70,000 screened for diabetic eye disease

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 70,000 people with diabetes have had their eyes screened as part of Diabetic Retina Screen (the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme), since it began in 2013. The aim of this programme is to prevent vision problems and blindness due to the eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, which is a... Read more →

Long-term depression ups stroke risk

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with long-term depression have an increased risk of suffering a stroke, a new study suggests. Furthermore, this risk of stroke may remain for some time even if symptoms of depression are reduced. US researchers looked at over 16,100 people aged 50 and older who took part in a 12-year study ... Read more →

1 in 5 will develop heart failure

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

One in every five people in developed countries is expected to develop heart failure despite the fact that this condition is largely preventable, experts have warned. Heart failure is a potentially life-threatening condition which leads to the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body... Read more →

Irish women having kids later in life

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The proportion of women in Ireland giving birth for the first time in their 40s is higher than the EU average, new figures have shown. According to the figures released by Eurostat, overall, women giving birth for the first time here are slightly older than the EU average. Currently, the majority o... Read more →

Poor services for people with Crohn's and colitis

Thursday 14th May 2015 - Poor services for people with Crohn's and colitis -

Around 20,000 Irish people are affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, yet public awareness of these conditions remains low and services for those affected are often inadequate, a major new report has shown. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are known collectively as inflammatory bowel dis... Read more →

Ireland's population to hit 5.3M by 2060

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ireland's population is expected to grow to 5.3 million people between now and 2060, according to a new European report. During the same period, the average life expectancy for Irish men will increase from 79 years to 85 years, while women's life expectancy will increase from 83 years to 89 years. ... Read more →

Hay fever a major trigger for asthma

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

With hay fever seasons already in full swing, people with asthma are being reminded that hay fever is a major trigger for their condition. Some 80% of people with asthma also suffer with hay fever and pharmacists are warning those affected to be aware of allergens and to always have their inhaler c... Read more →

Smoking and angioplasty - a bad combination

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Smokers undergoing angioplasty, a procedure used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, can expect a much better quality of life afterwards if they quit cigarettes, a new study has shown. Angioplasty involves placing a balloon in a narrowed or blocked artery. The balloon is blown up and th... Read more →

Little awareness of genetic tumour condition

Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A genetic condition that affects around one in every 6,000 people in Ireland, and is responsible for conditions such as epilepsy and autism, is virtually unheard of here, experts have warned. This lack of awareness and understanding means that those affected are not getting the level of care that t... Read more →

Seriousness of coeliac disease 'undermined'

Monday 11th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

An estimated 46,000 people in Ireland have coeliac disease, however in recent years, the seriousness of this condition has been undermined, the Coeliac Society of Ireland has said. This week is Coeliac Awareness Week and the society is aiming to increase awareness of the condition, including its sy... Read more →