Drinking during pregnancy common in Ireland

Tuesday 7th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is very common in Ireland and women are much more likely to drink while pregnant if they smoke, a new study has found. UK researchers carried out of a study of almost 18,000 women in four countries - Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They found that drink... Read more →

Sugary drinks kill thousands worldwide

Tuesday 7th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Sugary beverages, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices, may be responsible for as many as 184,000 deaths worldwide every year, according to a global report. US researchers analysed 62 dietary surveys involving over 611,000 people that had been carried out in 51 countries between 1980 and 2010. Dat... Read more →

Packaging key to kids' food choices

Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children are more likely to reach for healthy foods if the packaging appeals to them, a new study has found. "The food industry has a lot of experience in using marketing effects to increase product sales amongst children. By comparison, there is very little knowledge about how such marketing effec... Read more →

Avoid squatting in skinny jeans

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

If you need to carry out a task that involves lots of squatting, do not wear skinny jeans, doctors have advised. They have found that squatting in this type of clothing for long periods of time may damage muscle and nerve fibres in the legs. Writing in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & P... Read more →

Major funding cut for domestic abuse charity

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The extension of a vital national helpline for women who are victims of domestic abuse may be delayed because of a cut in funding. According to Women's Aid, the national domestic violence support service, it has seen ‘an unexpected and significant 20% cut to its statutory funding by Tusla, th... Read more →

People visiting their GP more often

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

As Ireland pulls out of recession, people are starting to visit their GP more often, new data has shown. According to the 2015 Pfizer Health Index, during the recession, there was a decline in people visiting their GPs for check-ups or if they felt unwell, however this has started to change. Some ... Read more →

Recession has big impact on suicide rates

Wednesday 17th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The impact of the recent recession on suicide and self-harm rates has been highlighted in a new Irish study. Researchers at University College Cork (UCC) and the National Suicide Research Foundation looked at the impact of the recession and austerity measures on the rates of suicide and self-harm i... Read more →

Chocolate may be good for the heart

Wednesday 17th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who eat up to 100g of chocolate per day may have a lower risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at almost 21,000 adults taking part in an ongoing diet study. They also carried out a major review of all of the available published e... Read more →

Rise in first-time callers to rape helpline

Wednesday 17th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The number of first-time callers to the national helpline for victims of rape jumped by 30% last year, a new report has shown. According to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre's (DRCC) Annual Report and Statistics 2014, the national helpline handled over 9,200 genuine counselling calls. Over half of thes... Read more →

10,000 kids signed up for free GP care on day 1

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Some 10,000 children aged five and under were signed up for free GP care during the first day of registration for the scheme, the HSE has confirmed.From July 1, all children in the State who are under the age of six will be eligible for free GP care, and Monday marked the first day that parents coul... Read more →