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Nutrition – lifestyle medicine

Siobhan Kelleher continues her series on lifestyle medicine by exploring the role of nutrition on health and sustainable living. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in lifestyle medicine and its impact on our overall health and wellbeing.  Lifestyle medicine emphasises the importance of making positive lifestyle choices, such as adopting a nutritious … Continued

Dentists ‘key’ in detecting eating disorders

Dentists could be playing a ‘key role’ in detecting patients with eating disorders, according to research. Researchers from King’s College London found that many eating disorder conditions, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, result in erosion of the tooth enamel. Many patients may be reluctant to visit a doctor, but may still visit … Continued

Sugary diets and dental neglect impacting elderly

Sugar, bad diets and a lack of dental care are having a severe impact on nursing home patients across the country. Some are having up to 20 teeth extracted, according to the Irish Dental Association (IDA). Dr Anne Twomey, vice president of the IDA, said the situation is further exacerbated by a ‘culture of giving … Continued

Sugary drinks tax in place for Ireland

A tax on sugary drinks in Ireland is going ahead – but not until April 2018. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced the plans last month in the Budget 2017 in a bid to align with a similar tax in the UK. Minister Noonan was quoted saying: ‘The supply lines are very connected between the … Continued

Parents’ war on sugar seeks more support

New research from Colgate shows that parents need additional support to help look after their children’s teeth as healthy diet messages are failing to sink in. Almost two thirds of dental professionals find themselves repeating the same dietary and oral health advice for caries prevention in children during their appointment most or all of the … Continued

Mediterranean diet lowers mouth cancer risk

A Mediterranean diet can significantly lower the risk of developing mouth cancer, research has found. The study found that patients who had a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, fish and olive oil can halve the risk of developing the disease. Researchers also discovered that young adults, non-smokers and those with a higher level … Continued