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Low awareness of atrial fibrillation

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Over half of Irish adults have never heard of atrial fibrillation (AF) despite the fact that it affects up to 40,000 people over the age of 50 and is a major risk factor for stroke, new research has found. According to the findings, 54% of people have never heard of the condition while 29% are unsu... Read more →

Alcohol has major impact on health and economy

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Three people died every day in 2013 as a result of alcohol consumption, a new report has revealed. According to the findings, the number of people discharged from hospital that year whose condition was totally attributable to alcohol use, was 17,120. This marks an 82% increase when compared to 1995... Read more →

Male GPs consider heart disease 'a man's issue'

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While many people incorrectly think of heart disease as a ‘man's disease', a new study has found that male GPs may also fall into this category. According to the findings, male GPs are more likely to think of heart disease as a ‘man's issue' and neglect to assess risk factors in female ... Read more →

Smoking affects breast cancer treatment

Monday 20th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is already known that smoking can increase the risk of a number of cancers, including breast cancer. Now a new study has found that a treatment commonly used to treat women with breast cancer works less well in smokers. Swedish researchers followed over 1,000 women who had been diagnosed with br... Read more →

People urged to look after skin in the sun

Monday 20th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Rates of melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer - are projected to treble by 2040, despite the fact that almost all cases of this disease are preventable, the Marie Keating Foundation has warned. It has launched a ‘Skintervention' - a campaign aimed at reminding people to look after t... Read more →

Heart drug could cut diabetes-related blindness

Monday 20th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish and UK scientists have discovered that a drug that was originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease, could reduce diabetes-related blindness. An estimated 422 million people worldwide have diabetes and a common complication of the disease is vision loss. Diabetic macular oedema is one... Read more →

Bedwetting has major impact on children

Friday 17th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bedwetting can have a big impact on the emotional state of children, with many worrying that their friends will find out and others worrying about overnight trips or sleepovers, a new survey has found. Almost 400 parents who have a child or children over the age of five who wet the bed, took part i... Read more →

Families fail to plan for those with disabilities

Friday 17th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many families that provide care to a loved one with intellectual disabilities (ID) have not discussed or agreed on future care plans for that person, a new study has found. According to researchers in Trinity College Dublin's School of Nursing and Midwifery, people with ID are now living longer tha... Read more →

Low awareness of testosterone deficiency

Friday 17th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Half of men are not aware that testosterone deficiency (TD) is a medical condition, with many assuming it is a natural part of ageing, research has shown Testosterone is an essential hormone that is produced in the testes. It is necessary for many things, including sperm production and the developm... Read more →

Women urged to take folic acid supplement daily

Wednesday 15th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=25413

All women who could become pregnant are being encouraged to take folic acid every day irrespective of whether they are planning to have a baby or not. Folic acid is a B-group vitamin, which is known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. NTDs are birth defects of the brain and ... Read more →

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