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 →

Hygiene and cooking key to avoiding food poisoning

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - DR NINA BYRNES -

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 ... Read more →

No link between antibiotics and asthma

Monday 1st December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A large new study appears to confirm that there is no link between the early use of antibiotics and a rise in childhood asthma.  Previous studies have suggested that if a mother take antibiotics while pregnant, or her child is given antibiotics in early life, that child has an increased risk o... Read more →

Boys more likely to be stillborn

Monday 1st December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Baby boys are more likely to be stillborn than girls, a new study has found. UK researchers reviewed over 30 million births worldwide and found that the risk of a stillbirth was 10% higher in boys. Globally, this is a loss of some 100,000 additional baby boys every year. "The numbers speak for the... Read more →

Defibrillator programme could save ten lives a year

Monday 1st December 2014 - RTE -

A report from the Health Information and Quality Authority has recommended the targeted placing of public access defibrillators in locations where there is a higher incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In a health technology assessment for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, HIQA said that no... Read more →

Many asthma triggers at Christmas time

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

With just weeks to go until Christmas, people with asthma are being reminded to take particular care of themselves as there may be many extra triggers for their condition at this time of the year. Some 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma and one person dies from the condition every week despite t... Read more →

Obesity a major risk factor for cancer

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Overweight and obesity have become major risk factors for cancer, causing almost half a million new cases of the disease worldwide every year, a new study has found. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cancer caused by excess weight is currently much more common in ... Read more →

HSE service plan to target waiting times and cancer care

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Paul Cullen -

Targeted measures to tackle waiting lists, the recruitment of hundreds of extra doctors and nurses and the expansion of cancer services are outlined in the HSE’s service plan, to be published today. The plan envisages savings totalling €130 million, to come from cuts in spending on drugs... Read more →

Link between paracetamol and asthma 'overstated'

Wednesday 26th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists have found that a suggested link between early exposure to paracetamol and an increased risk of developing asthma in childhood may be ‘overstated'. Previous research has suggested that the use of this common painkiller during pregnancy and/or a child's early years may increase the ... Read more →

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