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'Stop using BMI as measure of health,' say researchers

Friday 5th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardiometabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy. The study provides more evidence to support the idea that a person's bod... Read more →

Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells

Friday 5th February 2016 - Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells - Medical News Today

Using mice, researchers have shown that clearing out senescent cells - cells whose ability to divide is permanently switched off and that accumulate with age - can increase lifespan without negative side effects. In a Nature paper, the team - from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, M... Read more →

Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells

Friday 5th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock PhD - Medical News Today

Using mice, researchers have shown that clearing out senescent cells - cells whose ability to divide is permanently switched off and that accumulate with age - can increase lifespan without negative side effects. In a Nature paper, the team - from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, M... Read more →

Smoking bans reduce passive smoke harm

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

National smoking bans have been successful in reducing passive smoking-related harm, including heart disease, major new Irish research has shown. Ireland became the first country in the world to ban indoor smoking in all public places in 2004. Since then, a number of other countries, regions and st... Read more →

Family carers save State €4B annually

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Family carers in Ireland provide over six million hours of unpaid care every week, saving the State around €4 billion annually, according to the charity, Family Carers Ireland. It has just launched its pre-Election campaign, ‘Achieving Fairness for Family Carers'. According to the chari... Read more →

'No evidence that CT scans, X-rays cause cancer'

Thursday 4th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

Researchers conclude there is no proof that low-level radiation from medical imaging - such as X-ray and computed tomography scans - causes cancer. They say it is time to throw out an unproven, decades-old theoretical model that has led many people - doctors and regulators included - to believe othe... Read more →

Public can shape cancer policy change

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

With the General Election now confirmed for February 26, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is calling on the public to help shape policy change by urging their election candidates to ‘close the cancer gap'. The cancer gap refers to the fact that where people live in Ireland affects their chances... Read more →

First confirmed cases of Zika virus in Ireland

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Two cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Ireland. According to the HSE, a man and a woman, who are unknown to each other, were found to have the virus after travelling to an affected country. However, both people have recovered from the infection. Zika virus disease is spread via the bit... Read more →

Head cancer has big impact on carers' finances

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Caring for a person with cancer of the head or neck can have a major impact on finances, a new study by the N