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Greater understanding of palliative care needed

Monday 3rd October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many people are unaware that palliative care can last for years and that this approach also offers support to families, friends and carers, a new survey has shown. Palliative care is aimed at people whose conditions cannot be cured. The goal is to provide the best quality of life in the time they h... Read more →

Message banking may help MND patients

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A major project, which aims to help people with motor neurone disease (MND) to maintain a sense of identity after they lose their ability to speak, is being highlighted as part of a research event in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) this week. The way we speak and our unique turn of phrase helps us to ... Read more →

Response to depression treatment linked to job

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People with high-status jobs may be less likely to respond to standard drug treatment for depression, a new study suggests. As many as one-third of people who take drugs to help treat their depression do not respond to this type of treatment. Knowing who will or will not respond could help doctors ... Read more →

More focus on disability issues needed

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Government is being urged to focus on the needs of people with physical disabilities in Budget 2017, which is due to be announced next month. The call comes from the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), which represents and supports people with physical and sensory disabilities nationwide. It ha... Read more →

Schizophrenia risk much higher in siblings

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are 10 times more likely to develop schizophrenia if they have a sibling with the condition, a new study has found. While it is widely acknowledged that people have an increased risk of developing mental health conditions if their siblings are affected, until now, the risks have not been qua... Read more →

Teens urged to take part in fitness challenge

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A study of Irish teenage boys with low fitness levels has found that they spend an average of two-thirds of their day sitting down and 85% already have high blood pressure. The study was carried out by researchers at Dublin City University (DCU) and it involved 82 boys in transition year. Its findi... Read more →

Carbon monoxide can kill in three minutes

Monday 26th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that can kill people in as little as three minutes, however hundreds of thousands of homes do not have carbon monoxide alarms, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has warned. This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and as part of this eve... Read more →

Baby boxes to be introduced

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Baby boxes, which have been credited with significantly reducing the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) among babies in Finland, are to be introduced in Ireland. Baby boxes are made of durable cardboard and they come with a firm, foam mattress, a waterproof mattress cover and a cotton... Read more →

Many unaware of leading cause of blindness

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Half of Irish adults are unaware of the eye condition, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), even though it is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50 in this country. According to research commissioned as part of a new awareness campaign, ‘Never Miss the Wonder', 50% of... Read more →

New action plan to tackle obesity

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new action plan to target Ireland's growing obesity problem has been launched by the Department of Health. Currently in Ireland, six in 10 adults and one in four children are overweight or obese and this costs the country around €1 billion per year. Carrying excess weight significantly incre... Read more →

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