First National Physical Activity Plan launched

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first ever National Physical Activity Plan has been launched by the Government. It aims to get an extra 50,000 people taking regular exercise every year for the next 10 years. The plan was launched by four Government ministers, including the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and the Mini... Read more →

Cancer financial support programme to close

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has confirmed that it is closing its Financial Support Programme, which helps cancer patients who are facing financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis. According to the ICS, the programme is being closed because ‘the demand has become too big for us to m... Read more →

Potatoes linked to diabetes in pregnancy, study finds

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The humble spud has come under renewed attack on health grounds, with a new study finding a link between higher consumption of potatoes before pregnancy and a greater risk of developing diabetes while pregnant. The study by US-based researchers, in the BMJ journal, suggests substituting potatoes wi... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Dr Nina Byrnes - Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? Share ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or... Read more →

Breakthrough in ED strike talks

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

There has been a breakthrough in talks aimed at averting a strike by nurses in seven Emergency Departments (EDs) nationwide this Thursday, it has been reported. It is understood that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the HSE have agreed to consider a range of proposals that came... Read more →

Over 50s have poor knowledge of shingles

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish News

People over the age of 50 have a poor knowledge of shingles, despite the fact that many are at risk of developing the condition, a new survey has found. Shingles is a viral disease that affects the nerves and surrounding skin. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chi... Read more →

Most do not know when fertility declines

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost eight in 10 adults do not know the age at which fertility begins to decline, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 79% of people are unaware when fertility starts to decline, with 41% believing it starts to decline at the age of 35. However, it actually begins to decline at the ... Read more →

New mental health service for Limerick

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new mental health service aimed at young people is to open in Limerick later this year, it has been announced. Jigsaw is a network of programmes across Ireland, which aims to make sure that every teenager and young adult has someone to talk to if they are having a mental health issue. It is aimed... Read more →

Exercise DVDs 'psychologically harmful'

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With losing weight and getting fit common resolutions at this time of the year, many people may be turning to exercise DVDs for help. However, a new study has found that some of these DVDs may be psychologically harmful. US researchers studied 10 popular instructor-led commercial exercise DVDs, eva... Read more →

Long waiting times for chronic pain patients

Monday 11th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Chronic pain affects around 13% of the Irish population, however those affected have to wait an average of two years before seeing a doctor specialising in this area, an expert has warned. Chronic pain can be described as ‘pain which persists past the normal time of healing', which is taken, ... Read more →