Posts Tagged ‘ Cancer ’

Five Simple Ways To Shrink Your Stomach


Did you know that abdominal fat is the most dangerous type of fat stored in the body? Excess stomach fat predisposes people to various medical conditions such as Cancer, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes- to mention just a few. Indeed, a large waistline can make clothes shopping a nightmare and can ruin your confidence. While the government have made great efforts in tackling obesity in Ireland, it still remains a big concern. The World Health Organisation has forecasted that Ireland is on course to be the fattest country in Europe by 2030.

Here’s five tips that will help you shed stomach fat in an easy yet effective manner.

1. Mindset
Having the right mindset will set you on the right track to success. A positive attitude is vital in assisting your weight loss plan. If you don’t believe you can lose weight, you never will.
Stay motivated and focused by setting realistic achievable goals and work hard to achieve them. Visualise your toned trim tummy as a motivational factor in shedding the pounds.
Monitor and re-evaluate progress regularly by notebook keeping. Don’t forget to reward yourself and have fun on your track to slimming down. Continue reading

Think Pink This October And Be Breast Cancer Alert


October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today, it is one of the most prevalent types of cancers in Ireland. Approximately 2,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Although male breast cancer is rare, there are 20 new cases reported every year. Genetic factors, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and being overweight can increase your chances of getting breast cancer.

It is vital to be breast aware and recognise the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Women between the ages of 50-64 should avail of a free mammogram every two years. It is important to check the breast, armpit and collarbone for changes. Continue reading

News In Brief: Danger Looms As Loo’s Demolished

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image:

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image:

Step away from the loom bands! They will KILL you. Danger is looming! Turns out the popular little rubber bands that everyone is spending hours tying in knots could actually be highly cancerous. Well not the actual bands, NIB doesn’t want to scaremonger, but the little charms you can add to your creations. They’ve been found to have excessive levels of carcinogens causing global panic. Or a small media panic. With each great craze comes a great fall, remember when Tamogotchis got smart and started taking over the world and the Americans had to be called in?

In other news it’s been Leaving Cert results week and in true Irish fashion a pub has been blacklisted for offering shots to students at 10.30am. The Bishopstown Bar in Cork, had to apologise after tweeting; ‘Best of luck to all getting results. Remember we serve alcohol from 10.30am’ proving just how important it is to pass your exams so you don’t end up running a pub that opens after Jeremy Kyle every morning. Continue reading

Gartland Discusses Charity Efforts Ahead Of PFAI Calendar Launch


The Professional Footballers Association Of Ireland (PFAI) will launch their 2014 Spot The Ballers calendar tomorrow.

The calendar which is funded by Ford is one of many charity efforts taking place to help Drogheda United striker Gary O’Neill, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last month.

The calendar will be available from various retail outlets including HMV, select clubs and the PFAI themselves. Calendars will also be available to buy at the Aviva stadium on Sunday as Gary’s current team Drogheda United battle Sligo Rovers in the FAI Ford Cup final. Continue reading

Sixth Annual Movember Campaign Kicks Off On Friday

Movember is back for its sixth annual campaign in Ireland and men across the country are getting amped up for another year of awesome growth, offering their upper lips for the month as billboards for men’s health by joining Generation Mo.
Irish Mo Bros simply register at, start the month clean shaven then have the remainder of the month to rock a ‘Mercury’, ‘Lemmy’ or ‘Zappa’, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The money raised in Ireland goes to the Irish Cancer Society and the Movember Foundation’s global research initiative GAP. Continue reading

News In Brief – McGuinness Gets Into Bed With The Queen


There’s been one word on everybody’s lips this week: Bananas. As in; ’this budget is bananas’. Quite true.

Joan Burton’s quite right about one thing, cutting jobseekers allowance by €44 a week will force the young out of the dole queue and out of the country. As always with our politicians the long-term is ignored. Like when Brian Cowen, as Chancellor, failed to see the long-term detriment of overspending during the boom. To sidestep the usual light-hearted tone of NIB for a minute, the government can stick their ’culture of dependency’ up their arse.

The Moriarty Tribunal continues, yes, really. I thought Sherlock killed him under that Waterfall but it seems Moriarty didn’t give up and is claiming legal expenses from the Taoiseach’s department. What do you mean a different Moriarty? I’m talking about fictional events, corrupt baddies and dodgy dealings. At this point the expenses reach €600,000, that certainly sounds fictional. Continue reading

Irish Wrestler Set For Charity Boxing Match

ddLeading Irish wrestler Danny “The Pain” Deans is taking to the boxing ring in an attempt to raise funds for cancer research and a cancer patient who urgently needs treatment.

The Irish News Review columnist will don a different set of gloves when he takes to the squared circle on December 21st at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

Deans will headline the event when he battles long time friend and Hard-Pain tag team partner Harry Hardshaw in a special exhibition match. Boxing rules will apply but who knows what will happen when these two grapplers get to grips with each other.

Speaking on why he’s involved in the charity event Danny said “This event means a lot to me because over the last few years I lost two of my auntie’s to cancer. They were my father’s sisters, he is also not with us anymore so I’d say they are proud of me for taking part in this event”.

A number of boxing matches will also take place on the undercard.

Tickets for the over 18’s event cost €15 with a DJ playing live music while the action unfolds. Live music will follow the event.

If you would like to sponsor Danny you can do so by contacting him through Irish News Review.

Ex Derry City Stars Auction Off Poppyless McClean Jersey

Two former Derry City stars have teamed up in an attempt to raise funds required to improve the cancer ward at Our Lady’s Hospital For Sick Children in Dublin.

