Conference to look at cancer survivorship

Monday 31st August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 800 cancer survivors and medical professionals are expected to attend a major conference on cancer survivorship in September. The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, which is free of charge, has been organised by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS). It aims to help those affected by the di... Read more →

Can you save money with a virtual GP?

Monday 31st August 2015 - Vicki Notaro - Irish Independent

There are so many ways the World Wide Web helps us as consumers; from comparison websites to find cheaper goods and services to snapping up bargains on auction sites and even bagging a fabulous holiday with a sizeable discount, there's no doubt that the internet saves us time and money. But would yo... Read more →

Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Jonathan Vernon - Medical News Today

Multiple sclerosis is strongly associated with genetically lower levels of vitamin D, according to a new study by researchers from Canada. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimate that more than 400,000 people in the US have multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease that aff... Read more →

A bottle of water before mealtimes could aid weight loss

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

Published in the journal Obesity, the study found drinking 500 ml of water half an hour before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner led to greater weight loss among obese adults compared with those who did not drink water before mealtimes. "The beauty of these findings is in the simplicity. Just drin... Read more →

How to take care of your teeth and gums

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Kathleen Davis FNP - Medical News Today

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall good health. Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases and can cause disability and contribute to low self-esteem. Proper oral care does not require excessive time or expensive tools. ... Read more →

Surgery can radically reduce obesity’s effects, study finds

Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Muiris Houston - Irish Times

Thousands of Irish patients could have their life expectancy significantly increased and chronic diseases reversed following obesity surgery, new research suggests. In a paper to be presented in early September researchers at Galway university hospital and the Galway Clinic followed 118 m... Read more →

Women urged to look out for signs of heart disease and stroke

Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Rachel Flaherty - Irish Times

The Irish Heart Foundation launched the 'Red Alert' campaign which runs for September. The campaign aims to highlight that cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women in Ireland. Almost 90 per cent of women in Ireland do not know heart disease and stroke are the biggest causes of death am... Read more →

Heart disease is not just a man's problem

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Heart disease and stroke are the biggest killers of women in Ireland, yet almost 90% of women are unaware of this, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has warned. It has just launched the results of a new survey as part of a national ‘RED ALERT' this September. The aim of the alert is to raise a... Read more →

Why insomnia hits middle-age and what we can do to prevent it

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - India Sturgis - Irish Independent

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, director of the University of Surrey's sleep research centre, says reaching middle age creates a perfect storm of conditions for poor sleep; as work and family commitments peak in tandem, sleep becomes the first area of the 24-hour day that people look to cut back on. Lon... Read more →

A common immunodeficiency

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

Deficiencies in the immune system may be characterised by low antibody levels, defects in the antibodies or defects in the other cells and proteins of the immune system. A functioning immune systems is important to help the body fight off infections. The most common immunodeficiency is selective IgA... Read more →