Low B12 levels hit kids’ cognitive abilities

Low B12 levels hit kids’ cognitive abilities

Young children may have more cognitive problems if they have low levels of vitamin B12, a new study has found. According to the findings, those with low levels of the vitamin have more difficulties with cognitive tests such as recognising letters and doing puzzles. They are also not as good at interpreting other children's feelings...

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Poor services for complex nutritional problems

Poor services for complex nutritional problems

Services for patients with complex nutritional problems in Ireland are inadequate, experts have insisted. Good nutrition is key among people affected by or recovering from illness, however malnutrition and disease often go hand in hand. Malnutrition refers to under-nutrition that affects a person's health and wellbeing. It can come...

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Exercise slows decline in Parkinson’s

Exercise slows decline in Parkinson’s

Exercising for less than three hours per week is linked with a slower decline in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease, the symptoms of which include tremors, stiffness and slow movement. An estimated six to seven thousand people in Ireland are affected and there is current...

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Men more likely to have severe psoriasis

Men more likely to have severe psoriasis

The inflammatory skin condition, psoriasis, can have a major impact on quality of life, however a new study has found that men are much more likely to suffer with severe psoriasis than women. Swedish researchers looked at almost 5,500 patients, whose psoriasis had been measured using the Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) - a sta...

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Most mums unaware of baby’s protein needs

Most mums unaware of baby’s protein needs

The vast majority of mothers are unaware that babies in Ireland are consuming, on average, too much protein during their early development, new research has found. According to the findings, 93% of mothers are unaware of this, while just 9% are aware that too much protein during the first 1,000 days can cause rapid growth. "As a ba...

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MND and schizophrenia are biologically linked

MND and schizophrenia are biologically linked

Irish scientists have discovered that motor neurone disease (MND) and schizophrenia have a shared genetic origin. This indicates that the causes of these two conditions are biologically linked, which has major implications for how diseases are classified. The scientists based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) analysed the genetic pro...

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New service to help older people remain at home

New service to help older people remain at home

A new support service, which aims to help older people in north Dublin to remain living independently at home, has been launched. The ALONE charity has partnered with the HSE to provide this vital service to older people throughout the Dublin north city and county area. It aims to tackle any issues which are impacting on the abilit...

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Concealed pregnancies still persist today

Concealed pregnancies still persist today

Concealed pregnancies still occur in Ireland today and are often negatively covered by the media, which can have a detrimental impact on affected women and their babies, new research has found. A concealed or hidden pregnancy refers to a situation where a woman hides her pregnancy, keeping it a secret from her family and social net...

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Physical activity crisis among Irish children

Physical activity crisis among Irish children

A major new Irish study aims to tackle what is seen as a crisis in physical activity among young people. Recent research by Dublin City University (DCU) found that just 11% of Irish teenagers have mastered basic skills, such as kicking a ball, catching a ball and skipping. These skills are known as fundamental movement skills (FMS)...

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Waist-to-hip ratio linked to womb cancer

Waist-to-hip ratio linked to womb cancer

Women who have a higher hip-to-waist ratio may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the womb, a new study has found. The findings strongly suggest that central obesity may have a key role to play in this type of cancer. Central obesity refers to when the majority of body fat is stored around the abdomen. It is already str...

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