, however a new study has found that these drugs may be ineffective when used on children, as antibiotic resistance is high among this population. The discovery and development of effective antibiotics in the 1940s and 1950s meant ... Read more →

Method of commuting impacts BMI

Monday 21st March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Adults who walk, cycle or use public transport to commute to work have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower body fat percentages in mid-life than those who drive to work, a new study has found. The UK researchers noted that while the results are not unexpected with people who walk and cycle, the... Read more →

Diabetes: rare, genetic form may need different treatment

Monday 21st March 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Treating patients with a rare, genetic form of diabetes with therapies aimed at type 2 diabetes could be harmful, and there needs to be a review of treatment guidelines for such cases. This was the conclusion researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, came to in a s... Read more →

Many Irish unaware they can travel for treatment

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish patients who face lengthy waiting lists for medical treatment here are entitled to seek treatment abroad and be reimbursed by the HSE, however few patients seem to be aware of their rights in this area, it has been claimed. The Cross-Border Directive (CBD) came into effect on June 1, 2014 and... Read more →

Exercise reduces COPD death risk

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with COPD can reduce their risk of dying if they undertake even moderate exercise, a new study has found. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. It is a progressive, disabling condition caus... Read more →

Young adults with diabetes very vulnerable

Friday 18th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Young adults with type 1 diabetes are ‘a hugely vulnerable group of patients', a leading doctor has claimed. According to Dr Kevin Moore, a consultant endocrinologist at Tallaght Hospital and Naas General, adolescence is a minefield even in normal circumstances. However, when diabetes is adde... Read more →

Food intolerance often confused with allergies

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Food allergies can have a big impact on quality of life, however many Irish people incorrectly think they have an allergy, when they actually have a food intolerance, a symposium in Dublin has been told. Speaking at the event, Dr Aideen Byrne, a specialist in paediatric allergies at Our Lady's Chil... Read more →

Irish teens report lack of family support

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fewer Irish teenagers are taking up smoking at a young age, however many are not satisfied with their lives and feel that they do not get enough support from their family and friends, a new survey has found. The pan-European World Health Organization (WHO) survey looked at almost 220,000 young peop... Read more →

'Difficult' patients face misdiagnosis risk

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Patients may be more likely to be misdiagnosed if they are considered ‘difficult' by their doctor, a new study indicates. It has been widely suggested that the accuracy of a diagnosis may be adversely affected if a patient is considered difficult, but until now, there has been no evidence to ... Read more →

Chinese exercises may benefit heart health

Monday 14th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chinese exercises, such as Tai Chi, may help improve the health and quality of life of people with heart disease and high blood pressure, a new study has found. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise that involves a series of gentle movements that are performed in a slow and focused manner. This... Read more →