Back to school heavy bags causing back pain? – go digital……

  7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags According to Silicon Republic, it appears that some 7,000 fewer students will be plagued by back problems caused by carrying heavy bags full of books. Education tech provider Wriggle says it has kitted out 7,000 Irish schoolkids with digital school bags. … Continue reading

80% of our over 50 population are overweight

  80% of over 50s overweight or obese   According to irishhealth.com almost 80% of Irish people over the age of 50 are overweight or obese, a new report has revealed. According to the findings, 43% of people over 50 are overweight, while a further 36% are obese. Furthermore, based … Continue reading

Cost of cigarettes to be doubled?

Minister for Health James Reilly has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Dr Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before … Continue reading

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities get a €9m boost

An Irish-led €9m EU research programme aimed at creating assistive technologies for people with autism and intellectual disabilities has been launched in Dublin recently. The research is co-funded by the EU Marie Curie ASSISTID Cofund and the Irish charity RESPECT. This wide-ranging research project in this specific field is the … Continue reading

First Lab-grown vaginas successfully transplanted in four women

First lab-grown vaginas successfully transplanted in four women For the first time, four vaginas have been successfully grown in a lab and transplanted into women who were born with abnormal or missing vaginas, marking yet another breakthrough in transplantable body organs. The team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine … Continue reading

Major breakthrough in cause of blindness

Irish scientists have made a major breakthrough in relation to a disease which is one of the most common causes of blindness in Ireland.(irishhealth.com) AMD (age-related macular degeneration) affects central vision, making it blurry. Central vision is necessary for everyday activities such as reading, driving and watching television. The condition … Continue reading

A record €200k raised in 24 hours for Irish Cancer Society with the ‘No makeup selfie’

THE Irish Cancer Society has been inundated with donations in the last 24 hours thanks to the ‘No makeup selfie’ trend going viral. (Irish Independent) Thousands of women around the country shared a selfie of themselves wearing no makeup on Facebook and Twitter in support of the fundraising efforts. Even … Continue reading

Where are all our Midwives gone?

A major survey of staffing levels in Ireland’s maternity hospitals has identified a ‘critical shortage’ of midwives. According to the findings from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), no maternity hospital or unit in the country has the internationally recommended midwife-to-birth ratio of 1:29.5 births. The ratio currently varies … Continue reading