Naps beyond 2 may not benefits kids

Wednesday 18th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who nap beyond the age of two may have poorer sleep quality overall, a new study suggests. The length and quality of sleep toddlers get over a 24-hour period has a major impact on their health and development. By the time a child is two, they are usually getting most of their sleep at nigh... Read more →

'Unlimited' use of sunbeds banned

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

New rules governing the use of commercial sunbeds are to be introduced next month, including a ban on ‘unlimited' use, the Department of Health has confirmed. From March 2, users of commercial sunbeds will be required to wear protective eyewear and will have to be supervised throughout, in an... Read more →

Major changes to family legislation

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The ‘most important change' to family legislation in the history of the Irish State is being discussed in the Cabinet today (February 17). According to the Toaiseach, Enda Kenny, the Child and Family Relationships Bill is ‘the most important change in family legislation since the founda... Read more →

Irish team find molecule can block diseases

Tuesday 17th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have made a breakthrough which could help to block certain inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. The discovery centres on a molecule called MCC950, which can suppress the ‘NLRP3 inflammasome' - an ... Read more →

Irish need to cut down on portions

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people need to cut down on the portion sizes of most foods they are eating, a new report has found. According to the report by Safefood, many consumers believe that portion sizes are only relevant to people who are dieting, and are not an issue at all for men or younger adults. Furthermore, ... Read more →

Stroke survivors may have higher cancer risk

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

It is already known that people with cancer have an increased risk of suffering a stroke. However, a new study has found that the opposite may also be true - those who suffer a stroke may have an increased risk of developing cancer. US scientists analysed data relating to over 3,200 people over the... Read more →

Type 2 diabetes linked to poorer cognition

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People with type 2 diabetes appear to have poorer cognitive functioning, a new study has found.Canadian researchers carried out a detailed analysis of all the available studies that investigated the link between type 2 diabetes and a reduction in cognitive abilities known as executive functioning.Ex... Read more →

Low vitamin D levels linked to severe stroke

Friday 13th 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 vita... Read more →

1 in 4 has chronic bad breath

Friday 13th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

One in four Irish people has chronic bad breath, but while the condition affects men and women equally, women are more likely to seek treatment, dentists have said. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), once people realise they have bad breath, also known as halitosis, it is easy to trea... Read more →

Loneliness common among chronically ill

Friday 13th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

People who develop a chronic illness are often beset by feelings of loneliness, even if they have a long-term partner, a new study has found. According to Canadian researchers, while many studies have looked at the effect of loneliness on illness, few have considered whether illness contributes to ... Read more →