Look after your health at Electric Picnic

Friday 4th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People attending this weekend's Electric Picnic music and arts festival are being urged to look after their health. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), dehydration, sunburn, diarrhoea and unprotected sex are the biggest threats to the health of festival goers. "We are advising people to p... Read more →

Kids catch up to eight colds a year

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Risk increases at back-to-school time The average school child in Ireland can expect to catch up to eight colds and two to three bouts of viral gastroenteritis per year, pharmacists have warned. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), most common childhood illnesses are contagious and with ch... Read more →

UCD scientists in arthritis breakthrough

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who are most likely to suffer the severest effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can now be identified early and provided with more aggressive treatments earlier on, thanks to a discovery by scientists at University College Dublin (UCD). RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affect... Read more →

All doctors need to know eating disorder signs

Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

All doctors who are in contact with children should be aware of the warning signs of eating disorders, experts have said. Eating disorders are a range of illnesses that are characterised by disordered eating patterns and negative thought processes regarding body weight and shape. They include anore... Read more →

More needs to be done to tackle overdoses

Monday 31st August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More needs to be done to reduce the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, the Ana Liffey Drug Project has insisted. The project is a national addiction service that works to reduce the harm caused by drug use in this country. Last year, it provided direct services to almost 3,000 people. It i... Read more →

Conference to look at cancer survivorship

Monday 31st August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over 800 cancer survivors and medical professionals are expected to attend a major conference on cancer survivorship in September. The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, which is free of charge, has been organised by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS). It aims to help those affected by the di... Read more →

Can you save money with a virtual GP?

Monday 31st August 2015 - Vicki Notaro - Irish Independent

There are so many ways the World Wide Web helps us as consumers; from comparison websites to find cheaper goods and services to snapping up bargains on auction sites and even bagging a fabulous holiday with a sizeable discount, there's no doubt that the internet saves us time and money. But would yo... Read more →

Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Jonathan Vernon - Medical News Today

Multiple sclerosis is strongly associated with genetically lower levels of vitamin D, according to a new study by researchers from Canada. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimate that more than 400,000 people in the US have multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease that aff... Read more →

A bottle of water before mealtimes could aid weight loss

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Honor Whiteman - Medical News Today

Published in the journal Obesity, the study found drinking 500 ml of water half an hour before eating breakfast, lunch and dinner led to greater weight loss among obese adults compared with those who did not drink water before mealtimes. "The beauty of these findings is in the simplicity. Just drin... Read more →

How to take care of your teeth and gums

Thursday 27th August 2015 - Kathleen Davis FNP - Medical News Today

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall good health. Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases and can cause disability and contribute to low self-esteem. Proper oral care does not require excessive time or expensive tools. ... Read more →