80% of over 50s overweight or obese

Friday 18th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 80% of Irish people over the age of 50 are overweight or obese, a new report has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of people over 50 are overweight, while a further 36% are obese. Furthermore, based on waist measurements, 52% of those over 50 are what is termed as ‘centrall... Read more →

A moment with a muffin made me confront my eating disorder

Thursday 17th July 2014 - Louise O'Neill - Independent

Louise O'Neill shares her experience with Anorexia Nervosa and its devastating effect on her life. I’m in a Starbucks in New York, waiting for the Q Train to resume service. I’m almost an hour late for work now, and trunks stuffed with thousands of dollars worth of designer clothing need... Read more →

Varadkar rules out intervention on axed community funding

Thursday 17th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Department of Environment funding for 26 health and disability groups cut. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out any intervention in the row over the Department of the Environment’s decision to axe funding for 26 health and disability organisations. Mr Varadkar said there were no fund... Read more →

End of funding to health and disability groups may be death knell

Thursday 17th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Independent

Department of the Environment funding cuts will mean closure of many groups working for those with medical conditions. First, run a funding competition based on woolly criteria. Then, leave the results sitting on the Minister’s desk for months (or at least until after the local elections are o... Read more →

9 things you didn't know about fat

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - Tom Sanders - Independent

Where do fats fit in to our modern day diet? Our understanding of fats – including which ones are actually good for us – is evolving. We know for example that red meat and meat products, cakes and biscuits, which are rich sources of saturated fatty acids, are associated with an increased... Read more →

Call for end-of-life strategy in hospitals

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Oireachtas committee calls for action on regional disparities in hospice services. All hospitals should draw up strategies for dealing with end-of-life care and bereavement, according to a new report published today. The report by the Oireachtas health committee says a designated person within each... Read more →

1 in 3 Alzheimer cases could be prevented

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - Deborah Condon -

One-third of Alzheimer's cases worldwide could potentially be prevented, new research suggests. Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 44 million people worldwide and some 35,000 people in Ireland. As the world's population ages, prevalence of the disease is increasing and according to UK and... Read more →

Doctor's Orders: Exercise is a game-changer in life

Monday 14th July 2014 - Ciara Kelly - Independent

Its time to pull the runners back on and hit the pavement . I went for my first run in about two months this week. I'd injured my Achilles earlier in the year, which put me out of action; but if I was being very honest, it was good to have an excuse that got me off the exercise hook. I'd been extrem... Read more →

'I believe things can only get better for people with CF'

Monday 14th July 2014 - Independent - Independent

Orla Tinsley was one of only 1,100 cystic fibrosis sufferers in the world to try out a new medication for the debilitating genetic disease. It has changed her life and she believes the future, finally, is bright for CF patients. Drug trials are tricky things. You have to work hard to get on them, y... Read more →

New eye test could detect early stage Alzheimer’s

Monday 14th July 2014 - Irish Times - Irish Times

Early trials show key biomarkers can be identified in retina and lens. Regular eye tests could in future be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s, new research suggests. Early trials of two different techniques show that a key Alzheimer’s biomarker can be identified in the retina and... Read more →

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