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EAPN Ireland Newsflash February 2014

Networks • MEPS endorse ‘people-centred’ €3.5 Billion Programme • Other News from the EU Institutions 4. ...

#allaboutjobs

#allaboutjobs has been established to provide information about what the Government is doing, and to raise awareness of the schemes and supports that are available to tackle unemployment and support job creation.The Government’s work is set out in two doc ...

Molecule could protect against Alzheimer's disease

While the Mail's vision – among other news sources – is certainly possible, it is premature. There ...

Could an obscure type of herpes virus trigger female infertility?

accurate summary of the study. Other news sources don't do as well. The Mail Online's story, ...

Daily aspirin 'reduces cancer risk', study finds

report BBC News and The Daily Telegraph among other news outlets, after the publication of a large-scale ...

WHO study reveals smoking by school-aged children has declined but gender and social inequalities significant

15 Mar 2016 A new pan-European WHO survey of schoolchildren reveals that the proportion of 15-year-olds who first smoked at the age of 13 has fallen significantly since 2010. The report goes on, however, to warn that while 80% of respondents report general ...

Farewell from World Health News

Dear Friends: After 15 years, we are going to put World Health News to bed. When we launched it in 1999, the newsletter filled an important niche by curating sources of global health news in a single digest intended to inform issues-oriented people in a f ...

Alzheimer's disease 'wonder drug' claims are premature

"Millions could be offered wonder drug to prevent Alzheimer's before symptoms appear," is the overhyped headline in the Daily Express.  The "wonder drug" in question, bexarotene, has only been tested in worms as part of this lates ...

Child obesity rates are 'stabilising'

"The rise in childhood obesity … may be beginning to level off," BBC News reports. Researchers examined trends in child and adolescent rates of overweight and obesity using electronic GP records from 1994 to 2013. The data shows there was a sign ...

One in three adults in England 'has prediabetes'

"One in three adults in England 'on cusp' of diabetes," BBC News and others report. The media reports are based on a study that estimated that 35.3% of adults in the UK now have prediabetes (also known as borderline diabetes). Prediabe ...

How to read health news

By Dr Alicia White If you’ve just read a health-related headline that has caused you to spit out your morning coffee (“Coffee causes cancer” usually does the trick), it’s always best to follow the Blitz slogan: “Keep Calm and Carry On”. On reading further ...

Study calls for smartphones and tablets to have 'bedtime mode'

"Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic 'bedtime mode' that stops them disrupting people's sleep," BBC News reports. The concern is the devices emit short-wavelength blue light, which may disrupt the productio ...

Evidence of link between Zika virus and birth defect 'boosted'

"Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect," The Guardian reports. Researchers have detected the virus in amniotic fluid surrounding two unborn babies known to have abnormally small heads (microcephaly). There had been speculat ...

'Healthy foods expensive' claim is unrealistic

“Healthy food now costs three times as much as junk, study shows,” The Independent reports. It also reports a sharper rise in the cost of fruit and veg over the past decade compared to other types of foods. This news story is based on research which looked ...

Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

“Deadly Mers virus 'could now be airborne',” The Independent reports. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, which has an estimated case fatality rate of 30%, has been detected in an air sample in a camel barn in Saudi Arabia. This r ...

Are silver surfers more health savvy?

"Older people who use the internet … may be better equipped to keep on top of their health," BBC News reports. A survey found regular internet use in older people was associated with good health literacy. Health literacy is a term used to descri ...

Green tea compound may improve cancer drugs

"Green tea could helps [sic] scientists develop new cancer fighting drugs," the Mail Online reports. But before you rush out to the shops, in no way does this study suggest green tea can fight cancer. ...

Sadness 'lasts longer' than other emotions

"Sadness lasts 240 times longer than other emotions, study claims," is the somewhat sobering news on the Mail Online. Researchers surveyed 233 young adults from a Belgian high school with an average age of 17, and found emotions vary widely in du ...

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