Concern over laser eye surgery ads

Monday 9th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Ads which appear to trivialise the seriousness of laser eye surgery should not be used, and this includes the use of time limited deals on sites such as Groupon and Living Social to sell this procedure, eye doctors have insisted. The Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), which is the training bo... Read more →

Awkward positions trigger low back pain

Monday 9th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who must perform manual tasks involving awkward positions are significantly more likely to suffer with low back pain, a new study has found. Almost 10% of the world's population will experience back pain at some point in their lives and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is... Read more →

Low birth weight link to psychiatric problems

Monday 9th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Babies with a very low birth weight may have an increased risk of developing psychiatric problems as adults, a new study suggests. However, they also have a lower risk of developing alcohol or drug problems. Babies born prematurely usually have a low birth weight. Canadian researchers set out to i... Read more →

Type 1 diabetes - higher death risk in women

Friday 6th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women with type 1 diabetes have a much higher risk of death than men with the same condition, a new study has found. According to the findings, women with type 1 diabetes have an almost 40% increased risk of death from all causes compared with men, and are also twice as likely to die from heart dis... Read more →

Lab to benefit kids with heart problems

Friday 6th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new state of the art laboratory, which will benefit children with heart problems, is being built at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC). The hospital is the national centre for the provision of cardiac surgery for children and this new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory will rec... Read more →

Oesophageal cancer risk for overweight kids

Friday 6th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who are overweight may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus (food pipe) later in life, a new study has found. Researchers in Denmark analysed the health records of over 255,000 school children who were born between 1930 and 1971. The height and weight of these chil... Read more →

HSE agrees to pay for costly drug

Thursday 5th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A decision by the HSE to extend the provision of a costly drug to people suffering with two rare genetic disorders has been welcomed. The HSE has confirmed that suffers of the diseases Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical Haemolytic Uraemic (aHUS) will have their access to the dru... Read more →

Calories on menus to be made law

Thursday 5th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

From next year, all food service outlets, including restaurants and takeaways, will be required to include the calorie details of their meals on their menus. Proposals to require this were approved at the Government's Cabinet meeting this week. When made into law, food outlets will have to display ... Read more →

Low vitamin D levels linked to severe stroke

Thursday 5th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Strokes may be more severe in people with low vitamin D levels, the results of a new study indicate. Vitamin D is known to be essential for healthy bones, but recent research suggests that it has a major role to play in other parts of the body also. According to US scientists, low levels of this vi... Read more →

Sale of cheap alcohol to be banned

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New measures to tackle alcohol abuse in Ireland, including a ban on the sale of cheap drink, have been announced by the Government. The proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 will see a raft of measures aimed at reducing the ‘enormous impact' alcohol misuse currently has on society. "Mos... Read more →