Hospital inspections to focus on food qaulity

Friday 24th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Public hospitals will undergo unannounced inspections to ensure that patients are being properly fed and hydrated, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. Inspection teams will assess whether patients are being provided with good quality meals and if they are being helped with... Read more →

Free GP care for all kids will happen - Varadkar

Friday 24th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health has claimed that Fine Gael will move ahead with introducing free GP care for all children if the party is re-elected. Speaking at the McGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal, on Thursday, Leo Varadkar, said that the Government ‘ has already expressed its desire to ex... Read more →

Birth weight and lifestyle affect diabetes risk

Friday 24th July 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While it is already known that an unhealthy lifestyle increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study has found that this risk increases even more if a person had a low birth weight. According to US researchers, diabetes is a global epidemic, with 387 million people worldwide now estimated to be... Read more →

Post-separation contact 'facilitates abuse'

Tuesday 21st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women and children who have left homes where they were abused, risk further abuse because of post-separation contact between children and their fathers, a new study has found. A researcher at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) looked at post-separation fathering in families where the father was known to ... Read more →

40% of workers regularly stressed

Tuesday 21st July 2015 - Deborah Condon

Almost 40% of workers in Ireland say they have regularly felt stressed in their jobs over the last year, while a similar number regularly work through lunch, a new survey has found. According to the findings, the vast majority of workers - 86% - believe that maintaining a healthy workforce is not a... Read more →

Arthritis - big benefits after knee op

Tuesday 21st July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who undergo a total knee replacement can expect to experience less pain and a better quality of life afterwards, a new study has found. However, these improvements will not be as good as those experienced by people with osteoarthritis. Arthritis is an inflamma... Read more →

Importance of folic acid highlighted

Monday 20th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Sexually active women who could become pregnant are being reminded of the importance of taking folic acid, even if they are not planning a pregnancy. Folic acid is a B-group vitamin, which is known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. NTDs are birth defects of the brain and s... Read more →

Obese people 'unlikely' to reach normal weight

Monday 20th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

An obese man has only a one in 210 chance of ever achieving a normal weight again, while an obese woman has a one in 124 chance, a new study has found. UK researchers tracked the weight of almost 280,000 people between 2004 and 2014. They assessed the probability of obese people reaching a normal b... Read more →

Exercise benefits brains of older people

Friday 17th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Older adults can improve their brain function by exercising more, a new study has found. US researchers set out to determine the ideal amount of exercise required to experience benefits in the brain. They followed healthy adults aged 65 and older for a six-month period. None of the participants had... Read more →

Pain can affect holidays, work

Thursday 16th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many people are currently jetting off on, or are just back from, their summer holidays. However, a new survey has found that almost one in seven Irish people are affected by pain while on holiday. The survey of over 970 adults nationwide was carried out in March and April and found that 15% of peop... Read more →