2.4B have untreated tooth decay

Friday 6th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Some 2.4 billion people worldwide have untreated decay in their permanent teeth, while 621 million children have untreated decay in their milk teeth, a major new study has found. It was carried out by the international Oral Health Research Group and is contained in the latest Global Burden of Disea... Read more →

Teen sleep patterns linked to snacking

Friday 6th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenagers with irregular sleeping patterns consume more calories each day and are much more likely to snack at nighttime, the results of a new study indicate. US researchers analysed the sleeping patterns of almost 350 teenagers, who slept, on average, for about seven hours per night. The study fo... Read more →

Cost of drugs now 'near the European average'

Friday 6th March 2015 - Eilish O'Regan -

PHARMACISTS which have high operation costs are not able to match the lower drugs prices being offered by a Dublin chemist who estimates that in his first year of business he has saved customers almost €1m, it was claimed yesterday. Darragh O'Loughlin, head of the Irish Pharmacy Union was resp... Read more →

Being fit at 40 benefits the brain

Thursday 5th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who are not physically fit in their 40s may experience accelerated ageing of the brain by the time they reach 60, a new study has found. "Many people don't start worrying about their brain health until later in life, but this study provides more evidence that certain behaviors and risk facto... Read more →

Teen stress increases heart risk

Thursday 5th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Teenagers who are prone to stress may have an increased risk of developing heart disease later in life even if they exercise regularly, a new study has found. Previous research has suggested a link between stress and some health problems, including coronary heart disease, so Swedish researchers dec... Read more →

People urged to reduce sugar intake

Thursday 5th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing to people to reduce the amount of sugar they are consuming. A new guideline from the WHO recommends that both adults and children should reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, while reducing to below 5... Read more →

Cigarette plain packaging law passed

Wednesday 4th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ireland has become the first country in Europe and only the second in the world to introduce plain packaging laws for cigarette packets.The Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill has now passed through all stages of the Oireachtas and this will ensure that all tobacco industry market... Read more →

Health insurance plan to be ready by summer, says Varadkar

Wednesday 4th March 2015 - Dan Griffin -

It is possible to get to a point where more than half the population has voluntary health insurance, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.Mr Varadkar said he intends to go to Government with a “roadmap” for health insurance by the summer.Many people consider health insurance as impo... Read more →

New sunbed regulations now in effect

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New laws governing the commercial use of sunbeds, including a ban on ‘unlimited use', are now in effect. From today (March 2), anyone using sunbeds must be supervised and anyone supervising must be over 18 years of age. Health information must be provided to anyone using, hiring or buying a s... Read more →

Coffee may cut clogged arteries risk

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who drink three to five cups of coffee each day may have a reduced risk of developing clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, a new study has found. Research into the effects of coffee on cardiovascular health have been mixed. It was previously thought that coffee consumption incr... Read more →