'Every breastfeed makes a difference'

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Mothers and mothers-to-be are being reminded that ‘every breastfeed makes a difference'. That is the theme of this year's National Breastfeeding Week, which runs from October 1-7. Over half of mothers who left hospital last year were breastfeeding at the time of their discharge, 46% excl... Read more →

Call to extend BreastCheck

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 90 lives are being lost in Ireland every year as a result of the Government's failure to extend the national breast screening programme, BreastCheck, to women aged between 65 and 69, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. According to the ICS, the Government made a promise to extend screen... Read more →

The vital charities helping to restore the confidence of teenagers with chronic illness

Wednesday 1st October 2014 - Linda Daly - Independent

Being a teen or pre-teen with a chronic illness can be one of the loneliest, most disempowering experiences of all, which is where two of Ireland's most inventive charities come in. Dylan Joynt was diagnosed with cancer when he was seven years old. He had undergone treatment for a few years and... Read more →

Get the vaccine and avoid the misery of being hit by flu

Monday 29th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

Almost as many people die from flu each year as are killed on our roads. So take steps to protect yourself. Doctors are a lot like fruit-pickers. We're pretty much seasonal workers, with the summer being relatively quiet work-wise, compared with the winter. The winter months ravage the respiratory s... Read more →

Get to grips with 'Meat Free Monday'

Monday 29th September 2014 - Rozanne Stevens - Independent

Meat Free Monday is not just good for the environment, it's also good for your health, writes Rozanne Stevens. For those who haven't heard about Meat Free Monday, it is a worldwide organisation started by Paul McCartney and his two daughters, Stella and Mary. The main message of Meat Free Monday is ... Read more →

Thousands have uncontrolled epilepsy

Monday 29th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

While many people with epilepsy have control of their seizures as a result of medication use or surgery, thousands continue to have uncontrolled epilepsy, which can have a major impact on the quality of their lives, Epilepsy Ireland has said. Around 37,000 Irish people, including 10,000 children, h... Read more →

HSE figs 'confirm patients are suffering'

Wednesday 24th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

The latest waiting list figures released by the HSE ‘categorically confirm that patients are suffering as a direct result of inadequate health funding', nurses have insisted. According to the HSE's own performance report for July, over 54,000 people are on a waiting list for an inpatient or d... Read more →

E-cigs no help to smoking cancer patients

Wednesday 24th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

E-cigarettes do not appear to help cancer patients quit smoking, according to a new study. The health dangers of smoking are well-documented and it is widely acknowledged that anyone diagnosed with cancer should be advised to quit the habit. US scientists decided to look at e-cigarettes specifi... Read more →

Vaping: 6 facts you need to know about e-cigarettes

Wednesday 24th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

The facts surrounding the rise of the e-cigarette. Usually powered by a rechargeable battery, electronic cigarettes allow users to simulate smoking by vaporising liquid nicotine and other additives. They contain no tobacco. More than 95pc of e-cigarettes are produced in Shenzhen, southern China.... Read more →

Kids getting too many treat foods

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Parents are being urged to cut down on the amount of treat foods they are giving their children and replacing them with healthier snacks. Previous research suggests that as much as 20% of children's daily calorie intake comes from foods such as crisps, sweets and biscuits. As part of its ongoing ca... Read more →

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