Pregnant women urged to avoid all alcohol

Thursday 10th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Pregnant women in Ireland often receive conflicting advice in relation to drinking alcohol, but there is no safe level of consumption during pregnancy, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) has insisted. The national charity for alcohol-related issues is urging pregnant women to avoid alcohol altogether dur... Read more →

15 simple steps to inner calm

Thursday 10th September 2015 - Caroline McGuigan - Irish Independent

We all feel comfortable noting our physical wellness, but we must learn to protect our emotional well-being too. Here are 15 steps to get through those mental health dips - which we all go through One of the most important things to understand and accept is that we all have mental health. In today'... Read more →

Cure for travel sickness a few years away

Tuesday 8th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A cure for travel sickness appears to be on the way, but it may be between five and 10 years before members of the public can buy it. Travel or motion sickness is common. Many people have experienced feelings of queasiness when travelling, however around three in 10 people suffer more severe sympto... Read more →

Project to develop new cystic fibrosis drugs

Tuesday 8th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Researchers in Northern Ireland are leading a major Europe-wide project to develop new drug treatments for people with the diseases, cystic fibrosis (CF) and bronchiectasis. They will work to develop new ‘inhaled antibiotics', which will help to manage chronic lung infections - the main cause... Read more →

Thousands using asthma inhalers incorrectly

Tuesday 8th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

As many as two-thirds of people with asthma in Ireland could be making their condition worse by not using their inhalers correctly, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has warned. It has just launched a major campaign in conjunction with the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), to encourage people to ensure... Read more →

Wasp stings could help fight some cancers research reveals

Monday 7th September 2015 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Getting stung by the Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista may not be such a bad thing if you have cancer, research suggests. The wasp's venom contains a powerful "smart" drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, a study has shown. In tests, it has been shown ... Read more →

15 tips to banish insomnia

Monday 7th September 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

Insomnia adversely affects the health of about 15pc of Irish people, writes Isobel Hayes, but some simple changes to your routine can improve the quality of your sleep. Most of us have woken up at 4am at one time or another and struggled to get back to sleep. But for about 15pc of Irish people, ins... Read more →

Living with pets and allergies

Monday 7th September 2015 - Health & Living - Irish Independent

We Irish love our domestic pets, but they are increasingly being found to cause allergies. And look further than Rover the dog, because cats, rabbits, hamsters and other furry pets can also cause allergies. Around half of all asthmatic children are allergic to cats, while 40pc are allergic to dogs.... Read more →

Too much TV linked to fatal blood clot

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who watch television for prolonged periods are at an increased risk of developing a fatal blood clot. According to the findings from Japan, those who watch TV for five hours or more per day significantly increase their risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is the name given to a ... Read more →

Spotlight on childhood cancer in September

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The bravery of children diagnosed with cancer is being highlighted throughout the month of September, as part of the annual Light It Up Gold campaign. The campaign is run in Ireland by the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF), but is part of an international campaign that originated in the US. As part... Read more →