Parental alcohol misuse has huge impact

Parental alcohol misuse has huge impact

A new initiative aims to raise awareness of the impact of growing up in a home where parents misuse alcohol. An estimated 400,000 adults in Ireland today grew up in families affected by alcohol, and some 200,000 children are currently living in such homes, according to the national charity for alcohol-related issues, Alcohol Action...

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Eating habits need to radically change

Eating habits need to radically change

Eating habits and food production need to radically change in order to improve people's health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, major new research has found. The findings come from the EAT-Lancet Commission, a three-year project which brought together almost 40 worldwide experts in a number of fields includi...

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Big jump in visitors to Drinkaware website

Big jump in visitors to Drinkaware website

A website which aims to combat alcohol misuse recorded an almost 300% increase in visitors in December 2018 compared to December 2017. The Drinkaware website provides evidence-based information on alcohol, including a drinks calculator, which allows you to see the impact of your drinking on your health and bank balance. Last month,...

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Lung cancer incidence could double by 2045

Lung cancer incidence could double by 2045

Over 2,500 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in Ireland and the incidence of this disease could double by 2045, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. The ICS recently launched its annual lung cancer awareness campaign and it warned that recent research by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) suggests t...

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Poorer school results for kids with phones

Poorer school results for kids with phones

Children who own a mobile phone by the age of nine perform less well in school tests by the age of 13, new Irish research has found. According to researchers from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), children are ‘increasingly getting access to mobile phones, and mobile phone ownership is now occurring at a time...

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Too little sleep linked to arteries risk

Too little sleep linked to arteries risk

People who sleep for less than six hours a night may have an increased risk of developing hardening of the arteries compared to those who sleep for seven or eight hours per night, the results of a new study indicate. Previous research has found that a lack of sleep can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing risk fac...

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Be vigilant about meningitis – HSE

Be vigilant about meningitis – HSE

The HSE is reminding people to be vigilant about meningitis, following a recent ‘noted increase' in cases of meningococcal disease. Eleven cases of meningococcal disease were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in the last week of December 2018 and first week of January 2019, compared to five in the s...

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600+ patients on trolleys – INMO

600+ patients on trolleys – INMO

Just two weeks into the New Year, the number of patients left waiting daily on trolleys in hospitals nationwide has already exceeded the 600 mark. According to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 606 admitted patients were waiting for beds on the morning of January 14. Some 439 were waiting in Emergency ...

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High fibre diet reduces chronic disease risk

High fibre diet reduces chronic disease risk

People who consume plenty of fibre and whole grains have a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, a new study has found. The study was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to help inform the development of new recommendations for optimal daily fibre intake whe...

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One in four worry about health all the time

One in four worry about health all the time

Over one-quarter of Irish adults worry about their health all the time, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 27% worry all the time about their health, while 16% worry at least once a week. The survey also found that while around 40% of adults are likely to make a health-related New Year resolution, 28% of these are l...

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