Being born in winter affects how lungs age

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having a mother who smoked while pregnant and being born in the winter may affect how your lungs age. A researcher in Norway has discovered three developmental factors that appear to influence the ageing of the lungs. "Having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lung... Read more →

Big jump in homeless families in Dublin

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There are now almost 800 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin - an increase of 114% when compared with January 2015, new figures have shown. According to the figures from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, last month alone, 125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin. The Dublin S... Read more →

Weight, height linked to lymphoma risk

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Teenagers who are overweight and taller than average may have an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) - a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system has a key role in fighting infection in the body and lymphoma refers to cancer within this system. There are tw... Read more →

Ireland has high rate of oesophageal cancer

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland continues to have one of the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in Europe, the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) has warned. It is calling on members of the public to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease, which is newly diagnosed in around 400 people every year. If caught i... Read more →

Is height, weight linked to rise in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Tim Newman - Medical News Today

For unknown reasons, cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are growing in number. A new study adds weight to the evidence that height and weight in early adulthood predict the likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that begins in the lymphocytes, a type ... Read more →

Consensus on genomic classification of bladder cancer makes progress

Monday 22nd February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

The genomic revolution that followed the unraveling of the human genome has led to a push to classify cancer according to genetic and molecular - rather than cell and tissue - features. While some areas like breast cancer have made huge progress in this movement, bladder cancer is a relative latecom... Read more →

Empowering people with Down syndrome to vote

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) has officially launched an innovative education programme, aimed at empowering people with Down syndrome to examine how political decisions affect their lives, and to participate in elections. The ‘My Opinion, My Vote' education programme is a two-year course and i... Read more →

Untreated high BP ups risk of brain bleed

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with high blood pressure that is left untreated may have an increased risk of developing a bleed on the brain, a new study has found. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. However, it rarely carries any ... Read more →

Sleep and exercise key to reducing stroke risk

Friday 19th February 2016 - Deborah Condon -

Exercising regularly and getting the right amount of sleep each night significantly reduces a person's risk of stroke, a new study has shown. US researchers analysed data on almost 289,000 people who had been monitored between 2004 and 2013. The participants' sleep was assessed, as well as their in... Read more →

Irish team in tuberculosis breakthrough

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in relation to how the body's immune system responds to tuberculosis(TB), which could open the door to more personalised treatments for patients. TB is a serious bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs, but can also affect other organs. Symptoms ca... Read more →