Food companies are told: cut hidden sugar by 10pc before 2020

Thursday 28th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

Food companies will be told today to cut the amount of hidden 'added sugars' in popular products by 10pc in the next four years. And they must reduce levels of saturated fat by 5pc by 2020 to help tackle rates of obesity. The targets are expected to be set by Health Minister Leo Varadkar... Read more →

Muscular dystrophy services need improvement

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with the muscle-wasting condition, muscular dystrophy, need better health and social care services, including more accessible accommodation, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) has said. The charity has just launched its inaugural LOVEMDI awareness and fundraising campaign, which will take plac... Read more →

Major investment in public nursing homes

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Thirty-three public nursing homes are set to be replaced, while 57 will be refurbished or extended as part of a major investment in the sector. According to the Department of Health, this marks ‘one of the most comprehensive programmes of investment in public nursing home facilities in the hi... Read more →

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Joanne Silberner - NPR

Pregnant women and new mothers need more attention when it comes to screening for depression, according to recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. That came as part of the panel's recommendation that all adults should be screened, in a situation where they can be ... Read more →

Fertility experts in IVF breakthrough

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Fertility experts have made a discovery that could help doctors to better understand why IVF fails repeatedly in some women. With IVF (in vitro fertilisation), a woman's eggs are fertilised with sperm outside the body in a test tube and then placed back inside her womb. The first IVF baby was born ... Read more →

Participants needed for study on falls

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Older people living in Galway are being invited to take part in a study on the efficacy of Pilates in the prevention of falls. Some 7,000 people over the age of 65 are admitted to hospital every year in Ireland for the treatment of fall-related injuries. This can lead to major issues with quality o... Read more →

Women urged to avail of free smear tests

Tuesday 26th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women aged between 25 and 60 are being urged to avail of free smear tests provided by CervicalCheck, the National Cervical Screening Programme. The call came from CervicalCheck and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) at the launch of their Pearl of Wisdom campaign, which is part of Europea... Read more →

AF a bigger heart risk factor in women

Monday 25th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Having an irregular heartbeat is known to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. However, a new study has found that this is a stronger risk factor in women. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes irregular and rapid heartbeats, which can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the b... Read more →

Cereal killers: sugar levels to drop for many popular brands

Monday 25th January 2016 - Conor Pope - The Irish Times

The amount of sugar in many popular brands found on Irish supermarket shelves is set to tumble over the coming months. Kellogg’s yesterday announced plans to cut more than 723 tons of sugar from its cereals — including the likes of Frosties and Coco Pops — next year. The company d... Read more →

Major depression linked to disruption of brain's emotional networks

Monday 25th January 2016 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

Different regions of our brain need to work simultaneously in order for us to process emotion. But according to new research, such regions are disconnected among individuals who experience multiple episodes of major depression. Study coauthor Scott Langenecker, associate professor of psychiatry and... Read more →