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Benefits of med diet, exercise seen a year later

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

People who consume a Mediterranean diet and increase the amount of exercise they do for just eight weeks, may still be reaping the health rewards of this one year later, a new study suggests. UK researchers looked at people over the age of 50 who were originally assessed over an eight-week period. ... Read more →

Older people will soon outnumber kids

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

By 2020, and for the first time in history, the number of people worldwide aged 60 and older will outnumber children younger than five years. However, while people are now living longer, they are not necessarily healthier than before, experts have warned. According to doctors working with the World... Read more →

Details of symphysiotomy redress scheme announced

Friday 7th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Details of the Government's redress scheme for women who underwent a surgical symphysiotomy have been announced. Participants will receive between €50,000 and €150,000. There are believed to be around 200 symphysiotomy survivors in Ireland. The procedure had been discontinued in all but o... Read more →

7,000 patients on trolleys last month

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Almost 7,000 patients who needed to be admitted to hospital last month found themselves on trolleys either in overcrowded Emergency Departments (EDs) or wards, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said (INMO). According to the INMO's latest ‘Trolley/Ward Watch' figures, 6,977 patien... Read more →

Insurance to be made 'affordable again'

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

A series of measures, which it is hoped will address the issue of rising private health insurance premiums, has been announced by the Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. According to Minister Varadkar, the Private Health Insurance Package is designed to ‘make private health insurance affordable ag... Read more →

Insomnia linked to road death risk

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Insomnia may be a major contributor to road-related deaths and other unintentional fatal injuries, a new study suggests. Insomnia is a sleep disorder which results in people constantly having difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. This can lead to a number of problems such as daytime fatigu... Read more →

More PE needed in secondary schools

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Secondary schools are being urged to ensure that all pupils are being taught enough PE. According to recommendations by the Department of Education, post-primary school students should be provided with two hours of physical education per week. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Federation of... Read more →

Big rise in mumps cases this year

Thursday 6th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

More than 400 cases of mumps have been diagnosed so far this year compared to 184 cases for the whole of 2013, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has said. According to the centre, most of this year's cases have occurred in young people aged 17 to 20. Mumps is a contagious viral infe... Read more →

Allergens on loose foods to be labelled

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Specific allergens, such as peanuts, milk and shellfish, will have to be clearly labelled on all loose foods from next month, the Department of Health has said. New laws have been brought in by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, as required under EU regulations. Similar measures are being signed into l... Read more →

Birth weight linked to adult hip risk

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Adults may have an increased risk of requiring a hip replacement as a result of osteoarthritis if they were born prematurely or had a low birth weight, a new study suggests. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and mos... Read more →

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