Former Candystripes star and current St Patricks Athletic vice captain Ger O’Brien is auctioning off Ireland star James McClean’s match worn shirt from Sunderland’s 2-1 defeat to Everton last Saturday.

The Sunderland winger has signed the jersey, which was a subject of much debate as the Foyleside born star was the only Premier League player not to wear a poppy on his shirt last weekend.

The Derry protégé has donated the shirt to O’Brien, with the duo inspired by a little girl who is currently battling leukaemia.

The auction will run until next Monday (November 19th) and as of writing the highest bid stands at €400. Anyone wishing to bid can do so by tweeting Ger (@gerramia) .

The funds raised will go towards improving the problematic ward environment at the hospital. There are no private rooms for the most critical or terminally-ill children. There are no private bathroom facilities for patients or families. There are no proper facilities for teenagers or adolescents. There’s no family or friend accommodation. The space is far too cramped and uncomfortable.

A critical investment of €4million is now urgently required by the hospital who plan to build 19 single rooms with ensuite facilities; an adolescent den; an upgraded playroom; comfortable parents’ facilities and other vital improvements.

The difference that these major developments would make to children and families facing a devastating diagnosis of cancer is immeasurable.

Irish News Review columnist Ger is also urging people to help out in other ways if they can.

“Even if you can’t afford to bid for the shirt visit the link you might still be able to help in some small way”.

If you would like to play your part, you can, one off donations or monthly donations can be made here.

Alzheimer’s Back on the Agenda

Cancer and the race to find a cure has been the big thing in health over the past number of years, as was HIV/Aids back in the day. Huge amounts of money has been pumped into cancer research, with some success, and perhaps to the detriment of other less notable yet no less devastating diseases. Now, Alzheimer’s, which had been somewhat forgotten about of late, is back on world leaders’ agenda.

Alzheimer’s is one of the more crueller diseases one can be struck down by. The effects of the disease are heart breaking, as you watch a loved one fade away, reduced to erratic wandering and often confined to bed for their own safety, unable to recognise the faces of the loved ones gathered around their bedside, trapped in memories of people dead and events past. It is an irreversible and progressively degenerative disease affecting the brain, slowly destroying a person’s memories and cognitive skills, eventually taking away the ability to complete the simplest of everyday tasks. Named after Doctor Alois Alzheimer, it is the most common cause of dementia amongst older people, usually striking after the age of 60. The disease begins its work ten years before symptoms will declare its presence, slowly causing healthy neurons to fade and die. Some markers such as memory difficulties can alert health professionals to the disease’s possible presence but as of yet, tools for detecting Alzheimer’s early are just out of reach. As far a cure is concerned, some medicines seem promising but as yet they are aimed at treating the symptoms rather than preventing or curing the fatal disease.

Earlier this summer, the US government launched a plan of action aimed at addressing the Alzheimer’s problem in America, which affects about 5.1 million people in the country, costing millions of dollars in healthcare costs, as part of an effort to find preventative treatment in the US by 2025 and signed into law by Barack Obama last year. Funding has been provided for a first prevention study amongst high risk patients, as well as an insulin spray which has shown promise in early trials. Funding comes from the $50 million set aside for the fight against Alzheimer’s by the Obama administration in 2012, with another $100 million marked for the 2013 fiscal year. In addition the plan allows for the development of new training for doctors, a public campaign including television advertisements and a website; “These steps offer a ray of hope for those affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. R. Scott Turner, of Georgetown University Medical Centre. “We need a robust awareness campaign specifically targeting participation in research studies.” Meanwhile, in the UK, David Cameron has joined his American counterpart in pledging support for such a move, committing to increased budget support, public understanding and care for those already affected by the disease.

Such moves are coming just in time. Experts in the field have proclaimed that the disease will be epidemic in as little as forty years should we fail to find successful treatments and preventative measures. Professor Brian Lawlor, a consultant psychiatrist for the elderly at St. Patrick’s and St. James’s told a recent conference that “Unless disease modifying treatments that delay the onset of the disease or its rate of progression can be developed, by 2050 one in 85 people will have Alzheimer’s disease. More than 40% of cases will require a high-level of care, and the burden of caregivers will also have a huge impact on the healthcare system.”

The cost of healthcare provisions is surely playing some part in government funding, as they seek to save money wherever they can.In the UK, £19 billion is being spent on those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, more than cancer, heart disease and stroke. In America, the bill hits the $100 billion mark, and is only set to soar even higher to a projected $1.1 trillion by 2050, if the new action plan is unsuccessful. In Ireland, predictably, the Alzheimer’s groups are only facing budget cuts rather than hiked allowances. Despite the fact that in 2006 the lowest cost to the taxpayer was around €200 million, despite around half of all carer’s being family members and working for free, and a number that will only creep higher as the years go by. Ireland only spends half the OECD average on combatting and treating the disease, while over 40,000 people suffer from dementia, expected to jump to 104,000 by 2036 if things do not go according to plan. The situation here is shameful. “Research shows that more than 25% of carers are themselves elderly. 70% of carers experience financial strain and two-thirds find the job of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s completely overwhelming at times,” said Prof. Eamon O’Shea, director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG). Should carers experience burn out, the cost to the state could be around €12 million, a figure they could save on if they only supported these carers through relief and other community services. And the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland has warned the government that if it doesn’t take immediate action, Ireland will face a health crisis in the years to come, with our aging population.

The need to keep public and political awareness at such heights is imperative for both the future of research and the possibility of a treatment or even a cure. These things, like fashion and music, follow trends of high public and governmental support. Where are the public campaigns for HIV now? But the most important thing, for Ireland and our Alzheimer’s community is government support. In the very short-term, it might be good for our economy to cut health spending, but in the long-term, we’ll live to regret it.