Pregnant women advised not to sit too much

Friday 6th November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pregnant women with symptoms of depression are more likely to sit for long periods during their second trimester, increasing their risk of higher weight gain and developing gestational diabetes, a new study has found. Sedentary behaviour, such as sitting for long periods, has already been linked to... Read more →

Short-sightedness on the rise in children

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The number of children becoming shorted-sighted is on the rise, however this risk can be reduced if young people stop looking at various screens and spend more time outdoors, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) has said. According to AOI optometric advisor, Lynda McGivney-Nolan, a number ... Read more →

New website on palliative care

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new website, which aims to provide information about palliative care throughout Ireland, has been launched. The site has been launched to coincide with Palliative Care Week 2015, which runs until October 31. This event has been coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative C... Read more →

Awareness of pneumo bug remains low

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 400,000 people over the age of 65 are at risk of contracting the potentially fatal bug, pneumococcal disease, yet almost two in three of these are unaware that the disease can be life threatening, a new awareness campaign has highlighted. Pneumococcal disease is caused by a common bacterium, S... Read more →

15 facts about obesity

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Ailin Quinlan - Irish Independent

As Ireland looks set to be the fattest nation in Europe, we are all looking for ways to fight the flab. But where do we start? We talk to Ireland's foremost obesity expert Professor Donal O'Shea to separate fact from fad. 1 The Energy-in, Energy-Out formula isn't as simple as you think Eat less an... Read more →

The trick to triumphing over your sweet tooth

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

Most of us admit to having sweet tooth - but there are ways of distracting ourselves from over-indulging. Remember you are more likely to indulge a sweet tooth if you're hungry, so always eat three well-balanced meals, spread evenly, and have healthy ingredients, such as fruit, nuts or low-fat yogu... Read more →

Study urges moderation in red meat intake

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Patrick J. Skerrett - Harward Health Publications

A study linking red meat and mortality lit up the media in more ways than one. Hundreds of media outletscarried reports about the study. Headline writers had a field day, with entries like “Red meat death study,” “Will red meat kill you?” and “Singing the blues abo... Read more →

Herbal antidepressant St John's Wort returns

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - Patricia Casey - Irish Independent

In 2000, there was a big fuss when St John's Wort, the popular herbal remedy for depression, was removed from over-the-counter sales in health-food shops. People asked, what is the problem with a natural remedy? Surely something so harmless, but so good, should continue to be available. It is widely... Read more →

Fermented drinks to fortify your defences

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - Valerie O'Connor - Irish Independent

These delicious fermented beverages will help to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that many people pay good money for in supermarkets and health-food shops. It's tasty and moreish and it's also ridiculously easy to make once you can get a scoby (symbioti... Read more →

Could this new 'exercise pill' replace working out?

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - Sasha Brady - Irish Independent

Scientists are developing an "exercise pill" intended to have the same physical benefits as a real workout session - without working out. It sounds too good to be true but this is more than just the stuff of our fantasies, it's a serious scientific goal. A team of researchers at the Australia's Un... Read more →