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 →

GPs should not treat teens as kids

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

GPs need to be aware of how fast teenagers can change and they should not treat this group ‘as though they were young children', a new study has found. GPs in a medical practice in Ballymun in Dublin carried out research into their teenage patients to see how often and why they were attending... Read more →

Irish worry about skin tone, wrinkles

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost two in three Irish people say they feel less attractive than people from other countries because of their skin tone, a new survey has found. According to the findings, half of Irish people describe their skin tone as pale, while almost three in four say they have a ‘pink twinge' to the... Read more →

Tango may aid Parkinson's patients

Tuesday 14th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Dancing the tango may benefit some patients with Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland are affected and there is no cure. ... Read more →