Weekend screen time bad for teen bones

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenage boys who spend a lot of time at the weekend looking at various screens have poorer bone health, a new study has found. This finding does not seem to apply to teenage girls however. Researchers in Norway looked at almost 1,000 teenagers aged between 15 and 17. All of the participants were a... Read more →

Nuts, peanuts reduce risk of death

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly consume nuts and peanuts may have a reduced risk of dying from a number of different diseases, including cancer and diabetes, a new study has found. However, the consumption of peanut butter does not appear to affect mortality rates. Researchers in the Netherlands used data fr... Read more →

Busy year for eating disorder helpline

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost one in five calls to an eating disorders helpline last year came from children aged 14 and under, a new report has shown. Around 200,000 people in Ireland have eating disorders and Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation that supports those affected. According to its 2014 Annual Repo... Read more →

Dignity of nursing home residents compromised

Tuesday 9th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The dignity and privacy of residents in some public nursing homes is being compromised because of the State's failure to comply with certain standards set out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), it has been claimed. Nursing homes currently provide care for almost 22,000 resident... Read more →

Exercise cuts gestational diabetes risk

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who exercise during pregnancy reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study has shown. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy - most often in the second or third trimester. It usually disappears after the baby is born, although women who ... Read more →

102-year-old on trolley for 26 hours

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A woman aged 102 years was left waiting on a trolley in Dublin's Tallaght Hospital for 26 hours, it has emerged. The woman was brought to hospital at 2pm last Monday afternoon. She was initially treated for heart problems before being placed on a trolley, where she was left until 5pm on Tuesday, wh... Read more →

300+ complaints about doctors in 2014

Friday 5th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Medical Council received 308 complaints about doctors in 2014. The Medical Council is the regulatory body for doctors working in Ireland. It maintains the register of all doctors who are legally permitted to work here and sets the standards for medical education and training. It is also where m... Read more →

Central Mental Hospital to be replaced

Thursday 4th June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanala to build a new hospital in Dublin, which will replace the existing Central Mental Hospital (CMH). The new facility will be built in Portrane in Co Dublin and will consist of a 120-bed National Forensic Hospital, which will replace the CMH, a 10-bed me... Read more →

Bullied teens often depressed by 18

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are bullied during adolescence are much more likely to suffer with depression in early adulthood, a new study has found. While depression is on the increase and bullying has been suggested as one possible cause, previous studies have failed to find a definitive link, so UK researchers de... Read more →

Support for secondary cancer patients

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new education and support programme, aimed at people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer, is set to begin later this month in Dublin. A primary cancer refers to where a cancer begins. For example, if you have cancer that begins in the breast, this is known as primary breast cancer. Some... Read more →