Social groups protect mental health

Monday 8th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

People who strongly identify with social groups, such as sports clubs or choirs, may have a reduced risk of experiencing mental health problems, two studies have found.Scottish psychologists set out to investigate the link between group identification - a person's sense of belonging to a group - and... Read more →

Concern over Christmas blood supplies

Monday 8th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is appealing to members of the public to donate blood over the coming weeks.It said it is concerned about its blood supplies during the Christmas and New Year period."Traditionally holiday periods and especially the lead into the Christmas/New Year festivit... Read more →

New eye guide 'cuts through medical jargon'

Friday 5th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Over 224,000 people in Ireland are affected by conditions that cause vision loss and this figure is expected to reach 275,000 by 2020, Fighting Blindness has warned.The sight loss charity has launched a new patient guide to support people who have been diagnosed with retinal conditions. The aim of t... Read more →

Obesity cuts life expectancy by 8 years

Friday 5th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity may shorten a person's life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive them of almost two decades of healthy life, a new study has found.According to Canadian scientists, obesity-related type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are to blame.They created a disease-stimulation model to esti... Read more →

Big jump in neurology waiting list

Thursday 4th December 2014 - Big jump in neurology waiting list -

The number of people waiting for more than one year for an outpatient appointment to see a neurologist has jumped in recent months, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) has warned. Neurological conditions affect the brain and spinal cord and these can include stroke, epilepsy, migraine and ac... Read more →

Death risk for babies of obese mums

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The babies of women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy have an increased risk of dying, with babies born to severely obese mothers facing the biggest risk, a new study has found. According to Swedish researchers, overweight and obesity are common among women of childbearing age and previo... Read more →

Many dismiss cancer warning signs

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many people dismiss the potential warning signs of cancer as less serious symptoms, a new study has found. The UK research noted that just 2% of people who had experienced a recent symptom often associated with cancer actually thought that the disease could be the cause. As part of the study, 1,70... Read more →

Call for nationwide smoky coal ban

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

An estimated 9,000 lives have been saved since a ban on smoky coal was introduced in Dublin in 1990 and this ban needs to be extended nationwide as a matter of urgency, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has said. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma, including one in every five children. Sm... Read more →

Bilingualism delays Alzheimer's by 5 years

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Being able to speak two languages fluently may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by up to five years, a new study suggests. Dementia currently affects around 36 million people worldwide, including some 40,000 people in Ireland. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accountin... Read more →

HIV's ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, finds study

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - RTE -

Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. Scientists said the research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventu... Read more →

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