Childline getting calls from suicidal kids

Tuesday 21st April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

More than 300 children who were at urgent risk of suicide called Childline last year, the ISPCC has revealed. The children's charity, which runs the Childline service, said that over 1,000 children made contact last year about issues relating to suicide and of these, over 300 ‘had already act... Read more →

Kids' bedrooms should be screen-free

Monday 20th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to keep televisions and phones out of children's bedrooms, as these may be impacting on the amount of sleep young people are getting. The call comes from Safefood, which has just launched the latest phase of its ongoing campaign to reduce childhood obesity. An increasing amo... Read more →

Many do not understand palliative care

Monday 20th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many people have a poor understanding of what palliative care is and who it is for, a new survey has found. Palliative care aims to provide the best quality of life to any person - adult or child - with a non-curable or serious illness, including severe heart disease, dementia and motor neurone dis... Read more →

Many underestimate risk of few cigs

Monday 20th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many people still underestimate the damage to health even a few cigarettes can cause, new research suggests. According to French doctors, despite years of public health campaigning on this issue, it is clear that ‘the war against tobacco is not over'. They analysed data from a survey of over... Read more →

24,000 may have undiagnosed diabetes

Friday 17th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Some 24,000 people in Ireland could have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, a new study indicates.It looked at almost 30,000 people between 2009 and 2013 in an attempt to assess diabetes and cardiovascular risk in the Irish population.The study revealed that 17% of the participants - almost 5,000 people -... Read more →

Cancer Society concerned about e-cigarettes

Friday 17th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has expressed concern that e-cigarettes may actually increase smokers' dependence on nicotine.It made the claim after a new poll revealed that two-thirds of e-cigarette users also smoke conventional cigarettes.The poll was carried out on behalf of the ICS and involved ... Read more →

Teaching kids about abuse in school beneficial

Friday 17th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who are taught about sexual abuse in school are more likely to tell an adult if they have been abused themselves, compared to those who have not been taught about this topic, a new study suggests.According to Australian researchers, an estimated one in 10 girls and one in 20 boys worldwide ... Read more →

Few teens regularly use e-cigarettes

Thursday 16th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While e-cigarettes appear to be popular among teenagers, few of those who try them will become regular users, a new study suggests. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices designed to supply nicotine through inhaled water vapour. They continue to be at the centre of a major debate, with some peopl... Read more →

Divorce increases heart attack risk

Thursday 16th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who get divorced are more likely to suffer a heart attack than women who remain continuously married, a new study has found. According to the findings, even if a divorced woman goes on to remarry, her risk of suffering a heart attack is still higher. "Divorce is a major stressor, and we have... Read more →

7,000+ cancers detected by BreastCheck

Wednesday 15th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 1.2 million mammograms have been provided to women as part of BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, since its introduction in 2000, and more than 7,400 cancers have been detected. The programme is launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging all women aged between 50 and 64 to... Read more →