Dangers of liquitabs to kids highlighted

Thursday 19th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Parents and childminders are being reminded of the importance of keeping liquid detergent capsules out of children's reach. Also known as liquitabs, these products are made up of concentrated liquid detergent within a soluble package which breaks down after coming into contact with water. They can ... Read more →

Breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are breastfed may have higher IQ scores and earn more money in the long-term, a new study has found. According to researchers in Brazil, while the short-term benefits of breastfeeding are clear, the long-term benefits have yet to be established. They set out to assess whether breastfeedi... Read more →

Diabetes has major global economic impact

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While it is known that type 2 diabetes can have a major impact on health, a new study has, for the first time, highlighted the impact it also has on the global economy and labour markets. UK researchers set out to assess the economic impact of type 2 diabetes around the world. They analysed data fr... Read more →

40% higher cancer risk for obese women

Wednesday 18th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are obese have a 40% increased risk of developing a number of different cancers, including bowel, womb and kidney cancer, new figures have revealed. According to Cancer Research UK, obesity is known to increase a woman's risk of developing at least seven different types of cancer - bowel,... Read more →

Energy drinks increase blood pressure

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of energy drinks increases the blood pressure of healthy young adults, especially if they do not consume caffeine on a regular basis, a new study has found. Energy drinks, which are popular among teenagers and young adults, can contain up to three times the amount of caffeine found ... Read more →

The battle for our children's health

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The Government is being urged to automatically grant medical cards to children with severe disabilities. The call comes from national campaign, Our Children's Health, which is working to ensure that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition is entitled to a full medical car... Read more →

Regular lack of sleep linked to high BP

Monday 16th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who regularly fail to get enough sleep appear to have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. However, it rarely carries any signs or symptoms. In fact, a person c... Read more →

Tobacco-free world by 2040 'possible'

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The sale of tobacco worldwide should be phased out by 2040, public health researchers have insisted. The international group of health and policy experts claim that with sufficient political support and increased action against the tobacco industry, a tobacco-free world - where less than 5% of adul... Read more →

Public lecture to examine role of antibiotics

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Members of the public who want to find out more about how antibiotics work and the problems associated with their overuse, are invited to attend a public lecture on the topic. The issue is set to be discussed as part of the Royal College of Surgeons' (RCSI) MiniMed Lecture Series on Wednesday, Marc... Read more →

Heart disease in women underestimated

Friday 13th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is still commonly perceived as a bigger health issue for women than cardiovascular disease (CVD), despite the fact that CVD is the leading cause of death among women in Europe, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has said. According to the society, CVD kills over half of women in... Read more →