Surgery can radically reduce obesity’s effects, study finds

Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Muiris Houston - Irish Times

Thousands of Irish patients could have their life expectancy significantly increased and chronic diseases reversed following obesity surgery, new research suggests. In a paper to be presented in early September researchers at Galway university hospital and the Galway Clinic followed 118 m... Read more →

Women urged to look out for signs of heart disease and stroke

Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Rachel Flaherty - Irish Times

The Irish Heart Foundation launched the 'Red Alert' campaign which runs for September. The campaign aims to highlight that cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women in Ireland. Almost 90 per cent of women in Ireland do not know heart disease and stroke are the biggest causes of death am... Read more →

Heart disease is not just a man's problem

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Heart disease and stroke are the biggest killers of women in Ireland, yet almost 90% of women are unaware of this, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has warned. It has just launched the results of a new survey as part of a national ‘RED ALERT' this September. The aim of the alert is to raise a... Read more →

Why insomnia hits middle-age and what we can do to prevent it

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - India Sturgis - Irish Independent

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, director of the University of Surrey's sleep research centre, says reaching middle age creates a perfect storm of conditions for poor sleep; as work and family commitments peak in tandem, sleep becomes the first area of the 24-hour day that people look to cut back on. Lon... Read more →

A common immunodeficiency

Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

Deficiencies in the immune system may be characterised by low antibody levels, defects in the antibodies or defects in the other cells and proteins of the immune system. A functioning immune systems is important to help the body fight off infections. The most common immunodeficiency is selective IgA... Read more →

Psoriasis drug may aid diabetes treatment

Monday 24th August 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Scientists have discovered that a drug that is currently used to treat the skin condition, psoriasis, could benefit people with type 1 diabetes. The news has been welcomed by the national diabetes charity, Diabetes Ireland. A team in the US discovered that the drug, Alefacept, which targets the im... Read more →

Link between ADHD and brain injury

Monday 24th August 2015 - James McIntosh - MNT

The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, utilized data obtained from a telephone survey of the adult residents of Ontario, Canada. "These new data suggest a significant association betweenADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder] and TBI [traumatic brain injury],... Read more →

Long work hours increase stroke risk, study finds

Friday 21st August 2015 - Elaine Edwards - Irish Times

People who work long hours have a much higher risk of stroke and a slightly greater risk of coronary heart disease than those working a standard week, a major new study suggests. The research, published in the Lancet, is the largest ever of its kind and involved more than 600,000 people. It found ... Read more →

“Significant progress” made in concussion research at Trinity

Thursday 20th August 2015 - Medical Independent - The Medical Independent

Two new research projects by academics in Trinity College in collaboration with Leinster Rugby are promising to “open up unique avenues to improve the diagnosis and analysis of concussion in rugby”. Researches say it has the potential to provide a whole new system to more accurately ide... Read more →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Thursday 20th August 2015 - Dr Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

MY DAUGHTER contracted food poisoning last year and ended up very sick in hospital. Thankfully she is ok now, but what do I need |to know about food poisoning and how can I avoid it? ILLNESS that occurs after eating or drinking food contaminated with harmful bacteria or bacterial toxins is known as... Read more →