Newborn girls have genetic advantage over boys

Newborn girls have genetic advantage over boys

Newborn baby girls have better outcomes than boys due to a genetic advantage, new Irish research has revealed. According to the findings, newborn girls have an innate advantage in responding to acute infections. It is already known that females have a survival advantage throughout the entire human lifecycle, however according to th...

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Heart failure risk for premature babies

Heart failure risk for premature babies

Babies born prematurely may have an increased risk of developing heart failure during childhood and adolescence, a new study has found. Babies who are born early are much more likely to survive nowadays, even those born very prematurely. As a result, scientists have become particularly interested in the health consequences for thos...

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Hay fever peak season fast approaching

Hay fever peak season fast approaching

Pharmacists are urging people with hay fever to take preventative steps now in order to minimise their symptoms ahead of peak hay fever season - June and July. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. While most people are affected by grass pollen, pollen from trees and flowers can also be a problem for some sufferers. Symptoms...

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Farming a dangerous occupation

Farming a dangerous occupation

The most dangerous occupation in Ireland in terms of fatalities is farming, a new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has found. According to its findings, farming is the occupation with the highest risk of fatalities in this country. In fact, the rate of fatalitie...

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460,000 may be exposed to unsafe radon levels

460,000 may be exposed to unsafe radon levels

As many as 460,000 people in Ireland may be exposed to radon levels that are deemed to be unsafe, new research has found. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas present in all rocks and soils. When it surfaces in the open air, it is quickly diluted to harmless concentrations. However when it enters an enclosed space, such a...

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Heart failure and stroke a lethal combination

Heart failure and stroke a lethal combination

Heart failure and stroke have been described as a lethal combination by researchers. According to their findings, heart failure patients who have previously suffered a stroke have a significantly increased risk of suffering with depression than those without a history of stroke. They are also much more likely to require hospitalisa...

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New website for families of transgender people

New website for families of transgender people

A new website to support the families of transgender young people has been launched. The site, GenderEd.ie, has been designed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin and it aims to provide families with reliable and relatable information to help them support themselves and their transgender family member. I...

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Mum’s BMI linked to kid’s perceived abilities

Mum’s BMI linked to kid’s perceived abilities

A child's academic ability is more likely to be perceived as below average if their mother is obese, a new Irish study suggests. Researchers at NUI Galway and Queens University Belfast used data from the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study, which is an ongoing study involving over 8,500 children from 900 schools throughout Ireland. I...

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Palliative care inaccessible for some children

Palliative care inaccessible for some children

Over 350 children will die in Ireland this year as a result of a life-limiting illness, however many of these children will not be able to access the specialist palliative care services that they need, the country's only children's hospice has warned. LauraLynn Children's Hospice opened in 2011 and since then, it has provided speci...

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National obesity treatment prog urgently needed

National obesity treatment prog urgently needed

The HSE has lost millions of euro by not implementing a national obesity treatment policy, obesity experts have said. Ireland currently has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe, with one in four adults obese, and one in four children overweight or obese. Furthermore, some 2,000 deaths here every year are attributable to obesi...

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