Is it better to be 'fat but fit' or 'slim but sedentary'? - Not all scientists agree on recent research

Wednesday 20th February 2019 - Rosie Taylor - Irish Independent

Can you really be 'fat, but fit'? Known as the 'obesity paradox', it's a debate that has raged since the 1980s and continues to divide scientists today. One thing they do agree on is that being a normal weight - defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 18 to 25 - doesn't necessarily guarantee yo... Read more →

Is it serious if a child has a high temperature?

Tuesday 19th February 2019 - Dr Muiris Houston - Irish Times

Everybody’s got the feverThat is somethin’ you all knowFever isn’t such a new thingFever started long time ago– Fever by Peggy Lee, 1958 Although not the original recording, Fever became Peggy Lee’s signature song. The jazz/r’n’b number is instantly recogni... Read more →

The treat trap: How food giants invented the perfect formula to keep you addicted to snacks

Monday 18th February 2019 - Tome Morrissy-Swan - Irish Indepenedent

Barely a week goes by without an alarming statistic regarding obesity surfacing. The latest concerns the "shocking" rise of obesity-related cancers among young adults, with cancers of the bowel, pancreas and kidney now growing quickest in those aged between 25 and 49. And yesterday brought alarmin... Read more →

Diet drinks 'increase risk of stroke, heart disease and the likelihood of an early death' - new study

Friday 15th February 2019 - Jane Kirby - Irish Independent

Two or more diet drinks a day increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and the likelihood of an early death, research suggests. A large study involving more than 80,000 women found that drinking two or more diet drinks a day - including fizzy drinks and fruit-based diet drinks - increased the ris... Read more →

Good night's sleep helps body to fight off infections

Thursday 14th February 2019 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

A good night's sleep really can be the best medicine. Scientists have discovered that sleep improves the ability of immune cells to hit their targets and fight off infection. While sleep helps to boost the body's defences, chronic stress may make it more vulnerable to illness, the study sugg... Read more →

Are plant-based milks any good, or are you better off just having a bowl of porridge? - Irish experts give their verdicts

Wednesday 13th February 2019 - Regina Lavelle - Irish Independent

Say you drink coffee and you want to buy a creamer, so you go into a supermarket. There are two products on offer - one costs €1.05 for a litre. The other costs €1.71. You might say that's nuts. And if you did, you'd be right. That's how much an online supermarket charges for one litre of ... Read more →

Everything you know about back pain is wrong

Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Kieran O’Sullivan - Irish Independent

Back pain treatment costs more than cancer and diabetes treatment combined - across the world it places a huge burden on people and societies. However, most of these costs are usually related to a small minority of people with back pain. Almost everyone will experience back pain during their life.... Read more →

I got the flu jab, and now I have flu

Friday 8th February 2019 - Dr Muris Houston - Irish Times

I’m writing this column under the influence. Not of drink, drugs or other substances that might pose a problem at a Garda checkpoint, but of influenza. Although extraordinarily tired, I’m hoping to craft a reasonable piece through the mental fog of flu. (Note to Health and Family editor... Read more →

How to exercise in midlife (when everything hurts)

Thursday 7th February 2019 - Anna Magee - Irish Independent

Working out while suffering from aches and pains doesn't sound very appealing but it may actually help, explains Anna Magee. It's one of those things. You have a sore back, bad knees or relentless arthritis. Your doctor, your wife and all and sundry are telling you to exercise, but when it even hur... Read more →

Top foods to boost your mental health, according to this performance nutritionist

Wednesday 6th February 2019 - Shane O'Rourke - Irish Independent

Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health problems in Europe, ranking joint third (along with France) out of the 36 countries surveyed in the annual Health at a Glance report. The last few years have seen a big increase in both awareness and support for people experiencing mental illness... Read more →