Studies show drug slows progress of MS

Monday 12th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Extensive studies of a drug have found that it can have a major impact on the progression of some types of multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degeneration of the nerves. This results in a progressive deterioration in various functi... Read more →

Most Irish adults not exercising enough

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Healthtest

Just one-third of Irish people get enough exercise and only one-quarter eat enough fruit and vegetables, a major new survey has found. According to the first national survey on the nation's health since the SLÁN survey in 2007, while overweight and obesity figures appear to have stabilised i... Read more →

Cancer treatment possible during pregnancy

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who are diagnosed with cancer while they are pregnant can start treatment for the disease immediately and do not need to worry about the effects this may have on their unborn child, a new study has found. European researchers looked at 129 children aged between one and three years, whose moth... Read more →

HSE highlights importance of flu vaccine

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health and the HSE are reminding people in at-risk groups to get themselves vaccinated against the flu. The HSE provides the annual flu vaccine free of charge to people who are considered at risk of contracting the illness. These are:-Everyone aged 65 and older-Pregnant women-Anyon... Read more →

Asthma risk is higher if your grandmother smoked

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Children whose grandmothers smoked have a heightened risk of asthma even if their mothers avoided the habit, a study has shown. Evidence that the lifestyle sins of the grandmother can skip a generation and be visited upon her grandchildren comes from a large Swedish study. It adds to growing evide... Read more →

€3B investment plan for health announced

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Opposition describe it as a 'wish list' The Minister for Health has announced a €3 billion investment package for the health service as part of the Government's Capital Plan for the next six years. According to Minister Leo Varadkar, this investment will ‘support the transformation of h... Read more →

Conference on advocacy for older people

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Topics will include elder abuse. A major conference aimed at helping different professionals advocate for improved services and rights for older people, is to be held in October. The Sage National Conference will include a number of high-profile speakers, such as the Minister for Health, Leo Varad... Read more →

Some wraps contain almost 1,000 calories

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While many people think that wraps may be a healthier lunch option, a new report has revealed that some contain more calories than a Big Mac and large fries from McDonalds. The report by Safefood, What's in your Favourite Wraps?, was based on a survey of almost 240 takeaway wraps purchased in 80 re... Read more →

Fidgeting may be good for you

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An increasing number of studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods is bad for our health. However, a new study suggests that fidgeting movements may counteract some of these adverse health effects. UK researchers examined data from a study involving over 35,000 women aged between 35 and 69.... Read more →

Participants needed for autism costs study

Tuesday 29th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Families affected by autism are being invited to take part in a new study, which aims to determine the true costs of raising a child with this condition. Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a biological disorder of the brain that impairs communication and social skills. Signs c... Read more →

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