Unmet need for bariatric surgery in Ireland

As a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, obesity poses a significant threat to population health and places substantial burden on health services. It is clear that the treatment of morbid obesity needs to be recognised as a fundamental aspect in tackling the obesity epidemic. The increasing evidence on […]

Adolescent health: behaviours, outcomes and social context

Teenagers are often portrayed as unhappy, problematic and difficult to live with. However, many of us may forget that the adolescent stage manifests in rapid physical, psychological, cognitive and socio-cultural changes for young people that occur at a time when a sense of identity and autonomy is being established. So, […]

Fine motor skill development and the 21st century child

Growing up as a child in the 21st century is not as easy as we may think. In addition to not being as physically active and being at greater risk of obesity, children today are falling behind in terms of fine motor skill development. Fine motor skills involve the use […]

Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden

  This Lancet study published on 5th April 2017 (http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)30819-X/fulltext) systematically analysed almost 3000 data sources across 195 countries between 1990 and 2015 to demonstrate comprehensively that smoking is still one of the main killers worldwide. This huge undertaking was possible owing to a large Global Collaborator Network which the […]

Treating a mildly underactive thyroid – levothyroxine may not be the answer

It is controversial how to best treat individuals with subclinical hypothyroidism. There is some observational data that it may be associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease but that it may also have a protective role in those ≥ 85 years. This led investigators to establish the TRUST trial. […]

Lifestyle Behaviours for Health and Wellbeing

Introduction In Ireland, the Department of Health has made a number of commitments to understanding and improving the health of our population. The vision for a Healthy Ireland is to create a supportive society where all individuals can enjoy health and wellbeing to their full potential. Though we have made […]