Maynooth scientists in diabetes breakthrough

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish researchers have discovered a series of new compounds which mimic the beneficial effects of exercise in people with type 2 diabetes. Over 370 million people worldwide are estimated to have type 2 diabetes, including some 200,000 in Ireland. Exercise is known to have a beneficial effect on the... Read more →

Public again urged to avoid psychedelic drugs

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The HSE has again urged members of the public, particularly young people, to avoid taking psychedelic drugs. Earlier in the week, six young people in Cork were hospitalised after taking a psychoactive drug known as N-Bomb. One of the young people remains in critical condition. N-Bomb, correctly kn... Read more →

Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Beaumont is 3rd hospital to postpone procedures - Deborah Condon

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has become the third hospital in two days to postpone all non-urgent elective procedures, due to overcrowding in its Emergency Department (ED). On Thursday, Cork University Hospital and Dublin's Mater Hospital made the same decision due to major pressure in their EDs. A ... Read more →

New app to help people lose weight

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new app, which aims to help people lose weight in a healthy way, has been launched by Safefood. The 'weight-mate' app helps people to set realistic goals and features a daily weight and physical activity tracker. It also contains over 400 calorie-counted recipes that have been developed by nutrit... Read more →

Many unaware of lung cancer dangers

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish people appear to have a lack of awareness about the dangers of lung cancer, new research suggests. According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, which was launched by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), just over half of people are unaware that lung cancer is Ireland's biggest cancer killer, w... Read more →

Major pressure on Cork University Hospital

Thursday 21st January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 1,735 patients attended the Emergency Department (ED) in Cork University Hospital (CUH) between January 11 and 19, with almost 900 of these requiring inpatient admission. As a result of these high levels of activity, the hospital has postponed all non-urgent elective procedures today (January ... Read more →

Little improvement in brain cancer survival rates

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around 290 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer of the brain every year and there has been little improvement in survival rates over the last 20 years, a new report has found. The report by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) analysed the current trends relating to malignant prima... Read more →

Even the health-conscious eat too much 'hidden' sugar

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

An apparently healthy diet can conceal three times the amount of sugar a person should ideally consume each day - because so much is now hidden in everyday foods. The most unlikely savoury foods can contain several spoons of added sugar, while so-called "low fat" versions of products are often swee... Read more →

Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

Wednesday 20th January 2016 - James Gallagher - BBC

The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, has signed a $5m (£3.5m) deal for an Ebola vaccine, to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly disease. The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials. It will also submit an appl... Read more →

Walking benefits wellbeing in over-50s

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People over the age of 50 who walk for at least 150 minutes per week have better mental health, new Irish research has shown. According to data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) - an ongoing study of people in Ireland over the age of 50 - being physically active, even just walking... Read more →