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Shift workers not helped by sleep drugs

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Some shift workers take drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep, however there is little evidence that this will actually benefit them, new research indicates. According to Finnish researchers, at least one in 10 workers is involved in some sort of shift work in most developed countries and E... Read more →

Aspirin may stop spread of breast cancer say researchers

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Medical Independent - Medicalindependent.ie

Irish researchers have found that aspirin may stop the spread of breast cancer. Researchers funded by the Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society have discovered that women who had been prescribed aspirin regularly before being diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to have cancer that... Read more →

Plain packaging will cost revenue, but bring health savings

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Ireland would be first EU member state to introduce plain-packaging legislation. The State may lose tax revenue through the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products but this will be offset by savings from reduced deaths and illness linked to smoking, according to a Department of Health s... Read more →

Caesareans safer if baby is breech

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Breech babies have a much higher risk of death if they are delivered vaginally rather than by caesarean section, a new study has found. Babies in the breech position are delivered feet or buttocks first, rather than head first. An estimated 4% of deliveries are breech. A previous study carried out... Read more →

Timely stroke treatment essential

Tuesday 12th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Getting the right treatment for a stroke within three hours improves a patient's odds of a good outcome by 75%, a major new study has found. The study was highlighted by the Irish Heart Foundation during National FAST Week, which runs from August 11-17. The FAST awareness campaign aims to educate ... Read more →

Honest to goodness: Soups that boost vegetable intake

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Independent - Independent

Rocket, watercress and chilli would give any cold a good spanking. If you don't have a cold, make the rocket soup anyway - it is delicious. Adding the leaves to the spinach soup base at the last minute or two keeps the colour really bright green. If you cook the spinach too long, it tends to look a ... Read more →

Diabetes foot problem signals heart issues

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

The loss of sensation that people with diabetes sometimes experience in their feet may predict their risk of suffering a cardiovascular event such as a stroke or heart attack, a new study suggests. Diabetes can cause blood vessel and nerve damage, particularly if the condition is poorly controlled.... Read more →

Ebola risk ‘extremely low’ in EU, says commissioner

Sunday 10th August 2014 - Medical Independent - Medicalindependent.ie

The EU is prepared in the “unlikely event” of the Ebola virus outbreak reaching Europe, according to the European Commissioner for Health. Speaking today after the WHO declared the worsening outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as a “public health emergency of international concern&rd... Read more →

Aspirin cuts risk of digestive cancers

Friday 8th August 2014 - Deborah Condon - Irishhealth.com

Taking aspirin can significantly reduce a person's risk of developing major cancers of the digestive tract, such as bowel cancer, a new study has found. The drug also reduces the risk of dying from these cancers. This marks the first time that scientists have reviewed all the evidence contained in... Read more →

'Prostate screening can reduce cancer deaths'

Friday 8th August 2014 - Niall Hunter - Irishhealth.com

Prostate cancer screening could reduce deaths from the disease by about a fifth, according to a major European study. However, the authors of the study of over 162,000 men conclude that routine blood test (PSA test) screening programmes for prostate cancer should not be introduced at this time. Do... Read more →

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